September 12, 2018
I’ve heard it time and time again that, “it’s all in the details.” If you’re a bride who is anything like myself, you’re a very detail oriented bride and simply enjoy all the pretty little things. For other brides, the details aren’t a priority and guess what, that’s a-okay! I want to start off by saying, details aren’t everything even though I myself love details. When it comes down to it, no matter how beautiful your invitation set is or how lovely items are, they are items and are materialistic. I want to squash the lie of “it’s all in the details.”
As a resent bride and wedding photographer, I believe it should be PEOPLE over details, can I get an amen? Now that the “lie” is out of the way, whichever side you fall into, there can certainly be a happy medium! Let me first share with you what some of these “details” are.
1. Bride & Groom Rings + Ring Box
Dress on Hanger, Shoes, Vail, Perfume..ect
Shoes, Handkerchief, Tie/Bow Tie, Cufflinks..ect
4. Sample Invitation Suit
5. Vow Books
Friends, I get how the very busy, always planning process goes for a formal wedding! I’ve been there and done that. There is also a lot of planning that goes into elopements and more intimate weddings. Whichever type of wedding you’re busy planning, these details are still a big part of of the process. This is why I LOVE to capture your details.
You’ve spent time as well as energy on these things. Honestly, I wouldn’t be putting your time and energy to justice, if I didn’t take any pictures of the little details you’ve put together. If you agree with this, simply have a box with the detail items, prepared for your big day. Upon my arrival, while you are finishing hair and makeup, I will quickly shoot these items.
Most photographers will shoot these details, so talk with your photographer and get the run down from him/her. Just make sure they aren’t spending too much of your precious time on things that are lifeless. This should be a quick task if everything is prepared before hand.
As your rings are something that (lord willing) are never forgotten on a wedding day, the invitation suit is quite the opposite. Invitations are something that you spend time personalizing, designing and mailing out to your guest! Since so much time and effort goes into your invitations, this is one of those details I like to capture a few images of. The invitations are a detail that can easily be forgotten on a wedding day. I have found a way around this! If you want your invitations to be apart of your wedding day photography, simply mail out your sample. AOP couples send me their sample invitation! This works so well for 4 reasons.
1. You don’t have to remember to bring it yourself…..aka forgetting the day of.
2. This allows me to see exactly what the guests are seeing.
3. I am able to see a visual idea of your color scheme, texture and overall look for your day.
4. Finally, I can bring a few styling elements such as ribbon and textured samples that compliment your colors and style of invitation.
It’s important for me to have a sample mailed directly, so that I can bring it the day of your wedding which keeps things running smooth. I love serving AOP couples by being overly prepared for a wedding day, because it only happens once. Being ahead of the game, by already having your invitation at hand and knowing what styling elements I’ll be bringing for your day, works best. Now all that I’ll have to get upon arriving is the box of things you prepared. This will allow the little detail shots to run quickly.
Keep in mind, every photographer is different when it comes to their style, so find out your photographers system on the details.
Be sure to have everything looking like it is going to be mailed to a guest. Since the invitation suit is something that will be captured, have a fake name and address on the invitation. For fake address example: parents name & address, or a best friend/someone you’re close to. Here are 5 things to include with your sample.
1. Envelope with fake name & address
2. Written calligraphy
4. Rsvp card
5. Stamps (include this in the package without pre sticking them on the envelope)
2. When mailing out your guest invitations, this is the perfect time to mail out your sample. You can put your whole set in the box/bubble envelope and mail directly to me.
So there you have it! What the little details are all about and how it’s People > details. Also, the reason why you should send a sample of your invitation suit, rather than stress about bringing it yourself on your big day! As an artist, I’m not one to spend a long amount of time on these materialistic things. I want to mainly focus on you and your fiancée, your family and friends but after all, the details are still something you’ve worked on and I love being able to capture!
Here are some recommended shops, happy shopping!
Velvet Ring Boxes