I have been a part of so many wedding over the years and there are so many things I have learned and helped couples with! Learn from my years of experience and past couples experiences to avoid the most common wedding mistakes! Have a stress-free, amazing day on your wedding with these tips:
The biggest mistake brides make is not giving me enough time for photos. Remember that everything takes so much longer than you think (receiving lines, a bubble exit, family photos, etc.). Photography is most likely a super important piece of your day if you’re reading this article and it’s always a little strange to me when a couple books me based on the photos I display online but doesn’t give me us time to take any of those photos! I like 30 minutes for family formals, 30 minutes for bridal party (45 if you want a lot of variety and/or have a bridal party over 15), and 30 minutes for photos of the two of you. Most couples have an hour in between the ceremony and reception – which isn’t enough time to complete all of those things. Without a first look before the ceremony or a 90 minute cocktail hour, you’ll be stressed and rushed and not get the photos you were wanting!
Something I have learned over time is that we cannot fit everything into six hours without a first look and a meticulous and organized timeline. My wedding coverage starts at 6 hours, but if you’re not in one location the entire time and aren’t okay with a first look, you’re definitely going to need more coverage. It compromises everything and even adding an extra hour or two and having a longer cocktail hour in between is everything. It’s too stressful for you and for us as your photographers. We have to remind you constantly to be on schedule and the day is rushed and not flowing with breaks in between. It’s too close in case one thing goes wrong because the whole day would fall apart.
Another common mistake is not having me capture any detail photos of the hall before guests arrive or any getting ready/getting in your dress photos. Even if you’re not comfortable having me photograph you getting into your actual dress, you should still get photos of your best friend, mom, or grandma buttoning or zipping the back of your dress and all of those special moments. Everyone will appreciate them!
Another mistake is not communicating things with your friends and family before the wedding. Let your family know where and when to be ready for family photos. Alert certain members not to leave after the ceremony and run your photo list by everyone beforehand by emailing everyone a copy. Communicate photo times to your bridal party and let them know when they can start drinking.
Finally, another common mistake is not doing a sunset, night time, or sparkler exit to end the night and get a few more unique portraits. Ending the night on photos of the two of you is a great end to your album as well as a finishing touch for the day. Plus, you’ll have photos during a different time of day! You’ve got this!