5 things a bride can do to make her wedding day run even better!
If you had asked me 5 years ago if I was going to shoot weddings, I would have said no way! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE weddings. I really adore everything about them: the dress, the flowers, the dancing and of course… the cake. I love listening to vows and remembering what our wedding day was like. I love watching the first dance and seeing how the groom looks at his new wife.
But I made the leap 4 years ago and I can say without a DOUBT that I love photographing weddings. I get a front row seat to the most important day of your life, and getting to capture it is a true honor. I so love my brides and grooms! In the 4 years since I started shooting weddings, I realized there are so many things that can help the day run smoother and a lot of this starts with the bride. Now, I’m going to do an entirely separate post on timeline and things of that nature but I love a good list. So here are 5 things a bride can do to make her day just a little bit easier.
- Don’t forget the details. I adore detail shots and I know my brides do as well. I will send a gentle reminder to have all of your details ready before I arrive (shoes, rings, jewelry, special tokens, etc) since it is best to get all of these before we head to the ceremony. To that end, don’t give the wedding bands to the best man! Yes, yes, every book says to but if you want pictures of all three, it’s best to keep all three with you so I have more variety of shots and in the best light.
- Don’t forget your flowers! Since we’ll be taking pictures with the bridesmaids, you’ll want all of your flowers delivered to wherever you are getting ready. (Same with the boutonnieres for the guys!) I can also get great portraits of your bouquet if it’s delivered to you.
- Clutter is your enemy. I love entering the bridal room as she’s getting ready. The hairspray, make up, bridesmaids scurrying to and fro getting ready all shoulder to shoulder in the bathroom. It’s almost like prom, isn’t it? The best tip for clean and beautiful getting-ready pictures is to clear out a lot of the clutter before your photographer arrives. I’m not talking about your make up and accessories, but more like water bottles, tissues, dress covers, etc. This is a huge help for me so I can spend more time photographing the girls instead of clearing the clutter.
- Make sure mama is dressed! I have heard my mom say she wished she had known to get dressed in her gown before I got dressed in mine. This goes for the bridesmaids as well. Unless everyone is wearing matching robes (which… squee! Love those!), it’s a cleaner look than comfy yoga pants and tank tops. I love the look the bride’s mom gives her daughter right after the wedding dress is put on. Make sure mom is confident too!
- Smile! I know not everything will go perfectly. We might be 10 minutes behind. Someone forgot to drop off one of the groomsmen’s shirts. A little bit of dirt might get on your dress during the first look (no one will EVER know, trust me!) But if you’re smiling and having fun, so will everyone else. People take their cue from the bride, so the best piece of advice I got on my wedding day was to smile! This is going to be one of the best days of your life. Stop and look around every once in awhile so you remember specific moments of your day. Have the best time and that happiness will shine through your pictures.