Okay brides, listen up! I am going to let you in on a few of my little wedding day secrets to get those high end, elegant, gorgeous detail photos! Get your pen and paper along with your planning binder and here we go!
#1: THE RING BOX
Many images you see from a wedding day of the rings, is when the ring is inside or resting on a really pretty box! Guess what?? I bring my own ring boxes from The Mrs. Box. I have a collection of these boxes in popular wedding colors that I can use to match your wedding vision. I use these boxes for each wedding about 90% of the time, I just love them so much. Want to know something cool? If you were hoping to have a beautiful ring box for your wedding day and beyond, you do not need me to pick and choose the color/shape/look of it! Although I always have these boxes on me at all times during the beginning of the wedding day, I am providing you with 2 links where you can look to see if this is something you want to have as a part of your details and beyond.
THE MRS. BOX – These boxes are BEAUTIFUL! In real life, they are a lot smaller than they look but that is because they make the ring look even bigger! You can look to see if there are colors and styles you like here, but be aware, they range around $85+ depending on your wants/needs.
AMAZON DOUPE– Here is another beautiful ring box found on Amazon!! It has a similar look to the Mrs. Box and they range from $15.99-$25.99! The price difference is amazing and it will still give you that high end look to your details. You can add this to a wish list or even your gift registry if having your own box is important to you on your wedding day!
#2. Styling Ribbon
Another detail I love to add is ribbon. Sometimes I can find things in the room to use for an added pop to the image, but almost all of the time, I am getting out my silk ribbons from my styling kit. I carry with me on the wedding day 3 neutral popular wedding colors, just as I mentioned above with the ring boxes. These ribbons are so delecate that I need to have them wound and folded a certain way to look the way I want them to. Again, just because I have these with me on a wedding day does not mean you can’t have some too. You can get the exact color you want to have to match your details!
SILK AND WILLOW – These silks are amazing! They look gorgeous in photos and they even have ribbon spools that can make for cool photos if you add the spool into the frame. These range from $30-$90 depending on the exact look you want.
AMAZON STYLING RIBBON– If the Silk and Willow brand ribbon is not in the budget and you still want to have your very own ribbon, another great Amazon option is their ribbon! These ribbons range from $10.99-$20!
#3. Wooden Hanger
There is nothing like getting to a wedding where everything is exactly as you imagined it would be. Your Kleinfeld dress still in the garment bag… when it’s time to open it up and get some dress detail shots… what happens? The dress is on a plastic hanger! This always makes my heart sink when I see this. The dress is a HUGE investment along with the rest of the wedding…. The dress NEEDS a nice hanger! It does not need to be a hanger with a new last name, Mrs. or even Bride. It can be plain! It just should NOT be plastic.
Just like the details I mentioned above, I carry a hanger with me! It’s amazing how many times I have needed to use to too! Which is fine! Thats why I have it with me. I bet a hanger is the last thing on your mind during your wedding day… so don’t worry… It’s one of the top things on my mind when it comes to details which is why, I got you.
Feel free to get a hanger with a cute saying on it! Those make for wonderful photos! I love them! You can find those on Etsy. If you wanted to get hangers incase you decided you wanted not only your dress photographed but you want your girls dresses too, then invest in a pack of wooden hangers. I always will have 1 hanger and if you remind me and request that you want the brides maid dress shot with your dress, I will do my best to bring matching wooden hangers, but I can not guarantee I will have enough of them for all of the dresses. Enter… AMAZON!
AMAZON WOODEN HANGER– I suggest the shirt hanger where there is NO bottom bar to fold pants. The shirt hanger in the photo below is perfect for the dress shot. The bottom bar is not there to draw the eye to it. Imagine this gorgeous dress on a plastic hanger…. now click the link and get some wooden ones. 🙂
#4. Glue Dots
Why glue dots? I will tell you why! These are so amazing to give you those ring shots that stand up! You see, sometimes the rings just do not fit to stand up inside of one another because the bride and grooms fingers are all different sizes and causing the rings to slide, fall down, or just not sit the way I want them to. So, glue dots! These little bad boys do not harm anything! They are primarily used for scrapbooking so you can peel the photo off the paper if you decided you did not like it there. For a ring, it does what I need it to do, and then it peels right off not causing any stickiness to the rings at all. They are glue which means they are clear so when you take a photo, you can not see them at all. It’s magic!
