When it’s not a lyric from an iconic ’90s song, there’s really nothing fun (or ironic) about rain on your wedding day.
But you don’t have to let a less-than-ideal forecast send your stress level through the roof. Having a plan in place for dealing with inclement weather can do a lot to put your mind at ease and to ensure your event goes smoothly, rain or shine.
Here are some ways to stay one step ahead of the weather:
Have a Plan B for an outdoor ceremony.
Many wedding venues offer both indoor and outdoor options for ceremony sites – so you may have this Plan B built in. But if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony somewhere that doesn’t also come with a viable indoor option, it’s important to create one yourself. Maybe this means reserving a separate location as a backup – I’ve had clients who found relatively inexpensive options to use as a last resort – or renting a tent to provide shelter outdoors.
Get inventive with portrait locations.
When it comes to bride-and-groom and bridal-party portraits, it’s hard to beat candid and creative shots in a natural-light setting. But even if the weather forces you indoors, it’s still possible to get some of those more artistic images. Maybe your venue offers some indoor settings that would work for these. If not, and you need to go off-site, it’s worthwhile to check with public places like museums, libraries or historical buildings about their photography policies. You might even consider contacting other event venues or photo studios that offer a picturesque place for indoor photos; if they happen to have your date available, you might be able to rent some time there.
Invest in umbrellas.
Of course, one challenge in resorting to indoor locations is that it’s sometimes difficult to find spaces that a) have a look you like and b) are large enough to accommodate photos of entire bridal parties. A charming bed and breakfast may be great for getting some cute photos of the bride and groom, for example, but good luck fitting 10+ people into the frame in a way that’s flattering. That’s one reason umbrellas can save the day – allowing you to stick with your outdoor locations of choice and to add a fun, whimsical element to your photos in the process. Even if you don’t want to spend as long outdoors as originally planned, taking several minutes for some shots with umbrellas will ensure you get at least a few of the natural-light photos you’ve envisioned.
Be flexible and act fast.
A happy reality is that even if your day comes with some rain, it’s fairly unlikely (at least in my part of the world!) that it will pour all day long. And as important as it is to stick to your wedding-day timeline as much as possible, it’s also important to be flexible when weather-related factors call for it – taking advantage of any break in the rain you can to fit in any outdoor portraits that are a must. The easiest time for this often is during the reception; if you and your photographer can find 15 minutes in the span of a few hours to step outside during that part of the day, these can go a long way toward enhancing your photo collection.
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