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Storm on wedding day

Jessica, on April 9, 2019 at 7:17 PM Posted in Planning 0 7
So there鈥檚 100% chance of not just rain but storming on my wedding day 馃槙馃檭 anyone else experience this ? And how did it go with pictures. I can deal with a little rain here and there but a storm is completely different.

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Latest activity by Cl铆odhna, on May 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM
  • Kristin
    Super November 2019
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    My parents actually had to bail out their church it rained so hard before their ceremony! They've been happily married for 34 years in October so I guess it was good luck. Not sure how pictures turned out because the photographer set the bag with EVERY film roll down at the church and someone walked off with them, never to be seen again, but some churches and banquette halls have really nice spaces to take pictures. If you get a break in the weather you could try to snap a few which might look really cool with the clouds, or maybe even get lucky and get a strike of lighting in one Smiley smile Good luck hun!

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  • Thea
    Dedicated August 2019
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    A good photographer can shoot in the rain - I've seen some great photos in the rain and using umbrellas or by finding little covered spots so you don't get soaked. Cloudy weather can actually create better lighting than harsh sunlight. Lightning can make for gorgeous photos.

    It's also worth checking out where you could take photos inside at your venue.

    Our friends got married last summer and it poured during the ceremony, lightened up just long enough for us to get back to our cars, then poured again when the reception started. Half of us got soaked. None of us cared because we know you can't control the weather. Later in the night it cleared up and they even got a rainbow.

    All you can do is prepare for the rain. Work with it - don't let it work against you.

    Good luck!

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  • SummerBrideInAutumn
    VIP October 2019
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    We just had our engagement pictures on Monday and the forecast was 100% rain, severe thunderstorms, flooding, hail, and tornadoes. It was just about as bad of a forecast as you could get. Stuff like that is usually so spotty and spread out. It can be ok where you are and thunderstorming 5 miles away.

    For us, we had a brief rain storm about 2 hours before our pictures and then it cleared up enough for us to do pictures outside.

    The forecast can be so unpredictable. And just remember that it鈥檚 actually better to take pictures with some cloud cover than in bright, beautiful sunlight. The clouds soften the lighting whereas sunlight is harsh. Plus, you don鈥檛 have to worry about squinting!

    Good luck! I hope the weather gods are smiling down on you on Saturday.
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  • S
    Devoted December 2018
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    It stormed on our wedding day. One of my bridesmaid had the brilliant idea for me to step into a poncho upside down and shove my dress in it. I also had a poncho over the top and everyone covering me in umbrellas anytime I had to go outside (those pictures are pretty funny).

    Luckily our chapel had a covered porch area where we took a lot of the pictures. It wasn鈥檛 the outside ceremony/pictures I had imagined but we got plenty of great pictures with our bridal party and family. We didn鈥檛 shoot any cute pics with umbrellas in the rain because it was storming so bad and the ground was so wet and muddy we didn鈥檛 even attempt. I was really worried I wouldn鈥檛 be happy with the pictures because we were so limited but I loved them!
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    I'd definitely scout out a Plan B picture location - just in case!!

    I got married during Hurricane Matthew, so there was no break in the storm and it was raining too hard for cute umbrella pictures! Smiley laugh We just quickly looked around for the best indoor space to take pictures as a back-up, and my photographer got a really cute picture of me and my bridesmaids in our rain gear.

    Bridesmaids in Boots and Rain Jackets!Storm on wedding day 2

    Photo Credit: Samantha Laffoon Photography

    Indoor Picture Idea - Library:Storm on wedding day 3

    Photo from Joshua Dwain Photography in NYC

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  • Becca
    Expert July 2019
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    So I am a meteorologist so I am going to try to give you some love here haha. First, any phone app is going to give you a watered down version of your forecast. This is going to give you your chance for an entire area. My suggestion would be to go to the NWS site as you can pick your exact location. Plus, you will be getting forecasts from people who are intimately knowledgeable about your area. The second thing is that any forecast more than 3 days out is going to lose some confidence. The 100% chance of rain is pretty darn gutsy (depending on where you live). Also, a good photographer will know how to shoot in the rain or storm. Heck, you might be able to get some cool photos with lightning or a super cell behind you (sorry the nerd had to come out)! Just embrace the storm and not fight it. Ultimately, have a plan for an indoor venue and be flexible. It may be that you get an hour of perfect weather where you can maneuver around it, or it misses your exact spot specifically! If you want to monitor it on the day off, you can download a radar app like myradar. This will show you exactly where the storms are and where the lightest rain will be. Sorry you are going to have storms but just embrace it! It is mother nature giving your relationship a round of applause haha

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  • Cl铆odhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
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    Hi Jessica!

    How did the weather hold up on your wedding day?

    Did you have to take your pics indoors?

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