Wedding days can be very stressful…if you let it. Preparing ahead of time can lead to picture perfect moments. Here are some tips for brides to help create beautiful images for your special day.
Expect the Unexpected
You can’t control everything. As much as it would be great if everything turns out exactly as we envision, don’t stress when someone unexpected happens. If it starts raining, enjoy it. If you forgot something, don’t worry about it (unless it’s the marriage certificate! Gotta have that!). The main thing is to go with the flow and keep an open mind. When you allow these things to bother you, it can ruin your whole day and leave bad memories. None of those things are as important as enjoying time with your friends, family, and marrying the person that you love.
Build in Buffer Time
Timelines are great and provide a wonderful outline on how the day should go. Always build in “buffer” time, especially around the hair and makeup time and the family portraits. Expect that you will be running behind and all ready have that extra cushion of time so you won’t stress out or end up not finishing what you need.
Time to Get Ready
When getting ready, decide what kind of vibe you prefer. Whether you want to hang out alone or with a couple close friends or with a room full of all your girlfriends. Figure out what makes you most comfortable. Also make sure that you gather all your little details (rings, shoes, dress, bouquets, invites, etc.) together and have them ready for your photographer. This saves us time and allows us to capture better images. Also make sure to put all your bags and such in a dedicated corner of the room, out of the view of the camera. It helps clean up the background of your images. And grab some silk robes for all the ladies. It creates a cohesive look and you don’t have to worry about what you are wearing underneath looks like.
I always recommend first looks. The first look happens before the wedding and the bride, groom, and me sneak off to another area. And I get to capture this wonderful moment when they see each other all dolled up and ready for the day. There’s an exciting and overwhelmingly loving, private moment I get to be a part of. I also do some bride/ groom portraits while we are together. If you don’t do a first look, then the portrait time after the ceremony is extended so we can do the bride and groom portraits then.
Formals Can Be Boring
Formals aren’t the most fun but they are definitely the images that mom and dad and grandparents love. So it’s worth it to do them. Make sure everyone is ready to go after the ceremony and they don’t sneak off to the reception area. Tracking down grandpa and making him come back wastes time and wastes his energy!
Best Time for Gorgeous Shots
The golden hour is something photographer’a love! It occurs early in the morning and also an hour before the sun sets. This light is gorgeous and flattering. Make sure to take advantage of this time. Let your photographer steal you from your reception for 15-20 minutes to get gorgeous images!
Once the reception starts, you’ll generally only need me there for a couple hours. To cover the cake cutting, dances, and other events and to peruse around the dance floor a bit. There are only so many dance photos you can take, especially when people have started drinking! 😉
Some extra tips
Make sure someone knows how to tie ties and attach a boutinierre.
Practice bustling your dress before your wedding day. You don’t want to be spending 15-30 minutes stressing out because you can’t bustle your dress.
When you do your first kiss…make it last. Let it linger for a few seconds.