As a wedding photographer I’ve had the honor of being a part of so many amazing celebrations. I’ve seen weddings of all sizes, in all seasons, and because of this I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible about how to make sure things run smoothly. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of the helpful tips that I’ve learned along the way. Here are a minor detail or two to keep in mind!
Minor Detail # 1 | Preparing for Your Day
Take your packing checklist and put everything together in one bag or box. Not only will this bring you peace of mind the morning of your wedding, but it will also help your photographer save time. With all the details that need to be photographed in one place, there’s no scramble to locate anything. The photographer can start shooting the details as soon as they arrive, leaving more time for candid photos and portraits while you get ready.
Minor Detail # 2 | Family Photo List
Prepare for family photos by sending your photographer a list of the formal family portraits you’d like taken. I recommend keeping the list to immediate family if possible, i.e. parents, siblings, sibling’s spouses, and grandparents. When creating the portrait list, start with the largest group photo, and then break it down into the smaller group photos. When creating your list just keep in mind that it typically takes about 2 minutes to arrange and photograph each group.
Minor Detail #3 | Crowd Management
With all the excitement after the ceremony and two whole families to wrangle, family portrait time can get a little chaotic. Even with your family photo list at the ready! Make things run smoothly by designating someone to help with crowd management. The ideal person would know the majority of people in both families. Many times, someone from the bridal party fits the bill! This person will help manage the crowd and call out the names of people needed for certain pictures. This will ensure everyone is mingling at cocktail hour in no time!
Minor Detail #4 | Enjoy Your Day!
The most important detail of all! Remember to breathe, smile, and have lots of fun. You will be surrounded by so many people that love you, and they are going to be there to do whatever they can to make sure your day runs smoothly. At the weddings I photograph, I like to think of myself as an unofficial bridesmaid. If you need anything at all, just ask! I am more than happy to help you with whatever I can!