Suggestions from a Wedding Photography Standpoint
– Consider an unplugged wedding. It’s your day so the decision is totally up to you. We strongly recommend you ask people to put their phones, ipods, cameras and other devices away. It can be distracting in photos, and it’s so nice when everyone is completely present in the moment. We’ve seen our clients put up signs or simply ask their guests.
– Think about bringing props with you or keepsakes to help tell your story. We always encourage our clients to think about bringing personal objects to their wedding so that we can photograph them. If you are considering using some of the photos on your Thank You Notes, you may want to bring a sign or a prop with you for that to the wedding.
– Please think about where you will be getting ready. If you’re getting ready in a hotel, please consider putting the table that you will be getting ready next to a window for beautiful natural light. Think about where you can hang your dress, and what you’d like it to hang on. We’ve seen some beautiful custom hangers and some simple wooden ones that look gorgeous. Try to have your shoes, jewelry, dress and flowers in one place for us so we can capture these photos when we arrive.
– Try to think about the little things. Do your best to keep the setting in mind for the pictures. It’s my job to make any space look gorgeous, but it does help to walk into a clutter free space. If you’ve rented a hotel for the night before, try to clean the room up and put all the clutter in a corner if you have to. I want to make sure your photos look their very best, so the less clutter, the better! Don’t worry, though, if you don’t have time. I want you to be 100% stress-free. This is just a suggestion.
– Bring one of those wedding day emergency kits with you. We recommend you include: double sided tape, Kleenex, q-tips, touch up makeup kit, mints, bobby pins, Band-Aids, nail clippers, Tide to go stick, a brush, hairspray, energy bars, mini sewing kit, tampons, clear deodorant, nail file, makeup remover, and tweezers.
– Ladies, try to be aware of your flowers. If you’re holding a bouquet for photos, always try to keep it right around your belly button. The last thing I want is for it to hide you!
– Don’t forget to eat, drink and be merry! Take time to eat and drink. Stay hydrated and have fun! We are very patient, and are here to help you.
– Share the timeline with your vendors. It’s so helpful to have everyone on the same page.
– Delegate tasks. Your bridesmaids are there to help you and so am I. It’ll make your day easier if you have specific people assigned to tasks. Ask one of your bridesmaids to always make sure that your dress is looking its best. Ask another friend to help watch the time and give you hourly updates. Try to think about the day and what things you may need help with along the way. Keep in mind that you’ll be dressed to the nines and possibly a little overwhelmed. Everyone is there to support you, including me, so please don’t hesitate to ask for help.
– Practice bustling your dress in advance. I’ve seen this be a big struggle at weddings. It can take up to an hour to bustle some dresses. Practice makes perfect and it’s a good idea to practice beforehand.
– Enjoy every last minute of it. We hope that you take time to enjoy your wedding day. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help you.
Thank you! – Allison, Kiss the Bride