You put a lot of time and energy into choosing the perfect wedding details. Your full invitation suites, those vintage earrings you found that perfectly match your dress, the tie that is the exact same shade as your boutonniere. Each and every one of these details was chose for a reason, and these little items are a huge part of how you can show your personality and make your wedding day uniquely “you.” However, in the rush of emotions and anticipation, you might not have the time to fully take these in. Giving your wedding photographer time to photograph all of these details will make sure none of them go unnoticed. Keep scrolling for 5 tips for wedding detail photos that will help your photographer capture all of these pieces, and (best of all) keep the moments before your wedding stress-free:
Maybe you have an invitation suite designed by your best friend, or an embroidered veil you designed your whole wedding around. It is ultimately up to you what you want your detail photos to focus on. Some items people often include are: wedding rings, engagement rings, wedding invitations and “save the dates,” shoes, veils, ties, handkerchiefs, vow books, perfume/cologne, wedding jewelry, and florals. Ask your florist of they can provide you with some little extra floral bits that didn’t make it into your arrangements that we can use for these photos as well. Some examples of special items others have included are jewelry of loved ones, sunglasses, purses, flasks, etc. What you choose to include is really up to you, and what is most important to you!
Typically, detail photos are what your photographer will want to do as soon as they arrive on your wedding day. That way those photos are finished, and all of your items are ready for you during your getting ready process. Setting aside all of these items into a box will help your photographer know what you want to be included. You don’t want to be scrambling to get all of these pieces together instead of relaxing and sipping bubbly with your friends and family! This is my favorite of our tips for wedding detail photos. We love a tip to reduce stress and increase efficiency!
Basic ring boxes from the jeweler aren’t often pretty, and may clash with the rest of your details. If your wedding day is casual and boho, you don’t want a stiff black box in your detail photos! There are many options for ring boxes in different materials, colors, shapes, and sizes. A great place to look for a unique or personalized ring box is Etsy! If you’re a vintage lover (like me), you can also find beautiful ring boxes in antique stores or at estate sales. Bonus: finding a second-hand or vintage ring box is eco-friendly as well!
Your rings are always gorgeous, but when they are freshly cleaned by a professional, they sparkle a little bit extra! This is the most your wedding rings will ever be photographed, sometimes even super close up. I personally use a macro lens for these photos, which means I can see every detail close up. Having a super clean wedding ring will really make your rings pop in photos!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed a wedding dress to find it hanging on the ugliest hanger you’ve ever seen. I typically keep a stockpile of neutral wooden hangers in my car for situations like this! But finding your own pretty hanger means you can choose exactly what you want it to look like. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or personalized. It can just be a solid, neutral hanger that you probably already have in your closet! If attire slides easily off a plastic or wooden hanger, velvet hangers provide more grip for straps to cling to.
The details you have chosen to be a part of your wedding day help to tell your story. They can show your personality, your style, and your values. Give your photographer adequate time to photograph these details, so can help you relive every single bit of your unique wedding day. At least 30 minutes should be scheduled in your wedding day timeline to perfectly capture all of these. I promise it will be worth it! I hope these tips for wedding detail photos help you feel more prepared and less stressed on your wedding day!