The more weddings I photograph (well over 300 now!), the more tips and tricks I have discovered to help prepare you for your wedding day. After photographing over 20 weddings already this Summer’s, I have found some new things that can help you get ready for your wedding and make your wedding photographers job a little bit easier.
Check it once, check it twice.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is to have your family and bridal party check and double check their rentals and clothing to make sure they match what they ordered. Try it on, make sure it fits and that nothing is missing or broken. There are two major companies that seem to have this happen to their rentals a lot (I won’t name names, unless you ask me directly). Nothing is worse than finding out the morning of the wedding that pocket squares are missing or that your shoes are two different sizes (yes, this has happened). Doing this will help your wedding day start out perfectly and it will run smoothly so you can smile and enjoy your special day.
wedding flowers! I especially love using them for the detail photos when I arrive to a wedding venue. Many florists
will allow me to use a handful of loose florals and greenery for the flatlays
and other details
. Make sure to ask your florist for a handful of extra flowers and greenery and include them with the details. Which leads me to my next tip.
Details, Details, Details
The first thing I do when I show up at a wedding, besides give you a big hug, is grab your wedding details to photograph. Rings are very important, and making sure all your wedding jewelry is in one location always is super helpful. Also try and includes two invitation suites, both sets of rings (his/hers), jewelry you’ll be wearing, bride and grooms shoes, cufflinks, bowtie/tie, pocket squares, bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts, any heirlooms, veil, dress, watch, cologne or perfume, etc. We will photograph these upon arrival. Make your photographer happy and keep the timeline going smoothly by having everything in one location. Doing this beforehand is best.
I hope these tips were helpful for you! If you think there is anything else that might be beneficial or helpful pre-wedding, please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas.