Thought to be good luck or not, one of the biggest bogeymen brides and grooms dread on their wedding day is rain. Hand-in-hand with concerns about moving venues and hairstyles holding up is the thought of what a downpour will mean for the wedding videography and photography. But if you’ve hired a professional wedding videographer, you have little to worry about. They will be prepared to deal with anything from a few trickles to a deluge, all while still capturing amazing video of your wedding.
That’s the perk of hiring a pro, instead of roping your Uncle Barney into filming the wedding. Where he may be caught unawares, unprepared and need to be coaxed out from under an awning, your wedding videographer still be recording all of the special moments you’ll want to remember forever.
Just how do you know if your wedding videographer is pro enough to manage to record precious footage in the rain? Here are a few things you can inquire about:
Keeping the Bridal Party Dry
It’s probably no surprise that the best way to stay dry while filming in the rain is under an umbrella. Your videographer should have enough for the bridal party and the video cameras. You’ll still want to be able to do a reasonable amount of group shots without the best man getting drenched before the reception.
Not all umbrellas are created equal when it comes to beautiful footage and images either. Black umbrellas are unobtrusive to most color schemes and work well. Clear umbrellas generally allow enough light to filter through to film without weird shadows.
What you really want to avoid are a bunch of mismatched umbrellas or colors that cast funny colors on your face. No one wants video of a sickly looking bridal party. Also be wary of patterned umbrellas or those with logos that will cast shadows on your face.
Your wedding videographer should also pack towels and garbage bags, just to be prepared for bad weather and when the rain stops.
Lighting the Way
Natural light can be hard to come by — but not impossible — during a rainstorm. Most pro videographers will have enough lights with them to be able to shoot clear video in the shadiest of locations. This is especially handy if you’ve hired a natural light photographer, who may not come with as much light power, to take wedding pictures.
Your wedding videographer should be a location scouting pro. Ask them if they intend check out the venues ahead of time to form a rainy day plan or if they already know of some alternative locations. This is especially important if you had intended to take most of your formal and group shots outside. Even more so if you have no intention of braving it out in the rain under an umbrella.
Don’t be reassured by the suggestion that video can just be taken in your ceremony venue. A lot of places have multiple bookings during prime wedding days and you won’t be allowed to take the extra time.
Your videographer should be looking for awnings, large windows, parking garages, buildings and lobbies that will still allow for gorgeous wedding video in a pinch. Don’t worry about the lack of variety in location. Different angles work wonders.
Most of all, don’t worry too much if your wedding day isn’t all blue skies and sunshine. Chances are a few clouds will make your video more dramatic and interesting.