How to Prepare for Your Wedding Day


For starters…

If you’re reading this, I guess it is safe to assume that you are getting married soon. Congrats! This is such an exciting time and I know the last several months of preparation may have been a little stressful, but you are almost there!! So take a deep breath, relax, and remember you are marrying the person of your dreams. Now, let’s talk about some small steps you can take to make sure your day runs smoothly.

Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

This is something I am constantly telling my brides. Your wedding day is going to fly by and it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting ready, photos, family members stopping by and so on. So, make sure you are drinking water and maybe eating some of your favorite snacks here and there. Trust me, you do not want to be standing up in front of everyone you know and love and get interrupted by a growling, hungry tummy.

Have your details in order

As your photographer, I always do my best to ask all questions before your wedding day so I do not have to bother you while you are getting ready for your walk down the aisle. One way you can help here is to have all of your special details laid out as soon as you arrive at the location where you are getting ready. For the bride, this includes: the rings, your shoes, flowers, dress, garter, a copy of your invitation, and any special momentos you might want photographed. For the groom: your shoes, tie/bowtie, cuff links, watch, etc. This way I can grab all of those photos at the beginning of the day without bothering you to look for all of the items while you are getting ready.



Something is probably going to “go wrong”

So, you probably think that I just jinxed you, but I can promise you, speaking from experience, something unexpected is going to happen. Your uncle Steve might get caught in traffic or the clasp on a bridesmaid dress might break. You could lose a groomsman, the cake might be a little late or you may tear up over a letter from your fiance and leave a salty streak down your airbrushed cheek. And you know what? Everything is going to be okay. You are still going to walk down the aisle to your person and have the best time celebrating your love with all of your closest family and friends. So remember to relax! Look at the big picture and do not let yourself get caught up in the drama or details of the day. The celebration is about you and your spouse, everything else will fall into place.

Is time of day thaaaat important?

YES. If you are having your wedding outdoors, you may want to consider having the ceremony in the evening. For one, you do not want to be sweating all over while promising forever to your sweetie. I mean, who wants to be squinting when you can be focusing on the love from your partner. Second, your photographer will thank you forever if you prevent her from having to fight the hard mid day sun. Lastly, guests are there to witness your love first hand, not get a sun tan. Now, this is just a suggestion, but speaking from experience, definitely something to consider if you have the opportunity!