Your big day is almost here! Yay! But you just looked at your trusty weather app and OH NO! Rain is in the forecast.
Now, before you get your hair in a tizzy just breathe….in….and out…ok. Feel a little calmer. Good.
So it might rain on your wedding day but that doesn’t have to mean everything will be ruined. Sure, you can be upset but not too long. You’ll want to start making your rain-day plan now.
1) Congrats! You’re getting the best light for portraits!
As I tell all of my portrait clients, the light just before and after it rains is my favorite. It’s consistent, it’s soft, and it brings out the color in EVERYTHING. Because the clouds are covering the sun, we don’t need to worry about shadows or squinty eyes. So let’s first and foremost be thankful for that!
2) Embrace it with appropriate gear and then have fun with it!
A clear umbrella lives in the trunk of my car for this very purpose. I encourage my couples to invest in a couple clear umbrellas – enough for the couple and their entire wedding party – if they’re worried about rain. Clear umbrellas are best because they won’t cast a weird color or a shadow on your face which will make your photographer very happy. If clear umbrellas aren’t an option, try to find umbrellas in your wedding colors.
3) Bring extra towels
You can use towels to wipe up any excess water AND they can double as blankets in case anyone needs to warm up. I like white towels for weddings just in case I need to have the bride sit on one while we’re taking portraits. These towels would get the job done nicely.
4) Put your hair up and wear waterproof mascara
Take it from a girl who gets big, frizzy hair when it’s humid out…moisture in the air can be a BIG OL’ BUMMER for your locks. So, if it looks like rain, you might want to consider doing an updo for your hair.
Updos work well in bad weather because they stay in place. Your hair won’t be flying in the wind and you won’t have to worry about your curls falling flat.
The second part should go without saying even if rain wasn’t in the forecast. 😉
5) Think about renting a tent
Before buying or renting a tent, first check with your venue to see what they can do on their end if you’ve planned to have an outdoor ceremony or reception. Some venues can easily move everything inside without any issues.
If you’re doing more of a DIY wedding, get in touch with a rental company to see what their options are for tent rentals. A few local rental vendors are:
6) Worry about what you can control and forget the rest
As my dad always says, “Don’t stress over things you can’t control.” Guess what? You can’t control the weather. Why stress yourself out and waste energy wishing the rain away? You’re flippin’ getting married!!
If it rains…it rains. Remember to breathe, don’t freak out, have someone bring you a drink to calm your nerves, and for christ’s sake, put down your weather app.
7) It’s going to be memorable
You will have so many stories from your wedding day and everyone is going to say how great it was. And it will be!
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!