You’ve put thought into every little detail of your wedding, and dang it, you want to remember it all!
Capturing the big and small moments of your wedding day is crucial.
Yes, your wedding is about you and your partner saying yes to each other forever, but we’re human; we love meaning, and we love details.
Your very intentional choice of flowers (great-grandma Lee loved peonies), the letters you and your partner exchange, and that pocket watch that’s been passed down through generations, all help to tell the larger wedding day story!
So, yes, details are essential. That’s why you’ve taken so much time to include them after all!
But how do you best capture them so they can live on in your wedding album?
Tips for Capturing Your Wedding Day Details
Talk to Your Wedding Photographer
Hopefully, you hired a pro.
If you did, they’re all about the details. They likely have their own shot list, but it helps to make sure everyone is on the same page and that expectations are clearly communicated.
Ask what your photographer is planning to capture. See if their list matches yours.
If you’ve got some specific details that you want to be captured, give your photographer a list.
Send the Invite Suite Ahead of Time
Talk to your photographer about this one, but it can be beneficial to send them your invitation suite ahead of time.
Just include them when you send out your invites, that way they can capture some photos, or at least have the invitation with them when they arrive.
Collect Special Items
You’ve already thought about what detail photos are essential to you.
Now, it’s helpful to collect those personal items for the actual wedding day – wedding rings, wedding invitations (if you didn’t send that to your photographer), notes, wedding bouquets and boutonnieres, and any other sentimental items that you want your wedding photographer to capture.
Set them all to the side so your photographer can grab them as soon as they arrive.
Pro tip: designate a specific person to be in charge of all of those items to keep them safe and then distribute them to their proper locations once your photographer is done with them.
Get Flowers Delivered
Make sure your florist delivers your flowers to the bridal suite at the beginning of the day. This way, your photographer can get going with all floral shots.
Ask your florist to include some loose florals to add in with all of the beautiful details.
Prioritize Natural Light
Either prioritize natural light in the bridal suite or expect your wedding photographer to take those important items somewhere where there is natural light.
Details Come First
Allow time for your wedding photography team to capture all of your personal details at the beginning of the day.
It’s prime time because as the day goes on, those items will be more in use. They’ll also want to be focusing more on you.
Top Wedding Detail Shots You Can’t Miss
Ok, so you’re here for all these beautiful personal touches, but uh… what exactly are they? Here are some wedding detail shots you should consider for your big day.
This one is kind of a no-brainer, eh?
Most people have rings or something to represent rings for their wedding. Make sure to grab a picture of the engagement ring as well as the wedding band.
Are you including any other vital pieces of jewelry on your wedding day?
Have your wedding photographer highlight them as well as your rings!
Gifts and Letters
Did you and your beau exchange gifts or letters? Maybe you got a special note from a parent or sibling? Did your dog learn how to write just for this special occasion?
Yes, the bridal bling can steal the show sometimes, but the guys have their own swag to show off!
Make sure you don’t miss it.
Your Invitation Suite
Combining your rings and wedding invitation can make for a stunning photo.
Hanging Wedding Dress
Grab all those yummy wedding gown details by capturing some photos of it hanging up in all its glory.
You’re not about to rock that veil without highlighting it.
Work some veil photos, please.
And not just the brides! Grooms have some sweet kicks too.
Work That Updo
Your hair and make-up are going to be on point. Get a close-up!
That “Something Blue”
Deciding on your “something blue” may have taken some time and imaginative thought. Make sure you get that photo to include in your wedding album.
Wedding Bouquet and Boutonnieres
Your flowers are an excellent way of highlighting your personality. Let them be the show stopper they’re meant to be.
We Need to Talk About Your Flair
There are endless ways of injecting your flair into your wedding day. What are some special touches that you are including?
You’ll want some photos of your ceremony site before anyone sits down.
Ceremony Seats and Decorations
Don’t forget the seats and all the decorations you’ve incorporated.
The same goes for the reception site. Let your photographer get in there before anyone else does!
Nothing like a good centerpiece photo.
If you’ve incorporated beautiful signage around your wedding, make sure you document it!
Menus + Programs + Place Cards, Oh MY!
If you put thought into them, make sure you get the pictures to prove it!
Reception tables are often gorgeous! Get a close-up of the place settings you’ve so carefully designed.
Get on that before your friends tear it apart.
Maybe you’ve got a little more going on besides a cake. Donuts? Pies? ICE CREAM?
Photos, or it never happened.
Remind people what got them so tipsy!
Include Any and All Details
This is just a list to get the juices flowing, friend. Anything you care about counts.
Just let your photographer know what detailed shots you’d like, and rest easy that all your personal touches will be documented!