Day of Wedding Tips - A Guide to Wedding Day Preparations

Pre-Wedding Day

  • Break in your shoes. Trust me, you'll be thankful you did. Also, pack flats for the reception...
  • Pack an emergency kit so you are prepared when little things come up. Not sure what to pack? See a list HERE.
  • Arrange with your caterer to have meals made 'to-go' for you and your spouse. After a long day, which you'll likely barely eat, the last thing you want to do is be searching for food.
  • Email AND print a detailed schedule for the wedding party and all vendors. From  rehearsal dinner thru the end of the reception and any important details following the wedding.
  • Print a full vendor list that includes vendor's names, phone numbers, scheduled arrival time and duties. This way friends and family can help locate vendors if needed.
  • Plan gaps in your schedule (more than just travel time) leave 1/2 an hour here and there in case something runs over – if everything goes to schedule, that will leave you time to eat/drink and relax.

Getting Ready

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  • Make sure that there is natural light in the room where you are getting ready. It will make a HUGE difference in the getting ready images!
  • Wear a robe or button up shirt while getting ready so you don't mess up your hair or makeup when you take it off to change into your dress. See some options HERE and HERE.
  • Before we arrives have all details together and set aside as we will want to take detail shots of all these special items and having them together and accessible will save time and be more efficient.
    • Brides - dress, jewelry, bouquet, garter, something blue, something old, shoes etc.
    • Grooms - tie, shoes, socks, cuff links, watch, family heirlooms etc.
    • Other Details - wedding invitation, favors etc.
  • Plan on extra time for you and your bridal party to get ready. It’s better to be safe than rushed.
  • Designate a helper to help with any last-minute tasks while you are getting ready or make runs for forgotten items. This will take some stress off you.
  • Don't forget to eat! 
  • Music! Your playlist can really set the mood of your day so don't forget to bring some!
  • Take a moment to yourself. Breathe, relax, find your happy place.


  • Just breathe - relax your shoulder and stand up straight. You will notice your posture in photographs.
  • Walk SLOWLY down the aisle. This is YOUR time to shine! Everyone is there to see you, enjoy that! This also gives your photographer and videographers adequate time to capture images of you coming down the aisle.
  • Smile! It will cover up your nervousness and help you relax.

Posed Family/Wedding Party Photos

  • Designate a loud but polite person to round-up family member for family portraits. This makes family portraits go so much faster and smoother!
  • Relax. Have fun! You are getting married!!!


  • Give a 'Thank You' speech with your spouse, your guests want to hear from you!
  • Appoint someone to save you from chatty guests. Inevitably someone will talk your ear off that’s why having someone to politely pull you away is a must!