It’s Your Day Too

August 26, 2020

Creating Swoon worthy Groom Images Using These Wedding Day Tips

All things weddings tend to be focused on the bride, but let me tell you something friend…it’s your day too! It’s important that you feel comfortable and that your wishes and desires are considered as well! Not only do I want you to have an enjoyable day, but I want you to look and feel your best in your wedding day photographs.

So let’s walk through how we can ensure your wedding runs smoothly and that you get incredible imagery from your wedding day!

groom getting ready- wedding portrait - the Black Tux- by Amanda Olivia photography

Before your day…

01 | Communicate 

Communicate with me ahead of time about your photography preferences. Do you have a side you prefer to stand on for group portraits? Do you want more sleek and sophisticated getting ready moments? Or more playful and joyful moments? Are there things I should know about between you and your groomsmen that will help make your portraits a breeze? 

Knowing a bit about how you want to feel on your wedding day and any relational details are helpful to making sure you are comfortable and that you have impeccable imagery from your wedding day. I prefer to go over any of these details and thoughts on our final prep call just a few weeks before your wedding day so I can organize everything well in advance of your big day. 

Always know…I’m all ears! There is no detail too small to share! We want you to feel comfortable and to enjoy your wedding day, and the best way to do that is to communicate your preferences in advance.

groomsmen day- by Amanda Olivia Photography

02 | Pack an emergency kit 

Wedding days come with lots of excitement, unexpected energy, and all kinds of things. So I recommend that you prepare an emergency kit filled with items for every scenario just in case. I would rather prepare for all scenarios so we can fix the problem and so you can continue to have an incredible wedding day.

Here’s what I recommend keeping in your emergency kit: 

  • A lint roller
  • Steamer
  • Extra buttons for your coat
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol 
  • Anti-nausea medication 
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Deodorant 
  • Comb
  • Styling Cream/ Hair Gel
  • Extra pins for boutineers 
  • Stain removing pen
  • Nailclippers
  • Nail file
  • Scissors
  • Hair Trimmers
  • Portable fan (Helpful for those hot Summer weddings)
  • Extra handkerchiefs 
  • Power Packs (These are my personal favorite, fast hydration cures)
  • Water…stay hydrated!
groom wearing-the Black Tux- wedding portrait-by Amanda Olivia photography

03 | Get plenty of rest

Wedding days are a whirlwind! After every wedding I photograph I feel like I’ve run a marathon…seriously! Take it from me and get a good night’s rest the day before your wedding. While I’m sure you have family and friends excited about your wedding day and wanting to spend all their time with you, make sure you draw boundaries and get to bed at a reasonable hour. You want to feel good on your wedding day and not feel groggy or wanting to head for a nap by mid-afternoon.

04 | Prepare all things in advance

By prepping everything in advance you won’t feel rushed on the day of your wedding to get some serious things done. Here are a few things you should prepare BEFORE the day of your wedding: 

  • Write your vows and cards ahead of time. You don’t want to be scrambling the morning of your wedding getting your thoughts written down. Take time to intentionally collect your thoughts when you’re alone before your wedding weekend gets going.
  • If your dog is a part of your wedding day, get them cleaned and groomed in advance. You don’t want a dirty pet rubbing against you and your clothes and you don’t want to bathe a dog the morning of your wedding. 
  • Practice tying your tie, putting on cufflinks, and knowing how to put a boutonniere on before the day of your wedding so you’re not doing it for the first time on your wedding day when you want everything to be presented perfectly. 

When you Arrive for Your Day…

05 | Get Organized

Ensure that you, your details, and your groomsmen are organized and prepared for the AOP Team to arrive. You might not have a whole hair and makeup crew with you like the ladies, but trust me, you have your own fairshare of getting ready to do!

Let’s start with your details… 

When I arrive on a wedding day the first thing I like to tackle are your personal details. This gives you more time to relax with friends and family and finish getting ready while I style and document everything.

I recommend having the following details (if they apply to you) set aside in one spot totally organized and ready for me and my team to come in and pick everything up. Everything in your details list should be hung up, clean, wrinkle free, polished, and ready to put on!

Details Checklist:

  • Suit 
  • Tie 
  • Suspenders 
  • Shoes 
  • Cufflinks 
  • Pocket square
  • Watch
  • Rings
  • Family or personal jewelry
  • Gift to exchange from partner
  • Family heirlooms
  • Boutineers | Store in either the refrigerator or keep in an AC room. Follow instructions from your florist on this one.

Prepping Yourself Checklist:

When it’s time for your getting ready photographs make sure you are: 

  • Hydrated
  • Have had breakfast or something to eat 
  • Showered
  • Shaved
  • Hair styled 
  • Have your suit pants and shirt on
  • Have your best man, father, or whoever is important to you totally ready to go so they can help you in your getting ready photographs
Gardenia Floral Design-wedding photography-by Amanda Olivia photography

During your Wedding Day…

06 | Manage your drinking

I’m all for having a great time on wedding day, but remember that your wedding day is ALL day. Most of my weddings start early in the morning and last till midnight, so when it comes to drinking make sure that you pace yourself. 

I recommend staying hydrated and eating plenty of food first thing in the morning when things are slow so that you can sustain your energy throughout the day. If you want a mimosa or a drink in the morning that’s fine, but then I recommend not drinking again till after your ceremony.

groomsmen-wearing-the Black Tux- wedding portrait-by Amanda Olivia photography

07 | Keep your groomsmen in check

Make sure that your groomsmen know the plan for the day! Share the wedding day timeline with them and make sure they know where they need to be and when. You don’t want to be in a position where your whole timeline is put on hold for the one groomsmen who didn’t read the timeline. 

Ensure your groomsmen know a few key things: 

  • WHEN and WHERE they need to be fully dressed and ready
  • WHEN and WHERE the bridal party portraits are taking place
  • WHEN they need to be at the ceremony venue

08 | Lose the phones, keys, and wallets

…from your pockets that is! You don’t want your wedding day portraits to be full of squares and weird lumps in your pant and coat pockets. So before you hop in front of the camera, ensure your pockets are empty! And no…don’t slip them into your back pocket, just set them aside for the day!

groom-wearing-the Black Tux- wedding portrait-by Amanda Olivia photography

If you prepare well and follow these tips to ensure you have swoon worthy images, you’ll have an amazing experience. And as always I’m here to support you fully throughout this wedding journey, so if you have a question or need support don’t hesitate to ask.

Now, let’s get you married friend! The AOP Team can’t wait to celebrate you!

Images in this post from Dina and Paul’s wedding day! Vendors listed in the images above:

Venue | Foxhall Resort Legacy Lookout

Planning | Georgia Grace Weddings

Photography | Amanda Olivia Photography

Florist | Gardenia Floral Design

Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux

Stationery | Paper Daisies Stationery

Film Processing | Photovision Prints

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