I think Preparing for your Wedding Day can be overwhelming and so it is something a lot of brides put off or even don’t do at all. Please don’t do that to yourself love. You deserve to have an exceptional day without stress and with incredible photos of the day. Things that aid in having incredible shots of the day are making sure you have detail things planned and ready for your photographer. Making sure you have a rough timeline of events to send to your photographer. Deciding before hand where you want your first look to be. And a lot more will help things go smoothly on you wedding or elopement day.
Prepare the details!
This one is the hardest for brides. It’s hard to know what to bring for detail shots like flat lays and sentimental things. And it is even harder to remember to have it packed in a safe place like a box for your photographer to grab when they get there. I like to get the flat lay shots while hair and makeup is being finished. It is easy to capture a couple getting ready photos when you are nearly done and you really don’t need a lot of time for those. But what you do need time for is setting up the detail shots, it is an art.
Things to remember for detail shots
I like to add texture and variation to my flat lays by using things like fabric and flowers. Ribbons, a veil or a hair piece can all be great options. Rings of coarse don’t forget those. Shoes even if you think they are ugly, these are for the memories not just the aesthetic. Save the dates and invites. Perfume, lipgloss and earrings/ jewelery. Polaroids! i just saw this, and it is one of my favorite things to incorporate. You can do old ones of you two, or shots of you both getting ready that morning. Such a great keep sake. Vow Books. Watches, belts the more you can bring to your box the better your photos are going to turn out. Even if we don’t use it all it is better to have options.
Timelines made up and sent to the photographer at least a week before hand. Weddings without timelines are a nightmare for us. I know things never go according to the timeline of course and that is okay! But it helps me to know what is important to you and roughly when it is happening so i can be sure to capture it. Here you can check out my guide to creating your own wedding day timeline. Regular Wedding Timelines Teton Elopement or wedding timelines
Know When your Vendors are Leaving
This one i hate that i have to write because it should be obvious. Be mindful of your vendors time, mainly your photographer and video team or any vendors that are paid on an hourly basis. We charge beforehand and so when we end up staying an hour or two longer to either find you in the middle of your guests to tell you we are leaving. Or because things got behind schedule, we don’t usually get paid for those. I understand you are partying with your guests and i don’t want to bother you or make things awkward on your wedding day by interrupting or having to have the awkward conversation stating that since i’m staying an extra hour i’ll have to charge for it. If I am paid for 4 hrs of coverage and i get there at 2pm i will be leaving at 6pm. I would love to say my goodbyes to you and not have to interrupt you with your sweet moments with guests. Please be cognizant of time or be willing to pay for the extra time spent capturing things we got behind on.
Create A Photography Shot List
Have you communicated your must-have wedding day snaps to your photographer? Creating a shot list will ensure all of your priority moments are captured – not to mention, helping your photographer round up the right people for certain photos. Make sure your photographer knows both who and what are most important to you to capture, outside of you, your fiancé and your wedding party.
Preparing for your Wedding Day
Last Check In with Your Wedding Vendors
Erase the worries of a no-show nightmare by calling or emailing your team the day before the wedding. Confirm arrival times and any other details. Have any last minute questions for vendors prepared. Here are a few questions you can ask or confirm:
- What time is the photographer arriving to set up? Do they have the venue contact information in case of any questions regarding parking, entering the property, etc?