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• Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all jewelry to the trial to see how makeup shades work with the pieces. (Bonus: If you are considering doing a Bridal Shoot, arrange to have it done the same day as your trial. You can get gorgeous, relaxed photographs of you in your dress and save time on your wedding day!)


• Have your florist deliver your flowers to where you are getting ready, not the ceremony venue. Since you never know when the mood will strike for a great photo, you’ll want your flowers there and ready to go.


• Find out what the rules for photographs are at the ceremony location. All venues are different, some restricting the location of photographs and even the times in which they are permitted.


• If possible, arrange to have your formal photographs taken before the ceremony. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests. You will be able to go straight to cocktail hour and catch up with loved ones without stress. It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.


• Have food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before the wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to nourish yourself during the reception.

• Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, stain treater, Visine, safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini deodorant.

• Allowing 50% more time for hair and makeup than you originally anticipated alleviates the number one reason wedding schedules end up running late. This will assure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.


• Think about the areas you (and your future spouse) will be getting ready in; for those Pinterest worthy shots, make sure the room has plenty of natural light with large windows. Ask the bridal party to keep the mess in another room, or in one corner near the door, to avoid fast food bags and underwear in your getting ready photos. ;)


BONUS: The absolute, best way to get incredible wedding photographs is to have an engagement session with your wedding photographer. These sessions allow you to "get to know each other." You get comfortable with being in front of the camera, you learn how your photographer works, and you know exactly what to expect from your wedding photographs.

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