Wedding Photography Advice For Couples For Their Wedding Day.

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Wedding Photography Advice For Couples For Their Wedding Day.


I decided to write this piece to help couples on their wedding day with practical advice that I have built up from experience over the past few years.


Bi Ullamh(Be Prepared): The old Scout “Motto” is very important on your wedding day!


If possible meet your photographer before your big day to discuss your wedding plans in detail. It is important that you work out how much time you want to spend getting your photos taken. Check out locations with him if he hasn’t covered your area before. I store all the locations for a wedding in my SatNav and this reduces the chances significantly of getting lost on your big day. Have a fine weather plan and a plan B if it is raining. If everybody is singing off the same hymn sheet it makes the day run smoothly and easier for all involved.


Let your families know when you plan to do the family shots. I normally take them in the church or on the church grounds because it is easier when everybody is in the one spot. Trying to find your siblings in the hotel bar, toilets or rooms can be a bit of nightmare at times, believe me!


I would recommend ordering one or two extra flowers for the wedding party. I have seen the flowers break when being put on the suits the morning of the wedding!


You should have some basic equipment on standby by for your big day. I would suggest having some large plain coloured umbrellas (without sponsorship if possible!) in the wedding cars. A couple of times this year the groom’s men have ferried guests to the car using umbrellas.


A few white towels are good if the bride wants to sit down on the grass or a bench for a few photos.


If you are going to a location like a beach for a shoot sometimes runners or boots are a good idea. These will be hidden under the dress. I also recommend extra jackets if it’s cold for the bride’s maids and bride. These can be taken off just before the photographs are being taken.


Make sure your bride’s maids know how to tie up the back of your dress. Practice it outside the shop before the day of your wedding!! Some dresses can be complicated and time consuming to get right! There is nothing worse than a bride panicking because her sister can’t remember how to tie up the dress forty minutes later. Also, make sure they know how to “tie the dress up” for the dancing later. There has being many a first dance delayed by this!


On The Day Of Your Wedding:


I know on the morning of your wedding you will be nervous but it’s important to eat a good breakfast. It will set you up for the day!


Don’t fret over the weather. You have no control over it so just “roll” with it. It makes our job as photographers a little tougher because all the photographs are inside but any qualified photographer should be able to work in all weather conditions. For the record the best light for photographs is when it is overcast and dry. The light is very soft which is great for photos. Sunshine causes as many problems as rain because of the harsh light and glare etc…. A lot of time you end up putting the couple in the shade!


Keep the wedding party happy: Keeping the wedding party content is key to getting the best wedding group photos. It is important that they are informed of your wedding day plans for photographs in advance. It also helps to ensure that they have plenty of supplies. I would recommend plenty of bottled water, sandwiches, chocolate and maybe some champagne for the wedding party. It will help to keep everybody’s spirits up for the photos!


Don’t fret over the small things: I understand that the bride puts an awful lot of time and thought in to the fine detail but don’t’ get upset if they are a few mishaps. If the wrong flowers are delivered your guests won’t even notice and there is no point stressing over it. More than likely it will be too late it to change it so don’t let it ruin your day.


The most important bit of advice I can give is to enjoy your day. The more relaxed you are the better your wedding photographs are. Sit back and enjoy your big day. Enjoy the pre-wedding nerves, the hair dressers, the makeup and the “craic” when you’re getting ready. When you’re walking up the aisle to marry the man you love it will be all worthwhile.


Enjoy the time you have in the wedding car. It is probably the only quiet time you will have together. Most couples always say that it is one of the best times of the day. Time to reflect on the madness all around you!!!


After the ceremony, don’t worry about your friends or relatives. They will look after themselves and they will understand if you don’t have too much time to talk to them all. In the end of the day it is your special day and they all appreciate that. That is after all why they are there!!!


This article was written by Liam Kidney Photography LIPPA. You can see his work on