ELEVEN IMPORTANT WEDDING DAY TIPS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER
Updated: Sep 8
11 IMPORTANT WEDDING DAY TIPS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER
Wedding planners help you navigate through the DOs and DON’Ts and the various requirements at your wedding. But, did you know even your wedding photographer has some extremely helpful insights too?
They are with you and your partner, and your family most of the time. They have a clearer idea of what a wedding needs to run smoothly.
Here are 11 important wedding day tips as told by photographers around the world:
1. Create a mood board
To get that perfect personalized wedding album, your photographers should understand your preferences, personality, and the kind of relationships you have with the guests attending your wedding.
To help your creative team, you can create a mood board.
You can include various photographs you love from Pinterest and Tumblr, which gives a clearer idea to your wedding photographer about what kind of photographs you would like for your wedding.
2. Schedule time for each section of the day
Your wedding planner can help you with creating a timeline for each pre-wedding task and keep you organized. There should be an estimated starting and ending time for makeup, hair, etc. You also have to adjust the time for your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and couple’s session.
3. Don’t stress about the wedding dress
You are not going to wear your bridal outfit for a long time, after the wedding, so don’t stress over little stains. If you are wearing a long white dress, it is bound to get dirty. Stop overthinking about it, and head outside for the beautiful panorama shots you always wanted.
4. Don’t overburden yourself with posed shots
Remember “Less is More”. Don’t get photo fatigue by doing all sorts of poses. You just need some key group photos and then go enjoy your party.
Live in the moment. Your wedding is that celebration which will never happen again. You need to enjoy it to the fullest, rather than clicking a thousand fake candids.
Ask your wedding photographer to recommend some group photos and individual photos. Trust me, the candid photos during the celebration and on the dance-floor are the ones that will really bring back the memories.
5. Don’t have too many photo shoot locations
An experienced wedding photographer will know the tricks to make the most of limited locations for photoshoots. Don’t waste a lot of time moving from one place to another, to get bridal or couple photographs clicked.
Maximize shoot time by minimizing the number of photoshoot locations.
6. Wear a long veil
If you are wearing a long white dress for your big day, make sure you choose a long veil. Firstly, there’s something about the long fabric which will make you feel like the perfect bride. Secondly, a long veil can be incorporated in a million ways in bridal and couples’ photoshoots; it acts as an excellent prop for the perfect wedding photograph.
7. Toss for fun
The Girl Gang photograph with confetti flying around is the classic group photo. Be it a group photo, the first dance, the sangeet ceremony, the Haldi ceremony; add that extra touch of fun and frolic to the photograph with confetti, flower petals, paper planes, etc.
This is guaranteed to bring the genuine biggest smiles on your guests’ faces.
8. The First Look
Looking at each other for the first time on the wedding day, do not forget to ask your photographer to capture the heart-warming moment.
9. Use the best natural lighting for the couple’s photoshoot
If you are having a gorgeous destination wedding and your location has a spectacular view of the ocean or has breath-taking natural beauty, schedule your couples’ photoshoot session 30-45 minutes before the sunset. The golden hues of the hour work beautifully for the romantic couple photographs.
10. The heavily recommended Sneak Away session
Sneak away with your beloved outside, during the reception for 20-30 minutes, and ask your wedding photographer to capture photographs of the newlyweds under the gorgeous night sky.
11. The sparkler exit
Plan the grand exit. Ask your guests to hold up vibrant sparklers. A sparkler exit is not only unique and memorable but also makes for gorgeous aesthetic photographs.
Some wedding locations may not allow sparklers. You can also use confetti or flower petals for the grand exit; anything and everything that makes it vibrant.
Don’t worry if anything goes wrong. Enjoy the moment, hold your husband’s hands and enjoy the celebration, because it goes by in the blink of an eye.