Do you want to know something that many photographers around the world have discovered? This phenomenon proves to me that the number one concern for most bride & grooms is the weather they will experience on their wedding day.
What is this truth that I write of? On any day of the week (even within the busy wedding season) if it is raining outside then our phone will not ring. I have even noticed that we will not receive emails from wedding couples who live in Sydney when it rains. It is as if couples don’t want to even think about their wedding plans on a rainy day.
So with that realisation shared, here is some information to consider in the planning of your wedding day in regards to the weather.
Having a beach wedding ceremony on the sand? Then check when the tides are due to come in. Sydney Tide Times
Unless you are living in Norway during the middle of summer and can enjoy the benefits of the midnight sun, fading light will be an issue for you and your photography. You can check the sunrise and sunset months before your wedding day and thus can book your wedding ceremony & reception based on these times. Sydney Sunset & Sunrise Times
Photographic useable light is different than sunset. The last 10-15 min before sunset is usually very dark, however I have used this light at times for some moody, creative ‘end of the wedding day’ type photographs.
Wind & Rain
Your best defence is to be thinking of wet weather alternatives at the time of booking your ceremony and reception. Hoping the weather will be ok is not a plan and denial is not a strategy. It isn’t a bad idea to start your search for photographers at the same time as ceremony & reception venues, as they can be a wealth of information on wet weather locations and strategies for bad weather. If they don’t help with this kind of information then it will quickly help you work out the better photographers to book.
Once you have planned for any weather conditions, five days before your wedding you can start to check the weather forecast. Don’t do it any earlier as you are only going to drive yourself crazy and the information is not going to be accurate (be kind to yourself). Sydney Forecast
If the forecast predicts rain then contact your photographer and venues if you need to discuss those wet weather strategies. With the rain can come a change of light and often really moody cloud cover, which I see as an opportunity to get some really creative photographs. Having a number of large golf umbrellas on hand is a really good idea. Black ones help with the moody shots and the all white ones (though really hard to find) are great for keeping the rain off but allowing some light through onto the face. Be careful that the umbrellas selected does not have any company logo’s or writing on them – as they will show in your photographs.
May the sunlight warm your face, the wind be blowing gently and there be no mention of rain on your wedding day. Have a wonderful day!