GLUE DOTS- You can find these at any craft store in their scrapbook section. I included an amazon link for you since we can not really get to any stores at this time so Amazon is the best way to go! I always have these with me on the wedding day too! So if you do not get them, I will have them! Just a cool little tip and hack I can share with you while planning your wedding day.
#5. CLEAR THE CLUTTER
I am not sure if this one is a hack, but it involves your bridesmaids! Whatever room you decide to get ready in, have someone go in and be sure there is zero clutter around the room. No trash, bags, luggage, clothes, etc. Make sure the room where you will be getting dressed in is clean and ready to be photographed. I am not shy to move things around that need to be moved for that perfect shot, however, I do not like having to move personal belongings if I do not have to. Setting this as a job for one of your bridesmaids will help take some stress off of you the day of. The room will be ready to be photographed in and your photos will be amazing!
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it when families contact me year after year for updated family photos! These guys I met 2 years ago and I was so excited to see them again! I can not believe how big their littles ones have gotten! We had so much fun on the beach playing! Sorry for making you run mom and dad! 😉
Their session was at Sandy Beach in Cohasset, MA and I have to say I loved this location so much! Not just because I got to be there with this amazing little family, but I always need some vitamin sea and this beach had it all. The tall sea grass, large rocks, jettys, a stone wall, perfect sand and the most beautiful colors as the sun was setting!
It was so fun to see Kennedy and Connor’s personalities shine through these images! They were so much fun and had me laughing as I was editing their photos! Their holiday cards are going to be beautiful, I am sure!!! Merideth, Bob, Kennedy and Connor, thanks so much for having me capture these moments for you! I am so honored you contacted me again to update your family photos!! I hope you love these and I can not wait to see you all again soon! xo.
I have had a little break from blogging over the last couple weeks which I have to say, feels like its been an entire year! Between family sessions and weddings, I have been non stop with LOTS and LOTS of late nights editing. I have so many blog drafts almost ready to be published and I do not want to keep those blogs in cue anymore! I am so excited to finally feature this amazing family! I have been taking their photos since I started my business in 2012! It went from just a couple, to maternity, to family, to extended family and I am forever grateful for them all! We had their session in Wakefield, MA again this year and this time the littlest lady, Lilly is here! It is so fun to get to see these families grow and I love getting to be apart of savoring these moments for them!
Here is the start of my 2019 family sessions!! Get ready for more awesomeness! 🙂
Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday! I am so glad you’re here! Are you a list person like I am… I’m talking bullet points, hand written, have several notebooks with different color pens highliting the most important things you NEED to do in that moment?? You are?! Did we just become best friends?
After months ( or maybe years) of planning, your wedding day is almost here! You have all your vendors confirmed with a time line in place, your dress is ready to be worn, RSVPs have been returned. You Got This!
The week before your wedding can be a little hectic with last minute to-dos. Here is a list to look over to be sure you are not missing anything! With years of being in the wedding industry, and being a bride myself ( almost 9 years ago!) I’ve got you, girl.
Don’t stress. Somethings on this list you can have someone help you with. Thats what bridesmaids are for, right?
Remember to try to stay as flexible as possible during this final countdown. Last minute tweaks will happen, so go with the flow. Just stay on top of things and try to keep your end goal in mind: getting married in a few days!
1.Pickup your wedding dress– You’ll need to pick up your dress the week of the wedding, but don’t stop there! Try it on in full. Be sure to include trying on your shoes and jewelry. Practice that walk down the aisle and make sure everything looks and feels comfortable. Some dresses might require you to test drive a bathroom run to be sure that part of the day can go smooth.
2. Break in your shoes– They’re likely brand new and you’ll be wearing them for a while on the big day. Wear them for a short period of time each day around the house and walk around on a few different surfaces. The ballroom dance teacher in me always recommends to try your first dance together in your shoes. Let your feet get used to them so come the big day you are not in pain because your shoes are hurting your feet.
