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A few ideas for wet weddings

Bridesmaids under umbrellas during summer rain shower

Bridesmaids taking cover during a summer rain shower.

After a great start to the summer this has been one of the wettest wedding seasons I can remember. This should be the time of year when you can expect a dry and sunny wedding day, so couples planning for outdoor ceremonies and receptions can be taken by surprise when it starts pouring.

Your wedding photography is one part of the day that will be seriously affected if the weather is bad, so having a back up plan is essential. Here are a few ideas to minimize the disruption.

  • Have a word with your venue to see if they have any space you can use in an emergency. They may have some spare room or might agree to rearrange chairs and tables temporarily while your photos are taken. A quiet hallway or stairwell can also work well.
  • Buy some umbrellas. You can find boxes of cheap brollies on the internet, white, multicoloured or transparent can all look good. You might even want to choose a colour to complement the bride and bridesmaids dresses. These are ideal for smaller groups and photos of the bride and groom.
  • Have a look for covered and sheltered areas in advance. Trees can help in a light shower, arches and outside passageways can be useful for keeping people dry and still using some natural light.
  • Be as flexible as possible with timings. Even on a bad day the rain can come and go. If you are between courses at your wedding breakfast and the weather suddenly improves it can be an opportunity to pop outside and do a few shots.
  • Check that your photographer is bringing some lighting. If you end up taking all your formals and group shots inside, some studio lights can save the day.

Most of this stuff is fairly obvious. The main thing is to work out what you are going to do, if the skies open up, before your wedding day arrives. You can still have a fantastic day, even if you get a little damp.

Flower girls and ring boy at Lewes Castle in rain

Sometimes you just have to face it, you are going to get wet.

See the Brighton wedding photographers page for more information on booking and prices.

mark Jordan - Wise words indeed. Love the colourful shot of the bridesmaids with the brollies. Well done

Grant Stringer - You have some really great photographs on this website and I am sure there are lots of happy clients out there!

DaveP - Thanks Grant, some I hope!

DaveP - Thanks Mark, the rain keeps coming!

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