Today I’m sharing my top seven tips to help keep the morning of your wedding day stress free and enjoyable, like it should be. Mixed in, are a few pointers to ensure you’re also getting the best photos of your day possible!
If my clients have a choice between getting ready in a large room without windows or a smaller space with one, I’ll ask them to opt for the room with a window every time. Using natural light from a window is my favorite way to shoot indoors as it always creates beautiful lighting.
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.
Bridal party 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. Have your 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
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 your photographer will be arriving. This will allow your photographer to include them in the detail shots and then the bridal party photos.
Keep it tidy
Photographing anywhere is so much easier when the location is clean and clutter-free! For example, when your photographer doesn’t have to worry about picking up or cropping out garbage strewn about while you’re getting ready, it makes it possible for them to put all of their focus into being creative and capturing moments as they unfold.
Combat messy spaces by assigning one person from your bridal party to oversee tidying up the getting ready space. Put purses in a closet or a corner and try to keep at least one half the room clean. This will help your photographer be able to capture you and your bridal party in the moment without having to worry about half-full Starbucks cups and makeup bags strewn in the background.
This 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.