Wedding Details to Gather for the Big Day | Tips for Brides
Brides, I know you’ve got a lot of plan for and worry about when it comes to your big day. But, I want to share this post with you to help you prepare for the day-of, when it comes to photography! When I walk through the door of your getting ready room, expect a big hug and a warm smile from me! I am so excited to see you, chat with you, and get started documenting this incredible day that is about to happen!
What I need next from you is the box or bag of wedding day details you want photographed!
Now, why is photographing the details important? It is SO important because you have spent time, energy, and money on these details. You’ve put your heart into choosing these special, little items to have a place in your life and on your wedding day with you. These details are a part of your story, and so I want to honor your story by including ALL of the pieces! Photographing your details and including them in with your gallery ties it all together. If you decide to purchase an album or design one at a later date, these special elements look beautiful paired with your favorite portraits!
These items may include all, or many of, the following:
– Your wedding dress, on a wooden hanger or a special hanger that says “Bride” or “Mrs. ____”
Toss that plastic one you picked your dress up with; also take those pesky tags off beforehand, too!
Have at least yours in the getting ready room with you. If we can have all of them, that’s great, too! Sometimes, it can make for a fun detail shot to get them all at once!
– Invitation suite, written vows & other paper goods, including a copy of the menu, save the date, etc. (at least two copies is preferred!)
Why? Because, you may have a front AND a back to your pieces, so I want to be able to capture it all 🙂
– All of the rings you and your partner will be wearing on the day of
– Your jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet, etc.)
– Favors for your wedding guests
– Bridesmaids’ dresses (also on wooden/non-plastic hangers) with tags off
– Any special mementos or heirlooms you are wearing or carrying with you during the day
(This might include your grandmother’s wedding ring, a handkerchief, your “Something Blue/Borrowed/New/Old,” a pearl necklace passed down to you through many generations, a piece of your father’s tie, military dog tags or name tags)
– If you and your love are exchanging gifts or letters on the big day, have those nearby as well. Wait until I am there to open it, because it is always so fun to be able to show the other one these photos, so they can see your reaction when opening it! And then of course, I can photograph that special gift after you’ve opened it!
Start gathering up these details within a week or two of your wedding day and place them into a shoebox or a cloth tote bag to keep them organized and safe! You can also delegate to your Maid of Honor to get your dress and shoes ready, and ask her to place them near a clear space in the getting ready room near a window or area where natural light is coming in.
Let your florist know ahead of time where to deliver your wedding bouquets! One of my favorite things to tie in your details with is your flowers, so definitely have them delivered to you there and early enough.
And don’t think that I have forgotten about the guys! I absolutely LOVE getting to photograph their details, too!
Those might include their tie or bowtie, pocket square, cufflinks, boutonniere, shoes, and any other special item they might be carrying with them or have near by on the big day!
“What if I don’t have enough?”
I have heard this a few times over the last few years from brides that they are worried that they simply won’t have “enough” details. This isn’t a post to tell you that you have to have all of these items. Plus, you might be doing a destination wedding in the Caribbean (a tropical flower / leaf makes a great addition to details, by the way)! The idea of bringing along a bunch of extra things is less-than-appealing, and that’s OKAY!
This is not me pressuring you to gather these items; these are only to serve as suggestions and helpful reminders for the things you may want to include in your detail portraits for your big day! Some of my brides and grooms order wedding albums and want their album to tell their story with as much detail as possible to really portray the day and the feelings of the day!
You can have as many, or as little, details as YOU want! A lot of my brides give me just a few of the above details, and I work hard to give you as many beautiful images as I can with the meaningful items you pass to me! Another thing I do as a photographer is incorporate things like ribbons, greenery, flowers or other additional items that add a little something extra and make your detail images really pop!
I will use the above image as an example. My sweet bride had a couple of copies of her invites, her shoes and her rings. I thought, this is great, I gave a few items that go with her wedding colors and vibe to add in that will just make her detail images pop and look a little more full. And this shot has become one of my fav detail shots!
Her details were stunning; I merely added a couple of things (a ring dish, stamps, blush silk ribbon, a maroon ring box that perfectly matched her bridesmaids’ dresses, and some dainty ribbon scissors) that complimented them beautifully, and I styled these images on a gorgeous linen styling board. Your photographer likely has a styling kit with a few items to add into your detail images, so if you are a bride and you are worried that you do not have “enough,” don’t worry, my dear – we got you! 😉
I hope this is super helpful for you in your wedding planning! If you enjoyed this post full of tips, you might like THIS ONE, too!