After months — and maybe even years — of planning, it is FINALLY the morning of your wedding day!
It feels like there’s so much to do; your wedding party members are arriving, hair and makeup is getting set up, your family members are coming in and out with breakfast, coffee, etc. Take it from me, the last thing you want to be doing on the morning of your wedding day is gathering your details for your photographer.
So, here’s a pro tip. The best advice I can give to keep your photo timeline on track the morning of your wedding — and to start the day off as stress-free as possible — is to gather your wedding details the night, day, or even week before! Put everything together in a box (minus your dress, of course) so that as soon as your photographer arrives, they can grab your details and start shooting right away. This way you won’t be rushing around the morning of your special day, frantically trying to find everything while simultaneously getting your hair and makeup done or risk cutting into your photographer’s coverage time while you search.
(Bonus tip: Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator so that they can handle getting all of the details to your photographer, plus help to keep you on track all day!)
At this point you might be wondering, exactly what “details” should you be gathering?
Below I’ve compiled two lists, one for brides and one for grooms, listing all of the types of details you might want to include in your photos. If you don’t have every single one of these items, that is totally fine! Provide what you can to your photographer, and be sure to let them know if anything is especially meaningful (i.e. a family heirloom) so they can be sure to capture it.
Details for Brides
- Loose florals (ask your florist to provide these)
- Hair pieces
- Rings (all 3)
- Invitation suite
- Borrowed & blue
- Ring box
- Wax seals
- Vow books
- Custom hanger
- Welcome bag
Details for Grooms
- Tie or bowtie
- Tie clip
Your wedding day is unique to you and your fiancé, and your details should reflect that! Be sure to communicate with your photographer ahead of time and let them know the theme or color palette for your special day — many photographers will bring along styling mats or additional styling props to complement the details you already have, and help create a more complete flat lay design.
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