Wedding Planning Guide
For a Photography Centric Wedding Day
By KatFour Photo
Info I'll Need
How many people have you invited?
How big is your wedding party? Please include flower girls and ring bearers.
Are there other people in your wedding (not part of the traditional wedding party) I need to know about?
What is your ceremony & reception venue/s?
Are there special rules at your venues I need to know about?
Will you have a videographer?
Will you have an event planner?
Prior to Your Wedding Day
Do you plan on having an engagement session?
Engagement sessions are a great time for us to get to know each other and make sure my photography styles meshes well with your wedding style and personality. Whether you have an engagement session or not, I will make sure to do the best I can to get to know you and to show you and your beautiful relationship in your photos.
Do you want your other special wedding events photographed?
Engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsals can all be added to your wedding package! Make sure you book these early to have your date reserved. It can be special to look back at the moments leading up to your big day and see how you made it all happen!
Do you need help with designed materials?
I also offer custom design and print options for save the dates, invitations, programs, wedding signs, guest book items, thank you cards and other items. If you need any of these materials for the wedding, let me know and we’ll work together to design and print the perfect details for your wedding.
Should we schedule a walkthrough?
I’ve worked at many great locations around Mid-MO. Sometimes I already know the venue very well and if you don’t have particular requests a walk-though may not be necessary. If your wedding is at a unique location, a location I’ve never photographed, or you have special requests or thoughts about the set-up, let me know! We’ll schedule a time to walk around and see what it looks like. We’ll want to arrange for the time of the walk-through to have similar light to the time we’ll be doing your portraits.
The Morning of Your Wedding
Are you going to want photos of you preparing for the ceremony?
Consider chatting with me about options for photos of you getting ready, spending time with family and starting the celebration before the ceremony. It’s a special time leading up to your wedding and you should consider having it captured.
If you do plan on having getting ready photos, consider where you will be getting ready? Will the groom be in the same location? Will it be bright enough or should I bring my lights?
Also think about how early you’d like me to arrive. We can talk about all the details, but you probably want to be part of the way through your getting ready process. Decide whether or not you want photos of you getting into your dress. And if you want photos of your gorgeous dress before it’s on you, will the venue have a space to do that. We can look for that during our walkthrough!
If I’m arriving before your ceremony, please have your details (both sets of rings if you’re exchanging rings, your bouquet, invitation, save the date or program, your jewelry, shoes, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, any other special mementos) ready for me. I will create a detail summary photo for you that will help you remember the little things from that day. We can also create one with the groom’s cuff links, shoes, tie, etc. if you’d like.
Do you plan on having a first look?
Traditionally brides and grooms didn’t see each other on their wedding day until the ceremony. I understand if that is something that’s important to you. But it’s definitely changing for a lot of couples now. Here are some reasons to consider a first look!
You want to have a private moment together when you first get to see each other so you can share the moment with just the two of you and not with a room full of people.
You want more time with your significant other on your wedding day, rather than waiting to see them at the ceremony. It can help calm nerves to feel like you’re really doing it together!
You want to have time to do some or all of your posed photos before your ceremony so you don’t have to wait as long between your ceremony and reception.
At the end of the day it’s up to you and your fiancé to decide if this is the right decision for you, but I would recommend at least considering it.
Do you plan on doing a bride and groom letter/gift exchange?
If you plan on giving each other something special in the morning to open before you see each other, please let me know! I’d love to capture the moment you open that special gift.
Moments with your friends/family?
Are there any moments with your parents before the ceremony that you absolutely must have a photo of? Mom pinning the boutonniere on the groom? Mom and bride celebrating before you walk down the aisle? A special prayer? Siblings fixing your hair or putting your necklace or tie on you? Toasting before you get dressed with your wedding party? Whatever your special moments with friends or family are let me know and I’ll make sure we take the time to fit those into your day.