Your wedding is a day that you may have been imagining for years. It is your day, a perfect day. A day that celebrates you, your spouse and your love for each other.
There are a few simple things you can do that will help your photographer capture every image you are imagining for your wedding.
1. CREATE A MOOD BOARD
To deliver personalized photos, it is important for your photographers to understand your personalities, preferences, and relationship. To help your photographer get to know you, a mood board can be the perfect display. Websites like Pinterest provide an easy platform to create mood boards by saving images that you like. This is a great way to visually communicate the style of photos you love for your engagement and wedding day photos.
2. HIRE A QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHER
Hiring a quality photographer is key to having the wedding day of your dreams. With there being so many wedding photographers out there, it may be difficult (and even at times overwhelming) to determine the right talent for your big day. Before making any decision, do your research; read client reviews to see what other couples’ experiences were and most importantly, follow your instincts. Wedding planning websites such as WeddingWire provide a way of seeing vendors near you, their client reviews, their prices, and examples or their work.
3. INCORPORATE SPECIAL PROPS
Give your photos an added sentimental touch by incorporating a prop or two into your photos. I am not suggesting a entire line up of props, but a sweet sign, playful element, or a personal token can definitely take your photos to the next level! Also, if you are like me, I am not a over comfortable in front of the camera. Props can give you a place for your hands and often times add to your level of confidence.
You can plan props, spend hours saving pins and creating a mood board, but if you don't communicate what you want in your photos to your photographer don't expect them to know! If you have any special shots you want taken, be sure to communicate that in advance to your photographer so that they can make sure they have what they need to make that happen! A simple email or phone call will do.
Congratulations, you have endured countless hours planning out every detail and moment of your day. Aside from hiring a photographer, there are numerous steps you can take to guarantee incredible photos. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when creating your wedding timeline that ensures you get the photos you will cherish for a lifetime!
CREATE A TIMELINE THAT ALLOWS TIME FOR PHOTOS
It is crucial that you create a timeline for your wedding day; this will help you and all your vendors make your wedding everything you were hoping for. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc. Within that timeline, you should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and bridal photos - and be sure to allow buffers if possible! If you're not sure how much photo time you’ll need for each section of the day, take a look at the sample timeline below.
12:00 pm - Arrive!
12:20 pm - getting ready photos
12:45 pm - groomsmen photos
1:05 pm - bridesmaid photos
1:30 pm - bride’s family photos
1:50 pm - groom’s family photos
2:45 pm - ceremony
3:15 pm - receiving line
3:50 pm - party bus (list of stops)
5:35 pm - arrive at Reception
5:45 pm - grand entrance
5:55 pm - cake cutting
6:00 pm - dinner & speeches
7:00 pm - first dances
8:00 pm - bouquet toss/garter toss
ALLOW TIME IN YOU SCHEDULE FOR BRIDAL PHOTOS DURING THE BEST LIGHTING
Regardless of whether you booked your wedding at a rustic, fairytale barn or in a high-end hotel on a hillside, it’s essential to schedule time for to capture bridal photos 30-45 minutes before sunset. The romantic hues during the "Golden Hour" makes it the best time of day to capture magical photos as the new Mr. and Mrs. Figuring out the Golden Hour for your wedding date is easy, and is definitely something to consider before creating your Wedding Day timeline.
FINALIZE YOUR WEDDING TIMELINE AND FAMILY SHOT LIST WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Once you have gone over your timeline and have created a family shot list, email it to your photographer and any other vendors that may need it! This allows your creative team to know be on the same page and know where they need to be and when. Give your vendors at least a week to have time to review everything and ask any questions they might have. This will make you feel more relaxed and will set your wedding day up to be stress-free!
Hello! I'm Morgan.
Wisconsin-based photographer. Located in Appleton, WI. I have the privilege of working for a local non-profit, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs while also managing Morgan E Photography.