Seven tips to stay stress free the morning of your wedding and help your photographer get the best possible images on your wedding day.
My first tip is to get ready in a room with a window. The more natural light the better for photography, so if you have a choice of a room with a larger window, take it.
Have your detail items ready
Gather all detail shot items in one area so your photographer can get to work photographing them as soon as they arrive — meaning you’ll get to focus on being pampered as you get ready instead of chasing down the rings to be photographed.
Your detail items may include: the paper suite (invitation, save the date, envelope, etc.), jewelry, dress, shoes, garter, heirloom pieces, perfume, and the rings. It's also great to include any themed décor pieces you may have incorporated into the reception décor. This helps make your images more cohesive and tie together, especially in albums.
Bridesmaids accounted for
It's best to have the bridal party get ready at the same location as the brides and grooms. They'll be there to help with any dilemmas you encounter and you'll make some great memories together. The bridal party should be finished getting ready by the time the brides and grooms are ready to get dressed. That way everyone is comfortable and looking good in photos as they help you accessorize.
Have your wedding dress and brides maids dresses accessible
Make sure you either provide clothing for your bridesmaids to wear (matching robes, tank tops, etc) or have them arrive in something other than their bridesmaids dress. This way, I'll get to photograph all of your dresses together. If you have custom hangers make sure they are with the appropriate dresses.
Arrival of of the flowers
Have your bouquet and boutonnières delivered to the getting ready room, at the same time I will be arriving. This allows me to include them in the detail shots and you'll have them for the bridal party photographs.
Keep it tidy
We all know how messy a room can get with many people getting ready in it at the same time. To help avoid this, ask one person in your bridal party to be on tidying duty while you're all getting ready. If possible keep purses in a closet or one contained area. Keeping your getting ready area tidy will make a huge difference to your photographer. Rather than focusing on how to hide a mess in the background, a tidy space allows much more freedom and spontaneity in capturing you getting ready.
My last pointer is the most important. Stay hydrated! Start drinking water early in the day and you'll still be feeling great by the time evening rolls around. It's also helpful to have snacks out while getting ready, and while in hiding before the ceremony. Everyone appreciates snacks on such a long day.
Follow these pointers and you'll start your day off with ease!