It’s like rain on your wedding day

How to cope with rain on your wedding day.

After a nice family walk with the kids and the dog around Smithills Woods this afternoon we happened upon a wedding. We saw guests dashing to their car to shelter from the rain and not one person was outside (pretty understandable).

And I thought, what a shame to be getting married on a day like today.

But then I suddenly switched into wedding photographer mode and realised we deal with weddings like this all the time.

We live in Lancashire in the North West and it rains. A lot. And you know what, we cope. And so do our brides and grooms. And we still get amazing images.

So I thought I’d give you a couple of pointers on how to deal with rain on your wedding day.

1. Buy brollies in advance. If you don’t need them, then brilliant, it hasn’t rained. But it’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. Hello Brolly sells the most wonderful brollies for weddings and we always recommend them.
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2. When you’re going anywhere, lift your dress high. I mean really high! Any little splashes will definitely show up.
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3. Take a change of shoes, or even wellies. The last thing you want is to be walking around with wet feet all day. You can easily change when you get to your venue and wellies and a wedding dress can look pretty cool. They even have wellies with wedges these days so you don’t have to lose any height from your wedding shoes.
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4. Make sure your venue has a wet weather plan. Most will but very occasionally they may not. Knowing in advance what they will do will help you to relax.

5. Take an extra bag of essentials not only for you but for the rest of the wedding party. Make up in case it runs, hair spray to prevent frizz, extra stockings to change into, etc.

6. Buy a fake grass mat. This bride did just this and it was simply genius. You can’t tell she’s stood on a grass mat. If you want images on the wet grass outside, simply put the mat down to stop your shoes sinking into the grass and place your dress around it. Absolute genius for literally a few pounds.
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7. Embrace the rain. You have absolutely no control over the weather so please don’t let it control your wedding day. The rain will drive everyone inside which means your guests will actually spend more time with each other rather than scattered all over the place outside. The cold weather and rain is a great excuse for your venue to light the open fire. Stock up on mulled wine or hot cocktails, even hot chocolate.

8. At the end of the night decide to get wet and go out in the rain for some amazing pictures. Make the most of your wedding day. This is YOUR WEDDING DAY and treasure every moment.
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