CAN I JUST SAY FROM EVERYONE IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY (AND PROBABLY THE WORLD) F*** YOU COVID19
I KNOW YOU’RE PROBABLY AS FED UP OF HEARING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AS I AM. AS A BRIDE MYSELF, I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE THAT YOU’RE DEFINITELY FED UP OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WEDDING AND CORONAVIRUS, BUT IF YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED IN SPRING/SUMMER AND HAVING TO POSTPONE YOUR WEDDING TO THE AUTUMN/WINTER MONTHS OF 2020 DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC THEN DON’T WORRY, I’VE DECIDED TO WRITE UP A NIFTY LITTLE BLOG ON WHY POSTPONING YOUR WEDDING DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS MAY NOT BE THE WORST THING AND WHY GETTING MARRIED LATER IN THE YEAR IS OFTEN BETTER, FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER’S POINT OF VIEW AND A BRIDE TO BE.
This blog is full of helpful advice and features only Autumn/Winter Wedding Photography.
GOLDEN HOUR GLOW UP
Golden Hour wedding photography is probably one of the most requested types of shots that we get asked for as wedding photographers and I’ll be honest when I say that these photos are almost always easier and more consistent when it’s a wedding from August-onwards. As we roll into Autumn and start to see those lovely crunchy leaves appear and that warm colouring in the sky it becomes a lot easier to predict those sunsets, which therefore makes them easier to capture. Another bonus is that as the sun sets a lot earlier it becomes easier to capture those lovely glowing golden hour portraits and you know that your wedding photographer will still be there at the wedding because it’s a lot earlier in the day.
If you’re going for November-Jan winter wedding, make sure you speak to your wedding photographer and your wedding coordinator about how the time of year may affect your wedding timeline.
CREATE YOUR OWN LIGHT
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m like a moth to a flame as far as fairy lights, neon signs and festoon lighting are concerned. One thing to consider about getting married later on in the year means that there is less light BUT it also means that you can be super creative with your decor and add in some super cute additional lighting to your venue.
You could light up the indoor area with some uber cool neon signage and add on outdoor festoon lighting to give your venue a really pretty feel. Any additional lighting you add always makes for a great photo op.
IT’S A NICE DAY FOR A WHITE WEDDING
Oh, British weather you unpredictable thing you. Yes it may rain or be a bit nippy but the weather may also be fantastic. I never encourage a couple to book their wedding day in the summer just for the weather specially in the UK because we don’t know how it will turn out.
I’ve seen Autumn/Winter weddings have some of the nicest weather and Spring/Summer weddings raining all day so you can never guarantee what the weather’s going to be like. You also have to consider that you don’t typically spend a lot of time outside on your wedding day, so therefore I’d say don’t let the thought of rain get you down. If if it did rain just know that rain on your wedding day makes for really great wedding photographs, it’s considered good luck AND it will never rain all day long. (I’d also say stay tuned for my upcoming blog post about rain on your wedding day)
If you’re worried about the cold, you can also have lots of lovely warm cuddly blankets for your wedding guests in the evening or even have personalised jackets for you and your Bridal / Groom Party (Hello cosy leather jackets with your names on!)
NAIL THAT DECOR
One of the best things about getting married in autumn is that it’s pretty likely that any colour scheme (even one that you’ve already chosen for your spring / summer wedding) will match and work really well with the overall wedding decor. Even pastels, nudes and blush colours which were often used to seeing in a spring/summer wedding will work with an autumn wedding and if anything they will actually stand out even more against all of the warm autumn/winter tones.
It also gives you the chance to rethink some of your decor and create something really magical and whimsical with it. You could have a celestial winter vibe or swap out your place cards for leaves with handwritten names or even make mini marshmallow kits as wedding favours.
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
I know what you’re thinking “It’s easy for me to say” BUT as a bride and a wedding photographer, I can’t stress enough that all in all, just try not to sweat the small stuff.
What’s going on now is completely insane and obviously no one could have ever imagined the effect that the coronavirus would have on the wedding industry, but we have to look at the positives and my motto is that “Everything happens for a reason.” So whether it’s good or bad and even if we don’t know the why behind it, I wholeheartedly think that everything does happen for a reason.
We as engaged couples have to take solace in the fact that our weddings are still going ahead and that we can still spend it with our loved ones in a safer environment. We’re still able to marry our future husbands/wives and if anything we can cherish the day even more after all of this is over.
So be kind, stay home and try not kill each other in the meantime. (Even if your future-husband has decided to go rogue on the wedding decor planning like mine)