Week 02 Wedding tips

Wedding tips – All dressed up (Week 2)

People always ask me when should they be all dressed up? What time will I be there? Who else must be there? So here is my view on the getting ready process.
This is the start of your day. If your day starts crazy, it going to be chaos all over. Plan this day to the final detail. The photographer normally needs 30min uninterrupted time to get some nice
Bridal portraits. This does not mean people asking 1000 questions and you phone ringing off the hook. I want a relaxed bride that’s focusing on being a bride. Not an event organizer.You had 6 months to do that. Now you must BE a bride.
Other People – Think a bit about your personality. Do you like family around? Do you like friends around? Do you like being alone? Maybe just one friend? Make sure that you Bridesmaids are FINISHED 30 min before you have to get dressed so that they can help you.
You don’t want a bridesmaid running around looking for her earrings as you get into the Wedding car.
I don’t suggest doing family photos now as the Groom is missing. We will be doing family shots later on during the day. This also includes children. Rather get them to the church. It’s less hassle
Timing – Make sure you have a proper timeline. Giving enough time for everybody. The photographer is normally the guy that has to suffer as his time gets chewed into by late brides, hairdressers, Make-up artists etc. I don’t blame the make-up artist when
the bride was late to start with so please work out a realistic timeline for all your service providers.
If your dress has a 2km bow that has to be weaved or 3000 buttons that take extra time, keep that in mind in your timing.
A typical Timeline would be:
12:00 – Hair and make-up start
13:00 – Break for Lunch, depends on your make-up/hair artist (make sure to eat enough, you are gonna need the energy)
14:10 – Make-up/hair finished
14:20 – Bride gets dressed
14:30 – Photographer arrives
14:40 – Last make-up touch-ups
14:45 – Bridal session start
15:15 – Photos with Bridesmaids/Mom/Dad
15:25 – Photographer leaves for venue to set up there.
15:40 – Bride leaves for bridal car
15:45 – Bridal car leaves the Guesthouse (10 min drive)
16:00 – Ceremony start
If you have a veil we will probably put that in during the end of the bridal photo shoot.
I also to forgot to mention in my previous post to make sure there is enough light. This makes photos much easier.
If you have someone that stresses you out, don’t have them there. Give them something to do at the Church. This is the one day where you can be a bit selfish. They must just get over themselves.
Remember it’s your and your husbands day. You don’t have to please anyone. Plan well and enjoy this part of day as it can be SOOOO much fun

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Riekert Cloete

Riekert Cloete

Celebrating 14 years as a professional photographer, Riekert Cloete is living in Durbanville, Cape Town, with his wife (Iza) and sons (Wilhelm and Jan-Frederick). He has an unhealthy affinity for litchis, loves rugby and sometimes fluffs bridal dresses on Saturdays. He lives for telling stories through photography. He also refers to himself in the 3rd person when writing his own bio.