Make sure your photographer has the following brief from you:

Make sure your photographer has the following brief from you:

It’s not always a given that your photographer will know exactly what you need from him or her, so it’s best you give them a proper brief so that no one is disappointed.  There are no second chances here, so ensure you are on the same page. It’s important to bring along a set of your invitations and other stationery so that the photographer can shoot them professionally for you to have in years to come. Here are some other suggestions:

  • Take pics of the ceremony area before guests arrive as these are great shots for you to see all the details that went into the ceremony.
  • The dress detail as well as the bridesmaids and flower girl gowns.
  • Getting ready – both the bride and the groom
  • The rings
  • The reception area before guests arrives as well as the cake and all the details.
  • The guests as they arrive, particularly parents, grandparents and close family.
  • Whether the wedding is indoors or out, take shots of the bridesmaids arriving and ensure that you capture the emotions before the ceremony starts.
  • The moment everyone including you have been waiting for; walking down the aisle. Everyone stands as you appear, looking glowing and gorgeous. This moment must be captured as it will be talked about for months after the wedding.
  • A second shooter /photographer should capture the look on your husbands face as you walk down the aisle towards him.
  • Another huge moment is the father of the bride handing his daughter over to her new soon–to-be husband. Shoot the handshake or hug between the dad and groom and the kiss the daughter receives from her father.
  • Wide shots of the entire ceremony.
  • Detailed shots of the bouquets of the bride and bridesmaids.
  • Possible unexpected moments at the ceremony.
  • Shoot over the grooms shoulder and vice versa, which will be a fabulous memory.
  • Close ups of the vows and the exchanging of rings.
  • Close ups just before they are announced husband and wife.
  • The first kiss.
  • Guests waiting as the couple sign the registry.
  • “We did it” pic as they arrive outside.
  • Throwing of the confetti.
  • The couple in a romantic setting at the venue.
  • The family.
  • The guests arriving at the reception.
  • The guests seating arrangements and wedding favours.
  • You as a couple arriving at the reception whilst all the guests stand to welcome you as the new Mr & Mrs.
  • The speeches and toasts.
  • Throwing of the garter and bouquet
  • Cutting of the cake.
  • First dances.
  • The guests dancing.
  • Close ups of the food.

Ask your photographer to come and tell you when he or she is about to pack up in case you have anything else you would like them to shoot before they leave.