September 30, 2020
The day is finally here! Your heart is racing with excitement. You’re surrounded by your best friends as you start to get ready. You’re showing your hair stylist a photo of what you want done. But wait! Did you get the details ready for the photographer?
I always ask my brides to have the details all ready when I get there. It helps me to get the detail photos done more quickly so I can move on to the getting ready photos. I don’t want to miss the sweet and fun moments with your girls! So it helps a LOT if you have everything gathered together and put in a box or bag.
But what details should you have ready for me? Well, I have your answer right here. I have listed 7 things you should have ready for your photographer (whether that’s me or not).
1 // Rings
You have a really pretty ring on your finger and you’re about to add another one. Do you really need an excuse to show it off? Your photographer can take some BOMB photos of those little pieces of jewelry (much better than your iPhone camera can do, I assure you), so you should definitely have them ready—all three of them!
2 // Dress (and veil!)
Most brides remember to have their dress ready (that’s good!), but they often forget about the veil! The veil makes a really good styling piece to photograph with the rest of your details. It’s also just a really pretty piece that you’re going to wear while you’re saying “I do” so I think you should have your photographer capture it. You might lose it or get it dirty, so this is your chance to remember it as the pretty little thing it was.
3 // Flowers
Flowers are one of my favorite details of the wedding day. They are just so pretty and also, how often do you have an excuse to have a big, fresh bouquet of flowers? They may get heavy (PSA: lift weights in preparation of holding heavy flowers all day), but gosh they are beautiful. And just like the veil, they make a really good styling piece for other detail photos.
4 // Jewelry
You’re probably planning to wear some jewelry, other than your engagement ring. So let’s photograph it! For my own wedding, I wore a necklace that my husband gave me. A lot of my brides wear pretty earrings or bracelets. One bride was even wearing her grandma’s ring! Whatever it is, add them in!
5 // Shoes
You probably won’t even see your shoes most of the day, so get those beauties photographed! They might just be the things on your feet, but you probably searched for the perfect shoes for your day, so don’t forget to document them. Plus, they can be useful in ring shots (see above)!
6 // Special Keepsakes
I think my favorite things to have included in details is special keepsakes. Sometimes it’s the bride’s grandma’s jewelry box, lacey handkerchief or her ring. Sometimes it’s a family bible or something from their childhood. Whatever it is, if it’s special to you, include it! Your photographer will never judge you for including something like that; they’ll most likely be excited to have something so meaningful in front of their camera.
7 // Other Beautiful Details
One of my favorite details I’ve photographed is this mirror tray above! The bride just wanted to include this pretty detail because, well, it’s pretty. If you have a pretty tray at home or some lace or ribbon or whatever, bring it! Just like the keepsakes, they will never complain about some more pretty details to include. Especially if it’s a stunning vintage mirror tray like this!
Were you surprised by any of these details? Wedding planning is hectic and the week of can be especially stressful. That’s why I put this list together. Instead of stressing about what details you should have ready for your photographer, just save this post to reference—or save the checklist I made for you!
I really hope this will help take a little bit of the stress off your shoulders. That’s always my goal!