As the age-old saying (er, silly slang) goes, “Pics or it didn’t happen.” On your wedding day, you should be focused on having one of the best days of your lives, but with that, comes the pressure to make sure that every precious moment is documented for eternity—not to mention, social media, if that’s part of your plan. With so many wedding photography ideas out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed about what to tell your photographer, what to look for in selecting everything from a photographic venue to your wardrobe, and even how to figure out what styles of photography you like.
To help couples feel more prepared and confident, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding photography ideas and advice from trusted pros in the industry.
Pre Wedding Photography Ideas
Devising your photography plan comes with several questions all couples need to answer, starting with a big one: to first look or not to first look? There are several pros and cons to consider. Pros: You can take most of your photos prior to the wedding (meaning more time with your guests at the reception), and have a special, intimate moment with your partner captured by your photographer. Cons: Some couples want to see each other for the first time at the end of the aisle, in front of their family and friends (plus, first look photos can sometimes feel awkward or cheesy…) If you forego a first look however, keep in mind that you’ll need to budget time to take wedding portraits during the cocktail hour and/or reception.
Here are some must-know pre wedding photography ideas that can help you think through your overall plan, vision and schedule leading up to your big day: