HOW TO PLAN THE MOST AMAZING DAY, EVER!
These past eight years of photographing weddings I've been honored to capture hundreds of beautiful brides - in that time I've really gained appreciation for all the details brides consider. When I was planning my own August wedding in 2017 - I understood now how stressful details can be. In this time I've compiled do's and don'ts and things to consider... not just with photography.
Location suggestions inside:
Old Post Office ($50 an hour inside) Free on steps, next to small mixed park.
Old Court house (Free)
Central Library (Free - requires permit, no flash allowed, very strict)
The Fox - $250 for 2 hours
Blues fan? Scottrade - $250 for 20 minutes
http://www.citystudiostl.com - indoor studio space for rent downtown $60 an hour (2 hour minimum) has kitchen and restroom.
Your hotel lobby, just call and confirm before. NOTE: If your wedding is downtown - we suggest staying at the Marriott (formally known as the Renaissance hotel) They have a Crystal Ballroom that is killer!
Wedding Day Timeline General rule of thumb:
2 hours for girls getting ready (getting ready for the girls break down: - 30 minutes for details (dress, shoes and candids of hair and makeup touchups, 30 minutes for robe photographs, cheers photos, fun getting ready photos with girls, 30 minutes to get dressed, 30 minutes for a first look with your dad and or bridal portraits)
& 30 minutes for the guys - captured at the same time as main photographer, by our second photographer.
1 hour for ceremony - or to arrive a few minutes early
30 minutes for family photos
2.5 hours (with two locations 1 with nature, 1 inside or more architecture based for balance)
at least 2 hours at your reception - 2 hours from the time you are announced.
(8 hours is the minimum we suggest if you want the full timeline of events photographed.)
Ask yourself what formal family photographs do you want taken after your ceremony?
Family photograph suggestions:
Bride & Groom with Bride’s family (know EXACTLY who you want in this family photo)
Bride & Groom with Groom’s family (know EXACTLY who you want in this family photo)
Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
Bride & Groom with Grooms’ Grandparents
Bride & Groom with both sets of parents
Bride & Groom with Bride’s Parents
Bride & Groom with Grooms’ Parents Bride
Bride & Mother
Bride & Father
Bride & Parents
Groom & Mother
Groom & Father
Groom & Parents
Bride & flower girl(s)
Groom & ring bearer(s)
Bride & Groom with flower girl(s) & ring bearer(s) Bride & Groom with entire bridal party
Bride & Groomsmen & Ushers
Groom & Groomsmen & Ushers
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I hope you enjoyed this article. Please note: these are just tips! Please plan your wedding to fit your needs - shoot us over an email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org