As an experienced wedding photographer, I’ve worked with many different couples on countless weddings. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to share my wedding knowledge with couples. I’m always happy to help guide my couples through the process of hiring a photographer for their wedding. Today, I wanted to compile and share my top wedding tips with you.
Hire a Planner
It’s so important to bring on a planner in the very early stages of planning. They will know how to choose the best venue for your needs, give you a list of vendors curated to your style, and help spend your budget in the smartest way. The sooner you hire your wedding planner, the smoother your planning process will be!
Matt Mitchell of Mitchell Event Planning says, “Choosing a wedding planner should be an early step in planning your big day. A professional will help you to stay organized, save time and ensure that everything goes according to plan on your special day!” I absolutely love Mitchell’s work, and he and his team can be there every step of the way. A great wedding planner, like Mitchell, can help guide newly engaged couples through all of their decisions. Not to mention, wedding planners can answer any of your questions.
Have an Engagement Session
An engagement session is a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera. Plus, it’s a great way to get photos of just the two of you and celebrate your engagement. Don’t worry. You’ll never be left wondering what to do or where to look during your engagement session! We walk you through the session the entire time, giving you fun, movement-filled prompts that result in epically cute photos!
Give Your Photographer Time for Details and Getting Ready
Every little detail deserves to be captured on your wedding day, including both partners’ attire! I love to get shots of both couples getting ready, so both can remember that amazing morning. Even the small details, like a classic bowtie and cufflinks, make for an incredible shot
So, be sure to give your photographer lots of time for the “getting ready” portion of your day. Some of the best moments happen during that time, and we get some of the prettiest photos. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the day! It’s these little moments that make your wedding day so, so special. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is getting with the couple. I schedule enough time for the day to begin very chill and relaxed so my couples can focus on having fun with their friends and sharing sweet moments.
Pay Close Attention to the Timeline
On your wedding day, a lot of things take longer than planned. From getting your hair and makeup done to getting dressed, to guests arriving for the ceremony. And sometimes, things run a little behind! So, set buffer time in your timeline so you have some extra space in case things run behind. This way we don’t cut into any photography time, and you feel a little less stressed during the day.
Plan your wedding timeline around your portraits, not the other way around! While thirty minutes to an hour might seem like a long time for portraits, trust me – you are going to want it! This is probably the ONLY alone time you both are going to get during your wedding day, so make sure it’s just the two of you and your photographer.
Trust Your Photographers
On your wedding day, we are not JUST your photographers. We play an active role in making sure everything goes smoothly so that you can relax and enjoy your friends, family, and most importantly, each other. So, if that means adjusting the timeline with your wedding planner to work with the weather, we do that! As wedding professionals, we have done hundreds of weddings, so you can trust that we will come up with a solution to any problem.
Opt for a Ceremony Exit
One of our biggest wedding tips is we recommend nixing the sparklers when it comes to your end of the night exist. If you truly want an end-of-the-night exit, renting Sparkular machines from a rental company is the best move. But otherwise, skip the end of the night exit altogether and opt for a ceremony exit instead! A ceremony exit is prettier. Plus, if you rent a gorgeous getaway car, we can then use it for portraits!
Don’t Forget the Heirloom Products!
My top wedding tip? Make sure you have some heirloom items! These are some of the most important photos of your life, and you want to treasure them forever. It’s worth taking the time to put your story together in an album, so you can have an heirloom to keep and pass down. You can even give them as gifts to loved ones.
Here at Izzy + Co, we don’t consider our work done until you’re holding beautiful heirloom products in your hand. We make sure our albums are of the highest quality with the right paper and true-to-life printing. This way they’ll last for years to come. I work with my clients to help them put together their story and create the perfect albums that complement their home or wedding colors. We want to make sure you love them!
These wedding tips will help you navigate working with your wedding photographer. The most important thing is to hire a photographer who you trust and work well with. After all, you’ll be spending the entire day with them! I work both within and beyond Georgia for my couples. So, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer who can provide you with a lovely experience, I’d love to hear from you!
Venue: Historic Red Farm
Planning & Design: Swanson Signature Events
Florals: Tulips And Twigs
Rentals: Event Works Rentals
Lux Linens: Stradley Davidson
Cakes: Vanilla And The Bean
Stationery: Adair Creative Studio
Hair and Makeup: Pamper Polish And Primp
Wedding Gown: Angelina Gown by One Styled Bride
Bridal Boutique: The Sentamentalist