1. Communicate what you want
Have a specific shot you’ve seen on Pinterest that you want at your wedding? Communicate that. Want a picture with Great Aunt Ingrid and her hubby since they were married here 50 years ago? Communicate that. Special family heirlooms that you want detailed shots of? Communicate that. It is essential to have an open and specific conversation with your photographer to make sure you are both on the same page. Have these talks in advance of your wedding so on your special day you will take solace in the fact that everything is getting shot that you want shot.
2. Think about lighting
It seems more and more couples are choosing to do night weddings. Sure it’s romantic…candles, dim lights, and the glow of a full moon above. Just know that the single most important factor for quality, focused, clear, and sharp images IS LIGHTING! The more natural light (we’re talking outdoors here ladies) the better. If it is important to you to have great images, consider an outdoor wedding. If you must have a wedding at night, go with several strings of cafe lights. They will add a wonderful ambient glow to your pictures.
3. Have a dedicated organization Nazi/helper
There will be times during your wedding where it will be necessary for a large group of people to be organized and cooperative. You don’t want to be screaming at grandpaw Johnson, whose hearing aid just so happened to break last night, to get his old butt in line to take the family picture. Consider a wedding planner. I know they can be expensive but most brides and mom’s of brides never regret hiring them. If you don’t have a planner, assign someone the job of organizing Nazi, or in nicer terms your favorite little helper. Your photographer has no idea who all should be included in the family pictures, let alone all of their names to get them to participate. If you don’t have a dedicated helper, in that moment of frustration and emotion, you may forever go down as…..a BRIDEZILLA! (Oh the Horror!)
4. Allow more time than you would think
Fun fact: things will take longer than anyone tells you they will take. Getting your hair done for one hour at 10am? Better not schedule anything until at least noon. What’s next? Oh yea, make up. Double that estimated time. Running behind schedule is bound to happen. Just allow ample time so to not be stressed out. If they finish early, then you just feel like Super Bride!
5. Have fun
Look everyone knows weddings and especially wedding planning can be stressful, emotional, and probably not go perfectly. Always remember to HAVE FUN. This is the day you have dreamt about since you were a little girl. At the end of the day, you won’t remember half of what went on or most the people you talked to, a few things won’t go according to plan, and you probably will have forgotten to eat all that wonderful food you spent so much money on. Remember this: all that matters is that you and your new husband have begun a new great adventure together, and nothing can take that from you. P.S. IT’S HONEYMOON TIME!!!