Tips for Seamless Wedding Day Details
10 Tips by wedding stylist & planner Tristan Needham of Tristan Needham Designs
Most bride’s will admit that the most overwhelming part of planning is in remembering the details!
Our goal is to act as a resource in order to provide couples with wedding photography that will be lasting heirlooms for their families. To do so, we have created a checklist of items for the bride and groom to gather before we arrive.
This will ensure that all items are accounted for and eliminate the stress of having to frantically search around. Preparation is a key to saving time for other photos.
Here are Tristan's 10 Tips for Seamless Wedding Day Details
1. Collect bridal items into one location.
Having everything in one place saves time. This allows for the photographs of each treasured heirloom to be captured tenderly and unrushed, which transpires into artistically creative photographs. Download the checklist for the specific items to have prepared.
Make sure this niche is well lit (think large window) and is away from *most of the major hustle and bustle of you and your girls getting ready. Take a moment the night before, find a quiet place to reflect on all of the details you want to have photographed.
2. Have a copy of the Save the Date and Wedding Invitation with you.
Invitations are the first impression of what your wedding will be like for your guests. They convey your color scheme and formality. You spent a lot of time searching through hundreds of invitations to pick the perfect one to represent your personality and the mood of your event. Make sure to have it with you. Invitations make for uniquely personal photographs when we can include items such as the wedding bands, your veil, a hair piece, boutonniere, and a few loose flowers.
Chances are, additional paper goods you’ve created for your special day match your colors / theme of your invitation suite (think : table numbers, extra place cards “Bride” + “Groom”, wedding programs, cocktail napkins, the works!) - so be sure to bring these as well! They’ll look beautiful alongside your invites!
3. The Rings
Many couples give the rings to the groom to give to the best man upon arrival at the venue as they get ready. There is really no point for them to have the rings so early since your photographer will need them before the ceremony. Go ahead and keep them with all of your other bridal items to be photographed. This will prevent more run around and wasting time for your photographer when they could be taking pictures. The photographer will make sure the rings get back to the rightful owner before the ceremony begins.
Don’t forget those pretty ring boxes, special ring dishes, etc..!
4. The Infamous Hanging Dress Shots
Photographs of a beautiful dress hanging from a unique dress hanger makes for timeless photos. Research the internet for all of the variations of wedding dress hangers available. Find one that matches your personality and enjoy the bubbly excitement as you pull your dress off of it as a single lady for the last time.
This is my all-time favorite hanger - never fails for a picture perfect dress shot! Only $30.00 AND it comes in gold and silver. Link below: http://www.bhldn.com/product/french-market-hanger
Photographers love shoes! If you have more than one pair, please include those in your collection of materials to be photographed. You may also want to consider having your bridesmaids and flower girl’s shoes on standby as well.
I saw a picture once of a flower girl helping the bride put her shoe on, so sweet! Stefanie can attest, there are so many different variations of shoe shots. Between the two of you, you’ll find a shot that best speaks to your wedding.
6. The Jewels
Your jewelry will be an heirloom to your grandchildren one day. Perhaps you may even be wearing one of your grandmother’s pieces. These photographs will be some of your most treasured pictures. Have your tiara, necklace, earrings, bracelet, and rings ready to be photographed.
Be sure to bring any said boxes, bags, etc.. so Stefanie can pack them up and pass them along to you after she’s all done!
7. Bridal Bouquets
We love to include your bouquet with your other items being photographed. Ask your florist if they can deliver the flowers early so they can be in the room with you as you get ready.
Extra blooms and greenery clippings from the florist work great here as well!
8. Collect groom’s items into one location.
The groom’s details are just as special as yours and also make for timeless photos. Have your groom prepare a bag with all of the items you will want to see in his special shots. These items may include his tie, comb, shoes, belt, watch, and cufflinks. Explain the purpose to him ahead of time so he knows what to expect.
This would be a great place to add in the note you would like him to read on your wedding day!
9. The Cufflinks
Cufflinks are a great gift for the bride to give to her fiancé on the day of their wedding. This gift makes for some really great pictures. Cufflinks are type of jewelry for men that makes them feel powerful. Boosting his pride will ultimately show in his stance in the photographs. You will not be disappointed at how masculine he appears.
Have no idea where to start with the design ? Keep it classic! You can never go wrong with a monogram cufflink.
10. Make sure to get ready in a room with windows.
Natural light always makes for better photos and is a key factor in setting the tone for your images. Capturing light into a still image is what makes our pictures exemplary. There are endless possibilities to create memorable images with just a little bit of natural lighting.
Tristan Needham Designs
Wedding Stylist - Savannah, GA
Tristan Needham is a stylist + editorial designer based in Savannah, Georgia. She believes in simple, yet meaningful designs.
As former co-owner + designer of Design Studio South, her work has been featured in : Magnolia Rouge, Flutter, Smitten, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, The Knot, Weddings Unveiled, Savannah Weddings Magazine, Pottery Barn and Savannah Magazine. Tristan received her bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Her time spent on each coast speaks to her simple, yet romantic aesthetic.
When she's not working, you'll most likely find her traveling and enjoying the outdoors with her husband (Justin), two kids (Ivy + Oliver), and two Australian Shepherds (Stella + Savannah).