There seems to be some disconnect between photographers and couples on their wedding day, and we believe it is very important to be in contact and to have open communication to ensure that both parties are set up for success on your wedding day!

The wedding day can be a whirlwind of time crunches and unexpected last-minute details that can take away from your timeline, and your photographer wants to be able to take advantage of every minute they have with you to photograph your process, or to photograph the rest of the story of what is happening around you. If you have the following key points ready and prepared for your photographer, PRIOR to your wedding day, it will maximize your photographer's productivity, while also allowing you to stress about one less thing!

Here are the 5 things to have ready for your photographer BEFORE they arrive to photograph your day:

1. A list of family shots that are a MUST!

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We're gonna be blunt here. Photographers are not mind readers. ESPECIALLY when it comes to family pictures. Generally these portraits fall into a time slot that can sometimes be compromised, so you will need to ensure that you get through these portraits as quickly as possible so that you have enough time for everything else! Many times families aren't too keen on taking pictures, and they want to get them over with as quickly as possible so that they can go visit with all of your other guests that they haven't seen in ages!

Our solution is to send us a list of your must-have family combinations, 2 weeks prior to your wedding, so that we can come up with a flow and know what to expect come time to do it. It will also ensure that you are getting exactly what you want, because if we don't have a list to go off of, and we are asking you on the spot about which combinations you want, you might forget some key combinations, and we would HATE for you to have any regrets from your wedding day.

2. A list of all your DIY items

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Let's be honest. Weddings can sometimes be hectic and crazy! We don't always have all the time we would ideally want to capture the actual details of your decor and other elements of your wedding. We know that you worked really hard on those center pieces, and that you spent hours hunched over that pretty paper creating the photo collage in the corner by the gifts. We want to make sure that we capture your day in its entirety, and we would hate to find out later that we missed the beautiful earrings that you gave to all of your bridesmaids that you specifically took a class to learn how to handcraft them yourself!

If you tell us everything that you poured your soul into, we will be sure to capture it all, to help you remember how your hard work paid off to make your reception hall Martha Stewart worthy!

3. Have all of your bridal accessories in its own easily accessible bag

When we arrive, we want to start getting pictures of details right away. Every moment is precious, so we want to make sure that we make them count! Have all of your accessories in one common place that you know where they are and that you don't have to dig for them. Things to include are: shoes, jewelry, headpieces, special handkerchiefs, your something old, the rings, the bouquet, and anything else that is sentimental to you on this special day. If you can have these ready, it will save your photographer so much time! You will also score brownie points with your photographer for being prepared on a day that so much can go unexpected!

4. Bring a complete set of your wedding stationary

Gorgeous watercolor calligraphy by Alyssa Peelen

Gorgeous watercolor calligraphy by Alyssa Peelen

Invitations are gorgeous. They are the first taste of your wedding for your guests, and they help to tell the story in such a beautiful way. You also likely spent a lot of money and cried a lot of tears while trying to figure out the best way to get them out to everybody! We want to make sure that you will have these photographs to remember them by, because eventually they will fall off of refrigerators, or get lost in storage, but you will always have the carefully styled photo of every piece together, showing off how amazing you are at designing stationary.

5. The final schedule of your day from the time you wake up, to the time you leave your reception

We will usually talk a lot about the actual schedule of events. We want to make sure that we are prepared for everything, so we know how to budget our time, and so that we can also keep an eye on the clock for you to ensure that you don't run late for anything, either. We want to know exactly when you plan to put on your dress, what time you plan to cut the cake, and what time your big exit is going to be. Please be as detailed as possible when putting this together, because the more we know ahead of time, the less likely it will be that we are caught off guard, and the more likely you will get all the pictures you ever dreamed of and more!

We hope that this helps you feel a little more in control of your wedding day, and we want to make sure that you remember that this is a day you will remember for the rest of your life, so if you remember to do these things before the actual wedding day, you will feel so much more prepared and ready to take on the day.

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