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The morning of a wedding can often be chaotic. Hair and makeup artists are in a (oftentimes small) room, trying to make sure everyone is ready on time, bridesmaids and groomsmen are running around trying to find where they placed [insert dress/bag/card/other item here], and the bride’s jewelry that the photographer needs to take photos of…oh, where is it? In short, it can sometimes feel like walking into a war zone- but with preparation ahead of time, it doesn’t need to be that way!

Why Photographing Wedding Details is Important

Details are essential to capturing and telling the story of your wedding day. Imagine reading a book that spends zero time describing how a character looks or what a setting feels like. You’d finish that book pretty quickly! In the same way, wedding day details help set the stage for telling your story. Today I’m sharing my list of items that I provide for my clients to have ready when I arrive to photograph a wedding. I call this the wedding details box, but in reality it can be a shopping bag, or just a corner of the room that’s been allocated to corral all of these items together. The idea behind it is this: when I arrive at the getting ready venue, I grab the box of details, then mosey along to find some yummy light and start snapping away. This has multiple benefits: 1) It saves you time and stress because you’re not hunting around for any forgotten items that are probably buried under everyone else’s stuff, 2) I am able to work through your details in a systematic manner because I’m not hunting down any missing details, and 3) remember that scene of chaos I described at the beginning? I try to not contribute to it by staying out of the way as I capture your details. Win-win-win. So without further ado, my list of wedding details that every bride and groom should have ready for their photographer.

What to Include in Your Wedding Details Box

Wedding Gown on a Beautiful Hanger
You paid a lot for that beautiful dress, and probably suffered through a fitting or two to get it just right. Have your dress steamed and hanging for your photographer. Bonus points if it’s on a beautiful hanger- I love this one from BHLDN, but any clean, wooden hanger will also do in a pinch.

 

Veil and/or Hairpiece
A beautiful wedding veil is wonderful to photograph in itself, but it also serves as a lovely backdrop for all of your other wedding details. Hairpieces often get forgotten the day of the wedding because- well, people are paying attention to the bride rather than the back of the bride’s head, so be sure to have this ready along with your veil!

 

Shoes
Your shoes reveal a lot about your personality and style. Whether it’s the timeless Jimmy Choos, glamorous Badgley Mischkas, or the fun and practical Kate Spade sneakers, have your kicks ready.

 

Rings
Yes, all three of them! If you have a pretty box or ring dish you’re partial to, don’t forget to include that as well.

 

Jewelry
Be sure to include ALL of the sparkles!

 

Gifts and/or Notes
If you plan on exchanging gifts or a note with your significant other before your first look or ceremony, we want to document this sweet moment!

 

Perfume
Remember how I mentioned capturing all of those details that set the scene? Let’s not forget our other senses! Plus, those perfume bottles are so itsy bitsy and beautiful in photographs.

 

Bouquet and Boutonniere
If you can have your flowers delivered to your getting ready location, that’s ideal for detail shots. Sometimes this isn’t always possible, and we’ll grab the shots we need later, but florals make for some beautiful detail shots.

 

Sentimentals/Old, Borrowed, and Blues
If you’re incorporating some sentimental items, be sure to include these in your box. Perhaps it’s lace from your mother’s wedding gown, or a cake server that’s been passed down in the family. Likewise, if you’re including “something old, something, new, something borrowed, something blue,” include these in your box as well!

 

Bow Ties/Socks/Cuff Links
Groom- you get some loving too! Go ahead and have your tie or bow tie, a fun pair of socks, and any other accessories ready the day of. If you are getting ready in separate locations, let’s chat about the best way to have these items ready.

 

Invitation Suite
A beautifully calligraphed envelope and all of the paper goodies are a must! I typically like to take these home, so please save TWO sets for me (so that I can photograph the front and back simultaneously). If you have any vintage stamps or other paper lovelies (menu, program, etc) go ahead and throw a copy of these into your details box as well.

Comments
karthika

Absolutely love all these details…what a great comprehensive list for wedding day details!

liz Cleland

If we need a Maryland wedding photography I am going to contact you. I love this resource!

Janessa Valentine

Wedding details are such a great idea! Such a helpful post!

Stephanie Fishbein

These wedding details are breathtaking! Those forks are adorable, and I agree about BHLDN.

Nicki Hasler

This is a great blog post! Shooting the wedding day details is my absolute favorite. I agree that they are so important. <3

Alyssa

oh my goodness. all such beautiful wedding details!

Lindsay Zilke

All of these wedding details are gorgeous!!! I’ve been looking for a wedding photographer in Maryland, I’m so glad I found your blog!

Emily Moore

This is a great post for brides! When I got married, I put all of my wedding details in a bag and when my photographer got there, I just handed everything to her! It was so easy and it meant we didn’t have to dig through the messy room to find things. Thanks for sharing this!!

Hannah

Really great post about wedding details! They’re so fun to take pictures of, and really set the tone of the entire wedding!

Misty

Great advice! I always encourage my brides to have details ready for me, but I never thought to provide a list like this!

sarah

such gorgeous wedding photography, these tips are wonderful… maryland is lucky to have you!

Elizabeth

Oh how I love wedding details! Its one of my favorite things to photograph. So important and valuable to your clients! Well done!

Erinn

A wedding details box is such a good idea. Thank you so much for sharing these tips and the gorgeous photos!

Emilyanne

This is the PERFECT post about the important wedding details for the big day and how to have them ready to go!

Alekandra

I often miss capturing the wedding details and you have reminded me of why they are important.

Holly Delona

I love all the info! So great from brides planning their wedding details

Chris Witzgall

I Forkin’ Love the wedding details!

Jess

I love the idea of a wedding details box! I bet this really helps to set the mood in their images and makes sure that everything is captured.

eJ

You are an expert at Maryland wedding photography, great post on details!

Lucy

I just love your images – so clean and bright.
Gorgeousness

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