Number One rule for perfect wedding photos is Have Fun! When
you're both having a great time, you can't help but come away with
here are a few things that you should consider before your Special
Be sure to allow ample time either before or after the ceremony
to photograph formal portraits of the wedding party, family
groups, and any other special photos you may desire. In general,
allow 45 minutes for this. If your reception location is particularly
attractive, you may want to take these portraits during the reception.
with the minister or person responsible for officiating the ceremony
to determine the "ground rules" for what may, and what may not,
be photographed during the ceremony. Allow extra time to "recreate"
portions of the ceremony that will not be photographed during the
your guests something to do while they are waiting for you to finish
up with photos. Perhaps arrange for a buffet of light hors d'oeuvres,
open the bar a little early, or start the music early for dancing.
And don't forget to allow time in the schedule for traveling from
ceremony to reception!
you haven't hired a professional wedding coordinator, you may want
to appoint a family member to act as one. Choose someone who is
organized, assertive and patient. It is probably best to choose
someone who is not in the wedding party or an immediate family member.
This will take a lot of pressure off the bride, her mother and her
maid of honor.
your coordinator to gather up people for photographs, to run little
errands that need to be run, and to generally oversee that your
schedule and plans are adhered to. It is imperative that your coordinator
attend your rehearsal, so that he or she understands the routine.
Be sure to introduce your coordinator to the photographer, your
family, your wedding party, caterers, entertainers and any others
who are involved in staging your wedding.
a little planning will go a long way to assuring a smooth, enjoyable
and memorable wedding!
a "Bad Hair Day"
Even without professional help, "bad hair days" can be controlled.
Actually, most people's hair looks better the second day after being
washed. Your natural oils and shimmer have had a chance to return,
and natural waves and curls have relaxed a bit.
a conditioner if your hair is dry, to avoid "fly-away" hair, and
if you color your hair, do so at least a week earlier so that hair
coloring has a chance to "mellow." Bring along a brush, hair spray
and spritzer, and have your maid of honor help you keep your hair
looking its best.
The number one rule is: A little goes a long way. Heavy make-up
will spoil your natural look, especially in close-up portraits.
Use a good quality foundation to cover blemishes and to even out
your skin tone.
subtle shades of eye shadow, blushers and lipstick to gently emphasize
your features without drawing undue attention to them.
skin is the worst enemy of bright photo lights in the studio. Bring
along facial powder and a puff or blotting cloths to soften the
shine during your wedding. Appoint your maid of honor to keep a
check on your shine throughout the day.
Don't wait until the last minute to have your wedding party members
try on their clothing! There are enough pressures on your wedding
day without concerning yourselves with pants that are too short,
shoes that pinch or a tuxedo that's missing a cumberbund.
up your wedding coordinator with the following items, for last-minute
small sewing kit with buttons and several colors of thread
hemming kit with iron and small ironing board
Most important of all, try to maintain a good mood! Stress and bad
attitudes actually change the shape of your face and exaggerate
crow's feet, forehead wrinkles and other "hardness" of features.
to get a good night's sleep beforehand, and give yourself plenty
of time to get ready to minimize your stress and anxiety.
help keep your mood bright, have a CD player on hand with your favorite
music to play while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready.