How to achieve great wedding photographs on rainy days


Get brilliant wedding photographs whether it be in the wind or rain. Brides suggest that it is simply good luck to have a tropical summers day, or even the mere sight of some sunshine on their wedding day but on a wedding day it’s a must to think that there is simply no such things as bad weather. The most beautiful wedding photographs can be in either rain or shine. By default we don’t always like to loiter around in the rain, but don’t be afraid to get a little wet. The reality is that if you want to stay entirely dry then you’re not going to get some creative rain photographs. It is an unavoidable fact of life that we cannot control the weather, so why don’t we make the most of it.

If you’re nervous about the weather conditions on your wedding day don’t be afraid to ask your wedding photographer if they have any previous experience in photographing wet weddings, it will put your mind at rest seeing some examples of their previous wet weddings. Believe it or not but the best kind of rain you can get on your wedding day is in fact a downpour, it’s the most visually appealing form of rain. So don’t be afraid to count your blessings on your wedding morning when you get a drop or two of rain because you’re in for some stunning photographs.


If in doubt though there is always umbrellas or wellies which make for novelty style rainy wedding photographs that tell the true to life story of your wedding day. Here are our top ten tips to remember if you think that your wedding day may be a wet one.

  1. Keep an emergency umbrella nearby, most experienced wedding photographers will have at least one photo friendly umbrella available. These are usually white or cream so they don’t create colour casts in your photos, for a bright funky look multi-coloured or colour co-ordinated umbrellas can work great with bridal party wedding photographs.
  2. Be prepared for anything, weather can change at any minute so just take your wedding day as it comes. Embracing wet weather conditions is a brave choice but creates some stunning wedding photography. Just remember to keep laughing and smiling under the brolly.
  3. But don’t panic, if the weather really does take a turn for the worst there is always the option of taking the photography indoors. An experienced wedding photographer will always have a plan B (and maybe C and D) to get some great wedding photographs of you both and your wedding guests.
  4. If you’re getting married at a colder time of year then don’t be afraid to incorporate a jacket or wrap into your attire. It’ll keep you warm and look good for wedding photographs.
  5. pack a spare pair of shoes, if you’re worried about ruining your Jimmy Choo’s or Louboutins, have a pair of wellies or flats on hand nearby. It will also make walking on soft or wet ground easier.
  6. Have a bridesmaid or best man nearby to hold your umberella, or provide extra coats if the weather is colder.
  7. Most importantly bare in mind it’s going to be cold but smile like you’re on a tropical beach sipping pina coladas. It’s worth a few minutes of sharing body heat outside for a lifetime of stunning wedding photographs.You’ll always remember the rain on your wedding day so make sure you look happy in your wedding photographs.
  8. Wear waterproof mascara; it’s always a brilliant idea not to have panda eyes on your wedding day. So it’ll come in handy if there are any happy tears or you get caught in the rain.
  9. When choosing your wedding venue take into consideration wet weather locations indoors, not all venues offer ideal opportunities if the weather takes a sudden turn. Ask the wedding co-ordinator during venue viewings about wet weather weddings and ensure there is adequate space and suitable locations for your drinks reception and wedding photographs.
  10. As tempting as it is to check the long range weather forecast don’t rely on any weather forecast more than 48 hours in advance.

Always be prepared for wet weather, it is England and the weather is unpredictable so just embrace what happens. You and your guests will have a great time regardless of the weather so don’t worry yourself about it. Just bring a spare pair of appropriate footwear and be patient. It is important to not let rainy weather spoil your wedding day.

Running inside after wet weather photography at Allerton Castle

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