Biggest Wedding Mistakes Brides Make
We have seen our fair share of things going wrong during weddings. Remember to not sweat the small stuff, but also remember that it’s your day and you’re in control of so many things before the wedding. Make sure everything is exactly how you want it and really think about your vision. Here are the biggest wedding mistakes brides make.
The first culprit is when we should arrive during hair/makeup photos. Most people do not want us photographing them without makeup on, so we want to arrive 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through everyone to ensure our time is utilized. There’s nothing worse than showing up at a wedding to be told nobody wants us to photograph them!
This is our complete opinion, but we feel traditional receiving lines are commonly a mistake brides make. There are alternatives to lining up, such as dismissing guests by rows (guests will be much quicker giving you well-wishes) or greeting your guests after dinner. Receiving lines cut into our time to photograph and unless there is a gap of at least 2.5 hours in between the ceremony and reception, they can take lots of time (anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many guests!).
Another mistake we see brides make is having too many family formals before the reception. We’re able to capture many family groupings and bridal party photos immediately after the ceremony, but remember we have time after dinner as well. If you want any “less formal” family shots or photos with friends or coworkers, remember we can grab them after dinner before the party starts!
Another mistake, if you’re stressed about the wait time between dinner and dances, is not having any events before dinner. You could do your first dance, cake or toasts while everyone eats salad or right after you are introduced. It’s your day and you can do your events in whatever order you want! For help, ask your experienced DJ, such as Decorative Sound or Book that DJ! They have years of experience and have seen it all!
A big mistake is not knowing what you want or like for photos. Think about your favorite setting if we are traveling somewhere in between ceremony or reception. Park or urban, indoor or outdoor? We can give ideas, but ultimately you need to decide what you like! If you’re stuck, pin your favorite images to a board on Pinterest and then after a few days and a rested pair of eyes, look through them and see if there are any patterns in the images you like. Are they all on a beach, are they all super cuddly and romantic poses? Let us know (you can even send us a board so we can view it, even a private one!)
One of the biggest mistakes is not including us in your surprises and outside the box events! We need to know what’s going on, even if your significant other doesn’t even know. We won’t tell, but we need to be prepared and have our lighting a certain way and the right camera lenses. Surprise dances, garter removals, and announcements should always be revealed to us in some way before they happen! You’ll get better photos if we know ahead of time!
A big no no is not filling out our questionnaire we email to you several months before the wedding or asking for help when needed. This questionnaire lets us know every event that is happening, has you list every vendor that is part of your day, and has a place for you to write family formals down. It tells you how long things take and is a huge part of our process together! We even ask things such as your engagement photo feedback and name and address changes after the wedding – so it covers a lot!