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Bride and Groom Wedding Day Checklist & Questionnaire

Below is basic information about the wedding day. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Make sure there is natural light in the room where the bride will be getting ready (window light). This makes a world of difference in your images.

If possible, try to have all bridal details together before the photographer arrives. (Dress, jewelry, shoes, bouquet, garter, veil, etc). This will make the detail shots more efficient!  PLEASE BRING AN INVITATION/SAVE THE DATE TO THE WEDDING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Keep the area near the window free of trash, bags, snacks, etc. This will be where the bride will be putting on her dress! (We don’t need water bottles and luggage in your bridal portraits).

If anything goes wrong on a wedding day, guess what’s the only thing you can cut time off of?  You guessed it: the photography.  The more rushed your photographer is, the less chance he’ll be as creative and seeing those opportunities for jaw-dropping photos or the amazing moments unfolding.  To avoid this, make sure to leave extra time for photos and any traveling between locations.  Especially if you aren’t doing a first look, make sure your cocktail hour is sufficiently long to fit in all the photos you want.  I recommend 45 minutes to an hour for family and bride and Groom portraits. Why so long?  This allows us to walk around the property to different locations, to play with different techniques and most of all to give YOU time to get comfortable in front of the camera and for me to discover what angles and poses are the most natural and flattering for you.  If you are considering doing photos off site, which I sometimes recommend if the venue doesn’t offer many options, leave double the time you think you need for travel.  

Make and Manage Your Family Photo List

Everyone wants family photos, but no one wants to pose for them.  To keep them moving as fast as possible, I ask my clients in advance to provide a list of each shot they want with each family members name listed out. Moving from larger to smaller groupings allows us to move through the photos very quickly by pulling people out rather than having to repose a group several times.  Always make sure family knows when to arrive for family photos and I recommend telling them 10 minutes before the real start time if you don’t want waiting on your notoriously late aunt to hold up the day.  I do not recommend family photos in the middle of cocktail hour as gathering everyone can be impossible.  Doing family photos directly before or after the ceremony usually works best.

Please note that I have a hard copy of the questionnaire available if you find the online version difficult to use.  Please just click the link below and email the finished document to ryan@rwphotographs.com

Thank you!