What to do if the forecast is rain for your wedding day

Spoiler alert – occasionally it rains here in North Yorkshire. So what to do if the weather looks a tad inclement on your wedding day? We’ve had all sorts of weather here at Lodge Farm – from heat waves through to mist and snow and of course the odd rainy day. July this year has been a real mix of weathers and last Saturday we were fortunate enough to have Joss Denham Photography with us for Lucy & Tom’s wedding. Joss took some incredible shots so we thought we’d sit down with him to outline some thoughts ideas of how to make the most of your day whatever the Great British weather throws at you!

Have a Plan B

We’ll always encourage you to have a Plan B for your wedding. Having a plan means you can relax knowing whatever the weather does your guests will be enjoying themselves and you’ll still get all the magical shots you want. The first place to start is with your venue – we’ll advise the best way to have your drinks and canapes inside and liaise with your caterer, bar and florist as to how to make this happen. You’ll also want to consider umbrellas (bold and colourful, or classic white?) and if you’re going to church how you’re going to get there if its wet.

The other key supplier to chat with is your photographer – your plan B with them might be to wait until there’s a weather window to pop outside for your group shots, decide to have pictures inside or to embrace the rain! Joss said “One of the challenges I faced was finding creative ways to incorporate the umbrellas into the photographs. I wanted to capture the playfulness and joy that came from embracing the rain.“ We’d also suggest having a plan for if the weather is better than you expect! For example getting married in November? If its sunny and crisp do you want everyone outside for a big group shot?

Be flexible (but know if there’s any must haves)

The more flexible you are with your pictures the easier it is for your photographer to get the shots you want where you want. It rarely rains non stop all day here! So if you can be flexible about when you have your couples shots, or your group shots, it may mean you can get outside to have some after your meal instead of before.

Having said that let your photographer know if there’s any pictures you need to get immediately. One example is if you’ve elderly grandparents who are only staying for your drinks reception and leaving before the meal. Make sure you mention to your photographer you need to get those shots before they head off. Joss said “The rain added an unexpected element to the day, creating a sense of spontaneity and adventure. I knew that this would make for some truly memorable and authentic photographs.”

Trust your photographer

They’re a professional – some of the things they say will sound mad but trust them and go with the process – these often make for the most amazing shots! Though our first thought may be that pictures in the rain isn’t the best, Joss says this isn’t necessarily true. The soft light and misty atmosphere actually creates a dreamlike ambiance, enhancing the emotions captured in each frame.

Embrace it!

Its your wedding day – you’re going to have the best day of your lives no matter what the weather so smile, laugh and embrace it. As Joss proves it really does make for some of the best pictures!

If you’d like fun AND beautiful images at your wedding no matter what the weather then do book a tour of Lodge Farm and check out more of Joss’s work.


Venue – Lodge Farm Weddings

Photographer – Joss Denham Photography

Videographer – Mulhern Media

Caterer – Nomad Catering

Florist – Walter & Blossom

Cake – Where The Ribbon Ends

MUA – Frankie Swiers

Hair – Lords & Ladies Harrogate