wedding planning tips & Advice 

The Night before

The night before your wedding is the same feeling you have on Christmas eve as a child, you’re too excited to sleep and you’re counting down the hours until the morning!

If you decide not to spend the night together then make sure you have a friend or family member with you to help you with any last minute nerves or worries and to be there when you wake up in the morning.

It's a good idea to Make a playlist to tunes you love to listen to while you get ready  they'll also remind you of your special day in years to come.

Bridal Prep

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Place your dress, shoes, veil, jewellery and flowers into a quiet room to be photographed. You could treat this room as your dressing room. Hang your dress where possible. Use a nice hanger - wooden ones work best, remove from bags and cut off any tags.

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I love a photograph of you getting dressed, putting on your veil, jewellery, shoes etc, give me a shout & I'll be there.

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Order of dressing  - Mum - Bridesmaids - Bride - This way bridesmaids and Mum are in their dresses for the 'doing up the dress' photos.

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Dress with plenty of time to spare for those gorgeous window portraits, and bridal party photos.

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Putting on the dress can be a difficult task with those little hoops and manicured nails, but with the help of a crochet hook or a hair pin we'll soon get it done up.

It’s worth making sure that anything you don’t want in the photos is hidden away or binned

First look - This is an organised shot - Everyone needs to be placed in the best position for the room to give the best view. Please let me know if you want this & I can possition everyone.

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Ceremony 

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I will leave 10 minuets before the bride to ensure I'm their, parked & in place to photograph you arriving at the ceremoney. If for any reason, such as quicker routes etc the bridal car arrives first , please stay in the car until I am with you.

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Bridesmaids, take your time to walk slowly down the aisle, keep your eyes up and smile, the groom will appreciate it as he's nervous.

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Walking down the aisle - This is your first chance to see each other on your wedding day, walk slowly & take it all in. Grooms look at your beautiful bride walking towards you, dont be shy.

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First kiss - Hold it for a second. You did it...You got married!!

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Walking back up the aisle as a married couple, keep your head high wearing that huge smile on your face. As you reach the end have a kiss

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Decide if you would like photos outside the ceremony or at the venue. Some times its great to pop somewhere close inbetween the two.

Make sure you've got a least 2 hours between the end of the ceremony & sitting guests down for food, for photos

Reception

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Decide if you would like photos outside the ceremony or at the venue. Some times its great to pop somewhere close inbetween the two.

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If you want fun confetti shots, it's best to get loads of confetti ready. I'll ask the bridesmaids/groomsmen to help hand it out to everyone, while I get everyone in place.

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Limit the amount of group photos you want to maximise mingling & partying time. 

Remember to be yourself - if you're a romantic couple, be romantic, give each other a kiss, hold hands, if you're a fun couple, dance, twirl, tickle each other - We want the photos to show YOU!!

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The first dance is the perfect opportunity to spend some time by yourselves, you may want to call others onto the dance floor to join in but try and make sure you have a couple of minuets to yourselves to ensure you've got enough lovely photos.

Group photo Ideas 

Group photos with your nearest and dearest are a must, many photographers don’t tend to do group photos but I feel they’re important. However it's a good idea to limit the amount of groups you want. This maximises mingling time and saves people waiting around. Here’s some ideas...

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Wedding day schedule 

To make the most of every second of your wedding day it’s essential to get the timings right. I'll ask you for the times the venue have given you before hand, to help plan a timeline. I'll have the times on me and will been keeping an eye on the time throughout the day so you don't have to worry. 

It's important to really think about the time of your ceremony depending on the time of year. This will be a big part of planning the whole day. Remember that the sunsets much earlier in the winter so you may want to book an earlier ceremony than you would if you were getting married in the summer. 

The timeline should be seen as a guide as times could change if anything over runs.