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9 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

After shooting more than 130 weddings in the past few years, we’re happy to share a few of our TOP TIPS for ensuring you have a stress-free wedding day!

Snacks are a must

If you’re getting married in the summer months, a “not-so-heavy” snack or lunchtime before portraits is always a good idea for you and your bridal party to avoid hungry bellies and passing out! Also never ever lock your knees in the hot summer months, we don’t need you collapsing on us! Always make sure to keep a slight bend in the knee. (this goes for hot ceremonies inside the church too)

Keep a cooler on hand

All you July and August Brides listen up… If it’s going to be hot, a cooler of cold waters and frozen washcloths can help keep a wedding party cool – especially if your men are wearing lots of layers.

Early Bouquet Delivery

Make sure and have your bouquet delivered in time to make an appearance for the detail shots and for your first look. Often they are delivered in water and need to be dried off before use. Having towels handy can help. This is especially true if the girl’s dresses are made of chiffon, which water can stain and leave marks on.

Have them get dressed early!

If you’re planning on having a first look with your bridal party or a parent, they often feel more comfortable being fully dressed in their wedding attire. Also, let’s not kid ourselves here… it looks better in the photos too!

Add “FLUFF TIME”

If your reception is at a separate venue, add some “fluff time”. So that we can run over to the venue to capture it while it’s still “untouched” by guests. Trust me when I say you will want this. I promise! you spent months planning and dreaming this up. You should remember it all set up how you envisioned and planned it those last 9-12 months!

Hide 30 minutes before

We always recommend the bride go into hiding 30 minutes before the ceremony at the absolute latest. Guests typically arrive early to weddings and if you don’t want to be seen this is a must! Also, this will give you time to do last-minute touch-ups without feeling rushed.

Family Portrait List

To help make family portraits go smoother, it’s best to have a breakdown of what portraits you’d like. We recommend both sides of the family have a chance to have their input on what portraits they’d like before the wedding. That way there is no confusion during portrait time. Then supply your photographer with a list ahead of time. They can go over it and make sure they shoot things in an order that is efficient and won’t leave anyone out. This way you ensure you are getting all the images you will want later. We always bring our handy dandy clipboard just for this! Bring on the family!

GO TO YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR!

Cocktail hour is a great time to grab those photos of friends and extended family you didn’t grab after the ceremony. Everyone is usually relaxed and it makes a great time without interrupting the day to get photos with all those people that came to celebrate with you, that aren’t a part of the immediate families. Once the party starts and dancing begins grabbing guests for photos is virtually impossible.

Have a tentative timeline for your wedding day photography

We always work on a rough draft photo timeline with each of our couples to ensure the wedding day goes smoothly and everyone has an idea of the flow of the day. Photo timelines can be very different than your day-of timeline so we always recommend chatting with your photographer to get the rundown of how you want the day to flow. This will ensure 0 stress and tons of time for the most important photos.

We hope that these 9 tips helped you out a bit in your wedding planning. Since we are planners by nature we have an awesome bridal planning guide for all of our amazing SRS brides. It details all things wedding planning from timelines, to engagements, to wedding day prep to image delivery. Want to learn more or get your hands on our VIP planning guide. Send us a message and we are happy to send it over!


After shooting more than 130 weddings in the past few years, we’re happy to share a few of our TOP TIPS for ensuring you have a stress-free wedding day! Snacks are a must If you’re getting married in the summer months, a “not-so-heavy” snack or lunchtime before portraits is always a good idea for you […]

9 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

Ashley and Jacob

Sarah recently shot our Colorado wedding and all I can say is AMAZING. She captured our day perfectly and has provided us memories that will last a lifetime. Sarah really helped make our day stress free and also helped me to feel calm and collected anytime I started to worry about something. She was so easy to work with, she was personable, fun, and really made the day an exciting one. You can tell she is experienced by her efficiency and the direction she gives when taking the pictures. The photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!

"Sarah really helped make our day stress free"

Denise and Jared

Sarah is hands down the best! Our engagement pictures turned out breathtaking, and our wedding pictures will not disappoint either! Sarah was super responsive, attentive, and easy to work with! Sarah is so easy to trust. She knows her sh!t and is extremely talented! I never doubted anything she has done, said, or recommended. Dale was also at our wedding and between the two of them, our bridal party had the time of their lives! Thank you for making our day the best day!

"Our wedding photos turned out breathtaking"

Angela and Jon

"Sarah took the photos for our Key Largo wedding. She was scheduled to do our wedding in Cleveland but when Covid hit we had to make other plans. She worked with us to ensure we had the wedding of our dreams on the beach in the keys. Our photos turned out gorgeous even with the Florida heat of July. She made the day fun and memorable"

"Our photos were absolutely stunning."

Erin and Tyler

"Sarah was able to beautifully capture not one but two wedding days for us due to the pandemic. With each one we were continually impressed by her incredible talent. The photos were absolutely increditble and we will cherish them forever. They far exceeded anything we could have imagined."

"Sarah was so easy to work and so much fun"

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