TOP WEDDING TIPS From a Photographer’s Perspective

But a wedding day is still designed around a couple, not a ready-made family. So how do you juggle both? No matter how hard you want the kids to be involved in every aspect, you still want to be glamorous and of course, be part of all the ceremony without having to worry about changing nappies.

Weddings, traditionally, were the start of your family life. These days most couples have kids first and get married second.

We’ve seen kids climbing out of windows, get lost on golf courses and playing in ponds. Ask a close friend or family member, that’s not part of the wedding party to look after them. They can help them get ready, make sure they have something to eat and drink and if they need one, have a buggy or a quiet area ready for them. It’s a long day for young children and they will get bored before you even get down the aisle.

Churches and country halls weren’t built to be kids playgrounds.

Halo Photography love keeping kids entertained and will happily be the most expensive babysitter you’ve ever paid for but it won’t get you more photos to choose from. So ask someone responsible that isn’t going abandon your little one as soon as the bar opens.

Wedding Tips 2: Getting your house in order

We love bridal prep photos. They really show the effort you put into your wedding day and because we are a male and female team we can cover the lads at the same time. They start the story of your big day perfectly. However, if you’re getting ready at home then don’t do it if you’re getting an extension built. Likewise, if your a total sadist, and have decided to decorate and get married at the same time, why not get ready from a relatives home.

Have a good tidy up. Put away as many toys as you can (including the rude ones) and get rid of the breakfast dishes. Last night’s cans of lager will shatter the fairy tale. Don’t get us wrong… we aren’t snobs. Our homes aren’t “show houses” and we don’t expect yours to be. We just want your images to be clutter free and show you at your best. We can use your garden too so why not cut the grass and pick up the dog poo. You don’t want that in the Bentley, surely.

We know how hard it is to keep a hotel room, with 8 people in it, tidy while they get ready. If your bride is getting ready at the venue, ask if its possible to relocate to the bridal suite after you’ve gotten all the messy stuff done like hair & makeup. It helps get you that perfect “Hello” photoshoot you always dreamt.

Wedding Tips 3: Try things on before your Wedding Day

Time seems to speed up and you wonder where it’s gone. So it’s worth checking your clothes don’t have faults or if you’re are missing items when you get them delivered, not on your wedding morning. Don’t trust anything. The Groomsmen love to “wing” these sort of things or assume someone else has checked. Handkerchiefs are often missing. Have a full dress rehearsal a couple of days before if you can, so you have time to correct any cock-ups. Removing tags with no scissors is a huge time waste which your in a hotel.

Your wedding day will fly over.

Another big time waster is figuring out how to put things on. You don’t wear a wedding dress every day so make sure you and your bridesmaids know which way your dress fastens. Lads, know how to attach a button hole or tie a cravat. We can help out but think of the moments we are missing while attaching 6 button holes.

Wedding Tips 4: Remember to smile!

It’s your wedding service. Your standing in front of your whole family and closest friends. It’s one of the most important moments of your life. You have to get it right or embarrass yourself in front of your future partner and their family. Your an emotional wreck, probably sleep deprived and definatly a little bit drunk from the night before. With all this… you want me to look like I’m enjoying myself too?? Yes, yes we do!

Wedding Tips 5: Bridal Party Hard!

Your wedding party members have roles, it’s not just a dress up and let’s get plonkered. It really helps to have a defined wedding party. As weddings gradually become less formal and in the competition to have the most unique wedding, it gets harder for us to figure out who is who. Whether you have 2 Best Men, 20 Ushers or your mum is the Maid of Honour then let your photographer know. That way you won’t get third cousin Burt in the bridal party because he’s wearing a similar suit to the Lads.

Best Men get the Groom to the service on time and dont lose the rings. Usher help guests find their seats and bridesmaids make sure the bride is fabulous. Then you can have a drink.