As a professional photographer, I get to see many different weddings and like to pass along what I can
Understandably, couples hope for a beautiful blue sky day for their wedding. If you’re having a winter wedding in Melbourne you may not have the blue sky but you will have a wonderful wedding. Here are a couple of tips that can help a winter wedding be just that little bit easier.
- Obvious but, it can get cold, especially with shorter days. The temperature can drop quickly at a winter wedding, and starts around 4pm. If you are still expecting to be on location at that time, having coats or wraps (especially the ladies) to pop on between the location and car keeps everyone warm and happy.
- If you are planning an afternoon winter wedding, the sun will set early. You wont get the wonderful outdoor background for your family formals and couple portraits in the dark at the end of the day – Adjust your schedule to cater for a shorter day. Here’s a great chart of Melbourne Sunrise and Sunset times http://www.timeanddate.com
- If you are on location, even if it’s not raining, the ground can be a bit unfriendly to shoes. Carry loads of tissues, or even a towel, to clean off shoes before your entry to the reception. A portable hairdryer can be handy if the bottom of the dresses are damp (even to warm up your feet before a night of dancing).
- Umbrellas! A must to have on-hand. I always carry them and Receptions and cars sometimes have them for guests and the whole bridal party – a good thing to ask if you’re booking for a winter wedding.
- It’s football season so locations near ovals may have NO parking available and lots of traffic. Check what else may be happening on the day (and let your photographer and drivers know) – don’t get stuck in event traffic or road-works on your way to your favorite location or worse, to the ceremony. Allow extra time as bad weather can often lead to bad traffic.
- Always communicate with your photographer. If there’s something you really want to do, let me know!!
- My friends call me the backup queen (batteries, cameras, flash … almost everything!) and I’m a huge fan of having a location backup plan just in case and especially in the winter.
- Enjoy your day whatever the day brings, rain, hail, sunshine (sometimes in Melbourne we’ll get all 3) – have a happy memorable wedding day.
* these tips are friendly hints only and not instructions, guarantees, or professional advice
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