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A guide to wet weather weddings

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Rainy wedding photography can be amazing! – It’s always a possibility to create amazing wedding photographs on your dream wedding day regardless of the weather; be it rain or snow a good wedding photographer can always be sure to capture some photographs that you’ll treasure for the years to come.  As a general rule we as photographers tend to shy away from poorer weather, preferring to stay indoors where it’s nice and warm than be out in the rain to save ruining your bridal makeup. However as a creative wedding photographer the rain and even snow can provide some gorgeous photography opportunities not normally available on dry or sunny days; so as photographers we pride ourselves on our ability to utilise the weather in order to create amazing photographs.

Don’t be too afraid to speak to your wedding photographer prior to your wedding, especially if you’re nervous at all about the weather conditions on your wedding day; it’s useful to ask your chosen photographer if they have any previous experience in photographing wet weddings. It will put your mind at rest seeing some examples of your wedding photographers previous wet wedding work. Believe it or not but the best kind of rain you can get on your wedding day is in fact a downpour, it’s the most visually appealing form of rain for your photographs. It’s considered lucky to have rain on your wedding day, so don’t be too afraid to count your blessings on the morning of your wedding if you see a few drops of rain, you’ll be in for some stunning wedding photographs of you both.

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If you’re still in any doubt regarding the weather then there is always umbrellas or wellies to put your mind at rest; items which make for novelty style rainy wedding photographs that tell the true to life story of your wedding day. Be it with a pair of quirky wellies or an old battered pair that you’re fairly fond of they show true to who you are as a couple. So they’ll make your photographs not only stunning, but unique too.

Here are our favourite top ten tips to remember if you think that your wedding day may be a wet or cold one:

  1. It’s a great idea to keep an emergency umbrella (we recommend nearby or bring one along on the day if you’re having a winter wedding, most experienced wedding photographers will have at least one photo friendly umbrella available in the boot of their car. These are usually standard white or cream in colour so they don’t create colour casts in your photos, but if you prefer a quirkier style a bright or funky look multi-coloured or colour co-ordinated umbrellas can work great with bridal party wedding photographs.
  2. Be prepared for anything, weather can change at any minute so just take your wedding day as it comes. The one part of your wedding day that you can’t control is the weather, but don’t let it worry you. Embracing wet weather conditions is a brave choice but creates some stunning wedding photography. Just remember to keep laughing and smiling under the brolly.
  3. But don’t panic, if the weather really does take a turn for the worst there is always the option of taking the wedding photography indoors. Your photographer will advice you on the best locations for these. An experienced wedding photographer will always have a plan B (and maybe C and D) to create amazing wedding photographs of you both and your wedding guests.
  4. If you’re getting married at a colder time of year then don’t be afraid to incorporate a jacket or wrap into your attire. It’ll keep you warm and look good for wedding photographs.
  5. Pack a spare pair of shoes, if you’re worried about ruining your Choos, Blahniks or Louboutins, have a pair of wellies or flats on hand nearby. It will also make walking on soft or wet ground easier. If killer heels really are you thing then consider heel protectors to help walking on the grass or even deep carpet. Amazon have a large selection of protectors such as these  Heel Protectors
  6. Have a bridesmaid or best man nearby to hold your umbrella, or provide extra coats if the weather is colder.
  7. Most importantly bare in mind it’s going to be cold, but smile like you’re on a tropical beach sipping Pina Coladas. It’s worth a few minutes of sharing body heat outside for a lifetime of stunning wedding photographs.You’ll always remember the rain on your wedding day so make sure you look happy in your wedding photographs.
  8. Wear waterproof mascara; it’s always a brilliant idea not to have panda eyes on your wedding day. So it’ll come in handy if there are any happy tears or you get caught in the rain.
  9. When choosing your wedding venue take into consideration wet weather locations indoors, not all venues offer ideal opportunities if the weather takes a sudden turn. Ask the wedding co-ordinator during venue viewings about wet weather weddings and ensure there is adequate space and suitable locations for your drinks reception and wedding photographs.
  10. As tempting as it is to check the long range weather forecast don’t rely on any weather forecast more than 48 hours in advance.
  11. This is primarily for the grooms on a particularly snowy wedding day; a spare pair of shoes would be a godsend but if that’s not practical then a pair of dry socks for afterwards will be a great help or why not try matching wellies? There is nothing worse than soggy toes.

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Always be prepared for wet weather just incase on your wedding day, it is the UK and unfortunately the weather is as unpredictable as ever. Regardless of rain or shine, you and your guests will have a wonderful time celebrating the day regardless. Just bare in mind to bring along a spare pair of weather resistant shoes you don’t want soggy toes after all.

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