Wedding mornings are the BEST! You’re with your best friends, getting ready to see your groom, and anticipate finally becoming husband and wife in just a few hours!! It’s one of my favorite times on a wedding day to get to show up, give you a hug, and then begin photographing your details!!
I wanted to give you a list of some of the details to have ready for your photographer so you get AMAZING detail shots of the items you’ve put so much time and thought into choosing! And the best part? Most of these can be put together days (or weeks!) before the wedding so you don’t even need to think about it on your wedding day!
First, have the rings with you at your preparation spot! And don’t forget the GROOM’S ring!! Having all three together in one spot will help me be able to just grab them, and I’ll be sure to take good care of them! With all three I’m able to get some amazing shots of how perfect they all look together, as well as creative shots of your rings with your invitations!
Have all your stationary together so I can get some gorgeous shots of this! Save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards and envelopes, programs, and any other stationary you may have had related to your wedding! Since these are your colors, photos of these can really tie the whole day together!
Before you put your jewelry in, I’m going to snag some photos of it with your other details! Your sparkly earrings resting on your bouquet, or sprucing up the shot of the invitation suite really make for some beautiful shots! And I know you carefully picked your jewelry for your wedding, so I want to be sure I provide you with amazing photos of it!
I’d suggest just using your shoebox as a way to store all of this, but of course I’ll want pictures of your shoes! If possible, avoid wearing your shoes before your wedding day (unless you’re having bridal portraits, and be really careful to keep them clean during those!). This way I can get shots of them laying on your dress, or close ups without any dirt or spots on them. But I know my brides LOVE a good pair of weddings shoes so I always get giddy seeing which ones they went with!
I walk my brides through building their timeline, and also give suggestions on when to have different vendors arrive. I love when flowers can arrive while I’m photographing details! This means I can focus on the flowers and get some incredible shots of them while they’re at their freshest point, and also incorporate them into the other detail shots. If you florist allows, see if you can even get some scrap petals or greenery from the bouquet so I can use that as well during detail shots!
I try to always remember to bring a nice hanger to wedding days, but this is your chance to splurge a little and get a cute one with your new last name, monogram, or Mrs.! If you decide against that, having a nice wooden one will photograph WAY better than the plastic hanger that might come with it! Pack a hanger a head of time that’s nice and you don’t mind close up pictures of! You can even go a step farther and get some hangers for your girls’ dresses too!
Again, having these items packed ahead of time will be so helpful so you barely need to give it a thought on your wedding day! Tell one of your bridesmaids where the box is and that the photographer will need it when he or she arrives!
I hope this helps you as you prepare for a smooth, fun, and exciting wedding morning!! If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy reading about the perks of hiring a wedding planner!