You’ve put so much careful thought and planning into your big day, you want to ensure that your most important details get captured. All your details tell a story of your relationship and I think these details serve as an important reminder of your style and relationship. Before you know it, the day will have flown by, so make sure your photographer captures your most meaningful details.
01. Talk with your photographer in advance!
Make sure you are both on the same page for how things are going to on your big day! Be sure you know what to expect from your photographer and what your photographer can expect from you.
Tell your photographer where all your details are so they don’t accidentally miss it. If there are details that you love that are in hidden or obscure places, be sure to point them out to your photographer because they could miss it.
Good communication helps the whole day run smoothly!
02. Put all your most important details in a small box or bag that can be easily accessed
By putting all your cherished details in one place, your photographer can show up to your wedding day and quietly take those details and photograph them in a beautiful setting before everything gets going. It’s best if your photographer can photograph these details before you put them on.
The most common details to set aside are:
- Invitation Suite and Paper Goods – Full invitation suite, extra envelopes (it’s usually good to include at least 2), menu, escort card, program, and any other details you would like to tie your suite together
- Jewelry – Both of your wedding bands, engagement ring, any other jewelry you may wear the day of (earring, necklace, bracelet), cufflinks, etc.
- Veil or any head pieces
- Dress and bridesmaids dresses
- Any heirlooms you may have (grandmother’s jewelry, something blue, etc.)
- Any other important details you may want to have photographed
Just make sure to communicate to your photographer what is important to you. As a photographer I want to make sure my brides have plenty of coverage on their most important details.
03. Give your photographer enough time to document your details
I usually take between 45-60 minutes to style and photograph your details at the beginning of the day so that I have enough time to capture them and display them in the most beautiful way possible. By giving your photographer this much time, it allows your photographer to take all your details to a well lit location (remember film is ALL about that natural light) and photograph them well in a calm fashion. Remember, the more hours of coverage that you book with your photographer, the more time they will have to style and photograph your details. This does take TIME and trust me you get the best results when your photographer has time to be creative.
04. Make sure your photographer and your wedding coordinator/designer/planner/stylist are in good communication
Again, communication is key! By having your photographer and wedding coordinator/stylist (or mom or friends) keep in good communication, it will allow your photographer to know when your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception space will be ready for photos. This will allow your photographer to know where they need to be and when. As a photographer, it is important to me to document all the beautiful details and the calmness of the day before everything gets started. Trust me, you’ll want those photos too!
If you have any detail/styling tips that helped your wedding day go smoothly please share them below!