What if it rains on your wedding day?

Nov 29, 2017 | Wedding advice & ideas

Living in the UK there is always a chance it might rain on your wedding day no matter what time of year. One of the things I always say to my couples is to not let it worry you because the reality is the weather is one of the only things that is out of your control. Here are a few things you can do if it does rain:

Plan shelter

This is particularly important if your wedding day is primarily based outside. For example, if you are having a garden marquee wedding one of the best options I’ve seen for creating shelter is to add a snug section to the marquee which has seating. Doing so saves everyone from the rain and also stops guests pilling into the reception room too early.

Rainy Essex wedding photos guests under umbrellas


If you have an idea of forecast taking umbrellas in the back of someone’s car is always wise. I myself will bring a couple of umbrellas if I think there will be a downpour. You can also ask your guests to bring them too, especially so if it is an outside ceremony! Below is Hayley and Sean during evening couple photos sheltering under Hayley’s bridal umbrella.

Rainy wedding at The Great Lodge, Great Bardfield

Embrace the rain

You can still get awesome photos in the rain. Often in photographs, unless it is really pouring you can’t usually tell it is raining like in the photo below of Kirstie and James.

Rainy wedding at West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall


Be open to changing the timeline a little to avoid the showers. For example, if it means doing the group photos half an hour earlier/later to avoid your guests getting drenched it can’t be a bad idea. This will often mean communicating with your catering team so they can accommodate the changes.

Rainy wedding in Essex

Take photos in sheltered locations

When we arrived at Louise and Aaron’s wedding reception the rain began to pour down. Thankfully opposite their wedding marquee were quite a few trees offering shelter from the rain. It was there that we did the groups photos and we did similar when it came to couple photos so we could stay dry.

Wedding photos under a tree away from the rain

I will end the post by saying always be open to a little bit of change on your wedding day as it can help to achieve great photos. If it does rain it will still be your wedding day and it’ll be a great party, just think a little rain and there is more chance of a rainbow!