I am based in Melbourne and it rains – a lot. So I am often asked the question “what happens if it rains on my wedding day?”
First of all – congratulations! Rain on your wedding day is meant to bring good luck to your marriage. But I do understand that it can disrupt the plans you have made for your perfect wedding. The secret is to build wet weather options into your wedding planning and prepare for it early.
Always have a Plan B for rain on your wedding day
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you should already be talking about “Plan B” with your wedding coordinator, celebrant and wedding venue. However, it is equally important to discuss Plan B with your wedding photographer.
Even if you are getting married inside and having your reception inside, you will probably want at least some of your bridal portraits taken outside. For this reason, I always talk about the need for a “Plan B” during our initial wedding photography consultation.
Heavy rain on my wedding day – Plan B inspiration
Light rain on my wedding day – continue with Plan A
If it is only raining lightly on your wedding day and there isn’t much wind, it may still be possible to follow the original plan. If you are willing to get a little damp and if you make sure that each person in your bridal party comes equipped with an umbrella – we can still venture outside.
Plain black umbrellas are classic, but you could also opt for brightly coloured umbrellas if your wedding theme is more casual and fun. I would also recommend for the girls at least to bring a second pair of flat shoes to change into. This means you won’t have to squelch your way through the reception and flats allows us to walk more quickly from place to place meaning we can head back inside sooner.
I fully admit we are all going to get a little damp, but we can get some fantastic shots incorporating the umbrellas.
Don’t let rain on your wedding day dampen your spirits
Provided you’ve put a bit of thought into your Plan B, made all the relevant arrangements and have umbrellas and a second pair of shoes at hand, you shouldn’t let rain on your wedding day get you down. If we can shoot outside, overcast skies gives even light with no harsh shadows which means your photos will turn out beautifully.