Bridal preparation tips

Drawing on my extensive experience of capturing weddings, I’ve collated a list of indispensable bridal advice to ensure your big day runs smoothly.

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Preparation Makes Perfect

The evening prior to your wedding day, it’s essential to refrain from overdoing the festivities and instead aim for a decent night’s sleep. While it’s true that sleep might prove elusive given the excitement, the simple act of resting up can work wonders for your energy levels. Navigating through the bustling day of your wedding requires vitality, so the more well-rested you are, the better.

Don’t Forget to Eat

Here’s an advice that’s far too often overlooked: make sure you eat! Skipping meals on your wedding day is a non-starter. The likelihood is that you’ll be offered drinks throughout the morning and trust me, your glass will hardly find time to be empty. I’ve witnessed countless brides enjoying a few glasses of Prosecco by mid-morning, having had nothing more substantial than a pastry. This isn’t a regular day, so don’t allow yourself to be caught out. Ensure you’ve had a substantial, energy-boosting breakfast.

Enjoy the Moment

It’s far too easy to get caught up in the minutiae and stress of the day. Make a conscious effort to unwind and place your trust in the professionals you’ve hired to bring your wedding day to life – after all, we are seasoned experts in making weddings memorable. Time can seemingly warp on such a pivotal day, so make a point to take a step back, immerse yourself in the joy of the morning and cherish every moment. Consider curating a music playlist with your bridesmaids, filled with meaningful songs to enhance your enjoyment.

Cards / Gifts

Who can resist the charm of a well-thought-out gift? Consider exchanging handwritten notes or presents with your significant other on the day. Some of the most touching moments during the bridal preparation often stem from this heartfelt exchange. Yes, tears may be inevitable, but timing it early enough ensures your makeup remains intact!

The Big Reveals

We want to capture raw emotions during the reveal to your bridesmaids, father, or whoever is giving you away. It’s typically a profoundly emotional moment, so I strive to be well-positioned to document it.

A Moment of Reflection

Standing there, looking radiant in your perfect dress, surrounded by your closest friends, the reality of the day suddenly dawns on you. Take a moment to compose yourself – trust me, the day won’t start without you. You might feel anxious about the walk down the aisle or nervous about stumbling over your vows, but remember, it’s your day. Be in the moment and embrace the excitement.

Stay Hydrated

You might not realise it, but amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to keep yourself hydrated. While celebratory drinks are a part of the day, remember to balance them out with plenty of water. Staying hydrated not only keeps you feeling fresh and active, but it also helps keep that wedding day glow shining brightly. So, remember to keep a bottle of water handy throughout your day.


You might feel the urge to manage every little detail yourself, but remember, you don’t have to. You’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest, who would be more than willing to help. Assign tasks and responsibilities to your bridal party, and trust them to handle it. This will not only take some load off your shoulders but also allow you to relax and enjoy your day more fully.

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