Small Details Wedding Checklist: A Photographer’s Guide

Hello, wonderful couples soon to celebrate your special day! As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing and capturing countless beautiful moments during couples’ weddings. Today, I’m here to offer a helping hand as you navigate the final preparations leading up to your big day. So, whether you prefer a cup of tea, your favorite brew, or simply a comfortable seat, let’s chat about those often-overlooked details that can make your wedding day even more memorable.

1. Confirm the Timeline

Double-check the timeline with your coordinator and vendors to ensure a smooth flow for your photographer.

2. Unplugged Ceremony Reminder

Kindly remind your guests to put away their phones and cameras during the ceremony for a distraction-free atmosphere with signage and by having your officiant announce a phone-free ceremony moments before you walk down the aisle.

3. Emergency Kit

Pack an emergency kit with essentials for you and your bridal party, including safety pins, stain removers, extra lipstick, tissues, and comfortable shoes.

4. Personal Touches

Gather any personal touches or heirlooms you’d like to include in your photos, like jewelry, family photos, or sentimental trinkets. Have them in one bag/box ready to go go.

5. Vendor Meals

Make sure your vendors, including your photographer, videographers, DJ, and planners, are included in the meal count.

6. Weather Preparedness

Have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, with items like umbrellas or an alternative indoor space.

7. Shot List

Communicate your preferences to your photographer, specifying any specific shots you’d like. Remember, Pinterest is amazing for inspo, but also very much fantasy/styled shoots with models and boatloads of time. So a healthy expectation of this being idea-inspiring photos is needed.

8. Break in Your Shoes

If you have new shoes, break them in a bit before the big day to avoid discomfort. Wear those guys around the house for a few weeks!

9. Final Check of Photo Locations

Double-check the accessibility and availability of any particular spots you want for photos. If parking garage/street parking is needed, is there an event/ballgame/concert that weekend?

10. Marriage Certificate

Don’t forget your marriage certificate; it’s kind of essential for making it all official!

11. Rings

Keep those precious rings safe and handy (hand-y. You wouldn’t want to say “I do” without them!

12. Relax and Enjoy

Finally, remember to relax and savor every moment. Trust your vendors, including your photographer, to handle the details while you bask in the love and joy of the day.

In the end, the most important thing is to savor every moment of your special day. These last-minute details might seem minor, but they can make a big difference in ensuring that your wedding photos turn out even more magical. I can’t wait to capture all the beauty and love that will fill your day. Cheers to a wonderful wedding and a lifetime of happiness together!

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