Wedding mornings are the absolute BEST! You’re with your best friends, getting ready to see your groom, and so excited to finally becoming husband and wife!! 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!!
Even though this part of a wedding day is fun, filled with mimosas, music and matching pajama’s, it can also be a little hectic trying to make sure you have everything. Well my friend, this is for you! Grab a pen and paper, or the notes section on your phone and write these things down! These things are all what I recommend having ready for your photographer so you get those AMAZING detail shots of the little items that make up what your wedding vision is! 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!
THINGS TO HAVE READY ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING :
This is probably the most forgotten items to have in the getting ready spot! A lot of brides will send the rings off to whoever is in charge of them, and the rings are the number 1 most symbolic part of the day! They need to be kept wherever the main photographer will be arriving to on the wedding day, and can be transferred to the right person after! And don’t forget the GROOM’S ring!! Having all three (both wedding bands, and engagement ring) 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 on, 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!
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! OR on carpet). 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! Florals are apart of your wedding day attire since you carry them a lot of the day!
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 in a bag or box 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!
Your wedding morning should be as smooth and relaxing as possible and this is the first way to take steps to ensure just that!!!