Photographer’s Guide To A Stress Free Wedding Day

A photographer’s perspective on planning a stress free wedding day
General advice
  • Hire a planner or at least a day of coordinator
  • If you’re the DIY type, get it out of your system before the wedding day and let other people handle the Day-Of DIY stuff.
  • Double the time you think you need.  For EVERYTHING.
  • get your clothes ready the night before
  • Go to bed early the night before and get up early
  • Start your wedding day well rested
  • If you are coordinating your own wedding, confirm everything with all vendors the week before your wedding to avoid do-of surprises
  • Plan out the day with your photographer so you know what it will take to get photos like the ones in his portfolio website
  • Ask your family and friends not to involve you in issue resolution unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Make sure you have snacks around for you and your wedding party / family while you’re getting ready in the morning/afternoon.  Everyone is happier when they are not hungry.
photography advice
  • Do an engagement session with your wedding photog
    • This gets you acquainted so that your much more comfortable with them on your wedding day.  Wouldn’t you rather hug the photographer when they walk into your hotel room and your half dressed?
    • On your wedding day’ You’ll be better in front of the camera, more relaxed and the wedding photos will look better.
    • these images will show who you really are.  Wedding photos are a fantasy.  Engagement photos keep it real.
  • Hire professional hair and makeup artists!  You face on this day is too important to give to an amateur.
    • Schedule plenty of time for hair and makeup. Plan to allow for at least 3 hours but 4 is better.
    • Schedule to be finished with hair and makeup 2-3 hours before the ceremony.  This allows time to do getting ready photos in a relaxed state.  This also allows time to do bridal portraits before the ceremony while you still look perfect.
  • DO A FIRST LOOK before the ceremony
    • Private moment with your partner that you will not have again until the end of the night.
    • You can get great photos of the first look in great light.  Chances are you won’t get this at the ceremony.
    • You can then finish the bridal party and at least some of the family photos before the cocktails begin.   You may even get to enjoy part of cocktail hour yourself!
  • designate a family member or friend as the family formals people gatherer.  Without this the family photos will take three times as long.
  • Don’t let your wedding party (or yourself) get too shitfaced before the ceremony.  This makes photos take much longer.
  • Book your ceremony and reception as geographically close together as possible. Minimize drive time between.
  • Find out what else is going on near your wedding on your wedding day.  Don’t be surprised by terrible traffic or a parade route making you late for your weddIng
  • Have your flowers delivered to wherever your getting ready so you have them for photos.
  • Bring comfortable flats to wear dying the photos.  You can put the heels on for the shots that need them.  Your new husband will not mind looking a little taller in the photos.
Looking good for the camera
  • Ask an honest friend if your dress fits you.  Seriously.  Don’t be a muffin in a wedding dress.
  • Wear a veil.  You can use it to cover your arms for beautiful portraits that hide a part of you that you seldom like in photographs

About msackett

Artistic based full service Photography Studio specializing in a blend of styles, photojournalistic to traditional. Servicing Metro Detroit, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Ann Arbor as well as many other areas in southeastern Michigan, Grand Rapids, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin TX and New York. Services include weddings and events, Mitzvahs, family portraits, High School Senior Photography and Head Shots.

Posted on September 18, 2012, in Vow Renewal, Wedding Photography Tip, Wedding Show, Weddings and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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