Wedding Day Tips
After shooting so many weddings and working with all our beautiful brides and grooms you learn so much about how to help the day run as smoothly as possible, without taking over the proceedings. It's your day, you choose what you want and how you want to do it, but when we meet I'll be happy to suggest ideas, consider alternatives and offer real experienced guidance with what works, and what doesn't. Remember though, at the end of the day it's your wedding, I'm here to capture it not control it, so let's have some fun and make some great memories.
Here are a handful of great tips to consider when planning your big day!
Embrace the Unexpected
There are certain things that cannot be controlled and it’s best to just roll with it… so whether that’s unexpected rain or forgetting that necklace you’ve been planning to wear, don’t spend time worrying about it. There will be so many amazing moments on your wedding day that you didn’t anticipate so whatever the unexpected throws at you, and there will be something, just roll with it.
Rain might mean that we have to do your group shots indoors, but it doesn't mean we can't get creative outdoors with the two of you!
Send us an invite and Include us on the Guest List
There’s two great reasons for this - it gives us an opportunity to capture the invitations before hand, rather than rushing a quick snap on the actual day, it also ensures that your venue can feed us at the best possible time (rather than at the end of the meal when you’re about to start your speeches). Food is fuel and with all that dancing ahead of you, you’ll want us to be able to keep up!
Hair & Makeup
As you start to put together your wedding day schedule ask your hair stylist and makeup artist an estimated time frame, then add on 30 minutes to ensure when the time comes to put on your dress it isn’t a rush.
Putting on your dress
What time do you put on your dress? Too early and you’ll be in it for longer than you’ll want to be and too late and you’ll not have enough time for any photos before the ceremony. A good guide is have 20-30 minutes ready in your dress before you leave for your ceremony. So if your ceremony is at the same venue as your morning preparations and your ceremony is at 1.30pm you’ll definitely need to be in your dress for 12.45pm. Earlier if you have to travel to your ceremony!
Confetti is ALWAYS a good idea. We love it. The more the merrier! However, don't expect your guests to bring it. It's definitely worth buying a stash for your ushers and bridesmaids to handout after the ceremony. Whether it's two lines where you walk down the middle or everyone gathered round you and 3, 2, 1... we always love getting the confetti shot!
The more lighting the better, especially uplighting, it makes for far more interesting photos. If you’re hiring your own lighting for the venue speak to your supplier about colour changing LEDs. Reds, Purples and Blue work really well, green lighting with skin tones not so much. If your venue or band / DJ are supplying the lighting, ask them what lighting they’ve got. The more the merrier. If you’re struggling to get hold of some we can help you with this.
Tent / Marquee Receptions
Marquee receptions are amazing for flash lighting but you should also consider hanging some coloured lanterns or festoon bulbs from the ceiling. Fairy lights also make for a great affordable alternative. Speak to your marquee company for more advice. Again, when discussing lighting think about the colours you want. Lots of candles on the tables make for amazing backlighting too.
Outdoor receptions are always great fun, there’s nothing like dancing under the stars. They are however the trickiest reception to light and I would highly recommend hanging fairy lights, festoon bulbs or coloured hanging lanterns from as many places as possible, certainly around the dance floor. Without having these as backlights your photos will just have a black background (unless there’s a late sunset)
Often there are restrictions on where we can and cannot stand, some churches are much more lenient than others so speak to them in advance to let them know how many photographers / cinematographers you have. We will contact them too to make sure there’s no hiccups on the day.
When we photograph, there will be one or two of us but when we film it's common for us to shoot with three cameras throughout the ceremony, this gives a more dynamic ceremony film with multiple camera angles. Camera 1 captures one of you, Camera 2 captures the other from the other side and Camera 3 gets a nice shot of you both from the rear of the aisle.
The example here shows a common set up where there is enough space in the church, if your ceremony is in a smaller venue then it may not be possible to use three cameras or there may be slightly restricted views throughout the ceremony film.
The main thing to consider with outdoor ceremonies relates to whether you’re under cover or not. If you aren’t and the sun is beating down then one of you will be in direct sunlight and the other of you in shade. This doesn’t make for the greatest photos. Flat lighting is best, which comes from some shade coverage (such as a pergola) OR consider having your ceremony later in the day, 2-3hours before sunset, as the sun will be lower in the sky and offer a more equal distribution of light on you both.
Civil ceremonies tend to be the most relaxed with regards to where we can and can't stand but it’s still worth mentioning to the your registrar and venue exactly how many of us there will be. Good communication is the key to a smooth ceremony.