1. Hire a professional
I mean, you should do this anyway. In every scenario except price, a professional wedding photographer will give you better photos than your friend with a nice camera. Wedding photography is honestly the most stressful photography genre because wedding photographers must be able to photograph under any condition, with any range of emotion, and all types of people. A hired, professional wedding photographer has devoted their career and honed their specific skills to making beautiful wedding photos. Find one you like, and put your worry-free trust in them—no strings or obligations attached.
And there’s nothing that separates professional photographers from hobbyists and amateurs than the weather. When it’s pouring rain, a professional photographer won’t be worried about their gear. They’ll have already made plans B and C. And they might even get more creative. I hold an unpopular opinion: I love a rainy day wedding. I have to think outside the box, it gets my creative ideas flowing, and I love a challenge.
2. Expect the weather you don’t want
I am a firm believer that if you prepare for something, the worst case scenario won’t happen. So I always have at least one umbrella, and we’ll talk about what umbrellas will look good with your wedding party, or where we can take the wedding party if you don’t want to use umbrellas.
Another way to manage expectations is to hire a wedding coordinator. They’re extraordinarily helpful! Whether you choose day of coordination or full event preparation, your wedding coordinator knows how to keep your stress levels and to do lists off your mind, so you can enjoy whatever your day has in store.
3. Make a game plan with your photographer
Being a British Columbia wedding photographer based in the Kootenays means that we are very likely to get rain at weddings in June and September, and snow in October. So I’ve learned to work with all kinds of precipitation, whether a steady stream or intermittent showers. We will talk about rain at our pre-wedding meeting, and I’ll coordinate with your coordinator. Put some just-in-case room in your schedule, and you won’t risk having buy additional hours on your wedding day (which are usually more expensive than the package), and you won’t feel stressed out by the time AND the weather.
4. Embrace the rain
Inclement weather brings us together! This is especially true for weddings. “Bad” weather encourages us to laugh because we can’t control it. It helps us to accept things we cannot change, and hopefully to see the positives in a challenging situation. Admittedly, most of us don’t want rain so badly we don’t even want to think about it. And then, we don’t know what to do if it does rain on your wedding day.
Realistically, rain or snow can pose some obstacles with clothing and comfort. Some couples have horror stories about their photographer not knowing what to do, missing photos, wrecking equipment or clients having sad faces. But if your wedding photographer is willing to work with the weather rather than against it, the weather can turn out to be unique to you, and even reveal relationships and personalities that might not otherwise be obvious.
And what happens after the rain? RAINBOWS!
4. Your Wedding Photographer can make it Awesome.
If you’ve hired a professional photographer, you’ve found some umbrellas you like, and you’ve made plans for indoor options or schedule changes, your wedding will be fantastic. And the rain just might make your wedding day that much more special.
If you do all of these things, your wedding is guaranteed to be wonderful, no matter the weather. If you want to talk more about what to do if it rains on your wedding day, contact me. I’d love to have a coffee with you.