07 Aug 2017
Bijou Weddings returns for the August instalment of Ask Bijou to offer expert advice on what to do if it rains on your wedding day
Welcome to the August edition of Ask Bijou. This month the team behind Bijou’s collection of exclusive use, country house wedding venues share their advice on wedding day weather worries. Do you have a question for the Bijou team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see the answer featured in a future edition of Ask Bijou…
My dream wedding venue has the most gorgeous grounds. I dream of having gorgeous photographs to treasure forever but have nightmares about our day being ruined by the British weather. Any ideas for beautiful photographs if it rains?
We all know that the British weather is unpredictable, whatever the season. Some couples book their dream wedding venue years in advance to secure the ultimate summer wedding date, only to have it rained on. However, they do say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but whether it’s a gentle shower or a heavy downpour, the team at your venue should have the perfect wet weather back-up plan.
When it comes to wedding photography in wet weather, we suggest the following…
Depending on the style of your wedding, a group shot around the altar once your ceremony has concluded could become a wonderful memory for you and your guests. Gathering on a grand stair case or having a group shot as one of the toasts are being made during the speeches could also be an option.
Top tip: Discuss a wet weather back-up plan with your photographer in advance so that they understand your expectations.
As a couple (and regardless of what weather mother nature decides to throw at you on your wedding day), there’s nothing wrong with venturing outside while your guests enjoy a celebratory drink in the dry. A golf umbrella to protect your dress and perhaps a white pair of wellies could make for a fun collection of romantic photographs in the rain.
Bridal party shots
If you’re looking to include your bridal party in a selection of outdoor photographs in the wind, rain or snow, huddling under a gazebo or a variety of umbrellas to match your wedding colour scheme could be an idea.
If you’re truly set on having some pictures within the grounds of your chosen wedding venue and aren’t keen on risking it on the day, consider taking your photographer to your venue for an engagement photo-shoot. You would, of course, need to firstly check with your venue if they would allow such things, and secondly check a date that this would be permitted, but an engagement shoot within the grounds could guarantee you the images you want and put less pressure on your photographer once the big day arrives.