“Rain, rain, go away…”
So you’ve planned your wedding day down to the last minute and even created a complete blow-by-blow timeline using a spreadsheet.¬† All those minute details have been covered and you’re now wondering to yourself what else is there to do.
My question to you would be, ‘Have you planned for the unexpected?¬† Do you, for example, have a wet-weather option for both the ceremony and the location¬†photographs?’
Now if you’re having a church wedding then you should be fine unless the church leaks.¬† But it may be useful to ensure you have some large golf umbrellas to keep you dry when entering & exiting the wedding cars.¬† We always carry at least half-a-dozen extra umbrellas for just such an occasion and are constantly surprised by wedding car hire companies that don’t do the same.¬† What’s more, our umbrellas don’t have loud corporate logos emblazoned on them.
But what’s the plan then for your photos after the ceremony?¬† Hopefully you’ll be able to get some family photos inside the church provided there isn’t another wedding service straight away – a common occurrence at many of the more popular churches.
Typically, you’ll then want to head-off to have some photos with the bridal party in a picturesque location.¬† Is it to be indoors or outside?¬† Again, do you have umbrellas for the entire bridal party?¬† It looks better too if they’re colour coordinated.¬† Solid black or white looks particularly smart although alternating white with a colour can also tie in nicely with the bridesmaids’ dresses.
So umbrellas can work well if it’s a light drizzle.¬† But as soon as it’s pouring or the rain is coming at you sideways you’ll need to be undercover.¬† Clearly it pays to have created a Plan B with your photographer before the day so that you have an easy alternative if the need arises.
A number of good wet-weather locations¬†are listed below.¬† Over the coming months I will endeavour to post a separate entry discussing each of their benefits.
However, if on your wedding day there should be some dark and ominous clouds on the horizon, consider too that it might be the perfect, albeit dramatic, backdrop to your photos.