wedding details

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

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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!!

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The First Impression: Wedding Stationery from Basic Invite

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is the quiet time that I have when I first arrive to style details. Yep. You read that right. It's not necessarily the first dance or the first kiss that make me giddy. It's those calm, quiet moments while the bride is finishing hair and makeup where I style and shoot her precious details. 

Sitting down and carefully capturing the rings, the bouquet, the jewelry and the other special little items gives me time to really absorb what my couple is all about. Her choice of shoes. Her grandmother's bracelet. Her mom's veil. The wedding band that she picked out for herself. It all allows me to have a window into the bride's soul. I can feel what she is all about as I hold that heirloom bracelet. 

But the invitation suite... that is my favorite. It's the piece that tied her entire wedding day together. It's the first taste that her guests got of what this once-in-a-lifetime day was going to be like. Now here it is, on the wedding day, styled with her other accessories. Full circle. 

Invitation suites tell us so much about a wedding. They set the entire tone. And Basic Invite hits it out of the park when it comes to paper goods. Your wedding invitations and paper goods play such an important role in tying together your day in a pretty little bow. 

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There are a lot of online wedding stationery companies that brides can turn to. However, unless you're using a custom stationery design studio, it feels like you're making compromises. But Basic Invite has a lot of things that set them apart and combat that problem! You no longer have to choose between a suite that fits your style and a suite that fits your colors and design. 

Personally, I love that you can order completely custom samples so you can see exactly how your suite will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place the final order. Think... you don't want to have 100 invitations that you decide that you don't love. 

And... if you know anything about me, you know I love color. Gimme all the colors. 
Basic Invite allows you to create your invitations in virtually unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it - down to the littlest detail. On top of that, there are over 40 different envelope colors available. WHAT!?!? Obsessed. 

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They also have really precious keepsake wedding guest books, placecards, programs, bachelorette and bridal shower paper goods, menus and stickers. 

They also just launched their clear wedding invitations and TBH, I wish these had existed when I got married! They're so beautiful! 

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Go check out Basic Invite and scroll through their almost endless wedding invitation suite options to make the best first impression of your magical day! 

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Full disclosure: this post was sponsored by Basic Invite though opinions are my own!