Bridal Details: What To Have Ready For Your Photographer When They Arrive


Bridal details are one of my favorite things to photograph on a wedding day. I adore the emotion of the ceremony and the magic of the first dance but I just love, love, love spending some quiet time capturing the bride’s little details. I take time to get to know her wedding style through those items and those images set the tone for the entire final gallery.

I ask that my clients take some time before their wedding day to place all of their details into one box or basket for me. ONE. It can be a special basket or a plastic tub - it doesn’t matter. As long as all of the details are in one place when I arrive on the wedding day.

Having these items set aside and ready for your photographer allows them to begin shooting right away, avoiding a scavenger hunt and not bothering your bridesmaids or mom for help locating items. Instead of your photographer asking you fifty different questions (“Where can I find your invitations"?”, “Do you have any jewelry?”, “Is there a veil?”, “Which shoes are yours?”), someone can hand over that one details box and know that nothing is missing.

So, what should you have ready for your photographer when they arrive? It’s unlikely that you’ll have every single one of the items below but here’s a list of what you should put in your details box (be sure to remove all tags first):

  • Invitation suite

  • Engagement ring (cleaned)

  • Both wedding bands

  • Shoes

  • Perfume

  • Bracelet

  • Earrings

  • Necklace

  • Other jewelry

  • Veil

  • Hair adornments or headpiece

  • Velvet or special ring box

  • Something old

  • Something new

  • Something borrowed

  • Something blue

  • Sixpence

  • Small heirloom or keepsake items (brooches, pins, handkerchiefs)

  • Garter

  • Purse or clutch

  • ACTION ITEM: This obviously not something you can put into your box but it is helpful to make sure that your florist delivers your bouquet to the suite where you’re getting ready before your photographer arrives!!