What if it rains on your wedding day? | Frances Stephenson Weddings

What if it rains on your wedding day?

 You’ve planned your wedding day to the T. You’ve sorted everything.

  • Everyone knows where they need to be, what they need to do.
  • You and your partner have rehearsed your lines for the ceremony.
  • The wedding day arrives and your dress, hair and makeup is en-pointe.

All is going well. But then, dark clouds appear overhead and the heavens open!

Beautiful wedding photos in the rain

If this happens to you and it rains on your wedding day, you may well think that this is an absolute disaster. But actually, I’m still able to capture beautiful wedding photos for you, even despite the rain.

In fact, I have photographed many, many couples on their wedding days when the rain has decided to make an appearance. And the photos have still worked out brilliantly!

British weddings are full of surprises!

Thanks to the Great British weather, glorious blue skies and dry balmy days are not guaranteed. Even if you choose to get married at the very height of the British summer.

Which does make my life, as a wedding photographer all the more interesting!

I never know quite what is going to happen during a wedding I’m photographing until it happens. Which is why I always like to be prepared for every eventuality.

As professional wedding photographers, we can handle the rain!

A few splashes of rain or even a full-on storm doesn’t necessarily mean the photos will be ruined! Martyn and I have tried and tested ways of getting around wet weather and of still getting you gorgeous keepsake images that you’ll love.

Rain on your wedding day

With this in mind, today I’m sharing with you my top tips for getting great wedding photos if it rains on your wedding day.

Also, take a look at the photos I share here. These were all captured in less-than-perfect wedding conditions. I hope you’ll agree that the photos are no less stunning than the examples in my wedding photo gallery that I’ve taken in dry weather.

How to still get fabulous photos if it rains on your wedding day

  1. Don’t panic!

The main thing is to not let the rain get you down. You won’t want to let your disappointment about the less-than-perfect weather show on your face. This is one of the happiest days of your life, remember. And rain isn’t the end of the world.

If you get stressed-out by the rain, it’ll make it so much more difficult for me to get the photos you desire. You’ll look your best if you keep smiling and have fun!

  1. Be prepared to improvise

The best thing you can do is just go with the flow, and have a laugh about it!

Hopefully, you’re having an absolute blast on your wedding day anyway. Don’t let the rain spoil that amazing feeling of finally being Mr & Mrs!

Enjoy your wedding day, even if it rains!

If it rains on your wedding day, I’ll have already reviewed our options for photos undercover at your wedding venue. That’s part of the pre-wedding prep that I always do, and it ensures that I know what our options are if we do need to seek shelter from the elements.

But if the rain is only light or intermittent, we’ll still head outside.

Many traditional wedding venues will have a pagoda in the garden or an area with a canopy that we could use. There may also be undercover areas at the church or at your ceremony venue that you can stand underneath. And trees also provide handy coverage from the rain.


  1. Bring an umbrella (and perhaps welly boots too!)

If you know rain is likely, do bring along umbrellas and welly boots so that we can still get outdoor photographs. We can then either use them in the photos as fun props. Or we can use them right up until the second I take the photo. Then, they can be cast aside so that they’re out of the image.

Elegant looking black and white umbrellas work really well for the bride and groom. And you may also want to buy for the rest of the bridal party as well.

For the bridesmaids and bridegrooms, you could choose a coloured umbrella or welly boots that match the accent colour in your wedding colour scheme. Or, stick with traditional white or black for them too.

Please don’t rely on your venue having umbrellas and wellies available though – they may not. And, although I always bring umbrellas with me to every wedding I photograph, I may not have enough for your needs so please bring your own to be safe.


Don’t let the rain spoil your special day

If it rains on your wedding day, yes, it can be a setback. But it’s nothing to worry about. As I’ve shown here, if you follow these simple tips, you can still get fabulous wedding photos.

If you’d like to discuss the possibility of me photographing your wedding, please get in touch.

Fran x