Every now and then another little thing happens at a wedding which makes me think, “I wish I had thought to tell them about that before today!” Obviously, nobody can predict all the little things that are going to happen, but one can learn (or teach) from past experiences and pass the suggestions on!
So, here we go – my first five tips to help your wedding photography flow a little more smoothly on the day.
Is it allowed ?
To ensure that there are no last minute surprises at the ceremony venue, it makes sense to speak to the vicar, priest, registrar etc ahead of time and check out their “rules” on photography during the ceremony. Unfortunately, it can often be the case that, based on a bad past experience, the officiant may not be too supportive of photographers … it is something that comes up time and time again, and the wonderfulness of a wedding can sadly be overlooked by the concern that wedding proceedings may be disrupted by a disrespectful photographer. It’s best to have the conversation as early as possible and reassure the residing officiant that you have booked a respectful and professional photographer (hopefully you have!!) and that it is your wish for the ceremony to be photographed freely. (I have been told that church donations can sway even the most stubborn vicar, but you never heard it from me!)
When you are both walking back down the aisle, remember that it’s not a race! Take your time and take in all the friendly faces, tears and all. If you feel like stopping and hugging and kissing a few friends and family members, that’s fine by me, as it all makes for great photography!
If you have dreamy visions of the two of you coming out of your venue to a beautiful storm of confetti, be aware that this can often fall flat if your guests do not have more than a single handful each. If you want a good set of confetti images, then, as with anything, it’s all in the planning! Natural and bio-degradable petals are a good choice (Shropshire Petals, as a suggestion) and do not cost a lot at all. Have your ushers / page boys / page girls hand out cones as your guests leave the ceremony venue – oh, and make sure they’re all standing with the wind behind them too!
Keep them lips luscious
Don’t forget to keep a tube of lippy and a powder compact with your chief bridesmaid (or anyone you trust to be close to you for the majority of the day) and give them the responsibility to make sure you are topped up and looking lovely!
Large table decorations are great and can look wonderful, but, have you ever given consideration to their height ? Not many people think about it, but it can be quite frustrating trying to photograph the speeches, and the resulting reactions, when you cannot see your guests’ faces! It’s not just the floral arrangements i’m talking about, but table name holders too. If you are going for tall table decorations, it might be a good idea to move them off the table during the speeches, to ensure that faces aren’t hidden and your photographer doesn’t miss a key reaction.
That’s it for this time, but over the coming months i’ll be jotting down some more tips for you to ponder over. Let me know if you come up with any and i’ll include them in future posts!