Wedding Planning 101

How to Prepare for a Rainy Wedding Day

April 27, 2023

This is probably the BIGGEST fear all of my brides have… and it’s a valid one! No one even wants to say the word rain on your wedding day. (It’s like in Harry Potter when no one wants to say Voldemort) 

I want this post to take some of the scariness out of a rainy wedding day. Because the truth is, we can’t control the weather. Especially living in New England… it could be sunny one minute, and then pouring the next!

It literally changes by the minute, so we never know what’s going to happen!

Even if the forecast shows no rain… the reality is we could have a random shower that appears out of nowhere. It happens ALL the time in New Hampshire. I’ve even been in the situation where they had to stop the ceremony halfway through, and finish it inside because of a random downpour.

But want to know a secret?

I actually LOVE overcast days!!! The light is SO soft and SO SO flattering! Colors are actually more vibrant on overcast days too! (Is my excitement showing through?! I’m getting excited typing this haha!)

I know rainy days can impact things like outdoor ceremonies, but when it comes to pictures, I want my brides to know your photos will still be STUNNING! You actually have more flexibility to get a ton of variety in your portrait locations because the light is clean and even almost everywhere. So I promise you, I got you covered, and your photos will be AMAZING!

Ultimately, I know rain isn’t ideal, and no bride would wish for rain on their big day. But if it happens, it’s going to be just fine! Here are a few things to remember:

  1. Buy some clear umbrellas

You can get big, clear umbrellas at Target or Walmart for around $5 each. We can use these for bride and groom portraits, and you can even use them for the bridal party! That way if it’s spitting rain outside, your hair won’t get frizzy! We can also use them for epic nighttime portraits!

  1. All I need is a porch!

If it’s raining really heavily, I can take bridal party, bride and groom portraits, and family formals in one spot! This way I still have natural light, but you all can stay dry! 

  1. Let me worry about your pictures! 

You have enough to think about! If there is a chance of heavy rain, I’ll be sure to do some extra scouting to find a covered location or two for your photos!

  1. Take it one step at a time

Try not to think “What’s going to happen if it rains” “What are we going to do?!” That will only overwhelm you! Definitely have a rain plan for your venue, but then let your vendors do the work of handling the rest of the day if rain is in the forecast! We’ll make the best of it!

Here are two rainy day blog posts to give you a better idea! One is an engagement session that had an 80% chance of rain, and the other is from Kelsey and Chris’ wedding day which was SO dark and rainy the entire day!

Yet the photos….. 🔥

Post 1: A Rainy Engagement Session

Post 2: A Rainy Wedding Day

Thanks for Reading!

- Morgan

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ABOUT Morgan

Your bubbly and energetic New England photographer who never turns down chips + queso or a good Friend’s re-run. 

While I could talk for hours about how much I love capturing perfect moments for my couples that I know will instantly be a favorite, the truth is that photography is just the outlet that lets me do what I truly love—serving my clients! 

I specialize in creating an atmosphere that allows my clients to feel relaxed, at ease, and truly in the moment when they are getting their photos taken. This isn’t about me or creating moments just for good photos; I ensure all of my client's images are truly aligned with who they are at their core and the way they dream of their day playing out. 


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