In her blog post, Amanda listed 25 things that wedding photographers wish that they could tell their clients. If you have a wedding in your future, I highly suggest that you read it HERE.
I thought about her post all night and asked her if she would mind if I did a “Mormon” version of her post. I tend to shoot a lot of weddings that take place inside temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we do things a little differently.
One of the differences is that we don’t photograph the ceremony, as there is no photography allowed of any kind in the temples that dot the earth. It’s not secret, it’s just sacred.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few tidbits of information for future brides. Just a few things that I have learned along the way and things that we all wish that you knew as you were preparing for your big day.
Jump over to Type A Images to read all of Amanda’s suggestions (listed here)1. Pinterest is Not Real Life 2. Don’t Let People Walk All Over You 3. Strapless Dresses Are Not For Everyone 4. Your Dress is PROBABLY Going to Get Dirty 5. If Your Groom Hates Pictures, Have the Come to Jesus Talk With Him PRE-WEDDING 6. I Can’t Tell You if Your Hair or Makeup Looks Ridic 7. Certain “Traditions” Kinda Give People the Willies 8. Glitter Doesn’t Make You Glow-y 9. We Don’t Know Your Family 10. I Can’t Make 4 Hours of Pictures Happen in 30 Minutes 11. Food Is Fundamental 12. No You Cannot Have Every Picture We Took 13. Forewarn Your Shooter 14. SLOW DOWN 15. Engagement Sessions Help Immensely! 16. Control Your Uncle Bob 17. Friends Do Not Make Good Vendors 18. Happy Brides = Great Pictures 19. It Might Rain/Snow/Sleet/Be Cold/Be Hot/Be Windy On Your Day 20. Gigantic Drunk Bridal Parties Will Affect Your Images 21. Hold that KISS 22. SMILE for Crying Out Loud! 23. We Tend to Book Early 24. It Drives Us Nuts to Miss Perfect Photo Ops 25. We Cannot Read Minds
I AM JUMPING IN WITH MINE HERE:
26. Wear clothing that compliments your wedding colors for the engagement session
Your engagement photos will double as decor for your wedding reception if you and your fiancé wear clothing in colors that compliment your wedding colors.
27. First Look sessions are such a great idea
Your wedding day is not about the photos. I want you to be in the moment. I want to document your day for you. I want you to enjoy every minute.
A first look that is done the week of your wedding gives you a chance to practice with your makeup, your hair, your veil placement. (I have had several brides decide that they want to change something about their outfit or hair after the first look). It gives us a chance to get some amazing photos.
28. Noon is not a great time for family pictures at the temple
It seems that the most coveted sealing time is 10:30 am, which means that you will be exiting the temple around 11:15-11:30. At that time the sun will be directly overhead and everyone will have raccoon eyes in your family photos. Can I suggest that you have a brunch or early lunch and then the sealing? 2 pm would be a fabulous time to come out of the temple. Or schedule the sealing for 9:00 am and do a brunch after the photos.
29. A couple weeks ahead of time, provide your photographer a list of groupings that you want
If you know that you want a grandparents shot, one with parents, one with friends, one with each side of the family…list those out and get them to your photographer. Be sure that you talk to both mothers so that you can make sure that their needs are also on there.
Yes, it’s ok to throw some new ideas out on the day of the wedding, but if your photographer has the majority of them organized, it only take a few minutes to do a couple more.
30. Tell us about any special details
Are you wearing your grandmother’s pearls? Did the groom design the invitations? Do the centerpieces hold a special significance? Please, please, please tell your photographer. There is no way that I would be able to know and I don’t want to disappoint you by not getting a photo of something that is so important to you.
31. Cut the cake and throw your bouquet half way through the reception
Lots of couples do not take the time to cut the cake or throw the bouquet until the end of the reception. If you would like to have maximum participation and your reception is from 7:00-9:00, then schedule these events for 8:00. The reception will be buzzing and your friends will be able to witness these great traditions.