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What Brides Forget on their Wedding Day

Wedding Wednesday

February 10, 2016

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If you’re newly engaged or counting down the days until you’re wedding (so exciting!!) I’m sure you’ve been told once or twice, how crazy the planning process can be, or how many thing you have to remember on the day of! And I get it. Weddings are busy! When Randy and I were recently engaged, I was the first one to create a “day of wedding checklist”! Even though our wedding wasn’t until the following year, I wanted to be prepared!! Everyone had told me how stressful the morning of would be, or how I wouldn’t be able to relax because I’d be trying to make sure everything was organized…But I don’t think your actual wedding day has to be stressful! You should be able to wake up with a huge smile on your face and just soak in the day! Because after all, this is one of the biggest moments of your life!!

I absolutely love my Sarah E Brides! And every wedding I photograph I’m reminded of how amazing it is to have friendships with our couples! They allow us to be creative and they give us time to photograph what we need! I think that’s one of the main reasons why we’re able to shoot so many images! However, there’s always a LOT to think about on a wedding day!

Here are FIVE things that a lot of brides end up forgetting on their wedding day! It’s never intentional… these things just slip through the cracks and it’s totally understandable! However, a little reminder is always nice, so enjoy!!:

1. Bouquets need to be delivered to YOU, not the church or the groom. 
This is SO easy to forget and it’s totally fine if it happens! However, if you can remember to have your bouquets delivered to where you are getting ready, you’ll be able to have detail shots with your florals! I LOVE shooting the rings on flowers, but I have to have the bouquets close by in order to make that happen! Even if you’re not sharing a first look, we still need your bouquets for bridesmaid portraits! Same for bouts!

2. Don’t give the wedding bands to the best man! You’ll need ALL three for detail pictures.
I know, every planning book says to give the best man the rings to hold onto before the ceremony but that actually isn’t ideal for your pictures! I can always shoot the ring shot during the reception but you’ll have more variety and natural light if I shoot them during your details in the morning!

3. Try sitting down in your dress before the wedding so that you’re aware of how hard that may be if your dress is tight!
This sounds dumb but it’s actually a real thing! I’ve had at least a dozen brides not be able to sit for dinner because of how tight their dress was! It was hard to BREATH when they sat down! So try your dress on beforehand and try sitting to make sure it’s possible! This is especially important if you’re having a sit down dinner!

4. If you want natural portraits, your heels are going to sink in the grass! Get heel stoppers!
Everyone LOVES those natural portraits in the field or under those gorgeous trees… but some brides forget that their precious heels are going to SINK on their walk out to the their portrait location. So, I recommend having a spare pair of flats or some heel stoppers to save the day!

5. You can’t see little imperfections in photos!
Brides (& Grooms!), if you don’t remember any of these tips…. remember this one! Tiny imperfections do not show up in your portraits. If you have a little dirt on your dress, it’s really ok. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand wanting to be perfect going down the aisle! However, if something does happen and you have a little imperfection, don’t stress! I’ve had so many brides go down the aisle with a little spot here or there and I guarantee you can’t pick out those weddings on the blog! So don’t let that stress you out. It’s ALL good!

And here’s a little extra tip! ENJOY your day and stop every now and then to take in what’s happening! You’ll remember so much more of it if you STOP and enjoy specific moments throughout the celebration!!

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