There is so much to think about the day you are getting married, I remember feeling that way when I was a bride. This post will be a checklist of sorts of all the things the bride should have together when we arrive to shoot bridal prep. It is so easy to forget to have some of these items, but they are important in telling the whole story of the wedding day.
The Dress – A lot of time went into picking your dress and we want to make sure that we can get an awesome shot of it! We also encourage brides to consider a specialty hanger or at least find a hanger to use that isn’t the ugly plastic ones that these gorgeous dresses usually come on. It makes a big difference in the dress shots!
The Rings – All 3 of them! Usually the bride has at least one or two of the rings, but often the best man has already taken one of the rings by the time we get there. It is best if the bride keeps all the rings with her until after the bridal prep time when we shoot them. Then they can be distributed to where they need to go for the ceremony.
The Shoes – Shoe shots are always fun. Some brides have only one pair, some have a cute pair and a comfy pair and others wear a comfy pair and have a pretty pair just for pictures!
The Veil or Hairpiece – This one can be tricky if you are getting your hair done off site and they will be putting it in your hair before you arrive. Either way we will strive to get awesome images of it!
The Earrings – It is best to wait to put on all jewelry until you are in the dress, it just makes for gorgeous images when you are putting on all those finishing touches as opposed to having them on before you get in the dress.
-The Other Jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, other rings or keepsakes…we want to capture it all!
-The Invitations and Paper Goods. It is good to have a complete invitation with you so that we can capture it, as well as any other miscellaneous paper goods you would want captured.
-The Keepsakes – This could be just about anything from an accessory to your something old, new, borrowed, and blue.
-The Gifts – Lots of couples exchange gifts or letters to each other, or even have special gifts to the bridal party that they would like captured.
-The Bouquets and Boutonnieres – Especially if you are having a first look, you want to make sure that these are delivered early enough in the day so that we can capture them by themselves and so that you will have them for your portraits.
Here is the list all together:
The Other Jewelry
The Invitations and Paper Goods
The Bouquets and Boutonnieres