Time to get ready! Here are some tips from a photographer’s perspective to help you plan out this time in a way that allows us to do our best work!
Tip #1: Get ready in a big, open, bright, beautiful space! This probably means renting a hotel or AirBnB. Make sure there’s enough room for everyone involved whether that’s just you and your best friend, or an entire bridal party, or in-laws, or whatever. Breathing room is key to keeping the room fun but not overwhelming. Too many people can make the space feel muggy and claustrophobic. And think about the decor of the space as well. The items in the room will at least be in the background of your photos if not fully incorporated into them. And make sure there are plenty of windows!
Tip #2: Have your wedding details ready to go! Brides, this means taking your dress out of the bag (dresses need time to breathe!), removing all the stuffing, putting it on a nice (non-plastic) hanger, and collecting any details you want photographed such as your shoes, veil, jewelry, accessories, stationery, and the rings! Grooms, same goes for you — have everything collected in one spot so when we arrive, you can point us in that direction and we’ll get to styling!
Tip #3: Schedule your hair and makeup team to be 100% finished up with everyone 30 minutes after we are scheduled to arrive. That way you can be mostly done but we can still grab some detail shots of your lipstick being applied, final hairspray touch-ups, etc., and then they can clear the room and allow everyone some more room to spread out.
Tip #4:: Don’t follow tradition just because you think you’re supposed to. Does getting ready together feel like a more natural way to prep for the day? These photos are unique, intimate, and tend to help alleviate some of the stress of the morning. I say go for it!
Tip #5: Make sure to have some food and drinks for everyone. It’s a long day and you don’t want anyone getting hangry!
Tip #6: Have a good playlist! This is something you can do yourself or outsource to a member of your wedding party. Play music that makes you feel good and boosts your confidence. If you feel great, you’ll look great in your photos!