Wedding Day Advice From Wedding Photographers

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Professional Wedding Photographers Share Their Wedding Day Advice

It seems that once you announce your engagement, you get advice from well meaning friends and family. Well, we have some advice too! Here is some wedding day advice from Mike Staff Productions designers and photographers.

When you work with us, you’ll have one wedding company delivering your three most crucial wedding services. Our team members don’t compete with one another; they collaborate to deliver the wedding of your dreams. 

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Get fitted.

A properly fitted dress can make all the difference. Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel confident when you can move without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction.

Hire a professional makeup artist.

You’re spending a great deal of effort and money on your wedding day and you want to look your best in your wedding photos. A make-up artist can help you do just that. Just be sure to do a trial run in advance.

Create a workable timeline and photography plan.

Delays will occur on your wedding day (hair and makeup often causing the most), so creating a time line with flexibility can help reduce the stress on your wedding day. Work with your wedding photographer to establish a photography plan with your priority shots to make sure those are the first captured. Allow time to create additional images throughout the day.

Minimize travel time.

You don’t want to spend your entire wedding day traveling between locations. Getting ready close to your ceremony site and choosing a Romantics location on the way to your reception venue help you best utilize your time.

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Be mindful of pre-ceremony photos.

Keep the area as free from clutter as possible so it doesn’t appear in your getting ready photos. Start the coverage with the bride and bridesmaids after hair and makeup are done, but before putting on the dress for the best use of your time. Having the flowers, invitation and other details available allow your photographer to capture these important images. The same is true for the groom and groomsmen if you want to capture his getting ready moments. If you will be giving gifts to the attendants or each other, this is a good time to do so.

Consider a first look.

More couples are choosing to meet in private before the ceremony, allowing for some beautiful and intimate photographs and videography to be captured. It can be a private event for the couple or shared with close friends and family. This time is a low pressure, yet highly emotional, way to spend a few special moments as a couple before walking down the aisle. If your wedding day timeline is tight, a first look session can allow you to create amazing images, without sacrificing time with your guests.

Practice Bustling.

Bring a bridesmaid to your final fitting. Lacing and bustling dresses can be a difficult task. Make sure that the person bustling yours has practiced and can do so quickly.

Be ready.

Your wedding day is a countdown clock. If you or people you want in images aren’t ready for their photographs at the designated time, you are losing great picture opportunities by the minute. Be sure to communicate with the bridal party and family members that you need their cooperation for wedding photos. Most churches allow 20-30 minutes to capture family formals. Someone leaving the ceremony will lose your chance for these family history shots.

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bride and groom walking outside Inn at St. John's

Ask parents for input.

Bring a bridesmaid to your final fitting. Lacing and bustling dresses can be a difficult task. Make sure that the person bustling yours has practiced and can do so quickly.


You have planned this day for months, sometimes years. Be sure to take a few moments to relax and reflect upon how special this day really is. If you are stressing about every detail, it will show in your wedding photos.

Why Mike Staff Productions?

We’ve created a crazy-effective team approach to save you time, money and stress.

When you hire our team, you get:

Realistic Prices

We understand most couples don’t have a sky’s-the-limit budget. And we don’t think that should get in the way of your perfect day.

Have the wedding you want,without blowing your budget.

A Photographer Who Gets You

Your wedding day should feel like you—so we’ll help you choose a photographer who can bring your vision to life.

Feel comfortable with a photographer who perfectly matches your style and personality.


Peace of Mind

We relentlessly qualify every photographer, and we put an equally talented professional on backup for your wedding—just in case.

Let us sweat the details so you can relax and enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime day.

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