Wedding day tips

I've been a wedding photographer for many years now.
Hundreds of events that have taught me a lot and from which I have learned to know the timeline of events and to anticipate what is going to take place.
This experience allowed me to create a small guide to wedding tips at the end of the day.

Here you can see the basic outline of a typical wedding day and links to the various pages.

My tips

I always make a schedule of the day with my couples, it will help us to do everything we’ve planned.
This breakdown is based on the most typical day and even distribution of the coverage and will be created specifically for you. No two wedding are the same, and your preference of where time is spent is totally up to you. Let’s talk about what is most important and how you want to lay out the day:

Your day, Your way

Sample schedule

  • Groom and his guys getting ready 45 min
  • Bride: hair styling 60 min
    make up 60 min
    details photo 20 min
  • dress on + bridal portrait + first look 30 min
  • ceremony 25 min
  • family photos 20 min
  • couple portrait 25 minutes
  • cocktail hour 60 min
  • dinner table and other details 25 min
  • golden hour couples portrait 10 min
  • dinner and speeches 150 min
  • dancing and party 90 min

scroll down for more tips…

Getting ready

 

Be ready for the ceremony usually takes 3 hours, depending on how many of you there will be to prepare, but 3 hours are a fairly accurate estimate.
I usually start to work 2 hours / 2 hours 30′ before the ceremony.

Is very important to have the dress, shoes, accessories and anything you wish to be photographed already prepared, so I won’t loose to much time on that and I’ll will be able to focus my attention on you and your relatives and friends.

My suggestion? Choose a place to seat to get ready in front of a natural light, for example a window is perfect.

No fluorescent light, you’ll thank me.

When you’ll be ready we can spend 10 minutes for bridal and some family portraits.
If you’re planning a first look with your fiancè I can help you to find a good place together to do it. I can suggest you where and when depending by the light and where the sun will be at that moment
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Outdoor ceremony

Open ceremonies are my prefered.
I’m free to move around and take different pictures of you and your guests.
Light is the most important thing in photography.

Try to find a venue with open shade to prevent uneven light and squinty eyes. If no shade is available, always place the sun behind you, so you won’t be disturbed by it and you’ll appear at your best in pictures.

Also your guest won’t be disturbed by the sun.
Think about a confetti moment after the ceremony, it’s very nice and joyful and pictures look always great.
By my side, back in the studio, I’ll work to edit all the ceremony images to enhance shadows and highlights tones.

I worked in a lot of places and in tens of different situations at the ceremony.

I wrote some blog posts about weddings and outdoor ceremonies.
Maybe the most difficult one was held in Ravello at Abazia S. Eustachio, you can see this THREE DAYS WEDDING IN RAVELLO.

Portraits

Let’s be honest, we’re not professionals at our ease in front of a camera.
Most of us feels very embarrassed and I understand why. 

But I don’t want to waste this beautiful moment, it won’t be repeated.

In these years I’ve learned how to lead and accompany my couples during the shooting without being too intrusive. 

In my images couples look exactly what they are, passionate, in love. They can easily recognize themselves in my pictures.
The guys on the left are common people, like everyone else, but they felt very comfortable in front of the camera.

Part of my job is making them comfortable and I know how to do it.
My photos show mutual love between them.
Portraits with warm, glowing light are often absolutely stunning, so leave some time around sunset to that gourgeous golden hour light.
When in doubt I’ll grab you guys when the light is just right.

This post shows the BEST OF THE 2018 WEDDING season with some of the nicest couples I’ve met.

See them in their most beautiful moments

Reception venues

Cocktail hour and dinner are the moments when your guest interact each others and I think this is one of the nicest moment during the whole day.

In those moments you can see their smiling, laughing, talk each other.
Remember my purpose? I want to give you meaningful images and create the memories of the wedding.

Well, this one is one of the key moments of all day.
Il be there during the cocktail hour or the dinner ready to capture the most
beautiful moments between you and your guests.

Few days ago I posted an article about reception flowers ideas and suggestions and some bridal bouquet style you may see to get inspirations for your wedding.

And I won’t tell this never enough consider to hire a wedding planner for your wedding. It’s my strongest tip.
A wedding planner will guide you throught the whole day and will be in charge for you of any possible duty during the day letting you to be relaxed and enjoyning your wedding with your friends and families.

If you want further suggestions about a wedding planner don’t esitate to send a message to my account manager Karen, she’ll be glad to send you all the informations you may need to choose the right solution for your wedding.

Party!!!

And finally the party, maybe the part of the day you waited most.

After a year or so of preparations, dreams and desires, we arrived at the final moment of the day.

The success of a great party is definitely thanks to the band or the DJ.
They can involve your guests in dances all over the night. Put a lot of attention choosing them. Feel free to ask me for some suggestion.

I usually end my work after an hour / an hour 30′ after the party has begun and I photographed the first dance and the guests on the dance floor.

Last year I took photographs at a gorgeous destination wedding in Umbria, click on the link below to see the images.

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