City Locations in Bad Weather

The unanticipated strong winds and endless rain are probably one of the few things beyond your control on your wedding day. In addition to Melbourne’s notorious ‘four seasons in a day’ erratic temper, then it is more than likely that your graceful veil, exquisitely detailed white dress, and all the meticulous preparations made for your photoshoot will be washed away with the rain. Many brides make this novice mistake, resulting in more hours adjusting, relocating, and starting the shoot all over. In all my 14 years of experience as a wedding photographer, the most frequently asked question may be “where can you find a location that we can take our wedding photos without the worry of bad weather?” If that is your itching question, here are some of my suggestions. Located in Melbourne’s city center and surrounding suburbs, hopefully, you too can find a place to avoid crazy weather whilst taking beautiful bridal shots.

Parliament House

melbourne parliament house bad weather
Without a doubt, Melbourne’s most seasoned architectural artifact – Parliament House is a leading contender. Located near the CBD’s edge on Spring Street, Parliament House’s long-standing history and timeless design is the perfect setting for any bride and groom to be.

Main Characteristics

Over a century ago, before the age of Melbourne’s characteristic trams, one could often hear the crisp pitter-pattering of horse-drawn carriages treading past. Through a flawless blend of dusted pavements, smooth stone steps, and arabesque streetlamps, Parliament House purely embodies the ideals of neoclassical architecture in Australia. With its stately reputation and distinguished beauty, Parliament House is a token of our history and my most highly recommended location for period-style photos.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantage

  • Convenient location
  • Is completely unaffected by the weather
  • From the single location, different angles photos can be captured
  • Free of charge on weekends and does not require any prior bookings

Disadvantages

  • Overly popular, if met with poor weather conditions, many people will come here
  • Limited parking during weekend
  • Tourist location – can be easily disrupted during the photoshoot

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Brunswick Street and Cafes
  • Fitzroy Townhall
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Collins Street
  • Cafes

Average Photography Duration

45 – 60 Minutes

Melbourne University

melbourne university for wedding picture bad weather
If the whole of Melbourne is a crown, then without a doubt, Melbourne University would be the designer of the crown.

Main Characteristics

A group of students lies hazily on the green grass under the bell tower, the afternoon sun filters through the parasol trees lining the pavement and the fallen leaves cloak the surface of the pond. The outstretched passage by the Law building is like a step through the large gates of the school of magic – Hogwarts. The melodious chirping of the birds in the open field and the vibrant camellia petals scattered across the floor all add a special touch to the scenery within the school grounds.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantage

    • Convenient transport and parking
    • Is completely unaffected by the weather
  • Can take a variety of different photo styles

Disadvantages

  • Reservations and booking fees required
  • More time-consuming photoshoot

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Carlton Gardens
  • RMIT University

Average Photography Duration

90 Minutes

Fitzroy Townhall

fitzroy townhall bad weather wedding picture
Don’t want to take your photos at Parliament House? Fitzroy Townhall is the perfect alternative for you.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantage

  • Convenient location
  • Is completely unaffected by the weather
  • From the single location, different angles photos can be captured
  • Free of charge on weekends and does not require any prior bookings
  • Is the best alternative to Parliament House

Disadvantages

  • May experience traffic on Brunswick Street
  • Limited parking during weekend
  • May encounter vagrants

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Carlton Gardens
  • Cafes on Brunswick Street
  • Graffiti Lane

Average Photography Duration

45 Minutes

Degraves street

degraves street wedding picture bad weather
Taking wedding photos can also be an easy and relaxing matter.

Main Characteristics

Take a seat, maybe order a cup of coffee, it may not be the most delectable coffee you’ve tasted, but I can assure you it will be the most memorable. There is nothing more important than being relaxed and comfortable when taking natural photos. Having your photos being taken at the cafes on Degraves Street is the ideal opportunity to take a break whilst also preparing for the exciting evening plans.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantage

  • Multiple stylish cafes to pick from
  • Easy-going, natural photography style
  • The bridal party can have a rest whilst taking also taking photos
  • Indoors – not affected by the weather

Disadvantages

  • Many people, not suitable if you are shyer
  • Transport and parking are a major issue
  • On many occasions, you will be required to wait for seating

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Collins Street
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Southbank City View

Average Photography Duration

30 – 60 Minutes