The ultimate guide to planning your wedding!

(from a wedding photographer’s perspective)

1) Introductions

Hello and welcome! I am so glad you have made it here.

Let’s get something straight right out of the gate - this is a guide. It’s definitely not a rule book! I’m all for guides, but I hate rules. Rules are not helpful to anybody - and they are certainly made to be broken.

So take this guide for what it is - a guide. You can follow none of it, some of it, or all of it. This is just here to help you plan your day and hopefully help answer some questions that you ‘sort of maybe’ already know, but you aren’t totally sure of because it’s your first time getting married. And that’s totally OK because for most people it will be the first and only time these questions need to be asked!

I’ve shot many, many weddings, and from that I get a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. So I have spent some time putting this together because I would rather see this knowledge get used!

2) Housekeeping

What happens next

money - balance

timings

questionnaire

Making changes to your package

Extra coverage

3) My approach to taking your photos

Direct, not pose

Do I need to practice in front of the mirror?

Getting the most out of your photographer

Do I need to include a second photographer?

What’s included in full day coverage?

4) Vendors: when to book, who to hire, and how?

Venue

Videographer

Dressmaker

Suit Tailor

Hair and Make-Up

Florist

Band or DJ

MC

5) The Engagement Shoot

What to wear

Timings

6) The Film Package

What to expect

Good things take time

The equipment I use

7) The wedding day

Preparation

Tidy home

Hair and Make Up

What types of shots I get, and what I don’t really need

Timings, distances to travel

The ceremony

Lighting guide

  • back-lit ceremonies

  • staying centered

Leaving the ceremony

  • don’t bring the certificate of marriage with you down the aisle

Family photos

On location

Sunset guide

Reception

First dance

Feeding the photographer

Sparkler send off

Contingencies

What happens if it rains?

Worst case scenarios

8) Albums & Prints

Steps in putting together the album

Production time

DIY