Hi, friends! Last week I started a series called Wedding Why’s where I cover some common concerns most brides have, and talk about some key sections of the timeline perhaps you forgot to consider. If you’re just joining me, you can catch up by reading the first part here:
I. LOVE. BRIDAL. DETAILS. I LOVE THEM! One of my favorite things about wedding days is getting to see every bride’s unique set of details. As a bride, you’ve chosen these particular items for a reason and THAT reason alone, is important enough for them to be captured. Maybe you’ll be wearing your grandmother’s earrings, or the necklace your mother wore on HER wedding day. Maybe you just purchased brand new Badgley Mischka bridal shoes. Those babies deserve some spotlight, amiright!?
As a wedding photographer, it’s such beautiful way for me to honor the vision you have of your wedding day.
Bridal details usually include invitation suites, shoes, your dress, any hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, your rings (both your fiance’s and yours), a full bottle of the perfume you’ll be wearing, and your bouquet. But if there is something extra special that you want to include, make sure to talk to your photographer about it so they are aware of how important it is to you!
Below are some examples of bridal details and the top three reasons why you don’t want to skip or skimp on this section of the timeline:
- As a wedding photographer, it’s such a beautiful way for me to honor the vision you have of your wedding day. You’ve been planning this day with your future husband for months! I want to make sure that by capturing these special details, not one moment is missed. I want to create a story of what your wedding day was like and having your details to do that with is a pretty big part of that.
2. Chances are, most of the items that make up your details will be put away in protective bags or boxes after the wedding. Items like extra invitation suites won’t last forever. They will fade and degrade. Your bouquet will die. Most of these things won’t be seen again… so making sure they get captured in a way that truly represents the overall feel of your wedding is important because these images WILL last a lifetime. Imagine passing down the earrings you wore on your wedding day, to your daughter. And then having a side by side image of you both wearing them. How special is that!?
3. Your bridal details are such a fun thing to look back on years down the road in an album or photobook and remember all of the things that made up your look for your special day. In my own experience, after the flowers died, dress was put away in a protective bag, invitations handed out, perfume used up…having these images is a way to re-live these memories on my anniversary. I’ve had past brides convinced that they did not want to carve out time for details, and in the end, they all expressed how happy they were after seeing them and were glad that I showed them the value in dedicating some time just for their details.
How to best prepare your bridal details:
- When making plans to design your bouquet, talk to your florist and ask for some loose blooms and greenery (the excess unused parts of your bouquet). Remind them one week before about the loose blooms just to confirm that they should be delivered with your bouquet (perhaps in a ziploc bag) for maximum freshness before your photographer arrives. That way, when they do arrive, they can just grab your bouquet and the little bag of loose blooms and greenery and get to photographing!
2. Make sure to talk to your photographer about your colors so that they can bring any extra appropriate items to help style your details.
3. The best way to really make your ring stand out and look its best is by purchasing a beautiful ring box. You can’t go wrong with The Mrs. Boxes because not only do they look AMAZING, but they have a large array of beautiful colors to choose from. You can even get them monogramed which always looks great and elevates the look as well. My past clients have always loved having their rings showcased in these heirloom velvet boxes because of how gorgeous it makes their rings look.
4. A week before your wedding date, make sure to go over all of the details you want to include with your photographer. That way, they know which items are the most important and sentimental and you’ll be sure to have beautiful images of them.
5. One day before, take off any tags, strings or any other potentially distracting item. Last thing you want is for an unsightly tag to be the center of attention!
6. Make sure to pack TWO sets of extra invitations for your photographer. That way, if there is a front and back, they can use the front of one set, and the back of another set to make sure both sides are captured.
7. Place all of your items in a box. Any small or delicate items should go in a little ziplock bag to prevent them from getting lost or being damaged.
8. The night before your wedding, make sure you place your bridal details box with your paper products included, next to your all of your items that will be taken to the hotel where you will be getting ready. You don’t want to forget these important items!
I hope these tips serve you well and help prevent any potentially stressful situations!
Stay tuned next week when I cover Getting Ready locations and how they impact the look of your images.