Preparations for your wedding day
Your wedding day lead up and preparations can be a time for all sorts of emotions – from stress, nerves, excitement, laughter, tears (some good and some not so good). As wedding photographers we have seen almost everything. Every wedding is different and every couple’s expectations are unique.
We suggest developing strong relationships with your all of your wedding suppliers and draw on their experience. You have engaged professionals. Trust in what they do. Experienced wedding suppliers can make all the difference on the wedding day. Most of our couples aren’t just our clients – they become our friends.
Here are some of our tips to getting you through the lead up to your wedding ceremony to make it as stress free and organised as possible.
The pre-ceremony locations:
Planning where you and your fiancé will get ready can have a big effect on the atmosphere and quality of images on your wedding day.
Consider how far apart your locations will be from one another. We often shoot with two photographers and we like to travel together.
Consider how many people will be in the room getting ready. Is it big enough for everyone? Is it clean and free from clutter? Are any mirrored surfaces clean? You will see all of this in your images so keep this in mind when planning out your locations whether it be in a home or hotel.
Have your special items laid out and ready to photograph, these can include your jewellery, perfume, rings, flowers, shoes, heirlooms and other sentimental items that you want to remember.
The Wedding Dress:
Your wedding gown is so special and you have gone to a lot of trouble choosing or designing the perfect look for you. As photographers, we want to show off your amazing dress on the day prior to you wearing it. Organise to have your bridal gown hanging on an elegant coat hanger or even better or a dressmaker’s mannequin.
If you have chosen a lace up dress allow extra time to get it fitted. It could take more than 30 minutes. We also suggest having a sewing kit and scissors on hand just in case. Safety pins and band aids (just in case for shoes). Make up wipes can be great for removing any marks on dresses.
It is the utmost importance that hair and makeup is running on time on the wedding day to ensure that we can achieve the best possible images before we leave for your ceremony. If hair and makeup runs late- your whole day can be affected. We suggest meeting up with your hair and makeup stylist for a trial and check your timing of the day. This ensures you love your look and that you will know what to expect on the day. After all -No one wants a beauty disaster on their big day!
Check the delivery of your flowers arrival time… making sure they are delivered well before your departure time and you can have them in a cool area where they will not wilt. For the boys allow time to pin on corsages, they can be tricky and often the boys are panicking about how to attach tem correctly.
Bridesmaids & Family:
Bridesmaids, mum’s, groomsmen and family members should assist the bride and groom…. Yes! it’s all about the bride!
We suggest talking to your bridal party ahead of the day, let them know your expectations and delegate he jobs so they each know what they are required to do ahead of time.
It is essential that your Bridesmaids are dressed and ready by the time our photography team arrives. This way they can be looking beautiful for photography, yet ready to help with whatever the Bride may require. It is the same for the Groomsmen, they should be ready before the Groom so they can attend to the Groom. This also makes for great photos of you all getting ready without the stress that can often arise from disorganised bridal parties.
At this time, the bride should be ready with hair and makeup.
Have the bridesmaid’s purses pre-packed ready to leave with spare makeup and baby wipes.
Ask your bridal party to put their mobile phones in a bowl. This way they will be less distracted and more likely to concentrate on their roles. Their social media can wait. It’s more important that we capture the professional shots that you will be looking at for years to come as opposed to snap shots for Instagram and facebook.
For the bride and bridesmaids wear your shoes in….make sure they are comfortable and you can walk easily in them. If necessary, have a backup pair of shoes you can swap them for comfort. Take high heel ‘starlettos’ to make it easy to walk on the grass or pebbled ground.
Check your cars arrival times and ensure you have left enough time for photographs with the cars prior to your departure.
Arriving at the Ceremony:
Make sure your bridesmaids are aware they should attend to the bride’s dress and veil … make sure it falls nicely when about to enter the ceremony and again when the bride meets the groom at the ceremony, so it sits nicely for all to see.
To all brides and grooms- Practice your kisses! Hold that lingering kiss during the ceremony it makes for great photos and we don’t want to miss it with just a quick peck!
The walking out shot is usually memorable and full of emotion. Consider not having your congregation congratulate you at the altar as you miss the walking down the aisle photo with all the guests in place.
It is also essential to have a wet weather back up plan. One thing we cannot control is the weather and having a plan B takes the stress out of trying to make last minute decisions. If it does rain, remember, it is good luck and not to mention some of our most epic shots have been created under storm clouds, umbrellas and dark rainy nights with the assistance of our lighting techniques. Be prepared with your photography locations after the ceremony as some areas require a photography permit.
We love to photograph the reception before your guests eat and drink. We want you to be able to see and remember the beautiful styling and features of your room.
Consider taking dancing lessons on the lead up to your wedding. This can help to you look amazing for your dance shots.
And to end with our biggest and most important tip.. don’t lose sight of what the wedding day is all about – you and your fiancé.
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