Wedding days can be hectic, but a little preparation can go a long way towards making sure everything runs smoothly. As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen firsthand how small details can make a big difference in how well the day goes. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your big day:
1. The Night Before:
The night before the wedding can be a stressful time, but it’s also a great opportunity to take care of some last-minute details.
i) Make sure to steam your dress and veil;
ii) Gather all of the groom’s attire and accessories, put them all together;
iii) Organize all of the jewelry;
iv) Remove all tags from clothing and jewelry;
v) Pack a sewing kit, crochet hook, or dress tape, just in case;
vi) Have the rings and bouquets ready to bring with the ladies for flat lay photos;
vii) Don’t forget to pack sneakers or flat shoes for less treacherous access to epic photo locations!
2. Hair & Makeup:
Makeup: Some brides want to be last in line for makeup because they think it will make a difference to the longevity, however, your makeup artist has products that are specifically designed to last all day… and you want to be ready as close to on time as possible. From what I’ve seen, makeup is usually the culprit of late brides. My advice would be: don’t be the FIRST to get your makeup done, because your photographer may not be showing up until after the getting ready actually begins, and we definitely want to capture those shots of you. Don’t be LAST, because if we do end up running a bit late we don’t want the bride to have rushed makeup! Instead what I would suggest is this… plan for somewhere in the middle, don’t be first, but don’t be last!
Hair: If you’re considering a down hairstyle, just remember that we live in an unpredictable and windy place. If you want those dreamy adventure shots, your hair will be blowing all over the place. If we run into rain, your hair may fall flat. I would suggest either an up do or half up and out of your face may be a better option. If you’re planning an up-do, be aware that wispy front pieces may not be able to be tamed in the wind.
3. Make a List & Designate A Worrier:
It’s a good idea to make a list of the posed family photos you’d like, with all members listed, and give this to your designated worrier. Speaking of your designated worrier, make sure to choose someone who can handle the pressure. This person will go on the hunt if something’s missing or there’s an errand to be run. They’ll also be the person to handle the list of people for photos and be in charge of herding them for the photographer.
4. For the Men:
Cell phones in back pockets or ideally not on your person at all. I carry a bag with me for this purpose, we can collect cell phones during the bridal party photos so we don’t get the rectangle pocket outlines.
5. Ceremony Tips:
i) Talk to the officiant before the ceremony and ask them to step to the side before “You may now kiss”. This makes for a cleaner First Kiss shot.
ii) When walking back down the aisle, pause for a kiss, maybe even a little dip, in the middle of the guests for a sweet reaction/group shot.
iii) I usually advise against a receiving line after the ceremony, for the sole fact that so many hugs to the groom usually ends up in makeup on the lapels. If you do decide on a receiving line, I have a tide pen in my bag, but this doesn’t always do the trick!
Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you’re ready for anything and that your day is as stress-free as possible. As a wedding photographer, I’m here to help capture every beautiful moment of your special day.
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