No one dreams of having rain on their wedding day. That being said, it does happen. This summer especially has been on a roll with rainy wedding days. And it can be awesome. Seriously. I mean that.
I'm a firm believer that the most important part of your wedding day is the fact that you are committing your life to the person you love most. No matter what the weather does, what details don't work out as planned, or what guests don't show up, at the end of the day you will be married to each other and starting a whole new journey of life together. This is reason to celebrate. And rain is just another kind of good weather.
So once you mentally prepare to embrace whatever your day brings, let's chat about a couple of ways to prepare to make the most out of rainy wedding days.
1. Talk to your photographer about it in advance.
Most couples' reactions when thinking about rain at their wedding is to frantically ask their photographer if they have an indoor location to do photos in. Honestly though, depending on the photographer and venue that you have chosen, this may not be the best option for you. So if you have your heart set on getting an indoor location for your photos be sure to talk with your photographer about how this will affect the look and feel of your final images. Natural light photography, which often produces a soft, airy style is not possible indoors unless you are in one of the rare locations with massive windows and/or skylights. Most indoor photographs will require the use of one or off camera flashes, which creates a more dramatic effect. This can be gorgeous when done properly and many photographers specialize in this style to begin with, so its important to know what style of photography you like when choosing your photographer. Every photographer is different in how they acheive the style that you chose them for, so chat with them about how they handle rain to produce the images you hired them for and trust what they tell you! A truly professional photographer will know what they're doing!
Most of us natural light photographers will handle rain in one of two ways - head to the nearest covered area for photos or whip out umbrellas and embrace the rain! I've done both. I love the look of our cute clear umbrellas for photographs - like in the above photo from Jenni & Kevin's wedding - and I also love finding sheltered spots within your chosen photo locations - like we did for Ian & Sherry's wedding. It was pouring rain for the majority of their formal photo time and yet they ended up with an amazing collection of final images. The key to rocking rainy wedding days is to relax, be flexible, and just enjoy whatever the day brings!
2. Bring rain appropriate gear!
I'm not talking about photography gear (your photographer should have that covered). I'm talking about bringing water proof or rain resistent footwear for the bride and bridesmaids to wear when walking to and from photo locations. No one wants to be walking through puddles in strappy sandals or slipping in mud (yikes!). Once the rain ends or you get to the reception you can slip back into those gorgeous stilettos for the rest of the evening ;)
And while you're planning some backup footwear, also consider throwing in some not so super stylish ponchos or jackets to keep the wedding party extra warm and dry in between photos - especially if the girls have bare shoulders - they'll love you for it!
3. Be adaptable!
I've said it before, but it's worth saying again. No matter how much planning you do, the most important thing is to be prepared to enjoy the day no matter what comes. At the end of the day, you have your best friend next to you for the rest of your life and no amount of last minute changes can take away that joy - no matter what.