3. Complete everything you need to do for work– Take care of any big projects or assignments at work early on that week so that you don’t have a to-do list of work tasks floating around in your head. Work is the last thing you want to think about as you head into your wedding weekend. It’s time to relax and enjoy each moment! Go back super refreshed and MARRIED!
4. Last minute RSVP’s- Time to call anyone who hasn’t RSVP’d yet. Reach out to the last-minute guests who haven’t told you whether or not they’re coming to your wedding. You might not want to bother them or cause any wedding drama, but just know that those MIA guests might show up and have nowhere to sit. It’s a great reason to check in with them.
5. Inform Venue of FINAL head count- You’ll want to give the final headcount to your hotel or caterer on the Monday before the wedding (or whenever required by your contract).
6. The Seating Chart- Most of the RSVPs should be in by now, so sit down with your spouse-to-be and finalize the seating arrangements. Be sure to send a copy to your vendors who need it.
7. Confirm Honeymoon Itinerary- Double check your flight times and confirm your hotel bookings and any other activity or dinner reservations you might have.
8. Toasts on the wedding day- If there are a couple of people who are reading a little something special to you and your better half at the wedding or rehearsal dinner, check in with them and confirm. You can also let them know the time frame that they should expect to speak, so that they feel calm and ready for their role.
9. Wedding Gift Captain– Choose a family member to collect the card box, any wedding gifts that guests brought, and any decorations you may want to keep and take them home for you. You may be too busy to remember to do this, or you may be heading to your wedding after-party. Assigning this task to someone else (and someone responsible) will help make sure everything makes it home to you safe and sound.
10. Detail Boxes– Prepare boxes of things you’ll need for the wedding—t the guest book, cake knife, toasting glasses, etc. Deliver them to whoever will be in charge of getting them to the right place.
11.Social Media Master– Assign a trusty bridesmaid or groomsman to take care of any social media logistics like testing out your Snapchat filter on the day of, or encouraging guests to use your wedding hashtag.
12. Welcome Bags– Stuff these with candy and goodies for your out-of-town guests and deliver them to the hotel. That way, when they arrive, they have a package of wedding excitement waiting for them. Don’t forget water bottles. Your guests will love you for them later!
13. Emergency Kit– You can buy one specifically for the occasion or go the DIY route. You’ll want to include things like band aids, nail file, hair spray, pain killers, tampons, a small sewing kit, safety pins, extra makeup….Oh and Chocolate… really…. get some chocolate in there.
14. Pack for your Honeymoon– If you’re leaving for the honeymoon within two days of the wedding, pack your bags. You’ll feel much better having that out of the way. You won’t have to worry about doing laundry or adding last-minute items to your suitcase the morning after your big day.
15. Card for your Love– Go out and get a card- write down a couple of words and feelings for your soon-to-be spouse to read on the morning of the wedding. It will help get them excited and emotional for the day ahead of both of you. This also makes a beautiful moment to capture during the getting ready portion of your day. I just love when couples exchange a little note the day of.
16. Spend some quality time with your fiance’– Coffee Date, Ice Cream Date, a walk around the neighborhood. This is your last week being engaged and you need to enjoy every moment together during this time.
17. Check in with your bridesmaids– Reach out to see if they have any last-minute questions and confirm when/where they should meet on the day of. Bonus points if you can organize a fun ladies brunch or happy hour that week with a possibly mani/pedi.
18.Wedding Party Gifts– Those adorable gifts you bought to thank your bridesmaids for all their hard work? Be sure to wrap them up and include a nice, personalized note with each.
19. Confirm Rehearsal Dinner– If another family member is putting this together for you, check in with them and confirm the details. If you are in charge, confirm the menu, timing, etc.
20. Clean your ring– It is without a doubt that I will be photographing your rings while you get ready to include those images as part of your story details. You definitely want it extra sparkly on your wedding day!
I hope you find these little to-do tasks easy peasy the week leading up to your wedding day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember to relax! Soon you will be married and dancing the night away with your family and friends!
Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.