The Ideal Wedding Morning For A Bride - From A Videographer & Photographer
Let’s face it, weddings are known to be a little stressful. You spend so many months planning the perfect details and booking your favorite vendors, you’re on a timeline most of the wedding day, and it costs a good amount of money. At the end of the day, all you have left to remember it are your photos and video—so we want to make that count! Your wedding morning can be chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be! The morning is probably the only time you have to really take it slow, take it in, and breathe. You’re getting married! To be honest, one of my favorite parts about our wedding was the morning. It was calm, slow, and enjoyable. I set it up to be that way because I wanted to take in every single moment and make the most out of our photographer and videographer. I have seen countless brides stressed out, and that’s the last thing we want for you on your wedding day! Because of that, we wanted to share what the ideal wedding morning would look like. This favors you and your photographer and videographer.
WAKE UP, SHOWER & EAT BREAKFAST
You’ll hear it over and over again about how brides don’t have time to eat—and that’s mostly true. I always said that I wouldn’t be that bride, but I was! I was able to pick at the appetizers and my dinner, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. The one thing that you can do for yourself is eat a balanced breakfast. I know a lot of brides that didn’t have an appetite on their wedding morning because of nerves. If that becomes the case for you, try to at least eat a little something nourishing! This will set you up for success later in the day when the nerves go away and all you hear is your stomach rumbling. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to be light headed from not eating (we’ve seen it countless times!). My mother in law made me a great, simple breakfast—scrambled eggs with veggies, fruit, and a slice of toast. This held me over until cocktail hour!
PUT ALL OF YOUR WEDDING DETAILS & ACCESSORIES IN A SHOEBOX
Your wedding details and accessories are things like your jewelry, garter, shoes, rings, perfume, invitation suite (for photo styling), and anything else that is essential for your getting ready process. By putting them all in one shoebox, this is helpful for both you and your photographer. Your photographer can easily grab your shoebox and take all of your detail photos and put everything right back in one place. When it comes time for you to get ready, you don’t have to go scrambling for all of your things. All in all, it makes for a much smoother wedding morning!
PLAN YOUR MAKEUP & HAIR TO BE SECOND or third TO LAST
The initial thought is that the bride should be last. The only problem with you being last is that if the makeup and hair team is running late, then you are now running late. We’ve seen this happen pretty often. By being second or third to last, you don’t have to rush out of the hair chair into your dress. You can take your time and still enjoy the slowness of the morning. This also gives you time to look at yourself in the mirror and get touched up at the very end!
HAVE 45 MIN to an hour IN BETWEEN YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP BEING DONE AND WHEN YOU PUT YOUR DRESS ON
The reason why we recommend this is so you can spend time with your photographer and videographer after you are ready and setup some getting ready shots! We always try to get our brides to do this because it is one of your favorite parts about the wedding day. We love to setup video shots with you getting your final touches, walking with your dress, hanging with your girls, and anything else you want to do. These shots are always important to have because it gives us more than the makeup shots when it comes to telling your full story. During this time you can also give your gifts to your bridesmaids (if you decide to do gifts). We recommend using this time for whatever you want! It’s really just a time for you to take in the moment and enjoy it!
PUT YOUR DRESS ON IN A PRIVATE & QUIET PLACE
This is so important and we would be so sad if you weren’t able to do this! If there is a separate room that allows you to be in a quiet and uninterrupted space to put on your dress with your mom or MOH (or both), then we highly recommend it! We have shot many weddings where the bride is putting on her dress and she is being bombarded with questions from people around her or she is in the midst of the chaos from everyone trying to gather their things and clean up. You can 100% see it on your face in photos and video if you are not calm. You really want to have an uninterrupted space that you can take in this special moment.
TAKE A SECOND TO SIT ALONE OR WITH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS BEFORE YOU WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Lastly, right before you walk down the aisle you’ll want to take a couple minutes of peace. It’s easy to go from one thing to the next and be filled with so many different emotions. You’re about to see your groom for the first time!
I hope this helped! Let us know in the comments if there’s anything you did (or are going to do) that made your wedding morning peaceful!