One of my goals for the year is to blog a few wedding tips! Planning a wedding can be incredibly exciting (hooray!), but also a bit stressful. And by a bit stressful, I remember eating half a pack of oreos one night and then panicking that maybe my dress wouldn’t fit. Trust me, it’s a normal part of the process.
The getting ready portion of the day is one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph. I know that sound cliche, maybe because the whole day is my favorite too. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned over the past few years while photographing weddings. Hope they help! Here’s four tips for getting ready on your wedding day.
Four getting ready wedding tips:
1. Beautiful light.
Choose a getting ready location that has plenty of light, preferable natural light!
This lovely little farm house is at The Vineyard at 37 High Holly in Highlands, NC. It’s beautiful, light and airy and has tons of window light. In fact, I don’t think we turned on any of the lights! This allowed me to capture moments without having to set up any extra lighting gear and I was able to move around faster. Natural light for the getting ready portion is also flattering (and romantic!) since it’s a soft light compared to harsh shadows. While venue hunting, be sure to check out the getting ready locations. :)
2. Keep the area clear.
When multiple people are getting ready, it’s easy for items to get tossed around. (Kind of like the aftermath of slumber parties while growing up.) Especially while the bride is putting her dress on, be sure the the room is clear of clothes, champagne glasses, and makeup. Cute tote bags work well for keeping things tidy or just having a dedicated space for belongings.
3. Give yourself extra time.
Allow extra down time (or what I call buffer time!).
Once you have an estimate of how long hair and makeup take, give yourself a bit of buffer time. Knowing that you have extra time built will help the day go a bit smoother just in case any surprises pops up! (And usually it does.) Consider giving yourself a few breather minutes right before the ceremony. An example can be spending a few minutes alone with your mom, or sister(s), or best friend. You could also spend just a few minutes writing a card to your hubs to be. Take a breather, the day will go by so fast.
4. Call anyone but the bride.
Create a distraction free zone.
Create a document that lists all your vendors, wedding party, directions and addresses, and emergency contact information. It can be as simple as making a spreadsheet. This can be a life saver! Then, hand your phone off to a trusted family member or someone in the bridal party. The last thing you want is pictures of you holding your phone throughout the wedding day.
Soooo… I’m totally guilty of this one which is why I wanted to share. While I had a list, one of my vendors didn’t know which driveway to use. So there I am chatting with vendors while my mom buttoned my dress up. Don’t let this be you. I’m begging you.
I hope this helps during the whirlwind of wedding planning! Just remember, your day is your own. But these little tips and tricks will help your day go smooth. Have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch. :D