Simple advice & tips for your wedding day

The morning prep..

1. Distance between you. The closer you are getting ready to each other and the ceremony means more time for photos and less time spent driving. Even better if you get ready together! Who says you have to be separated - spend more time together and keep things as simple and intimate as possible.

2. Choose a spacious room with natural light coming from a big open window and declutter it, move furniture etc. This space will be used to get your detail shots of your gown and accessories and for taking the formal portraits.

3. Put all your accessories in a box to have ready for easy access, this saves time on the day trying to gather them all.
Items to put in this box for the bride: shoes, rings, ring box / pillow, perfume, jewellery, hand written vows, any other special items and your bouquet.
Items to put in this box for the groom: shoes, rings, ring box / pillow, cologne, watch, cuff-links, handwritten vows, boutonniere, tie / bow tie.

4. Hang your dress / suit on a nice white or wooden hanger for display. 

5. Get your rings cleaned for extra sparkliness!


The Ceremony..

1. Respectfully ask your guests to not stand in the aisle to take photographs. Consider having an ‘unplugged’ ceremony so that your guests can be fully present. Ask your Celebrant to make a short announcement at the beginning.

2. Don’t rush it… A nice slow walk gives me plenty of time to take photos of you both as you see each other for the first time. If you think you are walking slow, walk even slower!

3.  It is often best to do family photos right after the ceremony. Make a list of groups you want photographs with and ask a friend or family member to gather the appropriate family members for each shot. Allow 30 minutes for this.

4. Don’t let the weather get you down. Just grab gumboots, a white or transparent umbrella and enjoy this special day!


The Reception..

1. Make sure your feet are comfortable. Every bride wants to have stunning shoes on the wedding day. They look great for the ceremony and beautiful in photographs, but they don’t do well on the dance floor. Make sure to bring some flat shoes for dancing and to give your feet a break!

2. Plan to get the formal part of the evening to happen in the earlier hours, rather than breaking it all up. Begin the speeches after the entree. Keep the speeches short and sweet, allow 30 minutes in total then serve the main meal followed by the cake cutting and bridal waltz. Then you and your guests will have uninterrupted mingling and more time to go crazy on the dance floor!

3. Consider changing into something more comfortable. After the first dance, swap your veil and train for a little white dress. If you and your new spouse are comfortable enough to move freely, you'll dance more, chat more and laugh more, and that'll rub off on your guests.

4. Have your Master of Ceremonies announce each table number one at a time to have group portraits taken on the dancefloor or against a nice backdrop at the venue. This makes for much nicer photos than having an awkward table shot with dirty dining plates or empty glasses.

5. No one wants your wedding day to end, but since it has to, go out on a high note! I am not a fan of the 'farewell arch' or 'human tunnel' exit, while it might seem like a fun idea, it's tricky to photograph in such a cramped space and doesn't always produce great results. I recommend a sparkler exit if outdoors or blowing bubbles or confetti poppers for indoors. Your guests will love it, and it will make for some amazing photos!