Almost all of my wedding day coverages begin about an hour or so before the bride is ready to get into her dress! The first thing I usually do (after stopping to check in on my bride and congratulate her, of course!) is gather up all of the bride’s details to prepare to style and photograph them. This portion of the day typically takes me about 30-40 minutes and depends on how many details there are, where I’m able to style things, etc. I generally try to pick a quiet corner with lots of natural light…natural light is key for crisp, clean photographs!!
Because most of my brides haven’t been to as many weddings as I have (although…shout out to my photog brides who have been to a ton too!) I created a checklist of a bunch of common items brides typically have available for me to photograph. Having a list prepared is the best way to ensure that nothing gets missed or forgotten! Another tip I like to share is to gather up all of these items a day or two before the wedding and have them all in one spot. That way they’re ready for me to grab and begin styling as soon as I arrive and they’re ready for you to use to get dressed when you are ready…no scavenger hunts necessary!
I recommend putting your maid of honor (or another bridesmaid or friend who will be in your getting ready room) in charge of knowing where these things are so that you have one less thing to worry about!
BRIDAL DETAIL CHECKLIST
- Bridal gown
- Personalized bridal hanger or simple wood hanger (makes for cleaner photos than the plastic one included with your dress!)
- Bride’s shoes
- Bridal bouquet (have your florist deliver this before your photo coverage begins)
- All three rings (both bands and engagement rings
- Invitation suite (and any other stationery, such as programs)
- Bridal jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc)
- Loose florals for styling (ask your florist to deliver these with your bouquet)
- Welcome bags (if you have them)
- Vow books
This is kind of a basic list that can be customized to include whatever unique elements you’re including in your wedding day! That could be a handkerchief that’s been used by all of the women in the family on their wedding day, a special pin that’s going on your bouquet, a garter, or something else that’s meaningful to you. By creating a list, you’re much less likely to forget something and there’s one less thing for you to stress about on your wedding day!