Bridal details are one of my favorite things to photograph. I get to be creative with layouts, props, and all the little things that mean something special to you and that you wanted with you on your wedding day. These are the pretty editorial looking images that capture things like a piece of your history, someone who couldn’t be there that day, or maybe those designer shoes you dreamed of splurging on for you big day. The list of items to include is infinite but there are 4 items I would say are “must have items” to include for your photographer.
1. The Rings- not just your sparkly new engagement ring but both your’s and your fiancé’s wedding bands. This may seem like a no brainer but it’s something to think about in advance. You don’t want to show up with his band and he has yours with him but won’t be at the ceremony site for 2 more hours. If you can keep them together and with you, then they will be ready to go when your photographer arrives and starts shooting.
2. Wedding Shoes- This is the few minutes they will get to be center stage since the rest of the day they will be under that gorgeous gown. Let’s make sure we document them in a pretty way to remember them by!
3. Jewelry/ Accessories- A lot of times brides choose to wear their mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s or someone they cherish’s jewelry (Bouns: these make great “something olds or something borrowed” for your wedding day) With them being treasured accessories it’s even more important to make sure they get documented with your details. Some other options brides choose are to splurge on designer pieces or to pick out stylish accessories that go with a time period or theme. No matter what, or why, who where it came from your jewelry/ accessories are something you will want to have included in your detail shots!
4. Invitations or Program- Yes, you can save an actual copy of those forever (my grandmother framed ours for us) but they help tell the story of your day and need to be documented as such. Also if you make an album or plan on submitting your wedding to “real weddings” for a publication you will want to show ALL the details you’re spent time on. ie. you invitation suite. (Bonus: if you have invitations or envelopes with special detailing on two sides, bring two of those piece so the photographer can lay one on each side and capture ALL the components.)
As I said before the list of bridal details to prepare for your photographer to capture could go forever but these four are the top must haves for sure!
Below is an extended list of common (and some uncommon) items for not only bridal details but grooms as well.
Letter for groom
Gift for groom
Letter for bride
Gift for Bride