10 tips from a wedding photographer
As photographers our primary objective is not only to capture beautiful storytelling images and epic portraits, but also to ensure that you have a fantastic wedding experience. I've compiled some of my favourite tips I've learned to help your day run more smoothly so you can be relaxed and totally immerse yourself in the day without any stress or worries.
No. 1 - Wedding Day Timeline
Planning a wedding day timeline can be a daunting task, but we're here to help and with careful consideration and organisation, it can be done smoothly. Here are some tips to help you create a wedding day timeline:
Start with the ceremony time: The ceremony time is the anchor for the rest of the day, so make sure to set this first. If you are having a registrar, a celebrant or a religious officiant discuss with them what time they will be arriving and timings for the ceremony. Consider any religious customs or traditions that may impact the length of the ceremony.
Leave plenty of time for getting ready: Hair and makeup often take longer than expected, so make sure to allow plenty of time for this. Take into consideration how long it will take you to get dressed, and factor in travel time if you are not getting ready at the location of the ceremony.
Factor in travel time: If you're moving from one location to another (e.g., from the ceremony to the reception), make sure to factor in travel time. Consider any potential traffic delays.
Group photos: We really love the real and authentic moments you share with your loved ones and will capture all these candid moments as they unfold before us. However, you need to allow enough time for the group photos. We recommend you keep the list short (no more than 10). We will do these in a fast and furious session so that you and your guests aren't hanging around waiting and can get on with the celebrations.
Be realistic about the schedule: While it's important to have a well-planned timeline, it's also important to be realistic. Allow for some flexibility in case things don't go exactly as planned.
Communicate the timeline to everyone involved: Make sure to communicate the timeline to everyone involved, including suppliers, wedding party members, and family members. This will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and things run smoothly.
No 2 - Engagement Session
If you're feeling nervous about being in front of the camera, consider booking a pre-wedding shoot. These relaxed sessions are great to give us time to get to know each other. We will go for a little walk and I'll give you some minor prompts and snap away whilst also having lots of fun. After this session, couples always feel much more relaxed and on the day, you know what to expect.
No 3 - Keep it tidy
I've seen a room go from spotless to chaos in 15 minutes when everyone is getting ready together. Do you that heart-warming reveal photo with your Mum and Dad to have the breakfast remains and a bra strewn across the back of the sofa in the background?
Designate the task of keeping the room tidy
to one of your wedding party.
No 4 Gather all your details together
One of the first things I do when I arrive at your wedding prep is grab your dress/suit, the rings, flowers, shoes, jewellery, invitations, sentimental details etc to photograph. And if you are giving gifts to your wedding party or have a gift from your loved one, wait until I am there to capture these emotional moments.
No 5 Unplugged ceremony
Consider having a sign up and asking your officiant to make an announcement asking the guests not to
take photos during the service (including your entrance). There's nothing worse than your grand entrance being blocked from your photographer by a dozen arms leaning out into the aisle as your guests film your arrival. After signing the register and your photographer has taken the photos they need, you can allow your guests the opportunity to come forward and get those phone pics.
No 6 - Remember that it's your day
Decide what is important to you as a couple. It's great to get advice from friends and family, but don't let anyone take over and influence your day. Keep things simple and remember the reason you are getting married in the first place. The day is about you as a couple, celebrating your love and commitment to one another.
No 7 The recession
You are now married and are about to walk down the aisle together between your friends and family. As well as giving all those guests a bit smile and wave, don't forget to look at each other. You can even pause half way down the aisle for a sneaky kiss.
No 8 - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
You will no doubt be up bright and early, enjoying the mimosas and its so easy to forget to drink water. Make sure to sip water throughout the day (especially in the hot summer months).
No 9 - Don't sweat the small stuff
You might spend a lot of time planning all the little details, and whilst they may have some impact on the atmosphere of the day, they won't make a difference to your overall day.
No 10 - Enjoy yourself!
Last but by no means least, don't forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. Relax and trust your suppliers. Make sure to pause throughout the day and take it all in.