In my time working in the Wedding industry I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly, believe me! I thought I'd put together some of my top tips for a smoother Wedding day and hopefully there'll be less mishaps for us all!
Starting off with your Wedding morning. Many a time I have turned up to Bridal prep and have been greeted by a lot of mess, not enough space and dark rooms. I can totally appreciate it if you are getting ready at a family home or somewhere sentimental to you, often family homes aren't the biggest or most photographic spaces. And often the sentimental value of being there is more important than how the background of a photo may look. But it's easy to make a few quick changes to make a space look better.
- Cleaning up and keeping on top of mess is an easy step to take for everyone in the Wedding party.
- Choose your bigger and brighter rooms for your hair and make up vendors to set up in, and where possible position them by a window. Natural light is a photographer's best friend!
- Maybe do a little tour of where you'll be staying and note down any details you'd like to change before the big day if possible.
- Think about the small details: Your dress hanger, your champagne glasses, what you'll all be wearing. Oh and ladies, make sure you wear a bra! You'll thank me later!
- Think about how many people you will have in the space you've chosen and make sure it won't be overwhelming for you on your Wedding morning.
- Having a few group photos and photos of yourself at your wedding morning location before you head off to get married is a lovely idea, if you'd like this make sure you are all ready early enough to make time for these photos. Plan it in to your schedule for the day!
All of this also goes for Groom preparations if you are having them photographed. If you are staying at your venue the night before it's likely you will already be in a big bright space which will be perfect for Bridal prep, and if it's on site we will likely visit it together before the day. I have seen a lot of Brides book an Airbnb if they need to. You'll have choice of so many aesthetically pleasing homes and plenty of space for everyone to be in. Not to mention beautiful photos from it!
Here's some of my favourite Wedding morning photos and why...
1. Beautiful window light falling on to the subject.
2. Here's a great example of Bridal prep at the family home, there's home personality but the rooms are bright, minimal and spacey.
3. Sarah chose a venue for Bridal Prep which was full of beautiful spots for photos. This textured iron gate worked perfectly to showcase the dress both on and off the bride.
4. Believe it or not this was Ellie's home! It was an incredible home full of light, space and beautiful decoration. Honestly his place was made for a Wedding morning.
5. Plenty of room for the Wedding party and so much light! The makeup artist has positioned the Bride toward the window which is fab.
6. How pretty is this room! Often venues and hotels are decorated by a professional meaning they ooze light and luxury. It's a perfect background for these precious shots. Also, notice how the mirror is bouncing so much light in the room? Maybe you could introduce this at your home.
7. This is a great example of making time for photos with your Wedding party before your Wedding ceremony. How special! Capturing all that pre-ceremony excitement!
8. Not forgetting our lovely Grooms! Ross got ready at the Wedding venue meaning again the rooms and the decor were aesthetically pleasing and full of light!
I hope this post can help you in some way! Don't forget to share with your fellow Bride-to-be's to make sure you're ready to go for the most perfect Wedding morning photos!