For the last 8 years, I have been working as a destination wedding photographer, traveling to many destinations, but working primarily on Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera.
On a couples wedding day I spend a lot of the time before the ceremony with the bride as she gets ready, shooting the beautiful details of her dress, her hair and makeup, and the precious moments she has with her friends around her.
There are so many wonderful moments to be captured during this part of the day, and over the years I have realized that there are certain things that a bride can do to make sure that this part of the day is as beautiful, stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Here are a few simple steps that I would advise to all of my amazing future brides, to make the organization, atmosphere (and my job as a photographer) all much easier, relaxed and fun!
1. Get a big beautiful room
It’s all about location, location, location! Having a bright, spacious room, with as little clutter as possible is so important.
If you are getting ready in a hotel make sure you get a large suite, so that you and your bridal party have plenty of room to get ready in, and a large bathroom to hide away your cosmetics and toiletries.
As well as helping the room to look as pretty as possible in the photos, reducing mess reduces stress – and it ensures you have a space clear to balance your glass!
If you have a private villa, choose the biggest room with lots of light and a clean space and walls.
2. Don’t let other people stress you out
I’ve seen it happen, if you have them around, family and friends will be popping their heads in, asking a million questions and worrying you with things that aren’t important or can be dealt with by someone else.
Just a couple of your close friends or your bridesmaids is perfect!
Pop open a bottle of champagne, reminisce about your hen party, pre-wedding event or about fun times you’ve had together, relax, breath and start to get ready in plenty of time.
Have your parents come in to see you only when you’ve finished getting ready – ask your Mum to come in and do up your dress as the finishing touch, and your Dad can enter the room when you are ready, to give you a hug and have a cry!
3. Prepare the details
Gather together your dress, shoes, flowers, jewelry, perfume, and invitations, so that your photographer can get a shot of all of the details that you put so much effort into choosing for your special day.
If you don’t have them ready, your photographer will need to ask you to round it all up, which can be annoying for you, and time-consuming if it’s not all in one place.
Ask one or two of your bridesmaids to make sure that it is all ready so that you don’t have to think about it, and don’t forget the invitations and a nice hanger for the dress!
4. Have professionals do your hair and makeup
For example, in Ibiza, the summer air is so humid, by booking a professional who is based here and who understands the local climate will know the tricks to help your hair and makeup stay in place.
Unless your friends are professional makeup artists, it’s worth having the peace of mind that you’ve booked someone who will do an amazing job. Plus, you’re friends should be relaxing and enjoying the experience with you, not under any pressure.
Start your make up at least 2 hours before you need to leave the room so that your photographer can get some beautiful shots of you with perfect, fresh makeup. And because there’s nothing worse than worrying about the time and rushing at the end!
5. Have a snack!
It’s completely natural to feel stressed on your wedding day, but it’s not ideal – so breathe, have some champagne, and don’t forget to eat something!
I guarantee you will not be eating a lot throughout the day, so it’s important to have something beforehand to make sure that your mood isn’t affected by hunger!
6. Enjoy yourself as much as possible! The day will pass so fast…
co-written by Danielle Alex from Your Day Ibiza