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For Brides: Wedding Details Checklist

April 3, 2023

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The number one thing I hear from brides over and over again was that they didn’t realize how much went into all the *little* details. You have planned and planned and planned. And then you’ve planned some more. Because of this- I believe every little detail should be captured so every time you open your wedding, album you’re reminded of all those little details- that actually weren’t so little.

It can be overwhelming trying to remember everything you need to have set aside for your photographer the morning of your wedding. So I’ve pulled together a checklist of all the thing you can/should include for detail pictures, so you can eliminate all the guess work!

Organization Tip: The week of the wedding pull together everything for detail shots and put it together in a little bag- (I find little clear plastic tubs with lids are great for paper products, perfume bottles, rings, and all the other little items)! and put everything in there, double check it the night before the wedding and add anything you hadn’t put in already (Vow books, Rings, Shoes, Perfume) That way when I arrive at your getting ready location all I have to do is grab the container and get started (Bonus: You won’t even need to put down your glass of champagne!)

Also! See if your florist can deliver bouquets & boutonnieres to the getting ready location, that way you can get some extra photos of those gorgeous blooms while their at their freshest!- Bonus: If you can ask them to bring any leftover blooms & greenery for styling! Those little touches of florals make detail shots!

Bride Details Checklist:

  • Dress
  • All three rings (Both wedding bands and engagement ring)
  • Shoes
  • Veil
  • Hair piece
  • Jewelry (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc.)
  • Perfume (Did you know scents are the most powerful triggers for our memory? This is great excuse to buy a special scent for your wedding day and honeymoon- that way whenever you spray it, you’ll immediately be taken back to your wedding day!)
  • Wedding invitation suite (invitation, RSVP card, RSVP envelope, detail card, and envelope)
  • Vow books
  • Sentimental items (Family bible, grandmother’s ring, champagne cork from proposal, anything you’d like included in details photos)
  • Bouquet
  • Any other paper products you’d like photographed (Programs, extra escort cards, letters to each other, etc.)
  • Natural Light – Light makes or breaks all photos, but the good news is I only need one big window
  • Clutch

A few extras that you don’t necessarily need, but make for fun touches in your detail photos:

  • Ring box: The Mrs Box makes my absolute favorite ring boxes! They’re customizable and make for beautiful heirlooms that you’ll be able to pass down to your children one day!
  • Dress Hanger – There are lots of options on Etsy for either vintage or customized hangers!
  • Ribbon – If you have leftover ribbon from putting together invitations or programs, it can be a beautiful pop of color in flatlays!
  • Fun Extras – The expensive champagne you bought to toast with (Or a painted champagne bottle) and the champagne flutes you’ll be using (If possible don’t chill the champagne until after the photos are taken- the bottle will start to sweat and make a bit of a drippy mess

Groom Details

If you would like me to photograph the Groom’s Details I’d use the same method for organizing his details as yours. Photographing the Groom’s details shouldn’t interfere with him getting ready- I’ll start with his, because they’re usually pretty simple and then send all his details back with my 2nd shooter when they go to photograph the guys getting ready. And the great news is that because these are just little details- he can still get mostly dressed!

Groom Details Checklist:

  • Shoes
  • Cufflinks
  • Cologne
  • Tie or Bow Tie
  • Boutonni√®res
  • Pocket Squares
  • Watch
  • Anything Sentimental

 

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