Your wedding day is going to fly by. Seriously, it is one of the most exciting, tiring, and emotional days of your life! I want to make sure you soak it all in.
Below are a few tips I’ve found that make a wedding day go by smoothly.
Early in the day is the easiest time to take detail images. If possible plan to have any items you want photographed with you at your getting ready location.
These items could include: bride and bridesmaids’ dresses, rings (his and hers), bride and bridesmaids’ shoes, bride and bridesmaids’ jewelry, perfume, bride’s headpiece/veil, bouquets and boutonnieres, stationery (invitations, programs, menus, save the dates, etc.), gift/letter from the groom to the bride, and any other details that you want photographed.
Items to have with the groom: suit, tie, cufflinks, socks, shoes, watch, pocketsquare, gift/letter from the bride to the groom, cologne, and any other details that you want photographed.
Have your florist deliver your flowers to your getting ready location instead of the ceremony site. This way we’ll be able to photograph them while they’re fresh, you’ll have them for your bridal portraits, and you’ll be able to enjoy them much longer.
Church Photography Guidelines:
Be sure to ask your venue about any photography restrictions. Each venue is different. Some restrict use of external lights/flash photography, some restrict the locations where I can be, some prohibit photography altogether, and some limit times I am permitted to photograph.
I will abide by any guidelines your venue has, but I want to know them ahead of time so I can make a plan for your wedding day. In regards to flash photography I typically only use it during the processional and recessional.
Scheduling time for Family Photos:
Family photos tend to add up quickly and take longer than we expect them too. In general we need to allow about 3 minutes for each combination of people. Below are the combinations that I suggest. We can always add more or schedule a time at the reception to take additional family photos that we don’t have time to take prior to the wedding or during the cocktail hour.
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Immediate Family
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride and Groom’s Immediate Families
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Immediate Family
If we’re taking family photos immediately following the ceremony, please make sure to tell everyone expected to be in the family photos to stay at the ceremony location. Having to wait for family members is the number one reason family photos take more time.
One idea is to appoint someone from each of your families to assist us in making sure everyone is present for family photos. We might not realize that Uncle Bob is missing, but your point person will be able to make sure your family photos have all the right people.
At the Reception:
If you have a group of friends that you want a photo of assign someone in that group to gather the group and then come find me when you’re ready. Doing group photos like this allows the groups to make sure those photos are taken AND prevents me from stalking you all night and taking you away from your party.