Often the Getting Ready starts with me taking detail shots of your dress, shoes, jewellery, suits, rings, cuff links, invitation cards etc. It will save us a lot of time if you’ve already put all these things together in one place, so that I can access them easily and arrange them for some lovely detail shots. Don’t forget to make sure your flowers have been delivered and you have nice wooden coat hangers that twist at the top and not flimsy plastic ones. Lads make sure all your suits are out of bags and shirts are ironed.
If you have any nice sentimental details or any thing you want photos of, please throw them in there too.
When you get your hair and makeup done, please make sure you sit by a window facing outside. This guarantees the best light for the photographs. Your makeup artist and hairdresser surely won’t mind, as they will look for optimum lighting anyway. It will also ensure that your makeup looks just right in the daylight. It's great if the bride starts getting her makeup done around the time I am going to arrive.
If you have a gifts for your each other or your wedding party it can be a really lovely moment to capture so perhaps wait for me to arrive before opening. I do love a few tears.
Having lots of people around in the morning can get very busy. Things take longer than anticipated and you will have a hard time relaxing and taking it all in. My advice would be to choose a handful of your favourite humans to share these precious first hours of the day with and give the rest of your beloved friends a big hug as soon as you see them later in the day. Unless that is your vibe, then more the merrier.
If you have wee ones getting ready with you please make sure they are woken from their naps well ahead of schedule so they can settle into the routine of the day. It can be overwhelming for them and take a wee while to adjust before getting ready.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement, but remember to drink water and eat something light to keep your energy up throughout the day as well as a little bit of Champagne or Whiskey for the lads.
It can be quite lovely doing a first look with your dad or both parents if they haven't seen your dress as well as your bridesmaids. I like to do these separately so it's a nice intimate moment between both parties and it's easier to catch everyones expressions.