What if it Rains on My Wedding Day? Guest Post from Dave Thompson Wedding Photographer

This week wedding photographer, Dave Thompson, is sharing his top tips on how to prepare for wedding rain…just in case! No one wants rain on their big day but just look at some of these shots and how a negative can be turned into a positive!


It’s that age old question which still gets asked at some point during the planning of every couples wedding, “What if it rains on my wedding day?”

Well, if I’m honest, the first piece of advice I would give is to just accept it. There are so many factors involved in planning your wedding that you CAN affect from the shape of your cake and the colour of your bouquet to the design of your dress and the venue.

The one thing that none of us can control though, is the weather, especially in the UK and ESPECIALLY where I am based as a wedding photographer, in the North West!

So, to help you prepare, here are my top tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day…

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How to prepare for wedding day rain

Without the rain taking over your day, you can actually put some very simple things in place. If you were going out and there was a chance of rain, you’d take a brolly, right?

As a wedding photographer I always keep two white bridal umbrellas and a larger golf style white brolly in the boot of my car, so it may even be worth checking with your photographer to see if they have any.

If they don’t, you can pick them up fairly cheaply online. The pictures below were from Richard & Emma’s wedding at Alcumlow Wedding Barn in the summer of 2019. They had staff from the venue as well as hair and make up artists helping with the brollies – a real team effort!

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How can I help my wedding guests?

Another good question and the answer really is entirely up to you. You may well like to think that they would come prepared, but you can always rely on someone to forget theirs so why not speak to the venue?

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They will be more than used to coping with weddings and rainy days, so if you run short they’re always worth an ask.

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Will the rain affect my photographs?

My personal feeling about this would be ‘only if you let it.’ As photographers we have worked in many different types of conditions. One of the things I like to do is find a willing groomsman or bridesmaid to come out for the pictures of the bride and groom together.

In the picture below, Richard’s sister held an umbrella over the bride and groom and the whipped it out of the way for a matter of seconds, allowing us to capture the couple laughing together.

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So trust your photographer. Hopefully over the months running up to your wedding you will have built the relationship that allows you to know that there is a reason your wedding photographer wants to take you both into the rain.

They don’t want you to get soaked to the skin, but perhaps they have a creative idea that you will love when you see the finished product.

Is it possible to still have photos at night if it’s raining?

Great question and the answer is, YES, you 100% can. I try to find something creative inside the wedding venue and then have a look what’s outside.

The final image below from Richard & Emma’s wedding last year was outside in the rain. They were there for no longer than one minute and were dry throughout.

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I set the lights up that I needed and protected them from the rain, before taking the bride and groom outside and took the pictures. Emma’s work colleague described as ‘something from a movie poster.’

My last tip for preparing for rain on your wedding day…

Enjoy it, come what may! Yes you can wear wellies or flip flops and you might not be able to spend as much time outdoors as you would have liked, but it really is the one thing none of us can control, so as always, relax, smile, embrace the rain, and have a fabulous wedding day, whatever the weather.


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If you’d like to get in touch with Dave and find out more about his wedding photography services, get in touch using any of the below.

Tel: 07711 459404

Website: www.photographybydavethompson.co.uk

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10 Things to do Straight After you get Engaged

First and foremost – congratulations!! 💍 This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.  You have an engagement ring and you will soon be getting married to your soulmate. It’s surreal, yet definitely happening!

You are sure to be feeling lots of emotions and excitement will be one of them, but very likely a hint of anxiety will be there, too. This is totally normal, it just means going from dating to a just-got-engaged/bride-to-be in a matter of seconds is a shock to the system! 

To make sure your wedding planning journey goes smoothly from start to finish, we’ve pulled together a guide of the 10 things that you should do in the weeks straight after getting engaged.

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1. Celebrate Together

That electric moment of adrenaline-fueled ecstatic love high will be one that you will never be able to reproduce, so although it’s tempting to share that happy moment with the world, try to soak in that feeling for as long as you can.

Rather than jumping straight on the phone to tell your friends and family, instead, pop a bottle of Champagne, cry together, laugh together, watch your favourite film, whatever you feel like! Just close yourselves up into an engagement bubble for as long as you want, and revel in the beauty of the moment.

You’ll soon get caught up in answering hundreds of questions and planning your wedding, so savour this short amount of time that you have to celebrate together.


2. Call Your Parents

Now you’ve had a night, or maybe just a few hours, alone with your fiancé – it’s time to break the happy news to your family! If you’re close to your parents, they should be the first people you call. Although don’t be shocked if they’re already aware of your engagement if your partner took the traditional route of asking your father’s (or mum’s) permission.

But you still need your own special moment to announce the exciting news, so get on the phone and let the happy screams commence!


3. Insure Your Ring

We know, it isn’t the most fun wedding task in the world, but getting your ring insured is a really important one to do right after you get engaged to save any tears. Try to add it to your home insurance policy as then it is surprisingly inexpensive.

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4. Make Sure Your Ring Fits Perfectly

If your ring needs resizing, it’s best to do it now, otherwise, you’ll just be constantly worrying about it slipping off your finger.

