12:00 (GMT+2), Tue, 04 February 2014| Comments
What if it rains on your big day?? Well firstly – only worry about it for the first 10 minutes, then get over it. It is your big day and nothing should stress you out. Make sure when you start planning your day, you mention rain and a back-up plan from the start. Your wedding planner or the manager at the wedding venue will be experienced enough to advise you and give some helpful tips that will work for your venue and theme. It really is believed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, so smile and make some memories that will last forever.
The best photos from your wedding day are the photos filled with emotion, not the photos of the scenery and the details. Sure, a dramatic vista is nice to look at and a pretty shot of your bouquet is nice to have, but those won’t be your favourite pictures. They’re style not substance. Substance pulls at your heartstrings. Substance and emotion are what make you able to relive the day over and over each time you look at the photographs.
COZY NOOKS AND CREATIVE ANGLES
For photographers, rainy weddings forces them to look at a property from a different perspective, i.e. where are the cozy nooks?! All your photographer really need is a cozy nook to place you in. If you can find a cozy nook, take it to the next level and throw in a creative angle. Guaranteed it’s a shot that the bride and groom never would have had if it was a sunny day.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
You are surrounded by the people you love most! Rainy weddings force us into small spaces. Forced togetherness, it’s great for families. Everyone will rally around you and your family photos and bridal party photos will be very intimate.
Your photographer might have some unexpected tricks up their sleeve. Why not make use of some interesting back drops, play with a few props and choose indoor settings that will allow the bride and groom to pose in spaces where you would not of been if it wasn’t raining.
Rainy day photos taken inside are way better than dark photos taken with a flash. Don’t hesitate to turn off the flash! Today’s cameras are so light sensitive that dreamy photos can be achieved with very little light, in fact it’s preferred. When your day is grey, the light is even and soft. Even + soft = dreamy
YOU CAME TO GET MARRIED AND THAT’S STILL GOING TO HAPPEN
This is the tricky part for most couples. They just really want that outside ceremony, but that is where emotion becomes your friend again. Once you walk down the aisle your sadness about the weather takes a backseat to your joy about getting married.
SOMETIMES THE RAIN STOPS
When the clouds open up long enough to get a few photos outside you know heaven is smiling on you. When this happens, GO FOR IT! Do not worry about your shoes or the hem of your dress. Splash through those puddles, laugh in the mist, and throw caution to the wind.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Everyone came for a good time, including you…so have one! Enjoy ever last soggy moment of your day because it all goes by so fast. Good news though, you’ll have beautiful pictures to remember it all by!
Do not agonize over what you’re going to do about, or how you’re going to cope with, the rain. Decide early on what you want to do if it’s raining and stick to it. If you wanted an outdoor ceremony no matter what, tell your guests to bring umbrellas and plan to either stand the whole time or sit on towels. And if you are wondering why they would be willing to do this? Well, it’s your wedding day! This is the one time in your life you can tell a huge group of people that they have to stand in the rain and they will be happy to do so!
TRUST YOUR SERVICE PROVIDERS
You hired professionals who are familiar with your venue, their craft, and the area’s weather. Trust them to do what they’re good at. Your photographer will do what needs to be done to get the shots you wanted. Your florist will get everything set-up, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Let them do their job so you can focus on being the bride and groom.
BE PREPARED Get yourself ready in advance
Nothing is more romantic than a bride and groom holding matching umbrellas. Nothing is more adorable than an entire bridal party holding matching umbrellas. And if you want some cute wellies to match your wedding colours, start shopping ASAP! And remember, if it doesn’t rain you can always return what you purchased after the wedding! Don’t forget an extra pair of shoes if wellies is not your thing, have loads of hairspray and mascara on hand and a quick touch up before you continue to the reception. Get a large clear plastic sheet to carry with which will make getting in out of the wedding car easier and can serve as a canopy to cover the bride as you step into the church. My favourite idea is to carry around some sherry instead of champagne, it will keep you nice and warm and calm the nerves.
Lastly, embrace it: Hey! It’s raining on your wedding day! You’re going to get wet! Have fun with it! Appreciate it! Some seriously beautiful things happen when it rains on your wedding day…