Best Wedding Tips for Brides on the Day Of

Planning a wedding day can be a whirlwind, so being ready when your photographer shows up is key. It'll make your life way easier and your photos way better. Trust me, you don't want to be scrambling around when you should be enjoying yourself. So, I want to share some of the best wedding tips for brides (and grooms) to help you relax and get those killer photos you've been anticipating. It's all about making your day smooth and keeping your memories sweet.

Preparing for Your Photographer's Arrival

When your photographer arrives, having all the little details ready makes things go smoothly and helps get those awesome flatlay shots. Set aside your rings, accessories, keepsakes, shoes, bouquets, vow books, heirlooms, and stationery. If you mailed out paper invitations and "save the date" cards, bring at least two copies with the envelopes so your photographer can capture both the front and back. We want to ensure we don’t miss anything and your photos tell the full story of your day.

The Nitty-Gritty: Prepping Your Wedding Day Must-Haves

Let's break it down a bit more. For your rings and bling, keep them all in one spot so you're not hunting around. Give them a quick polish too - those close-ups can be pretty unforgiving. Put your shoes and bouquet somewhere easy to grab like a chair off to the side. And keep that bouquet in water until the last minute so it's not wilting in photos. Now, about those vows - if you're writing your own, consider getting a nice vow book. Etsy has a ton of cool options. Don't forget any family heirlooms or stuff that means something to you two. That makes for great shots and adds a personal touch to your photos.

Little Touches & Extra Tips for Your Wedding Day

Here's some extra stuff to keep in mind. Ditch that plastic hanger for your dress - grab a nice wooden or personalized one. If you're going in the direction of personal vows, write them down in a special book. It's not just for reading on the day; it'll look great in photos. Keep both wedding bands with you while you're getting ready. It's easier for the photographer to snap pics of both rings together. Plus, it's one less thing for your partner or the best man to worry about. These little details might seem small, but they can make a big difference in how smoothly your day goes.

I highly recommend creating a timeline with your photographer and planner to ensure plenty of time for photos and other activities. Stay hydrated and keep some snacks handy to keep your energy up. Assign a point person to handle any last-minute details so you can relax and enjoy the moment without any stress.

The Home Stretch: Staying Cool, Calm, & Collected

As you're getting close to go time, take a deep breath and try to chill. All the prep work's done, so it's time to be in the moment. Trust your team - they've got this. Don’t forget to chat with your photographer. If there are any special shots you're dying to get or family dynamics they should know about, speak up. They want to nail this for you but remember, we aren’t mind readers. The more they know, the better they can capture your day. Remember, this is your show. You've put in the work, now it's time to enjoy it. Don't sweat the small stuff - just focus on having a blast and marrying your person. That's what it's all about.

Maui Wedding & Elopement Photographer | Rodrigo Moraes Photography

Preparation is key to a smooth and memorable wedding day. My wedding tips for brides will help you stay relaxed and ensure everything goes off without a hitch. Check out my contact form if you’re ready to inquire about your wedding or elopement, and feel free to share your tips and experiences in the comments. For more helpful insights, take a look at my blog on the pros and cons of a wedding vs. elopement!

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