After photographing many weddings, I have learned a thing or two! I would like to share some advice with you that will make your life much easier on the wedding day. :)
− First off, please, I am begging you, have an unplugged wedding. This is when you ask people to not allow to take photos during the ceremony. I have heard so many horror stories about guests jumping in front of the photographer to get their shots and sometimes that makes us lose really important shots, like the first kiss. I’d hate to add have one of those horror stories happen at your wedding! Please urge your guests to relax, enjoy the day, and let us do our job. :) I’d rather see the guests’ faces rather than their iPad, cell phones, cameras etc.
− Have all of the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride in their dresses before you put on your gown.
− Buy a pretty outfit or dress (I suggest a silky white night gown) to get ready in. Make sure it is easy to slip out of so you won’t mess up your hair or makeup trying to take it off. A button up shirt is also a good idea as well. Your hair and makeup artists will thank you!
− Have a disaster kit on hand for your wedding day. Some things to include it in are- bandaids, tampons, double sided tape, glue, clear finger nail polish remover, bobby pins, dental floss, stain treater, safety pins, mints, sewing kit with needle and thread, tissues, advil, deodorant, etc
− Allow 50% more time for hair and makeup. These always take longer than expected and can throw off the whole schedule. It’s better to have extra time rather than be in a rush. Bridal sessions allow you to do a trial run of your hair and makeup that way you can make sure it's exactly what you want!
− Make sure you have food in your getting ready room. You need to make sure you get something to eat, even with all of the chaos going on.
Have a rain plan! Buy cute umbrellas and rain boots and make it work. You can always return it if it doesn’t rain!