The wedding morning is filled with so much excitement, mixed in with a good dose of nerves and emotions. Here’s my top tips for navigating your wedding morning with ease, making sure you keep calm and in control.
Top Tip 1: Make sure you are not the last person to have your hair and make-up done.
Choose the middle slot – bridesmaids have a tendency of using more time than expected because many of them haven’t had a trial.
Getting your timings right on the morning is SO IMPORTANT! There is nothing more stressful to a bride than not being ready as the registrar arrives.
Top Tip 2: Select someone (before the wedding) who will be in charge of keeping the room tidy.
When a group of girls get together it literally takes seconds for the room to explode in a haze of foundation, shoes and tissues! When you are running to a deadline, not being able to find something can send the calmest bride into a panic.
Top Tip 3: Plan to have a separate room for the bride to get ready in, so she’s not tripping over piles of other peoples things.
I personally love clean, clear backgrounds in bridal prep images, as it’s less distracting and aesthetically more pleasing to the eye.
Top Tip 4: Put one specific person in charge of your children (or that of the bridal party)
I adore children……I have 2 of my own! However, on a wedding morning, this is probably the one thing that causes the most amount of arguments between people. Little people can get bored (and messy and tired and emotional and lost!)
If they are being taken care of , you will be able to concentrate on getting ready, ensuring everyone is calm and happy.
THE BRIDAL EMERGENCY PACK
Top Tip 5: Write a list of everything you can think of that your bridal party might need and have it ready and to hand on the wedding day.
In my camera bag, I carry a Wedding Day Emergency Bag. It has everything from plasters to Rescue Remedy, Tampax to Ibuprofen, Sewing Kits to Safety Pins. You name it, I have it! But not all photographers carry them, so create your own.
Top Tip 6: Hang your wedding dress on a beautiful, strong hanger the night before the wedding to allow it to breathe!
Your wedding dress is a huge investment….so treat it to something nice to hang on! A padded silk hanger or a strong wooden one will support the dress properly, putting less stress on the material. It also looks a lot nicer in photos!
DRESSING GOWNS & PJ’S
Top Tip 7: Invest in beautiful dressing gowns or matching PJ’s for your bridesmaid.
It will make them feel part of the day, bringing them together. It adds consistency to your images and will actually make your wedding party less self-conscious about being photographed.
Top Tip 8: The night before the wedding, place everything you will need in one place eg. shoes, jewellery, perfume, garter etc.
When your photographer arrives, they will want to photograph all the details. This way they won’t have to ask you where things are, so you can concentrate on sipping champagne!
And two more for luck…..
Top Tip 9: Hire a wedding Planner!
You can hire them for the day or even just for the morning…it’s worth every penny to make sure that everything gets done on time! They will manage your timeline and coordinate all the suppliers, leaving you to relax.
Top Tip 10: If you don’t have a wedding planner, make sure someone in your wedding party has a list of all the suppliers.
Things can go wrong and people can get delayed. Allocate one person as a point of contact for suppliers. That way, if there are any problems on the morning, you won’t be the one dealing with it!
Remember to ENJOY it! You only do it once!
I hope this has helped a little. If you have any questions then do leave them below in the comments section.