Written by Martin Neeves –Wedding Photographer in all weathers
You’ve planned your wonderful day and you really want the weather to be kind. But you wake up on the magic day and the wind is whistling through the trees and the rain is battering against your windows. Your first thoughts are not printable, but you worry that the weather will ruin the day. Will people show up? Is my dress going to be ruined by the weather, how will we get great photographs, will the marquee blow down, will the marquee be freezing, damp etc? You are in a state of panic and fear. But you know, people will show up because they will want to celebrate your happy day.
So what do you do if the weather lets you down?
Well firstly do not panic. If your wedding day is in the early Spring, Winter or Autumn then there is a greater chance of the weather not being in your favour. However, even in the height of Summer the weather can be unkind. Either way we are in the United Kingdom – we all know that the weather is notoriously unpredictable, so plan plan plan. If you assume that “Its gonna rain and the wind will blow” then you have 2 options:
- If it doesn’t the weather seems brilliant and everyone is happy, or
- If it does, then you will be prepared and can focus on the happy day.
So what plans can you make?
Umbrellas. Not just big golfing umbrellas to get to and from cars to the venue. But also some more twee ones that can be used during photographs. If you really think ahead umbrellas can be planned in as accessories for bride, groom, bridesmaids and guests. Clear umbrellas are great for the photos as they allow light through so you can be seen in all your glory instead of sheltering in the gloom of a dark umbrella.
Outer Clothing. I never cease to be amazed that even in the middle of Winter brides will not have an overcoat or shawl or rain cover of some sort. They then have to experience a mad dash from car to venue and get soaked. They then spend a while “drying out” – you can almost see the steam rising. A waterproof cape, even a plastic one, will protect you. If it is just chilly, then a cardigan, jacket or shawl will keep you warmer. Better to have to discard the offending protective clothing at the venue or church door and not have to walk down the aisle shivering, blue and weather beaten.
Shoes. Have a good reconnaissance of the venue or church. If there is any chance that your dress shoes will have to traverse wet or muddy areas, either have some plastic overshoes or have a temporary pair of shoes to get into the venue, then put the dress shoes on. If you are going to wear heels, make sure that you have a second pair of flat shoes ready if you are going to go outside. There is nothing more worrying than getting your heels bogged down in wet ground. Walking on soft, wet ground will be easier. Alternatively, buy some stoppers to put on your heels as they will allow you to walk on soft ground in high heels with ease.
Makeup and stuff. Mascara does not look good if it runs especially if you get caught in the rain or cry. Make sure your use waterproof mascara and good lipstick that is not affected by the wet. If you know it is going to be windy, discuss with your hairdresser how your wedding day hairdo will be set up to defend against disasters. If the weather is going to be hot, then our makeup artist may need to use different makeup.
Tents and Marquees. A good tent or marquee company will be well versed in “bad weather” plans. If you are insistent on having your wedding marquee set up in a low point, you might find that you have a wetter floor or worse a small flood. Higher ground will mean the water runs somewhere else and not in your tent. Also, make sure you have a solid footpath leading up to your marquee as you will not want to make your guests walk across a muddy field in their finery to get into the marquee.
Photography. Amazingly, bad weather does not mean no photos or bad photos. A good photographer will exploit the benefit that overcast skies can bring. It can also allow for greater artistic images. Yes, bad weather can mean getting some amazing shots that just wouldn’t have been possible on a sunny day. Discuss options with your photographer, it is almost a given that he or she will already have been thinking about their “Plan B”. Rain and wind can lead to some amazing wedding photos as the bride gets caught up in her veil and guests cower under umbrellas as the rain lashes down. Also, a good reportage photographer will photograph you enjoying your big day indoors rather than outdoors with no problems at all in the event of bad weather.
Insurance. Yep there is such a thing as wedding or event insurance. It is also called fluvial insurance. Wedding insurance could certainly come in handy should a weather disaster strike.
Wet Weather Plan. If you were intending an outdoor wedding, always, but always have a “wet weather” programme. What are you going to do if it chucks it down? Make sure you have somewhere indoors you can retreat to and carry on.
It’s too hot. Yes, that can be a problem as well. Make sure there is plenty of soft drinks for people as dehydration might be a problem, especially if guests are going to drink a lot of alcohol. Maybe paper fans can be used a party favours.
Ask your Venue. Seek the advice of your events manager at the venue. Yours will not be the first wedding that will have to cope with the vagaries of the weather. Ask them for options, they may have something really imaginative you may not have thought of because they know their venue.
The Ultimate Plan B. If you are really worried about the UK weather and want to guarantee sun and all that goes with it for your wedding – go abroad to a sunny clime but remember, sunshine alone doesn’t make a wedding great, but the couple and their guests do.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer who is going to make you look great whatever the weather, then Contact Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591 for the highest quality Wedding photography