Properly documenting the details of your wedding day can add a layer of extra personalization that enhances the photos of you and the people sharing in your celebration.
Details are small touches such as personal heirlooms, love letters, and special mementos from your relationship. Details certainly include stationary sets, signage, programs, and menus. Finally, they mean flowers, dresses, rings, and personal accessories. In a nutshell – the idea of details can be broken down into tangible things that are used as props and accessories to your wedding attire and celebration.
Why is photographing your details important in the documentation of your wedding day? They are the small and large touches that add a look of cohesiveness to your event, and help shape the story of your relationship, engagement, and your wedding.
The best part in planning your wedding details is that most items are pieces you already own or are collecting anyway because they are meaningful and personal to you. Months before your wedding, you can proactively plan to include these items. When your big day arrives, they are gathered in advance which minimizes the risk of forgetting something in the chaotic days leading up to your celebration.
Let’s start with the most non-personal pieces. While these items don’t necessarily add to your personal story, they do add to the overall brand of your day. These items can include:
Having cohesive fonts, colors, and layout can add a designer look to this portion of your wedding details photography. Photos of these pieces help curate your wedding gallery from event to event throughout the day.
Below is an example on how a great design, cohesive fonts, and materials can create a thoughtful aesthetic from signage, invitations suite, to table wear. The details from Caitlin and Tony’s backyard, lakeside wedding were among my favorites, and show how you can create amazing design without spending a ton of money.
These details are getting a bit more personal. These are pieces that are photographed individually and throughout the day as you will have them on your person or close by at all times. These items include:
Here are a couple of tips for this category of details:
This is where it gets fun and really, anything goes. Include items that tell the story of your relationship and your family. These can include love letters, cards, movie tickets, photos from a first date, etc. Antique pieces or jewelry that is special to your family can be included as well.
When using irreplaceable mementoes and heirloom pieces, assign someone you trust to inventory and gather them in a safe place to ensure they are taken home at the end of the day’s festivities.
The easiest way to plan for these details is to set aside a box somewhere that is accessible and safe. As you acquire special mementoes place them here to edit the week before your wedding. Apparel and rings, should be gathered the week of your wedding (guys too) so you aren’t scrambling the day of.
I hope this helps with some ideas in what to gather, and an easy process for taking the stress out of gathering them the day of your wedding celebration!