Some would say some rain on your wedding day is good luck, but whether that’s true or not, even a little rain or other type of unexpected weather can cause a big headache, especially if you and your partner were dreaming of an outdoor affair.
But as longtime NY / NJ wedding photographers, we can tell you that there is some good news about these types of unexpected weather scenarios. They can lead to some pretty amazing and unique wedding photos. For some examples, check out this post from TheHuffingtonPost.com, 25 Couples Who Made The Most Of Some Bad Wedding Day Weather.
But for a few tips for turning what seem to be dreadful weather situations into opportunities to create some truly magical moments for your wedding photo album, read on.
Start thinking about the weather ASAP.
If you’re not doing absolutely everything indoors and an unexpected weather situation can affect your wedding celebration in any way, then you need to start preparing for one as early on in your wedding planning as possible.
There’s simply no reason to wait, and that doesn’t change when it comes to your wedding photographers. So, even in the earliest stages of communication with them, you should start asking about their experience with shooting in different types of weather and their willingness to do so.
You need to know that they prepare to keep their equipment dry or are at least okay with it possibly getting a little wet, and you also want to know if they’ve had success in similar situations in the past.
For more on choosing the right wedding photographers for your wedding, check out this post, 4 Tips for Ensuring That You’ve Found the Best Wedding Photographers for Your Big Day, but the bottom line is, you should start asking them about how they handle unexpected weather as early on in the hiring process as possible.
Don’t just accept the weather, embrace it.
Now, while you may have to switch to an indoor celebration on account of unexpected weather to keep your guests dry, if you want to use the weather to your advantage to make for unforgettable wedding photos, you may need to get a little wet.
It’s not that there aren’t ways to embrace the weather from the interior, especially if your venue offers any scenic views—more on that later—but you can’t be overly concerned with staying 100% dry, warm, etc., if you want to get the most out of the magic the weather has to offer.
You and your partner need to be comfortable and confident and willing to be playful and have some fun for your wedding photographers. If you’re constantly worried about your attire and appearance, it will hold you back.
So, just try to remember that if you want to play in the rain, you’re going to get wet, and take it from us as veterans of wedding photography in NY and NJ, playing in the rain can make for some fun and unique wedding photos. And if it’s really a big deal to you and/or your partner, you can always wait until the very end of the night to have your fun in the rain, snow, etc.
Seek shelter fashionably.
Like mentioned earlier, it’s always a good idea to start asking your wedding photographers about their experience with shooting “under the weather” early on, and if you do and choose the right people, then a lot of these kinds of ideas will come from them, but it can’t hurt to have a few in your back pocket regardless.
And one way to cleverly fold the weather into your photo plans is to seek a little shelter, not only so that you and your partner get to stay drier, but also so that your photos have the effect of both the calm and the “storm.”
You can simply go to a certain area of your venue that provides views or access to the outdoors, whether it’s a big doorway or overhang or roofed-in patio, or you can just bring a few stylish umbrellas along.
You, your partner, and your photographers—and perhaps even your wedding party if you so desire and your vehicle can handle the crowd—can also hustle out to the car for a few shots. The point is, there are ways to capture the magic of the weather while still staying relatively dry, warm, and clean, and if you do it right, you’ll end up with some pretty amazing photos.
Like mentioned above, bringing some umbrellas along to create a little shelter for your outdoor, in-the-weather wedding photos is always a good idea, and it works even better if you connect the umbrellas with your or your partner’s attires in some way.
And on that note, whenever unexpected weather’s a possible issue, planning to bring along some rain or snow boots that will work well with the attire of anyone involved in the exterior photos is a good idea too.
Then there’s the temperature to consider. So, if you’re getting married in the winter months and there’s a possibility that you’ll be taking some pictures out in the snow, then bring a shawl, cape, or warm coat along and perhaps some hats, gloves, etc., and the same goes for your partner.
And if the whole wedding party will be involved, these are things that should be considered and dealt with as early on in the planning process as possible. For some tips and ideas on what else you may want to bring along in case an unexpected issue or emergency arises, check out this post, How to Prepare the Perfect Emergency Kit For Your Wedding Day.
Last but not least, BE CAREFUL!!!
While rain and snow can make for some very magical moments and therefore some very powerful photos, you need to remain mindful of the fact that bad weather can also be very dangerous.
Yes, city streets can look amazing just after or during a rain storm, especially at night with the lights reflecting off of seemingly everything, but slick streets in the city, in the dark, can also make for very dangerous driving conditions.
The same, obviously, goes for snow, and it doesn’t have to be the city either. And then there’s lightning to worry about it as well. The point is, don’t put capturing beautiful wedding photos ahead of your, your partner’s, your guests’, nor your wedding photographers’ safety.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of bad or unexpected weather so that you end up with an unforgettable wedding photo album. So, if your wedding’s hit with a few rain drops or flurries, try to look at the bright side, no pun intended.
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