After the confetti has been swept away, and the last crumb of cake consumed, your wedding photographs endure to tell the unique story of your special day.
To look and feel your best for your photos, and to generally ensure the big day runs smoothly, follow my hassle-free guide.
Here are my 8 top tips for a picture-perfect wedding day!
8 Tips For a Picture-Perfect Wedding Day
- Avoid wedding planning stress
- Stag/hen party well in advance
- Go for tried and tested
- Pearls of wisdom
- Conceal your phone
- Choose the right paper
- Trust the experts
- Imperfectly perfect
Avoid wedding planning stress
Wedding planning is never easy, but the best tip for a picture-perfect wedding day I can give you is to try to make it as much fun as possible.
Turn every big (and potentially stressful) decision into an enjoyable activity! Stuck on which wines to choose? Invite friends over for a memorable tasting evening.
Fretting over food choices? Make menu testing into a date night or even a night away.
Don’t let the pre-wedding jitters take over. Not only does worrying take the pleasure out of the wedding build-up, but it could also leave you looking tired and weary. Not a good look for your photos!
Stag/Hen party in advance
Hen or stag parties are a rite of passage and a great way to kick back and celebrate your
impending nuptials with your friends and loved ones.
But a word of warning! Don’t plan yours too close to your wedding day. Leave enough time for broken bones to heal, shaved-off eyebrows to regrow, or to correct whatever other mishaps might occur in the spirit of high jinks!
When you look at your beautiful wedding photos, you’ll thank yourself for it.
Go for tried and tested
A top tip for a picture-perfect wedding day is to avoid trying out new or radical beauty treatments, or skincare products, too near to your wedding day, in case you have an adverse reaction.
This is not the time to test out a chemical peel! Always have a trial run with fake tan and discuss the best time to apply it with your beauty therapist, so you can be confident that you’ll look glowing rather than orange on your big day.
Likewise, another top tip for a picture-perfect wedding day is to be tempted to try a new herbal remedy to calm nerves the night before you take your vows – you don’t want the day to be spoiled by you feeling drowsy or unwell.
Pearls of wisdom
If you’re accessorising with gorgeous jewellery, don’t put it on before you are dressed, hair and make-up done and ready to go!
Hairspray can dull, or even ruin the jewellery. Softer stones like pearls are delicate and chemicals can easily damage their lustre.
Ingredients in other hair products can eat away at gold and dull the surface of diamonds and gemstones.
While we’re on the subject of spills, this is a top tip for a picture-perfect wedding day you will be truly thankful for – ask your MOH to bring along some plastic-free baby wipes. You’d be surprised about what they can get out of a wedding dress!
Conceal you phone
This top tip for a picture-perfect day is mainly for men.
If you need to carry your phone on your wedding day, you’ll probably remember to turn it on silent, but would you think to tuck it away in an inner pocket? A phone bulge is not a great look, and not just for the photos! If your suit jacket doesn’t have an inner pocket, consider asking a friend to hold onto your phone for you.
Choose the right paper
The thought of making a wedding speech might make your knees tremble, but practice makes perfect and with a bit of effort you’ll feel fine on the day.
But don’t ruin a well-rehearsed speech by rocking up with a dog-eared, crumbled scrap of cheap paper. A top tip for a picture-perfect wedding day is to consider buying some luxurious notepaper or a swanky, bound book to write your speech in.
I promise it will make you look the part when all eyes and ears are trained on you
Trust the experts
There will be a lot to think about on your big day, but when it comes to photography, relax
There will be a lot ot think about on your big day, but when it comes to photography, the best tip for a picture-perfect wedding day is to relax and leave it in the hands of the experts.
If your photographer assures you that the light is amazing, or they’ve found the best spot for a quick portrait, trust them!
As a UK wedding photographer, I know what I’m doing and want to get the best possible shots, so you can rest easy that you won’t be disappointed.
Lastly, and most importantly, my ultimate top tip for a picture-perfect wedding day is to HAVE FUN!
You want your wedding day to be the most perfect of your life, so it’s easy to go into panic mode if things don’t go exactly according to your plan as the day unfolds.
But after attending and working at so many weddings, my advice is to go with the flow and not let any minor hiccups ruin your mood.
Enjoy each moment, bask in the beauty of sharing your special day with family and friends and your happiness will be captured in your wedding photos for eternity.
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Now you know my 8 top tips for a picture-perfect wedding day, you will have images that tell a true story of how you looked – all the emotions, funny moments and highlights.
If you have any other useful tips, let m know in comments!