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Your wedding day is going to be an amazing roller-coaster of emotions for both you and your partner. Even if you have been married before the process is not only exciting but also nerve racking, stressful and emotional. I’ve seen many a grown man brought to tears by the emotion of the day. And many a bride brought to tears at the stress at trying to get it all right.
As your Wedding photographer I am there every step of the way , so here are a few pointers to make the process run more smoothly.
Selecting your wedding photographer is one of the most important tasks on the “to do” list. Not only do you have to trust your photographer to capture the most special day of your life and turn it into fantastic images that will keep the memories alive, you also have to spend the entire day with them! It is therefore important to consider the following points when selecting your wedding photographer.
Do my partner and I get on well with the photographer?
Not only do you not want to spend your special moments with someone you are not gelling with, but if you feel uncomfortable with the person in front of you this will be translated into your images. If you can feel relaxed with your photographer and have a laugh with them you are onto a winner.
Is the photographers style what I am looking for?
Every wedding photographer has their own style and although you may not know if you want traditional, contemporary, documentary, posed etc., it’s always best to do plenty of research and run through all your ideas with your photographer to ensure they can capture exactly what you are looking for.
Do I fully understand the package I have booked and what is included?
Some wedding photographers have a time or hourly rate built into their package. Going over this time, as weddings (especially the first dance) do sometimes run late, can result in additional costs to yourself. Ensure you have confirmed how long your photographer will be with you, and if there is an additional charge per hour how much.
Pre Wedding Planning
Before the big day it is advisable to go through your wedding schedule with your photographer. This will ensure things run as smoothly as possible on the day and everyone knows where they need to be and at what times. This is also when the photographer will confirm with you when/if they will be taking a break and for how long.
This is also your opportunity to put together your formal group shots list, and any other image specifications you might have. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas from but try not to go over board and scare your photographer with a massive list of idealised shots.
Your photographer will most likely have limited knowledge of your family and limited time to assemble the various groups so it’s advisable to appoint someone, usually the Best Man or an Usher to help your Photographer with the group shots.
Here is a sample of a typical wedding schedule to give you an idea
Sample Wedding Schedule
10am Bride prep
11.30 Cars arrive
12.00 Meet Groom at Church
1pm Wedding service
2pm Group shots out side church –
Bride and Dad
Bride and Family
Bride, Groom, Grandma, Grandad and Steven
Groom and Family
Groom and Best men (plus Bride)
Bride and Bridesmaids (plus groom)
Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Grooms men
All Family member (Bride and Groom)
Bride and Little brother
All day guests
2.30pm Bride and Groom shots
3pm Speeches + general room shots
4pm Dinner served – Photographer break
5.30/6pm Mock cake cutting, more guest shots
7pm Evening guests arrive
8pm First dance.
What images can I expect to receive?
This will depend on two things. What you ask your Wedding photographer for and what their style and package covers.
I personally love the pre wedding photos taking during the bridal prep. The wedding flowers, the dress, the make up and hair being done, it is all part of the excitement of the day and capturing those moments will ensure the bride can relive the anticipation and excitement when she views her images.
With full day wedding packages, I am able to capture every moment of your special day. Below is a sample list of images I work towards.
Bridal Prep – Dress, flowers, jewellery, hair and make up, something old something new something borrowed something blue, shoes, bride getting dress done up, bride squad, bride by window
Groom – Rings, groom with Best man and Ushers, power shot, relaxed chatting
Cars – If applicable – Bride and father of the bride in car, arriving at venue.
Ceremony – Bride arriving, grooms face, father of the bride walking daughter down isle, exchanging of vows and rings, first kiss, signing the register, walking out together as husband and wife, confetti
Bride and Groom alone shots/on location/around the venue, holding hands, kissing, romantic poses
Reception Table settings, centre pieces, name cards, seating plans, guest books/gifts, full room set up, arrival or new Mr and Mrs, speeches and toasts, general shots of guests enjoying the day, cake cutting, first dance.
If there are any unique or special shots you would like included in your day make sure to mention them to your photographer before the big day so they can plan accordingly. As I mentioned earlier in the post, Pinterest is a great place to look for something different.