'Fashionably late'. Arriving a few minutes late is fine, but any more and you will risk anything from unnecessary stress, annoyed guests, or worse: registrars, vicars, priest etc cancelling your ceremony due to the impact on a following wedding ceremony. This can and has happened! Ask one of your wedding party to be the time keeper.
Bouquet. I tend to prefer the larger bouquet for the bride (slightly smaller for bridesmaids), as they can be a good ‘prop’ for the photographs.
Rain - There is nothing that can be done to stop it, so we go with the flow! It rarely rains without a break, but if it does, I come prepared with portable lights for indoor shots. We can capture some wonderful atmospheric/romantic shots of the two of you walking together under an umbrella in the rain!
Alcohol. Pace yourself! It is fine to calm the nerves before the ceremony with a swift one if you wish, but you have a long day/evening ahead, so take it easy during the day! This is good advise for your immediate wedding party too.
Confetti, don’t rely on all the guests to bring their own.
Bubbles - although can be a nice substitute for comfeite, they are more prone to being blown away outside, and inside - one bubble burst on my lens = stop and clean!
Fake Tan - I would recommend going easy on fake tan as it can come out on the orange side in photos!
Best Man speech. Remember there are often young and elderly guests present, so lewd jokes can fall flat, cheeky is fine but keep it clean and don’t go too far with the Groom’s (or Bride’s) past. I have seen microphones being snatched away from the Best Man and no one wants this.
Makeup. Avoid any make-up with SPF in it, including mineral veils/powders, as it can cause silver reflections particularly when flash is used. For the same reasons, over-use of highlights on cheekbones can cause undesirable reflections when flash is used.
Guest photographers. Your call , but from experience, my strong advise it to ask family and guests to put their cameras and smartphones away during the ceremony. Or at least the entrance. Ask the official to announce it and you won’t feel awkward. Guests are there to witness and enjoy your wedding, plus my photos of them holding up a device is not ideal. Worse, they can get in the way of important shots. You have paid for a professional so...!
Chewing Gum! - it may calm the nerves but can result in unattractive shots. A big No-No for the couple and the wedding party!
Family/Group Shots - this is the part of the day that can cause unnecessary time away from your guests and irritation if not planned properly. Create a list, and don’t go overboard with the number of combinations. I will help you compile the list in a logical order and explain how we will make this happen smoothly. No more than 15 ideally.
Finally. This is a happy occasion, try not to let the nerves take over. Once the day arrives, take every moment in and allow the day to unfold. If you book me, you can be sure you will have photos of moments you want to revisit, and moments you never even saw, so relax and enjoy YOUR big day.