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What to Have Ready on the Morning of Your Wedding

Wedding day details have really taken the stage in the last few years, and elaborately styled bridal shoe photos are now nearly always a prominent part of any wedding photography gallery. Whether you’re on board with the styling trend or not, it is incredibly special to have photographic memories of the little details that you spent countless hours planning for your wedding day. In order to save time and reduce chaos on your wedding day, it often helps to set aside these details the night before, so that you mother or maid of honor can hand them off to your wedding photographer as soon as coverage begins. Keep reading to see what you should be setting aside for your wedding detail photos!

Your Personal Details

Make sure to have your personal details all in one place before the morning of your wedding day. These include, but are not limited to, your wedding shoes, earrings, wedding rings, and anything else that is a part of what you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. These personal details aren’t just limited to brides – grooms can set aside their cufflinks, shoes, tie or bowtie, and anything else significant from their wedding day outfit.

A chic couple from New York City celebrates their small wedding with a gorgeous floral reception in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Your Paper Goods

Another thing to think about is setting aside all of your paper goods, for your photographer to style and photograph. The first of these to plan for is your invitation suite, including your save the date cards, your wedding invitation, rehearsal dinner invitation, and anything else that you sent out to your guests. Also consider setting aside your wedding day program, your menu, and any other paper goods that will be distributed during your wedding day.

Pro tip: Have your calligrapher address an envelope to include in your collection of paper goods for your wedding photographer, and also include a non-addressed envelope.

  

Special Items

This can include your somethings borrowed and blue, a letter from your spouse, and any personal details that will be a part of your wedding day. If you’re going to be attaching your late grandmother’s antique pin to your bridal bouquet, be sure to set it aside for your photographer to capture before you do so. If you’ve created special party favors or have any other creative element that you personalized for your wedding day, be sure to let your photographer know and have that set aside!

Chic wedding photography at Strong Mansion, a historic wedding venue in Dickerson Maryland.

Flowers and floral details

Make sure to have all your florals set aside separately for your photographer to document, including your bouquet and boutonnières. Although you’ll likely want to keep your boutonnières refrigerated, especially for a summer wedding, make sure they’re easy to access, and if possible, all in one nearby place.

Pro tip: Ask your florist to set aside any extra flower clippings once your bouquets are finished and your table settings are all completed. Your wedding photographer can use those additional clippings for styling the rest of your wedding day details.

A DC wedding photographer photographs elegant wedding details at The Proximity Hotel, a modern wedding venue in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Want more inspiration for detail photos? Keep scrolling, or head to the portfolio.

A DC wedding photographer captures creative wedding day details during a DC wedding, styled by Kaleb Norman James. A DC wedding photographer captures creative wedding day details during a DC wedding, styled by Kaleb Norman James. Creative luxury wedding details photographed for a modern art deco inspired wedding at Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Romantic and modern DC wedding details at the chic DC wedding venue La Vie Restaurant. Styled by East Made and photographed by DC film wedding photographer Lindley Battle.

Romantic and modern DC wedding details at the chic DC wedding venue La Vie Restaurant. Styled by East Made and photographed by DC film wedding photographer Lindley Battle. Bright and stylish wedding photography at the classic Westglow Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A chic couple from New York City celebrates their small wedding with a gorgeous floral reception in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  1. […] This is the time to send out your official wedding invitations, complete with RSVP cards so that you can get a final headcount ready for your wedding caterer. When ordering this suite, make sure to order a few more than you’ll actually need to send out so that you can save some for your photographer to style on your wedding day. Want to know what else you’ll need to set aside for your wedding photographer? Read more here. […]

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Lindley Battle is a fine art film wedding photographer, serving the East Coast and beyond with modern and timeless wedding photos to capture the moments that matter most.

The best decision I made for my wedding was hiring Lindley. She said she would make magic and she really did. - Ammy

The best decision I made for my wedding was hiring Lindley. She said she would make magic and she really did. - Ammy

The best decision I made for my wedding was hiring Lindley. She said she would make magic and she really did. - Ammy

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