So its 2011 and slowly I’m getting geared up for the busy season ahead. I am thinking today about the weather..the last 2 years have been quite wet Summers so I am thinking about the law of averages that this year is going to nice and dry! – well I can wish. On that note though quite a lot of my best weddings have been rainy days. You may think if it rains on your wedding day – its the end of the world but its sooo not true, actually its usually much better light on an overcast day than on a very sunny day, you get less direct sun , less shadows and less squinting.
A good photographer should be able to get great wedding photos whatever the weather but I have chosen a few photographs to show you that some of the best photos can be taken even when the rain is pouring 🙂
However it does pay to have a plan B in case the weather wrecks Havoc with your day…
Wet Weather Wedding Photography Tips
They do say it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding! We are particularly blessed here in the UK – but in most people’s dreams about their wedding day it’s a brilliantly clear blue sky day with not a cloud in the sky. Rain can put a real damper on your perfect wedding day, so it’s pays to have a think about what to do if it does rain.
Wet weather wedding ceremony plans
So what if rain is on the cards for your wedding day and you’ve planned your wedding outside? Well don’t panic (or try not too) but do get organised to ensure you have a back up location for wet weather on the day. A good first option is check with your wedding reception venue. Although your wedding day is your special day at that venue, they will have had many weddings there and will be able to tell you what other couples have done when the weather turns bad. Remember your venue wants you to have the best day of your life and they should give you any advice that will help you achieve this!
Wet Weather Photography Plans
Your wedding photograper should be able to suggest good places for wedding photos in the event of rain. If they are a local photographer their knowledge will be great and they can suggest places with tree coverage, or some outside buildings like pagodas, or cloisters. Be sure to discuss this at your meetings and have a think about what to do in the event of awful weather. You will be surprised what a professional photographer can come up wit. Remember it maybe your 1st wedding but a wedding photographer has years of experience to tap into. You should be able to trust your photographer to take good photos in any weather.
We are lucky in the UK that the weather is rarely torrential – some countries they have a ‘rainy season’ and you can have hours of absolute horrendous down pours! Often if its going to rain we get showers and this allows us to wait for gaps in the rain and run out to get the photos we need. there has only ever been 1 wedding in my 6 years that we have not managed to get outside for photos at all. This was in November so it wasn’t all that surprising. We were lucky that the inside of the venue had lots of lovely places for photos, so we were ok. I did offer the Bride a complementary shoot on another day but she loved the photos that much that she didn’t feel she needed another shoot.
Remember: just relax, smile and enjoy your wedding day!
I’ve taken some fantastic photos from a wet wedding day, and it’s mainly because the couple smiled, laughed, and had a lot of fun! Wet weather will only ruin your wedding if you let it. If it seems like rain – bring a white umbrella and don’t get too upset if your Bridal train gets dirty……