Hi there, it’s a frustrating time for wedding couples and wedding suppliers at the moment due to the coronavirus. Not only has it disrupted the world but it has disrupted our precious wedding industry. We can do nothing about it apart from virtually hug each other, support where needed and weather the storm. The main thing to remember is that it will pass, and we will get through it.
The reason I’m writing this post is because in the last few weeks I’ve spoken to many couples who are frantically trying to rearrange their wedding dates. Luckily we have found new dates and all is well again. The majority of couples are now looking for the end of this year or early 2021. In doing this, moving their spring/summer wedding to a late autumn/winter date they should be mindful of a couple of things which photographers might not necessarily share or even think about until it is too late. Hopefully these tips below will be helpful to any couple, not just the ones I’m photographing.
Sunset times: Light is very important when it comes to weddings and I always look to see when the sunsets during a wedding day. I do this for two reasons, 1. so if we are looking to create some sunset photographs we know when the best time will be and 2. I know how much light (in hours) I have available to me to capture the candids, formal group shots and couple shots before the wedding breakfast. This is key! For those who have rearranged I have been advising my couples to check they have at least 2 hours of daylight from when they walk out of their ceremony to when they walk in for their meal. This will give me enough time to capture all those shots during daylight hours. For example, if couples had planned their June wedding with a ceremony time of 1400 and they are now moving it to November, by the time they come out of their ceremony at 1445 they will have approximately 1 hr 15mins worth of daylight! This would be such a squeeze!
The weather: The UK weather can be unpredictable at the best of times but during the winter months it can be a little more wet and cold. Therefore it is great to have some white umbrellas which look great for formal group shots and couple shots if it is damp. Brides, if you had planned for a wedding during the warmer months please make sure you have something that can go around you to keep you warm if it will be cooler on your wedding day. I do have my fleece but it doesn’t tend to go well with the dress!
I know these tips won’t turn back what is happening at the moment but hopefully it will help your wedding go smoother and believe you me – it will all be worth it in the end.
Stay safe, stay inside and here is a virtual hug from me. Would love to hear about your plans and how you are feeling during this difficult time.
If you are looking for a photographer either because you haven’t booked one yet or your current photographer is unavailable for your new date please do get in touch and let’s see what we can do. Feel free to head over to my portfolio for more of my work. Click here!
Love Lauren xx