A Wedding photographers guide to the wedding morning

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How to smash your wedding morning

Ah, the morning of your wedding—cue the mix of excitement, nerves, and a never-ending to-do list. But fret not, for I come bearing a treasure trove of delightful advice to help you navigate the morning with grace, humour, and just a pinch of well-deserved pampering. So, slip into your bridal robe, grab your drink of choice, and let’s embark on this adventure together!

  1. Location, Location, Location:
    Choosing the perfect place to get ready is like selecting the best dressing room for a diva. Seek out a space that’s both spacious and fabulous, where you and your entourage can laugh, dance, and sip champagne without tripping over each other. Whether it’s a luxurious bridal suite, a rented Airbnb, or the space available in your venue make sure it’s a spot that sets the stage for epic memories and flawless wedding preparations. The benefit of getting ready at your venue is you can save on travel costs too!

    Top tip – If you need to travel on the day check out the areas events and roadworks that might be planned for the same day that may hold you or guests up!

  2. Tidiness Is Next to Brideliness:
    Imagine frantically searching for your something old amidst a sea of discarded socks, hairpins, and bras. Embrace the power of tidiness, my bride-to-be! Keep your room organized and free of clutter, for an orderly space leads to a tranquil mind. Plus, you don’t want your wedding photos to feature an award-winning pile of dirty laundry in the background, right? (or an Asda bag or two)

    Top tip – Have an area where everyone can dump stuff away from hair, make up and getting ready areas! It can be a good idea to have tubs for each person so they can dump all their belongings in it and can take them away from your room so the bridal suite is nice and tidy for after the wedding 😉

  3. Eat, Drink, and Slay the Aisle:
    Amidst the frenzy of hair, makeup, and last-minute dress adjustments, it’s easy to forget the basic necessities of life—food and hydration! Don’t let your excitement overshadow your tummy’s grumbling protests. Munch on a delicious breakfast (with extra bacon, because why not?), sip on mimosas, and stay hydrated like a boss. A well-nourished bride is a happy bride, ready to conquer the dance floor and make memories to last a lifetime.

    Top tip – Often brides don’t feel like eating on the morning so designate a bridesmaid that ensures you eat and drink enough (water).

  4. Bask in the Glorious Sunlight:
    Forget fluorescent lights that make you question your life choices. Embrace the magical powers of natural light, for it has the uncanny ability to make you glow like a radiant goddess. So, fling those curtains open, invite the sunbeams to join your bridal squad, and revel in their warm embrace. Trust me, with that luminous aura, you’ll be the star of your own rom-com, ready to meet your leading man at the altar.

    Top tip – Try to book a room with some natural light for bridal prep as your hair dresser, make up artist and photographer will love you for it!

  5. The Early Bird Gets the Bridal Bliss:
    Here’s a secret- Putting on your dress earlier than you think is a stroke of genius! Why, you ask? Well, it gives you extra time to relax, share stories, and giggle with your bridesmaids before the whirlwind of the ceremony begins. Plus, it ensures you’ll have ample opportunity to adjust any hidden buttons, delicate lace, or secret trap doors that might mysteriously appear. Because, let’s face it, you want to avoid any fashion emergencies before uttering those magical “I do’s.”

    This also allows you to arrange a reveal with your special people! Some of my absolute favourite pictures are fathers seeing their daughters for the first time in their wedding dress! – All the feels!!!!

    Top tip – I recommend giving yourself a half an hour buffer at least. The last bit before you leave for the ceremony usually depends into chaos, so giving yourself this buffer will let you leave relaxed, cool, calm and collected ready to get married!

Top Tips for the Morning:

  • Create a fun playlist that includes throwback jams, guilty pleasure anthems, and cheesy love ballads. Dancing like nobody’s watching is highly encouraged!
  • Accessories and special details – Keep all the details you would love to get photographed in one place, when your photographer arrives they will usually spend a little time taking beautiful detail shots of these items (it can be lovely to include your wedding stationary/invites in this too)
  • Hire amazing vendors – having awesome vendors who you trust will make your day just even more magical than you could have imagined
  • If your flowers are in water take them out half an hour before you leave so the stems dry off and don’t mark dresses!
  • Assign a chief wrangler to corral your bridesmaids and everyone else, ensure everyone stays on schedule, and provide comic relief when needed. Bonus points if they’re armed with an arsenal of one-liners and drinks!

Your wedding day morning is a wondrous journey filled with laughter, love, and a dash of whimsy. Embrace the chaos, revel in the joy, and surround yourself with an army of laughter-loving bridesmaids. Remember, it’s your day to shine, to dance with abandon, and to embark on a beautiful chapter of your love story. So, take a deep breath, keep the room tidy (and your sense of humor intact), and prepare to say “I do” in a celebration that will make your heart soar.


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