I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a rain plan on your wedding day, even if your ceremony and reception is indoors. Chances are, you've hired me to photograph your wedding because you love the work in my portfolio, most of which is taken outside. By now, you've probably heard me say more than a hundred times already how much more beautiful your portraits will be if you schedule them 45 minutes before sunset. Well, it's the same thing when it comes to the difference between shooting them indoors or out. Of course, if it's raining cats and dogs and we're in the middle of a Nor'eastern, we'll stay where it's dry, but if it's just a drizzle or a light rain, I suggest keeping them outdoors.
This couple purchased these clear, vintage-looking umbrellas from Amazon for $12 a piece and they came in just two days using Amazon Prime (yay for free, 2 day shipping!) They also purchased one for each couple in their wedding party so that their bridal party portraits could be outside, too. These specific umbrellas are great because they act as a natural diffuser and help to make skin tones even and soft. Try staying away from colored or black umbrellas as those tend to take away from the portraits and can become distracting.
If you're planning to have your ceremony and reception outdoors, as well, you'll definitely need a rain plan. I suggest renting a white or clear tent. If you're planning to get married in the summer time, rent a tent that has sides that can be taken on or off- you don't want your guests melting in a closed off tent without air-conditioning. Using a white tent top will also compliment the photographs, as your photographer will be able to use the white ceiling to bounce his/her flash from, creating even light and coloring on the subject.
If you're getting married in the DC area, we suggest using Sperry Tents as they also offer lighting and flooring for weddings, too. And we know how much I can't stress enough about light. ;) Interested in reading more tips about planning for your wedding day, specifically when it comes to the quality of your photographs? Check out this article I wrote on how you can help your photographer create the best images of you and your guests on your wedding day!