"If there's anything else I can do, even if it doesn't have to do with photography, let me know, I'd love to help ya out." Something I've been known to say.
I've decided to expand on this and I thought up a few topics I'd like to write about that may or may not help some brides-to-be out there, but I'm hopeful. Nothing too fancy, just a few things that have stuck out to me from my experiences of working in the wedding industry (coming up on 7 years already!), being a recent bride myself, and well, my opinion of what's out there in the way of venues, unique themes and styles, money-saving and planning tips, you get the idea. So the first one, I stuck to something I'm more familiar with, photography. :) Please enjoy what I believe to be four great tips on what you can do to get even better wedding pictures.
1) Smile, Even if Your Photographer Doesn't Tell You.
Some brides spend too much of the day with a serious expression, and that's not what anyone wants for the reflection of their day! It’s simple. Simply smile more. I may not tell you to all the time because then it's not natural. So if you can remember to relax and enjoy the day and each moment it brings, the smiles will just come, resulting in some truly beautiful photos.
2) Make Your Photographer Aware of Your Timeline
First of all, I will share with you my #1 tip for planning the day's events, work backwards! Unless you're holding your reception at a private residence, most likely your venue will ask you to wrap things up around 11 or 12, just work back from there. That's how I did it! And if you need help, ask your photographer! It is the only person besides perhaps a wedding planner that will be with you, and has been with dozens of other brides, through the entire day. Another couple thoughts, the bigger your wedding party, most likely the longer pictures will take. Large families will also take more time, not much, but enough to note.
3) Show Off Your Love, We Don't Mind.
One things wedding photographers will never complain about is couples who interact with each other whether we're asking them to or not. :) Couples that just naturally hold hands, touch, smile at each other are easy, fun, and inspiring to photograph which ultimately leads to better pictures in the end.
4) Don't Worry, Be Happy, and Smile!
This point I maybe should have said first, you must have fun on your wedding day! Forget about minor problems or insignificant details. Let go of all the stress and planning and just enjoy the day. Because if at the end of it you're married, 'twas a successful day indeed. So, laugh a lot, don't worry about making funny expressions and just enjoy each moment because they come and go really fast!
Hope this helps!
P.S. I will always welcome Hope this Helps topic ideas! Feel free to suggest in the comment section below! Thanks in advance!