RAIN ON OUR WEDDING DAY – WHAT DO WE DO?
Do not worry, you are not alone! It is a regular question I get asked, rain on our wedding day, what do we do?
If you have not read it already, I have written a blog post on how we plan timings on your wedding day and your wedding day timeline. We discuss your wedding day timings in detail at our pre wedding meeting. Here depending on your exact plans we try to allow from when you say “I do!” around 2 hours roughly to travel (if you need to), have chance to mingle with friends and family, family photos and bride and groom portraits. Two hours is plenty of time – not too long and also not feel too rushed!
RAIN ON OUR WEDDING DAY, WHAT HAPPENS?
We have a couple of go to ideas (obviously these do vary if you have a church/civil ceremony, wedding venue/marquee) So we have a couple of hours to capture your portraits together. A lot can happen in two hours too!
HOP OUT BETWEEN SHOWERS
If we experience showers on you wedding day, this is actually absolutely fine and is pretty much what we have experienced at a lot of weddings. I keep on eye on the weather while you are mingling with your guests and once the shower has passed, if you agree and happy to, you will get come beautiful portraits. 10-20 minutes gives us plenty of time to go around your venue and get photos of you both together. We always carry umbrellas with us if its looking likely we may get caught out.
INSIDE YOUR VENUE/CHURCH
Using the inside of your venue. Wedding venues are always great inside – lots of decor, window light, main entrance etc. We can utilise these amazing places. Again also inside church. Plenty of times after your ceremony and after saying “Hello!” to your guests we have nipped inside church to get some portraits and also family photos too!
Umbrellas, fear not, I always bring white umbrellas with me and if you have a wedding car they always do too, (so you are in safe hands!) Umbrellas in photos are not a bad thing. It actually acts as a lovely soft box on you both for some photos and also it does mix things up a bit and also you can get cozy under a brolly together too!
1, 2, 3…… EMBRACE THE RAIN!
Embrace the rain! Obviously not in a crazy down pour! But bride’s and groom’s have said to me, “Let’s just do it! We want some photos!” and I am all up for it! Either, we can simply have umbrellas with us count to three and drop the umbrella or brides and grooms are not too fearful and can go five minutes outside as we nail some shots.
***I would never force anyone to do this but its great when bride’s and groom’s want to have some time together and do some photos***
WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE MEAL
Try after the wedding breakfast / speeches.
Sometimes, the rain can just simply be none stop, its not fair to drag you out etc. So again we keep an eye on the weather while you have fun/eat! Sometimes, in the day weather wise comes good in the evening and we can do portraits then and also in golden hour! Photographer’s dream light!
PLEASE TRUST US!
So all I can say is please trust us! We will not ask you to do something you do not want to do! We ensure we allow enough time if it does rain on your wedding day. And seriously if all else does fail, we just simply get creative with the rain!
So when I hear you ask, “Rain on our wedding day, what do we do?” I simple say do not panic, we have got this! Trust us, you are in good hands!
JUST TO ADD
** Emergency shoes are always good to have to swop into, they do not have to the best shoes – they can be wellies, flip flops, ballet pumps. i do not want you to spoil anything and have that memory of regret. If you are looking for wedding wellies these are the wellies just for you!
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