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No one ever wants bad weather on their wedding day, but sometimes it cannot be helped.
If rain is in the forecast, there are some things you can do to make sure your wedding day is still a success.
Here are a few tips: Have a Plan B specifically for Weather Always have a backup plan in case of bad weather. This could mean specifically choosing an indoor ceremony and reception venue or having an outdoor ceremony that can be moved inside if necessary.
Always check with the wedding venue that this is a possibility – never assume it is, as they may have separately hired out their indoor reception area, even though you are using the venue gardens. Have “Bad Weather” Supplies Ready Make sure you have extra umbrellas, rain ponchos, and other supplies ready to go in case of rain.
Ponchos can be found cheaply online, so it may be worth placing an order for an amount that would at least ensure the wedding party had some emergency cover.
Have Backup Entertainment Ready If you were planning games on the lawn to entertain guests, have some indoor entertainment options ready, such as board games or a movie for the kids. As always with these things, it is always better to break things down into “what-ifs” and work from there.
So first things first – what if my wedding ceremony is outside and it starts to rain? Well If you have a Plan B for an indoor ceremony, great! If not, there are still some things you can do. If the rain is light, you could continue with the ceremony as planned and just have your guests use umbrellas. If it’s coming down harder, you could move the ceremony inside (if possible) or ask your guests to move their umbrellas closer together to create a “roof” of sorts.
Another option is to delay the ceremony a short while in the hope that the rain subsides (not always possible obviously). If you do choose this option, make sure you have a safe place for your guests to wait, such as a nearby church or reception hall.
Of course, no matter what you do, be sure to communicate any changes to your guests as soon as possible. Think ahead – if it looks like it is going to rain and the ceremony is only an hour away, check the local rain radar and make a decision and stick to it.
Will bad weather spoil my wedding photographs? It’s a question that every professional photographer gets asked. But don’t despair, there are things that I as a professional photographer can do to ensure your wedding photographs are not ruined.
Here are our top tips: This may seem obvious, and sure I am biased, but my advice would always be to hire a professional photographer! An experienced professional wedding photographer like myself will know how to deal with bad weather. That is one of the key reasons why you should always hire a professional.
That “friend with the nice camera” may take nice snaps from time to time, but stick them into the thick of a wedding, when the weather turns bad and you will soon realize that was a BIG mistake. Try and choose a wedding venue or location with lots of options for both indoor and outdoor photography.
This way, if the weather does take a turn for the worse, you’ve got plenty of options for beautiful photos. Talk to me about your vision for the day and what you want from your wedding photographs. This way, I can be prepared with a backup plan in case bad weather does strike. On the day itself, be flexible and go with the flow. If it’s raining, embrace it! Some of the most stunning wedding photographs I have taken were photographed in bad weather.
Remember to think about a plan B indoor location for the family photos. While you may be happy embracing the bad weather and just going for it, poor old Grannie may have other ideas! With a little planning ahead and discussing things with your photographers and some flexibility on the day, you can still get the beautiful photos that you’ve always dreamed of.
Will bad weather ruin my wedding dress? Bad weather on your wedding day is never ideal, but it doesn’t have to ruin your wedding dress.