Final Wedding Day Preparations

It's finally here!  We are only days away from your wedding date and all your hard work, preparation, and effort are about to be enjoyed.  I wanted to let you know I am looking forward to capturing your wedding celebration and documenting your love story as it unfolds. I know you have a lot on your mind right now, so I wanted to share with you a final checklist to ensure we are able to capture the best images possible and stay on schedule.

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 Groom or Partner

I will spend 30-45 minutes with the groom and groomsmen while they are getting ready. It is key to keep the room clear of clutter and extra bags. I will need an area by a window clear, clean, and free of people to photograph all your details. Please make sure to have the following items ready to go in a bag with handles for me when I arrive, so we can keep on schedule. 

  1. Suit jacket & shirt on a nice hanger (wooden or other hanger, but not a dry cleaner hanger) buttoned up.
  2. Shoes, socks, tie, cuff links, watch, and any other items you are wearing or are special.
  3. Groomsmen Gifts (if applicable).
  4. Your vows (if applicable).
  5. Gift or Card Exchange (if applicable).
  6. Your boutonnière (The flowers you wear on your jacket lapel).
  7. Please have groom + groomsmen wearing pants & undershirts when I arrive.

TIPS: Know how to tie your bowtie or fold your pocket squares before the morning of the wedding day. You will also want to know how to pin a boutonniere.

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2. Bride Or Partner

I will spend 60-75 minutes with the bride and bridesmaids while they are getting ready. The bride's hair and makeup should be completely done by the time arrive so we can photograph touch-ups only. It is key to keep the room clear of clutter and extra bags. I will need an area by a window clear, clean, and free of people to photograph all your details. Please make sure to have the following items ready to go for me when I arrive, so we can keep on schedule.

  1. Bridal gown on special or nice hanger with ALL dress tissue paper and cardboard removed.
  2. An invitation suite, including any save the dates & RSVP cards.
  3. The Rings (both wedding bands & engagement ring).
  4. Floral Bouquets (bridesmaids + brides).
  5. Bridesmaids gifts (if applicable).
  6. Your vows (if applicable).
  7. Bridal shoes, jewelry, something blue, garter, perfume, makeup or anything special you are wearing.
  8. Gift or Card Exchange (if applicable).
  9. Please have bride + bridesmaids wearing any special robes, shirts, or attire when I arrive.

TIPS: Schedule an extra hour for your hair and makeup. I want you relaxed, sipping champagne when I arrive and not stressed because things are running behind.

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Important Last Minute Reminders

 

1. Sharing Our Timeline

I highly recommend you share our timeline with your immediate family and bridal party. This way all the integral people involved have a clear vision of events and when they are happening.

It's a great idea to send out last minute reminders to any extended family involved in the formal portraits so they know when they are needed for photos. I also recommend designating a "point person" who knows all involved in the photos to help locate and organize people faster, that way we can make sure no one is missing and we work quickly.

Tip: Print out copies of our schedule for key people involved in the wedding party and family and hand out at the rehearsal dinner.

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2. hair & makeup Point Person

It's a great idea to appoint a friend (MOH) or family member (Mom) to be in charge of checking your hair and makeup throughout the day. They can help let you know when you need a touch up throughout the day to ensure you're always looking your best! Don't worry I'm always looking too, but sometimes they know nuances that I wouldn't.

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3. Last Minute Bridal Party + Family Tips

Your bridal party and immediate family members are the people who are going to show up in your photos the most, so we want them looking their best too! Here are a few tips to ensure they are looking amazing in photos.

1. Ignore the camera - I'm hoping to catch real moments between you and your favorite people. I'll make sure to ask you to look at the camera if I need you to.

2. No gum or hair ties around the wrist - No one looks good while chewing gum in photos and hair ties are super distracting to your beautiful look.

3. Make sure to smile - Don't forget to smile when you're front and center - especially while walking down the aisle, watching the ceremony, and being introduced into the reception. It's an incredibly happy so don't be afraid to show it!


We are going to have a beautiful, fun, and stress free day. I can't wait to work with you and meet all your closest friends and family members.