The original jewellers should resize it for you for free, and they usually get it done for you within a short time period, so you won’t have to part with your newly prized possesion for too long…


5. Treat Yourself to a Manicure

For the first few weeks (or maybe after your ring comes back from the jewellers), everyone will want to take a look at that big sparkler on your finger and you don’t want chipped varnish ruining the look for you!

Treat yourself to a professional manicure that’ll complement your gorgeous new accessory and whilst you’re there, why not practise and prepare yourself, as you’re about to have to tell your proposal story a million times over.


6. Have an Engagement Party

After you and your partner announce your engagement, a party is a great way to celebrate with everyone, together, and you may be surprised at how many want to come along to join you! 

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7. Take a Break

Just the two of you should take a break from all the excitement and mayhem before you begin the next crazy big step in your life – planning your wedding!

Although it’s not a bad idea okay to get started early with your planning, remember to be sensitive to each other. Your future husband is likely to have just spent a lot of energy (and money) on a proposal and may need just a little time to step back and relax before starting to spend on the wedding.

So taking a long weekend away is a perfect way to find out to enjoy being engaged, check in with where you both are at and get used to calling one another fiancé or fiancée.


8. Let the Planning Commence… Set a Date! 

If you’re thinking of getting married in the year or two after your engagement, then it’s a good idea to start thinking about a date as soon as possible, due to how quickly venues and vendors get booked up!

Have a chat to those closest to you and your partner and see what you can come up with, ensuring that there are no major conflicts.


9. Work out Your Wedding Budget

Before making any big decisions about your wedding, you and your fiancé will need to have a sit down together and figure out what you have to spend, and also whether either of your families are planning on contributing to the wedding. Just make sure you and your fiancé are in agreement before talking to your parents about money.

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10. Choose Your Dream Venue

Now you have a few dates in mind, it’s time to get in touch with the venues. If you don’t have a place in mind yet, check out the venue section of our Bride Bible where there are some beautiful venues that you can take a look at in the North West of England.

Do you have any more tips and tricks on what to do straight after getting engaged? If so, let us know on social media!

Guest Post by Jules Fortune Wedding Photographer: Choosing a Barn Wedding Venue

Congrats, your engaged and all really to start your wedding planning! First thing is finding that perfect venue. Where are you going to host the best you will ever throw!?

Looking for your ideal wedding venue can be a very tricky task. I speak with couples at wedding fairs all the time that are in this position. I always think it’s like finding you ideal home. You will know after about 5 minutes of walking in if its right. You’ll just get that feeling.

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There are so many different types of wedding venues in the Lancashire and Cheshire where I mostly tend to shoot, but in the last few years there has been a big increase in barn wedding venues.

This blog piece will not only highlight some of the great features of a barn wedding but also give you a list of some of the most popular barns in the North West.

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Ok so let’s start with the reason’s barns are so great!

  1. They’re BIG with high ceilings so lots of space and the WOW factor!
  2. They are normally in countryside locations, so great views and with lots if stunning backdrops for your photos.
  3. They are great party spaces….FACT!.. mostly due to the size😊
  4. They are COOL and will add a touch of elegance to any type of wedding weather its boho wedding or a more traditional. 

Space does not mean you need a large wedding party. I have photographed small intimate weddings with one long central table for dining and it looks simply stunning. Having space in any environment is a luxury and gives you room to add decorations, love letters, a photo booth or gift tables. Just having extra space on a practical level just helps your guests move around the room easily. 

The ‘Wow’ Factor when dressed for ceremony, dining or your party is always in a barn setting. The combination of the high ceilings, wooden beams (which can often be dressed in fairy or festoon lighting) really adds to the grandeur of the occasion.

Countryside locations are beautiful for all the obvious reasons, but most wedding barns are set on their own land, giving amazing sweeping landscapes, clear views for drop-dead sunsets making all year round weddings simply stunning.

I don’t know what it is about barn weddings but every time I shoot a wedding at a barn venue it’s always a great PARTY! Size really helps here as a lot of couples that choose a barn weddings go for as live band as they have the extra space. A live band is guaranteed to be a floor filler, getting everyone from nanna to the little un up on dads’ shoulders for a FABULOUS PARTY!

They are bloody COOL….FACT😊 They have that sexy kerb appeal that Kirsty Allsop talks about on Location, Location, Location. All your guests will love the look inside and out. They can be boho- ed up for that casual vibe or dressed in elegant décor for a more classic feel. 

Themed weddings also work well at most wedding barns as they are a complete blank canvas. Halloween or autumnal themes are ideal in a barn setting.

Hope my Top Tips for Barn weddings are helpful, and you have enjoyed this blog post😊

Here are a few great barns to check out:


Brownsholme Barn

Bashall Barn

Cloughbottom Barn

Oakside Country Barn

Sandhole Oak Barn

Owen House Wedding Barn

Heaton House Farm

Oak Tree of Peover


If you would like to get in touch with Jules about photographing your wedding, you can find her website here.