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5 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY

As Wedding Photographers, we see a variety of different scenarios unfold – many of which couples are informed about but here are 5 things that always seem to surprise anyone.

  1. BUGS LOVE TULLE

If you’re wearing a layered dress like the one above, be prepared to encounter all kinds of bugs making their way in to the layers of tulle. Shaking them out doesn’t seem to help either, they get their little legs in there tight. If you’re like me (Tay) and you’d prefer to keep the bugs at bay, try spraying some bug repellant in the layers of your dress and on your legs.

Also, the bottom of your dress WILL get dirty – you wont care and neither will your guests.

2. SUNSET PHOTOS AREN'T JUST ABOUT THE PHOTOS

 

Most couples we have encountered who have a wedding reception of more than 50 guests say they hardly get to see their new husband or wife once the reception starts. With all your closest family and friends around it’s easy to get caught up chatting to everyone else as time flies past you, so stepping out for some sunset portraits is not only a way to keep your photographer happy (we LOVE shooting at this time of day, it’s just magical) but it also gives you a chance to step away from the chaos and spend some time together one on one and bask in your newly-wed status. 

We get some of our favourite photos during this time, the couple are more relaxed (especially if they’ve been hitting the bubbles)

3. FAMILY PHOTOS ARE LIKE HERDING CATS

We suggest writing a list for family/group photos and get someone with a loud voice in charge of rounding people up. Family and group photos are the most formal and, let’s be honest, least exciting photos of the day – a lot of standing and smiling at the camera – the last thing you want is to be wondering whether uncle bob made it in to any of the photos.

Your photographer wont know who’s who, so it’s a great idea to have a list to make sure no one is missed and this period runs as efficiently as possible so you can get back to celebrating.

4. FULL STEAM AHEAD

So you’ve seen those beautiful photos walking back down the aisle, guests throwing confetti, blowing bubbles, cheering, with the couple amongst the chaos. If you want these shots, make a b-line straight to the end of the aisle after you’ve been announced as a married couple. This allows all your guests to throw their confetti as you pass, creating that incredible celebration moment that your photographer will be able to capture. 

You can then return for hugs and congrats, or simply meet your guests at the end of the aisle, or in a designated zone where you can get some drinks and begin to celebrate properly. 

5. A FIRST LOOK WONT RUIN THE AISLE WALK

A lot of couples who consider doing a first look – where you meet with your fiancé before the ceremony to have your couple portraits – but worry that seeing each other beforehand will ruin the magic of the walk down the aisle.

Trust us, it will still be as exciting either way. The benefits of doing the first look are that it allows for a smoother transition from your Ceremony in to your Reception, and you’re less likely to run out of time and eat in to the Reception hours. Plus, you can also step out of the reception for some sunset photos as mentioned earlier.