Hello lovely brides!
For sometime, I have wanted to start blogging tips and tricks to help your wedding day run smoothly. As a bride you don’t always know all your options and it can be overwhelming! There are so many ways to pull of a wedding and there really isn’t a wrong option out there.
I am a total advocate for unique weddings because your personalities and your unique love really get to shine through. With that being said, there are definitely certain ways to organize a wedding that will result in a more stress-free, loving environment. Which in turn, will leave you with more meaningful and beautiful images. So thus starts the tips and tricks section of my blog! I want to lay out some of the more common questions and provide you with info that will help you plan the absolute BEST WEDDING FOR YOU!
So let’s kick this off with installment #1.
GETTING READY + WEDDING DETAILS!
When I show up on your wedding day I take a little walk around the property and find the spots where we will take pictures throughout the day. Then I say my hellos and immediately jump in to photographing the wedding details! You’re still getting ready and it’s a perfect time to photograph the items you will be wearing all day, as well as any other details that I don’t need you to actually be in the images with. I ask all my brides to have these items in a box and ready for me when I arrive.
Having all the items together helps me hop right in and not waste any time. This way I can get to actually photographing YOU a lot faster. It also helps so shots or important items don’t get missed. If I have to track down rings, or earrings and bracelets, then it is pretty likely that I will forget something. Not because I am forgetful (Girl, I ain’t! haha) but because I won’t even know it existed to begin with. haha
Some brides wear necklaces, some don’t. Others have 3 sets of earrings, while others have none. There’s brides who have a letter of love from each of their parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins twice removed! The there’s the bride who borrowed something from each of their parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins twice removed. Just kidding that didn’t happen. But most of all the point is the same, each wedding is so different there is no way for me to now exactly what to track down. Ultimately, if there is a detail you want to remember, then I highly suggest you add it to the box! Then I won’t miss a thing! Plus, you are going to want to have all those items together and ready for you anyways. Might as well put them in one spot to begin with and make it easier on yourself when you’re ready for them!
Some of the items in the list aren’t things you would need to wear, but it is still super helpful to have a designated spot for all the odds and ends! So here it is!
WEDDING DETAILS LIST!
These are a probably the biggest item. So keep the box they came in and just add everything else to it! It is the perfect starting point to keep yourself organized.
*** Side note: Take any stickers off the bottoms of yours and the groom’s shoes.
Rings and Other Jewelry
Did your groom make a special box for the ring when he proposed?
Was it tied with delicate ribbon? Or maybe you have one of those coveted Mrs. Boxes?
Whatever it is, add it in there too!
The Dress + Veil
This obviously isn’t going to fit in the box, but keep it handy and available
so I can get it shot and ready for you to climb into!
and any others that have
been made for your big day!
You didn’t spend money on that full wedding invitation suite for nothing!
Let’s get some pictures of all the beautiful calligraphy and art so that your guests aren’t the only ones
who get to be impressed by your amazing style and attention to detail.
Odds & Ends!
– Vow books
– A letter to your groom/ from your dad/ from your mother-in-law / etc.
(See what I mean about how every wedding is different?? haha)
– Bridesmaids gifts
– Flower girl gifts
Items For You
Along with all the details in the shots, there will be items you may want or need as you get ready and throughout the day.
You don’t need to include these items in the box of things I will be shooting, but have them handy to help yourself!
- Scissors for stray strings, tags, etc.
- Lint roller (FTW, yasss)
- Extra bobby pins
- Baby wipes (Your man is gonna get makeup on his jacket at some point. Whether it is a tiny bit from you or a whole contouring palette from his crazy caked aunt! haha)
- Some breath mints (I don’t recommend gum because then you will have gu in all your pictures or will be awkwardly chewing during candid shots.)
- CHAPSTICK (Omg, we both will end up as Cotton Mouth Kings by the end of the day and nothing is worse than dry, white, cracked lips in pictures.)
- Safety pins
I hope this new series of blog posts helps relieve some of that wedding-day stress and jitters. A calm, relaxed, and happy bride is the prettiest! (She also photographs the best. No awkward stiff shoulders and neck. 😉 haha)