May 8, 2019

What to do if it Rains on Your Wedding Day

What to do if it rains on your wedding day by Coastal Wedding Photographer Elizabeth Friske Photography

In all my years of shooting weddings, I’ve seen and heard a lot of different bridal preferences. But I don’t think I’ve ever met a bride who wanted it to rain on their wedding day!

Outdoor weddings have been trending for quite some time. I mean, hello natural light! They’re beautiful!

And yet, I’ve worked with plenty of brides who embraced mother nature and still had the day they dreamed of, despite the wet weather.

Even though I’m sharing some advice for what to do if it rains on your wedding day, one thing a photographer can not control is the weather.

However, there are a few things I’ve learned in the face of less-than-desirable conditions that can help switch your perspective and even exceed your expectations.

Here’s my list:


For starters, your perspective really is EVERYTHING.  Take a deep breath and remember the number one reason for the day. You’re getting married to your best friend! That’s still going to happen regardless of the weather. You can still enjoy the morning getting ready with your girls, you still get to wear your stunning white dress, and you still have an audience of loved ones to support and celebrate the promises you’re making to one another!

Be Prepared

Consider getting rain boots and umbrellas for you and your bridal party. When I shoot, I have a number of clear umbrellas in tow. From a photographer’s perspective, these are best to allow light to still hit your faces while keeping you as dry as possible! Rain boots will obviously protect your feet and offer a fun photo op of you embracing the puddles!

Be Flexible

No matter what, rain is going to put a strain on the timeline, so you will want to be flexible! Work with your planner and photographer to take advantage of what you can get between pockets of rain and create some buffer time between the rest of the night’s events!

For example, if it is projected to rain later in the day, perhaps moving up portraits is a good call. Or perhaps adjusting the events of the reception slightly to get some pictures done whenever there’s a clear sky will still allow you to get those outdoor shots you’ve envisioned!

The good news is, an experienced photographer can adjust and adapt. They’ll look at all of the weather apps to check the radar and get up to the minute forecasts to decipher when you can get some shots in, transition between locations, and work closely with the coordinator/planner, as to not disturb the wedding activities too much!

Being flexible will help you go with the flow and enjoy the day no matter what!

What to do if it rains on your wedding day by Coastal Wedding Photographer Elizabeth Friske Photography

Have a Plan B

Having a rain plan is crucial in maximizing your day, both for your photos and the overall experience for you and your guests.

Ideally, you’ll keep everyone from getting wet, so consider back-up tents, a second location, etc. Work with your planner and your event coordinator to go over your options!

Trust Your Photographer

A good one will do everything in their power to get you the images you want. We will get creative and use the light we have, add light if we need – you name it. But it starts with your trust! That’s the key to ensuring you are relaxed and able to fully enjoy the true meaning of the day.

Consider Doing a First Look

This one is definitely up to you, but if you are choosing to do a first look, it can allow  you to get more portraits, create flexibility in the timeline, and ensure you get the pictures you want without rushing later in the event of an afternoon thunderstorm during portrait hour!

To be honest, some of my favorite images are taken on rainy days, so it really is all about your perspective! While rain may not ideal, it isn’t the end of the world. Besides, most say it’s even good luck for your marriage! 😉

Embrace it, trust your photographer, and your day will be magical no matter what.  

I promise!

– Elizabeth

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