Waterproof Weddings - What to do if it rains on your parade

October 15, 2015  •  4 Comments

As the great Bob Marley said - some people feel the rain, others just get wet.

Being based in the English Lake District, I know all too well what a worry the weather can be for couples. Here are 5 top tips on what to do if the forecast isn't looking as bright as you hoped.

It sounds obvious - but invest in a nice pair or wellies and an bridal brolly. Any good photographer should come armed with a couple of umbrellas just in case, but you may like to pick one out in advance to more closely match your dress and style.

Think about your hairstyle. More structured, pinned "up do's" suffer less in wind and rain than long, loose, easily frizzed curls.

Chat to your photographer about suitable wet weather locations. Where will you do the group shots? What's the best place for couple shots? If you're going to struggle to do these at the venue, is there somewhere nearby that has good tree coverage for shelter? Or somewhere a bit different with overhead cover and plenty of natural light - I've used barn doorways, train stations...even a grungy indistrial yard - think outside of the box.

If it's chucking it down in the time slot you'd allocated for couple shots, then work with your photographer to adapt the schedule as much as you can to allow for the weather. Even in the Lake District it's unusual not to get a gap in the weather...in fact I often joke that it's the only place where it pees it down all day then the sun pops out to set!

I've shot lots of wet weddings, and not one of those couples didn't have a fantastic day. And think on the bright side - rain drives all your guests into one area, which makes for a great atmosphere...and after all, bright sun is terribly unflattering ;)

Take a look at the slideshow below to see some of my Waterproof Weddings :)

***UPDATE*** - Of course, very occasionally, the UK faces extreme weather - check out my blog on my experience of having to shoot two weddings on the weekend that Storm Desmond devastated Cumbria.



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