Welcome to the guides section.

Over the years and many weddings we have covered we have compiled a list of useful tips to consider when planning and implementing your day.

This original list has been created by Holly and Myself from our own experience and is designed to help make your day even more perfect both for you and your wedding photography.

Please find below ideas and suggestions divided by each part of the day.

 

We do hope this helps you with your planning.

Preparation

  • Time - Allow more time than expected for each element of preparation (hair, makeup and changing into dresses) so that you don’t run out of time and photos can be taken before going to the ceremony.

  • Light - Natural light is the best light for photography. It will also be the best light for hair and makeup artists. Ensure that the subject is sat facing natural light such as a window or French doors when having hair and makeup done as this will be more comfortable and give a true indication of how you will look throughout the day.

  • Space - Create space for you to get ready in as there will usually be a lot of people present and therefore a lot of clutter. Ensuring there is plenty of room will allow us to manoeuvre around the group and be less invasive when taking photos. 

  • Mess - Tidy up the rooms in which you will be getting ready as well as a room that is suitable for photographing the wedding dress in. If you are getting ready at home and you have a garden, ensure that it is presentable as it may be used for photographic purposes.

  • Mirrors - Mirrors are fantastic tools during the preparation phase and can create a broad variety of photographs. These come in all shapes and sizes (hand held, full length, ornate). If possible, have plenty of mirrors nearby and ensure that they have been cleaned beforehand.

  • Rings - If possible, have the wedding rings present during the bridal preparation so that they may then be photographed artistically before they are required for the ceremony.

  • Bits n Bobs - Any important items for the day such as your old, new, borrowed and blue, rings, heirlooms, shoes, tiaras etc. should be gathered in one place as photos will be taken of these separately before being worn. This will make life much easier when it comes to taking the pictures and more time can be spent on finding ways to present them creatively.

Ceremony

  • Permission - Get authorisation from the Vicar/Registrar for photography throughout the ceremony before your big day. It is important that permission is granted as we must abide by the venues rules. If the Vicar/registrar is concerned about photography during the ceremony, reassure them that we as photographers are respectful and non-invasive in our approach.

  • Guests - Instruct guests sitting in an aisle seat to refrain from using cameras and phones to take photos during the ceremony as this will ruin your official photography. Either instruct your ushers or print it on the programme to relay this message to your guests.

  • Entrance –Its your big moment so don’t rush, walk slowly down the aisle, maintain good posture, do not look at the floor or your feet, make eye contact with your Groom and of course, SMILE!

  • Turning  - The Groom will have to make the decision at which point he would like to turn around and see his Bride. This can be any point from the Bride’s entry till when she is by your side, just make sure you don’t miss it. If you chose to turn when she’s roughly half way down the aisle, ask your Best Man to give you a nudge at the appropriate time.

  • The Kiss - When being told you may kiss your Bride, a rule of thumb would be a 3 second kiss, followed by an embrace and then a shorter, 2 second kiss (roughly). Be gentle in order to prevent squashed faces. If in doubt, practice, practice, practice.

Group Shots

  • Assistance - Prep your Ushers and/or Bridesmaids to assist the Photographers on the day. This may involve lists of the required group shots. They will also be used to manoeuvre groups into position and find the people involved in the upcoming photos.

  • Location - Decide whether the large group shots will be done at the Ceremony venue or the Reception based on which has the largest picturesque space. These shots are best done outside on grass with an attractive background.

  • Rain - In the event of bad weather, the larger group shots may not be possible and considerations would need to be in place for smaller, indoor group shots and a sufficient space provided.

Couple Shots

  • Alone time - When the time comes to have your couple shots, please instruct your Ushers and Bridesmaids to direct your guests elsewhere so there are no distractions and you can act naturally without being self-conscious when having romantic photographs.

  • Honour - The Maid of Honour can be useful during this process for holding the flowers, laying the wedding dress train out and assisting with the veil.

  • Special - Consider visiting an area of picturesque scenery if your venues lack outdoor space as this will provide more photographic opportunities.

Reception

  • Speeches - are traditionally done at the end of the wedding breakfast, however it is becoming increasingly popular to do these at the beginning. This way you have everyone’s full attention and those giving speeches are able to enjoy their meal. From a photographic perspective, this allows us a precise time to be present to capture this moment.

  • Order of events - From many weddings, we have found the best order of events to be the cake cute, first dance and then the buffet. This is so that you have everyone’s attention throughout the cake cut and first dance and your reception venue is not littered with buffet debris.

  • Dance with Dad - Although this is a less popular tradition, we actively promote it as we feel this is a touching moment and creates lovely photographic memories. Variations on this such as dancing with your children are equally as moving.


We recommend to all Couples to source photogenic umbrellas, so that in the event of adverse weather conditions you are protected whilst outside and may still present opportunities for photographs.

All images on this website are original photographs taken & edited by Martin Boyce.
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