How to prepare for rain on your wedding day?
Quick! Name your number one wedding fear. If you said rain on your wedding day, you’re likely in a good company.
It’s a week before your wedding and a cloud icon with slanted raindrops taunts you from your weather app. It’s not the worst kind of wedding crasher, but one you have to be prepared for. While worrying may not change the outcome, having a backup plan in place will help you to stay calm. And preparation starts well before the big day.
Rain on your wedding day doesn’t necesary mean your day is ruined. It can be fun too.
I have personally photographed several rainy day weddings and engagements throughout the years and I have these tips to share with you.
- Backup place (venue)
As a wedding photographer I tell brides that when you choose a venue and want to have elements of your wedding outside, make sure you see and love your backup space just in case.
And especialy when it comes to the group photos
2. Rain gives you another excuce to cuddle
Rain is romantic.
Think of it this way: A light drizzle or a huge downpour will encourage you to cuddle close to your new spouse under the same umbrella — or find fun ways to warm one another up or dry one another off! The patter of the rain on umbrellas and the windows is the sweetest sound you’ll hear, and is a sound that is associated with romance.
3. Your Flowers could last longer
Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions. Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air.
4. You could see a rainbow
What comes at the end of an awful storm? If it rains and the rain stops, the perfect rainbow backdrop can be created, it’s free of charge, thanks to mother nature.” Who doesn’t love free decor?
5. It could be a good luck
In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. And from where I came from it means that if it rains on your wedding day you will be very wealthy. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn’t use a little good luck on their big day?
6. It’ll make for a great strory
Wedding day disasters may not seem funny in the moment, but one day you’ll love telling your children — or, heck, anyone who will listen — the epic story of how you battled a big storm on your wedding day to your grandchildren.
Everyone loves a good story, and if hurricane winds ripped your wedding arch down or a torrential downpour caused your up to go south or makeup to melt, you can be the hero of the story that persevered and loved every moment of it, the good, the bad and the ugly.
7. Excuse for colourful rain boots and matching umbrellas
Preferably colors that will go with your wedding colors. If you can, avoid white umbrellas as it will blend in with the overcast sky. Purchasing these items prior to your wedding will definitely make you feel more relaxed. Also if you have rain boots, you will likely be more willing to go out in the rain for photos because you won’t mind stepping on wet grass or sand as much as you would in heels.
8. Wear a veil
it’s just such a fun accessory to photograph and get different looks close up that look romantic. Veils also make for really cute and photojournalistic shots if they blow in the wind as seen below.
9. See if your hair and makeup artist can stay late
Check with your hair and makeup artist to see if they are able to come later on before the reception to do a touch up. That way you will be more willing to go out in the rain. It’s also a nice plan to have even if it doesn’t rain so you will feel refreshed and ready to dance the night away!
10. Be flexible with time
…and be willing to take some photos during reception. Sometimes it can all of a sudden stop raining during the reception, and it’s the perfect time to go outside and take night time photos. It’s great to be flexible about your timeline during the reception and if it does rain your DJ/Band and we as a photographers can work together to maybe push back the speeches a few minutes in order for you to go outside for more photos.
And the most important…
11. Be relaxed, trust your photographer and smile
While rain on your wedding day is not ideal, it’s still your one and only wedding day and it’s better if you just go with the flow and enjoy!
Enjoy the love you have, and just smile and have fun!