Wedding Preparation Guide

"Wedding Preparation Guide: What to Expect on Your Wedding Day"

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As you prepare to walk down the aisle and say "I do," your wedding photographer will be there to capture every precious moment. To ensure a seamless and stress-free experience, here's a comprehensive guide on what to expect with your wedding photographer on the most important day of your life.

1. Pre-Wedding Consultation:

  • Meet with your photographer to discuss your vision, style, and preferences.
  • Provide details about your wedding venue, timeline, and any specific shots you want.
  • Share inspiration photos and ask any questions you have about the process.
  • Work closely with your photographer to create a detailed timeline for the day.
  • Allocate sufficient time for each portion of the day, including getting ready, portraits, and the ceremony.
  • Consider factors like travel time between locations and natural lighting conditions.

Tip: Build in buffer time between events to allow for unexpected delays and ensure a stress-free day.

2. Getting Ready Shots:

  • Keep the dressing room tidy and clutter-free for beautiful getting ready photos.
  • Be ready on time to maximize the amount of time your photographer has for capturing candid moments.
  • Trust your photographer's guidance for poses and angles to capture genuine emotions.
  • Create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to capture authentic emotions.

Tip: Bring any important items you want photographed during the getting ready process, such as your dress, shoes, and jewelry, to the consultation.

3. First-Look:

  • Consider doing a first look for intimate and emotional moments captured before the ceremony.
  • Choose a picturesque location with good lighting for this special moment.
  • Allow time for the photographer to capture both the couple's reactions and any details of the first look.
  • Utilize natural light and scenic backdrops to enhance the romantic atmosphere.

Tip: Take a few moments alone together after the first look to savor the moment before the whirlwind of the day begins.

4. Wedding Party Photos:

  • Coordinate with your photographer to capture fun and relaxed portraits with your wedding party.
  • Choose locations with interesting backgrounds that reflect your personality and wedding theme.
  • Trust your photographer's direction for group poses and individual shots.

Tip: Have refreshments and snacks available for after the wedding party session to stay energized and hydrated throughout the rest of the day.

5. Family Portraits:

  • Create a "pre-made" list of all family photo combinations to streamline the process.
  • Designate a family member or wedding planner to help gather and organize family members for portraits.
  • Communicate the importance of punctuality to ensure all family members are present and ready for their photos.

Tip: Schedule family portraits right after the wedding party photos when everyone is already gathered together.

6. Ceremony Coverage:

  • Provide your photographer with any specific rules or restrictions imposed by your ceremony venue or minister.
  • Choose strategic seating arrangements for guests to ensure clear sightlines for photography.
  • Allow your photographer to move discreetly around the ceremony space to capture candid moments and details.

Tip: Consider having an "Unplugged" ceremony (no cell phones) to minimize distractions and ensure guests are fully present.

7. Reception Coverage:

  • Plan for important moments like the first dance, cake cutting, and toasts to be captured by your photographer.
  • Inform your photographer of any planned surprises or special traditions during the reception.

Tip: Consider doing a fake "send off" before guests start to leave to ensure you get photos of this moment.

8. Post-Wedding Editing and Delivery:

  • Be patient during the post-wedding editing process, as it may take several weeks for your photographer to perfect your photos.
  • Trust your photographer's expertise in selecting and editing the best photos to tell the story of your wedding day.

Tip: Set up a secure and convenient method for receiving your final photos, whether it's through an online gallery or USB drive.


Your wedding photographer plays a vital role in preserving the memories of your special day for generations to come. By knowing what to expect and communicating openly with your photographer, you can relax and enjoy every moment knowing that your love story is in capable hands. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and beautiful memories!