What if it rains on my wedding?

Manchester wedding photographer

With weather as unpredictable as ours in the UK, there’s really no guarantee that it won’t rain on your wedding. Here’s my top tips on how to make sure rain on your wedding doesn’t dampen your spirits (see what I did there?!)…

Don’t worry about it, but be prepared

This is the most important. There’s literally nothing you can do to change it, so worrying or stressing about it won’t help things at all. In the lead up to your wedding, if the weather report is predicting rain, order lots of umbrellas and get yourself some wellies just in case and if you’re having an outside ceremony or reception, check with your venue about a potential Plan B.

I love how the colourful umbrellas pop against the cloudy backdrop!

I love how the colourful umbrellas pop against the cloudy backdrop!

Enjoy it

Cloudy skies make beautiful backdrops for photos and they also produce a lovely even light that’s wonderful and flattering to shoot in. Super sunny weddings can actually be much more unflattering than grey and drizzly ones!

At Steph + Tony’s wedding we made use of some trees and took advantage of the beautiful soft light the rain created

At Steph + Tony’s wedding we made use of some trees and took advantage of the beautiful soft light the rain created

Embrace it and be flexible with timings for your portraits

I’m more than happy to go outside and get some romantic, rainy photos if you are! Grab an umbrella and we’ll go find a shaded spot under some trees, or if you're up for it shoot out in the rain. Your outfit may get a bit grubby at the bottom, but your photos will be so worth it!

If you’d rather not get damp and you’re flexible with when we can do your portraits, we can either wait for a break in the rain or I’ll find some indoor locations as a backup with lots of natural light to work with.

Romantic rainy smooch under an umbrella. And Tony brought his gin with him…what a lad!

Romantic rainy smooch under an umbrella. And Tony brought his gin with him…what a lad!

Group shots

If it’s looking like there’ll be no break in the rain, I’ll find an indoor location to shoot family group shots and will have the necessary lighting equipment to do so. My preference is always to make the most of natural light, and if possible the great outdoors, so I’ll only shoot the group shots indoors if this is not possible. For your wedding party, if they’re up for it, we’ll brave the rain anyway!

Alice + her maids were not afraid of a bit of rain!

Alice + her maids were not afraid of a bit of rain!

If you’re looking for a Manchester based photographer who loves to shoot in any weather, please get in touch!