As a wedding photographer I constantly am worrying about the weather. I am still amazed that I still have not had a single wedding formal shoot where it rained out the for
mal pictures. I have been very close many times, but thankfully everything has always worked out. I am never asked at the time of booking a wedding where is a good place to take pictures incase it rains. It makes sense when you think about it. When you day dream about your wedding day it isn’t the first thing you think about.
The reality is there is some nice indoor locations that are open to the public, but in many cases a couple’s venue is nowhere close to them. Most of the nicer indoor locations tend to be museums. Over this past year it has become apparent to me the 3 best ways to deal with pictures if it rains on your wedding day.
The first one is the most obvious. Going to a public place indoors like the Nature Museum or National Art Gallery in Ottawa. They are 2 of the nicer indoor locations.
The second option which is nontraditional, but gives you great results is to do your formal pictures before or after your wedding day. This idea made a lot of sense to me after a couple requested to book myself again because they always wanted pictures at a location that was over an hour away from their venue. It didn’t rain at all on their wedding day, but there was a place that meant a lot to the both of them where they wanted pictures together at. The huge benefit too is if I wasn’t the photographer at their wedding it would have been next to impossible for me to tell that their wedding photos were taking on 2 separate days. In other words all your friends looking at your photos won’t even know it was a different day unless you tell them.
The third option is book a venue that has nice places to take pictures indoors as well as outdoors. That way you insure no matter what you do you will at least get some nice pictures at your wedding. Cost of course is always a factor while planning a wedding, but if photos are important to you it is also important to book a venue that is capable of taking creative indoor pictures as well as outdoors. If you book a great venue you can relax knowing your photographer has a great backdrop to take pictures with. Who ever you decide to book as your photographer they are there to help guide you to alternative locations if requested. It is your job as the couple to check the spots out to make sure you like them and make proper arrangements to insure you are able to take photos inside a backup location. Save yourself some stress on your wedding day and think about a backup plan incase of bad weather well before your wedding day and in many cases before you even book your venue.
Some of the indoor locations in Ottawa to take wedding pictures I have used in the past are:
National Art Gallery (call in advance normally a fee)
Museum Of Nature (call in advance typically no fee)
Chateau Laurier (must have your wedding booked there to take photos inside)
Civilization Museum (call in advance sometimes a fee)
Bank of Canada (call in advance normally no fee)
Ottawa Convention Center (call in advance sometimes a fee)