Ideally by the time we arrive, hair and make-up is already completed or wrapping up. If something is going to delay the beginning of the day, it’s often finishing hair and make-up.
The girls getting ready portion of the day often looks like:
The guys portion of the day is very laid back. If everyone has their dress shirt and pants on, they’re doing great! Ben will take a few pictures of the groom’s details and then instruct him on how to get dressed for pictures with some time for celebratory photos at the end.
Speaking of ties… all of the guys should practice tying their tie or bow tie before the wedding day. As charming as it is for a group of guys to be huddled together watching a YouTube video tutorial on the wedding day, it does take up a lot of time to figure it out if you’re doing a special kind of knot or aren’t familiar with the style ahead of time.
The groom should decide who he wants to be a part of these pictures. Most grooms choose to either have their best man, dad, and mom there to put the finishing touches on his outfit. It’s fun to see the generations together and have mom pin on the boutonniere and dad help adjust his son’s tie for extra candid moments together on the wedding day.
Distance to the ceremony (or first look location if taking pictures in advance), ideally keep it under 30 minutes to maximize time
Tidy the space to remove clutter before photography begins
A large enough room (living room or larger) that can hold your wedding party comfortably without feeling squished and to ensure we can have enough room to capture the full dress
Neutral-colored walls for a clean background
Lots of natural light with access to large windows (avoid basements and classrooms)
If you have the option of a getting ready space at your ceremony or reception location, be sure it has lots of natural light and non-distracting backgrounds. This keeps the focus of the images on you and helps us achieve the signature look you have come to love about our work.
You may want to consider getting ready in a hotel (opt for the presidential-style suites) or renting a studio space to avoid dark backdrops with outdated furniture in your site's getting ready space.
choosing a location for getting ready
catholic wedding tips
hair + Makeup trials
tips + tricks
feeding vendor team
Out of sight time
timing & logistics