Don’t Make These Mistakes!

1. Not Doing a Hair and Makeup Trial 

This is a must do! You want to do a trial to make sure your makeup and hair is exactly what you envisioned.  It gives your hair stylist and make up artist a chance to make notes ans take photos of the exact look you like so there’s no questioning it the day of.

Besides that though, it will allow you a better idea of how much time you need to allot for yourself on the big day.  We always recommending adding a half hour to the time it took your artist so they have ample time to make you the best version of you!

2. Not Delegating Responsibilities to Others

You’ve planned out your whole event from start to finish, now you’re ready to enjoy it, right? Unfortunately, so many brides don’t divvy up jobs to their family and bridal party ahead of time. Instead, the are tethered to their phones waiting for calls and answering questions rather than being present on their wedding day.  Giving duties to family members also allows them to be an integral part of your day.

3. Not Making a “Family Photos” List

Speaking of family… not taking the time to  think about who you’d like pictures with makes family photos extremely stressful. Think about all those people who have made you you, then give that list to your photographer.  They will help you come up with combinations of family photos to make sure that Grandma or Grandpa that may not be able to walk so well,  isn’t in and out of numerous combinations.  This also gives you a chance to talk about your family dynamics with your photographer. We recommend the list to be the immediate family and extended family to be done at the reception.

4. Not Making a Wedding Day Timeline

And speaking of making a list, don’t forget to meet with your photographer about a month beforehand to make your wedding day timeline.  This gives you enough time to inform all your vendors of when you expect them to arrive, to give your family the correct time for family portraits, and to see what needs to be done at what time so you can appropriately delegate the different responsibilities. This is often left up to the wedding planner (if you booked one) but they dont always know how much time the photographer really needs. So after taking this time with the photographer, both the wedding planner and photographer can discuss things further if necessary.

5. Not Taking Engagement Pictures

Picture This!  You and your finance are madly in love, looking forward to the celebration you’ve planned for your families, but the day of the wedding you and your photographer don’t quite…click.  They are going too fast, or too slow, or you think they aren’t capturing your good side.  The best way to feel great about your photos before the big day is to spend some time with your photographer beforehand at engagement photos.  Engagement photos serve many purposes; from posing to pacing and to talking, it the time to get to know each other. You’ll be more comfortable the day of your wedding, if you take the time beforehand to take engagement photos.

Florida and Colorado wedding photography and cinematic wedding video:
Castorina Photography and Films is a Florida and Colorado, on location studio. Our wedding photography and cinematography clients enjoy a relaxed environment where they can be themselves as we do our best to relieve any stress from the wedding day. We have also serviced clients in Cancun Mexico, Venice, Rome, Tuscany and other areas of Italy, Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, Steamboat Springs, Keystone, Silverthorne Colorado and many other locations in the United States.

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Castorina Photography and Films offers on location photography and cinematic wedding films for wedding, portrait, family, engagement, and bridal sessions.