As your wedding day approaches, there are lots of things to think of. Keeping track of everything can sometimes feel overwhelming. Getting organized can help so I’ve put together a list of bridal details you don’t want to forget to have photographed.
On the day of your wedding, it is best to collect all of your details in the same, safe spot for when your photographer arrives. It’s likely that your photographer will want to capture these items first in order to have them covered and get them to their proper locations for the remainder of the day.
Some brides choose to only include the actual invitation, while others choose to include the entire suite. It is best if you can provide an extra copy of the entire suite as it would be mailed out to any guest for your photographer.
Nothing matches your colors and the style of your wedding quite like your bouquet. Having it dropped off or located near your details allows your photographer to capture it along with the other smaller items that mean so much. If possible, ask your florist for a few loose blooms that your photographer can use to incorporate into the photos with the other details to create a unified look.
More often than not, couples hand the rings to whomever will be responsible for them during the ceremony instead of including them with their details. The rings are special and deserve to be captured in such a way! I recommend keeping the engagement ring, wedding band, and groom’s ring all together that way there is no losing them or having to track them down. Once the rings have been photographed, your photographer will make sure they get to the right spot for the rest of the day. Be sure to communicate to your photographer ahead of time where you’d like the rings to be left, or who is supposed to take them after the detail photos are done.
By placing all of your jewelry and shoes together in the same location, it helps you avoid having to grab them from several different hiding places. Don’t worry about having your jewelry on already either as it is likely your photographer will want some shots of you putting it on.
You know those beautiful shots you see of the dress hanging center on a window or door, etc.? Those are done during this time of bridal details. It cannot happen if you have already started to put on your dress so make sure to have your dress and veil somewhere the photographer can find to take it and work their magic. Some brides also choose to have their bridesmaids and flower girl dresses available for a similar picture. If you think you might want this, all the dresses should be located together to make things easier to find.
Some brides have moved away from this tradition while others still hold on to it tightly. If you are going to have items that are your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” make sure to also place those with your other details. If you choose not to focus on the old tradition, but do have some other family heirlooms that you’d like included (mother or grandmother’s rings, jewelry, handkerchief, etc.), place those together as well.
If the groom is getting ready at the same location as the bride, but in a separate room, include his details with the other bridal details and have someone take them to him when the photographer has finished capturing them. However, if the groom is at a separate location, have a separate set of groom’s details collected for the photographer at that location. This might include a tie, boutonniere, cologne, cuff links, shoes, flask, etc.
Ultimately the details are meant to be things with special meaning or things that help to make the day and photos look cohesive. Some extra items you may want to include are perfume, styled cookies or treats, hangers with the bridesmaids’ names, robes, etc. You can have as many or as few details as you would like. The key is to just be organized with them all together and to communicate with your photographer where they will be located on the day of. This way you can relax and just enjoy your day without having to go on a scavenger hunt while getting ready.