What do we do if it’s raining?

December 1, 2018

One of the questions I am asked most by my couples is ‘what do we do if it’s raining?’ What’s the plan B?

I know everyone wishes for a lovely day to enjoy drinks outside in the beautiful location you’ve chosen for your wedding. The reality in the UK though is often something else entirely. At worst it chucks it down for the entire day with no let up whatsoever. Middle ground is it rains on and off and you get a window of opportunity to get some photographs outside. It rarely chucks it down for the entire day. I think that’s happened 3 times in the 14 years I’ve been a wedding photographer.  All three of those days were in summer. I think that’s one of the reasons there isn’t a ‘wedding season’ any more and many couples have their wedding day in winter. I guess if you get married in November your expectation is rain. When it pours down in August it’s much more disappointing.

I don’t mind a bit of weather though, it makes for some great photographs. It makes colours more vibrant and skies dark and moody. Huddles of people under umbrellas come running into church, making faces. Inside out umbrellas, an army of people helping the bride get from the car to the church doorway without any part of her wedding dress touching the puddles on the ground and of course you can still have beautiful photographs taken inside. Some venues are happy for you to have confetti inside too. Yes we all wish for a dry day but it’s really not the end of the world if it rains on your day. I have never, ever heard anyone say they felt their day was spoiled because of the weather. I hope that’s put your mind at rest a bit and I hope you don’t have sleepless nights about weather.

P.S. If you buy a load of umbrellas it probably won’t rain. Sods law.

Groom trying to put an unbrella down on his wedding day when it was raining

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