Wedding Day Tips + Details
I want nothing more than for you to have the raddest wedding, so I have made this little list of tips!
Getting your glam on – Preparations
1. If you are getting ready in a hotel that requires paid or valet parking, I appreciate this being organised and paid before my arrival, to ensure I can get to you easily.
2. If you are getting ready at home, try and get ready in a room with plenty of beautiful natural light. ( A small room with light is better than a large dark room) If you would prefer to dress in private you can get 90% dressed in another room, then re-enter the well-lit room for the final touches.
3. Hotel or at home, try and keep whatever areas you choose a tidy as possible. It is helpful if someone can pile all the clothes and shoes in a corner, out of sight, no scrubbing necessary – I promise.
4. Those Bridal shots – Bride or Groom.
This usually takes 15-20 minutes, after you are completely dressed.
I recommend setting a ‘getting dressed’ time for around 1 hour before you are set to travel/walk to your ceremony location.
I always aim to leave 30 minutes before you do, to ensure I can capture some pre-ceremony vibes.
The overall wedding day vibes – My Style
1. There will be more than a handful of times during your day that I will be simply observing and snapping. I much prefer to be a silent witness at times, to capture your story during those times of emotion and fun.
Don’t be worried or assume you need to be, ‘doing something’. If you look a little weird, I will tell you… Or not, sometimes the weirdness is just as cute if not more so.
If you haven’t already, you can have a little bit of a read about me as a human here.
2. If you are choosing a videographer to capture your day, I ask that you put some consideration into how their work will balance along with mine. A videographer who is unobtrusive and is willing to work as a team will be the best fit.
Some videographers will ask to stage their shots (eg 1 hour of videography time), particularly during the portrait shoot.
While I do understand the logic behind this, it can lead to a very long portrait shoot, with having to repeat poses for double the time.
I am more than happy to work as a team and allow them the qual freedoms that they give me. Feel free to ask for recommendations – there are some legends out there.
Sealing the deal! – The Ceremony, Congratulations and Family Photos
1. Please do not rush down the aisle – breathe, walk slowly and take it all in. Don’t be afraid to look at your guests as well as your love (it is totally cool to cry here) – remember to bring powder and tissues.
2. Discourage your guests from wearing sunglasses, where possible.
If all of your guests are wearing sunglasses, it can take away from natural emotions.
However, in some instances, it is a hard ask, and I understand that.
3. Unplugged is not necessary.
I am more than happy for your guests to snap a photo or two, but please discourage your guests from taking on the task of documenting the full day. eg. Shooting over the photographer/videographers shoulders, standing in the aisle during the walk, filming through their phones for the whole ceremony.
This takes away from being present, and can occasionally ruin an otherwise incredible image.
If you have asked a friend to film or take photos, please ensure they stand to the side/s of the ceremony, and do not overtake what you have trusted us with – documenting your day!
4. Lighting and ceremony set up.
To ensure you have the best photos and film, I suggest situating your arbour and ceremony set up in balanced light.
Either in full sun, full shade or even dappled light, with ‘backlighting’, as the preference. eg: 1 person in full sun and the other in the shade, or we will have a Cruella Devilles hair, type situation.
This may mean your guests are looking into the sun, but you can move the set up around to suit.
Make sure you have enough seating for grandparents and your immediate family and kindly ask your celebrant to remind your guests to sit down, if there are empty seats, before you walk down that aisle.
5. Make a list before the wedding day of all the formal family photos you would like taken.
I would appreciate a copy, as well as giving one to a kickass (loud and assertive would be a bonus) friend to help me find people, and call out names.
If there are any family circumstances that I need to be made aware of, please be sure you let me know, before the wedding day!
You should allow at least 20 minutes for your formal portraits, and an example list would be as follows.
Bride & Groom with Brides Parents
Bride & Groom with Brides Parents and Siblings
Bride & Groom with Brides Parents, Siblings and Grandparents
Bride & Groom with Grandparents
Bride & Groom with both sets of Parents
Please avoid searching for people on the day. Make sure you let those you want phots with know that they need to be ready for them.
6. Timing + Travel
When sending your invites, make sure you let your guests know a start time that is 15 minutes before you aim to walk.
That way you would be less likely to have those late Larry’s bumping in as you say, “we do”.
It is super important that you allow for ‘buffer time’.
This not only ensures a stress free day for you, it also helps me too.
When organising your ‘time to leave for the ceremony’, try to make this 20 minutes AFTER you are all ready.
So if you had a 30 minute drive to your ceremony venue, and your ceremony is at 4pm, I would suggest you aim to be ready by 3/3:10pm (bags packed and ready to go, allowing 20 minutes to relax and pack everything you need + a little for traffic.
This also helps me, by ensuring I am at your ceremony location before you! That way I am not running with my gear like a mad woman, as you stroll down the aisle.
Some pretty pictures – Portraits + Locations
1. Till this point, I have tried to let nature run its course with minimal interference (aside from a few cuddles). This is the part of the day where I will be offering direction and all the fun that comes with it.
2. In regards to locations, it isn’t always quantity over quality, but there can be exceptions. I would strongly discourage plans such as these.
Park Location – Bridge Location – Urbane Location – Beach Location.
Make sure you are choosing places that suit you as a couple.
Emotion is the real driver for my imagery.
3. I suggest a minimum of 45 minutes for portraits + an additional 15 minutes for sunset if your portrait time is outside the golden hour.
Anything else is a bonus, but do understand that this time is in addition to the family portrait time, time to freshen up and your congratulations.
I am happy to help with your wedding timeline, should you need it.
Unless it is inclusive of travel, 2 hours at 1 location is often unnecessary, but if we were to be walking to several locations, this may be ideal.
4. Sometimes weather or other circumstances can limit where we can go, or how long we can shoot for. It is my goal to provide beautiful images, regardless of location, but bear in mind that good lighting is a must.
BRING ALL OF THE SNACKS! + Water, as well as alcohol to keep you all kicking.
Time to parrr-tay – The Reception
1. Regardless of where your reception is, a timeline is a MUST.
It is also important if your DJ/mc is provided with the same timeline as the one you give to me or Vice Versa.
These can be super detailed or just a guide, but I strongly advise a timeline to ensure you make the most of your night.
It is also worth noting to your MC to ensure they know not to announce you till I have said hello, and let them know I am all set up, and ready to roll.
If we are coming from a seperate location to your reception, you may just beat me to the venue, so no bouncing in before me, you hear?
2. The first dance is not a must, but if you are not having a dance, why not have a little boogie as you enter your reception.
This could be a dance, or a Hollywood kiss, a skit.. whatever you feel suits you.
If you are planning any kind of choreographed dance, flash mob or surprise – please let me know.
OR, you could do everything I have suggested (entrance/flash mob), that is cool too.
3. Speeches – less is more.
Suggest to your speakers that they cap their speeches at 5 minutes and stick to the best bits. While it is great to hear about every school report result, if everyone takes 10-20 minutes, your other guests are sitting for up to 1.5 hours… Let’s face it, drunk people are like small children – they don’t like to sit still for too long.