Northern Ireland Wedding Photography – 5 Tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day


Northern Ireland Wedding Photography – 5 tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day

Wedding day rain can be especially frustrating if it threatens to ruin your carefully laid plans. With these 5 tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day, you can ensure your wedding day weather doesn’t become the ultimate dampener to what should be one of the happiest days of your life.

1. Have a wet weather contingency plan

Have a wet weather plan, a Plan B. This should be discussed with your venue and wedding planner and your photographer, especially if you plan on having an outdoor ceremony. There may be an option to move your ceremony indoors or under cover if the forecast is for rain. This may mean in a marquee or moving everything to an indoor location. If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony or drinks reception check that there is an indoor option for your guests, should it rain. Make your wedding party aware of the plan so that they can assist and direct guests if needed, to another area. You could also hire a marquee which could be on hand if needed.

2. Have umbrellas at the ready

Have a selection of umbrellas at the ready for yourselves and your wedding party. Some venues will provide these but be sure to enquire beforehand. You can purchase these in bulk quite cheaply on Amazon and can even purchase them in different colours to coordinate with your colour theme. These can be left in baskets by the doorway for your guest to use. I recommend clear umbrellas for the wedding party and couple so that they won’t cause colour casts on your faces in photos. 

3. Consider alternative footwear

If you plan a marquee or festival type of wedding then I recommend wellies or similar kind of footwear to walk about in possible muddy ground or puddles. You can always change again back into your original footwear when you’re back undercover. They also look super cute for photos! Check out cute wellies https://www.evercreatures.co.uk 

4. Trust your photographer

Your photographer should be able to discuss alternative locations and photo ideas if needed. Get creative with your photography. Rain means rainbows! With a bit of luck, it won’t rain all day and you’ll be able to get outside for some photos between the showers. The light on a rainy day is perfect for photos and cloudy skies add to the drama. When I arrive at your venue, I check out the best places to take your portraits and group shots and scout which windows have at the nicest light  for indoor couple shots. As wedding photographer I come across this situation fairly often so  relax and know that you’re in safe hands.

5. Embrace the rain

Let’s face it, there is nothing you can do to prevent whatever Mother Nature might bring in terms of weather but don’t let it ruin your day. It poured all day at our ownwedding and we managed to get outside for photos later in the evening. Having guests inside all day meant they mingled more and had the chance to talk to each other. It certainly didn’t ruin our day! Your dress may get muddy but I reckon the dirtier the dress, the more fun was had!

In some cultures they believe it’s good luck to get married in the rain. 

“A knot tied in the rain is hard to unravel” this signifies that you’ll have a strong, long lasting marriage.

Every cloud has a silver lining!


In summary; What to do if it rains on your wedding day:

1.Have a wet weather plan

2.Have umbrellas at the ready

3. Consider alternative footwear

4. Trust your photographer

5. Embrace the rain