Happy Monday loves! There are so many aspects to planning the perfect wedding day. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some great bridal and wedding tips I believe will help you fabulous brides as you plan your beautiful day.
After photographing several brides getting ready the day of the wedding, I have learned that there are several details that really should not be overlooked. Here are my tips for getting ready on your wedding day.
Tip #1: Having a timeline is key. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a wedding planner.
Planning the day’s events accordingly is essential to making sure everything stays on schedule. Some brides tend to cut cost by hiring one makeup artists and a hairstyle for the entire bridal party. This is never my suggestion. While this will help your budget it can cause your artist’s to cram everything into a small time frame. Which, in the end can have you running behind on time.
(Plan for makeup and hair for each bridesmaid for 35-45 minutes each session, and 60 to 90 minutes for the bride (starting at least 2 hours prior to the ceremony). A good idea is to have your bridal party get ready at a local spa.)
Tip #2: Have your dress and details prepared and set aside.
This may seem like a simple task, but this is a detail many brides overlook. As a wedding photographer I ask my brides a few weeks prior to the wedding day several questions about the getting ready portion of the day. This helps me to be better prepared for the start of the day. I also ask each bride to set aside their dress, shoes, and other details in order to photograph them in a timely fashion prior to make up and hair.
(Hang your dress and vail as soon as you arrive to your hotel or bridal suit will allow the fabric to settle.)
Tip #3: Select a getting-ready location that is full of natural light and plenty of space.
In the first stage of planning your wedding you will be on the hunt for a wedding venue. Some wedding venues have a bridal suit or something similar, and other times brides will get ready in a near by hotel or at their home. With any of these locations you will want to have a lot of room (your bridal party, makeup and hair team will be housed here for several hours), a clean space free of miscellaneous items, and don’t overlook having a location with great light.
All of this makes for great photography.
(Have a bridal suite with more then one room can provide a more relaxed experience.)
Tip #4: Pick a location with style that flows with your wedding day. You will want to make sure your location matches that of your wedding theme. This will make for great photos for your wedding album.
(Most wedding photographers tend to utilize the space of a bridal suite to complement your details)
Tip #5: Get plenty of rest the night before and enjoy the morning of your wedding. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want to make sure you soak up all the good times and create lots of memories.
(P.S…. pack a day of emergency kit. You’ll want this just incase you and your girls run into any potential problems. Include; garment tap, scissors lip balm, a pair of comfy shoes for after the ceremony, eye drops, tape, and anything extra you may need to get you through the day.)
Giving yourself enough time to get though the day of activities is crucial to the success of your wedding day.
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