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How To Plan A Wedding On A Rainy Day

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

What If It Rains On Our Wedding Day?

Something I am often asked and in short, the honest answer is – “I will not let it ruin your day!”

Weather is unfortunately one thing we have absolutely no control over. Of course, no one wants rain on their Wedding Day, and I feel fortunate to have only had to deal with this situation on very few occasions. But should this be the case on your big day there are several things to remember and plans that you can put in place in advance of the wedding day.

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Top 10 Tips for planning and making the most of rain on your wedding day.

1. Keep an emergency umbrella nearby, as an experienced wedding photographer I will always have at least one photo friendly umbrella available. Mine is a large plain white one so it does not create colour casts in your photos and looks good with anything. For a bright funky look multi-coloured or colour coordinated umbrellas can work great with bridal party wedding photographs. Amazon offer fast delivery for umbrellas and so could even be purchased at the last minute. Click here to view their collection of white wedding umbrellas.

2. Be prepared for anything, weather can change at any minute so just take your wedding day as it comes. Embracing wet weather conditions is a brave choice and can create some stunning wedding photography. Just remember to keep laughing and smiling under the brolly.

3. Most of all do not panic, if the weather really does take a turn for the worst there is always the option of taking the wedding photography indoors. An experienced wedding photographer will always have a plan B (and maybe C and D) to create amazing wedding photographs of you both and your wedding guests. During a wet or mixed weather wedding day we will have various plans which are changing throughout the day to ensure we can deliver the best possible wedding photographs. Be flexible and willing to change plans on the day. The weather may dictate that your group shots you had planned to do before the meal will work better after the meal when the downpour has finished and the sun is back out!

4. If you’re getting married at a colder time of year, then don’t be afraid to incorporate a jacket or wrap into your attire. It will keep you warm and look good for wedding photographs.

5. Pack a spare pair of shoes, if you are worried about ruining your Choos, Blahniks or Louboutins, have a pair of wellies or flats on hand nearby. It will also make walking on soft or wet ground easier. If killer heels really are your thing then consider heel protectors to help walking on the grass or even deep carpet. Amazon have a large selection of protectors such as these Heel Protectors

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Funky wellies and a sense of adventure can make great photographs

6. Have a bridesmaid or best man nearby to hold your umbrella if it is raining or provide extra coats between photographs if the weather is colder.

7. If it’s going to be cold on your wedding day, smile like you’re on a tropical beach sipping Pina Coladas. It is worth a few minutes of sharing body heat outside for a lifetime of stunning wedding photographs. You will always remember the rain or cold weather on your wedding day so make sure you look happy in your wedding photographs.

8. For the grooms on a snowy or wet wedding day a spare pair of shoes is ideal but if that is not practical then a pair of dry socks for afterwards will be a great help

9. When choosing your wedding venue take into consideration wet weather locations indoors, not all venues offer ideal opportunities if the weather takes a sudden turn. Ask the wedding coordinator during venue viewings about wet weather weddings and ensure there is adequate space and suitable locations for your drink’s reception and group wedding photographs.

10. As tempting as it is to check the long-range weather forecast don’t rely on any weather forecast more than 48 hours in advance! Be prepared for the weather just in case and enjoy the day.

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Always be prepared for wet weather, it is the UK, and the weather is unpredictable so just embrace what happens. You and your wedding guests will have a great time regardless of the weather so do not worry yourself about it. It is important to not let rain or bad weather spoil your wedding day, some of our favourite wedding photographs have been taken under rain clouds and umbrellas.

I hope you have found this helpful, if you have any questions or would like to know more you can contact me here. Or feel free to have a look through the rest of my site and other blogs that you may find of use!



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