Picture this. The day is finally here and you have a mimosa in hand, you’re getting pampered with all of your closest girlfriends and you are about to GET MARRIED. This post talks a little bit about our getting ready process and shares a few ways to make the most of it!

If you haven’t read our tips for choosing the right getting ready location, check it out!

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THERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE THE DAY ARRIVES. Do you want to do a first look with your Dad, bridesmaids or anyone else who plays a huge role in your life? Will you and your fiancé be exchanging gifts during this time? Who will be helping you get into your dress? Do all the girls have matching robes? Once we know the answers, we will put together a proper timeline to ensure all these key moments are documented beautifully. If you are still deciding on where you should get ready, there’s a few tips in this post that might help!

WE TYPICALLY REQUEST ABOUT TWO HOURS FOR GETTING READY PHOTOS. Not every wedding is the same, some require more or less time but this is average for us. A few factors could be whether or not you’ll be doing a first look with your fiancé, how far away you are from the next location, how many bridesmaids you have, special requests, etc. Also, be sure to let us know about how long it may take you to get into your dress. We’ve seen that take 5 seconds all the way up to 30 minutes! The guys almost never need more than an hour.

FOR US, THE DAY BEGINS WITH PHOTOGRAPHING THE DETAILS. This helps us get to know the area we’ll be working in as well! We try to photograph the Bride’s details in a way that showcases the style of the wedding day, so think about any other styling accents you’d like us to use. We don’t like to take up too much time photographing the details, so we ask that the Bride has all the details in one place before we arrive so we can get started right away. Below is a list of general details you can use as a checklist.

  • dress (along with special hanger or wooden hanger)

  • veil/hair pieces

  • all three rings

  • shoes

  • bouquet and bout

  • jewelry

  • perfume

  • invitation suite

  • borrowed and blue

  • sentimental items

There may be some extra elements that can step your details up a notch like extra flower clippings or stems, wood slices, burlap or lace for a rustic or country themed wedding, etc.

HAIR AND MAKEUP SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT FORTY-FIVE TO SIXTY MINUTES AFTER WE ARRIVE. So if we are scheduled to arrive at noon, HMUA should be done by 12:45. This allows time for a gift exchange, a matching robe shot with your girls, restroom break, getting dressed, putting on jewelry, veil, first look with Dad, and bridal portraits. We will photograph a few finishing touches with the makeup artist near a window after the details have been photographed and before they leave.

ANYONE HELPING YOU INTO YOUR DRESS SHOULD BE READY BEFORE YOU. This looks best in photos so plan accordingly with hair and makeup!

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The best advice we can give is to plan some cushion time every step of the way. You won’t be upset if you have a few minutes to relax but imagine how you would feel if things weren’t running on time? The day slips away so fast, it’s important to not run through it in a whirlwind!

This next post talks about our suggested wedding day timeline to make the most of your photos while still enjoying your day to the fullest!