I'm a coffee loving, travel-obsessed, twenty-something based out of Central Illinois. I'm lucky enough to make a living doing what I love - photographing people! I specialize in weddings (destination + local), senior portraits, + boudoir.
As busy wedding season (hopefully) quickly approaches, I felt like now is a good time to give all you bridesmaids some tips and tricks before you stand up next to your gal pal. Yes, the BIG day is alllll about the bride and groom….BUT they aren’t the only ones being photographed. Plus, bridesmaids have important roles to make sure the bride + groom are looking and feeling their best all day long!
There’s probably a million things running through your mind as you get ready to walk down the aisle! Don’t trip, don’t fall, put your bouquet here, don’t run, don’t walk…blah blah blah I get it, walking in down an aisle in front off 100+ people can be super nerve wracking. But what is worse than all of those things listed? Staring at the damn ground. Yes, all those people are looking at you because you are important to the couple…. not only are they looking but MY camera lens is looking too!! The bride and groom don’t want you to be nervous, so even if you are, fake it! Be confident, look up and smile. And no – you don’t have to look at me. Candids are always better! I promise, there are worse things than walking down the aisle at someone’s wedding.
Who likes a boring reception??? NO ONE!!! The bride + groom are super busy and OVERWHELMED at their own reception. The spotlight is all on them so of course every guest wants to talk to them. Did you know it is in fact YOUR job as the bridal party to get the dance floor and party started?! I know, weird, but it DOES help! The bride + groom do not have a second to think about “Oh shoot, I better get the party started.” They are counting on you – so make sure you get out there and bring a few friends and bust a move!
BRIDE/GROOM TIP: If you want to dance – DANCE DAMNIT! Your guests will come to you if they want to say hi, and sharing a dance or two is way more fun!
I thought this was something everyone knew and unfortunately I was wrong! If you are the MOH… LISTEN UP!!! Hold the brides bouquet when she gets to the front of the ceremony. If the bouquet is big, give your bouquet to the person behind you so you can help the bride. It seems mundane, but let me tell you the bride has plenty of other things to worry about during the ceremony besides lugging around her bouquet the entire ceremony. Sometimes those buggers can be HEAVYYYY, and she wants to hold her grooms’ hand anyways!
And no, before your mind goes in the gutter, I don’t mean that kind of fluffer. You’re the bridesmaid, helping the bride is your job. Once the bride gets situated at the front of the ceremony, make sure someone in the bridal party has taken the job of fluffing the dress, especially if her dress has a long train. Fluffing the dress and train makes everything look picture perfect! Trust me, the bride will thank you once she gets the pictures back! It’s also really helpful to us photographers if a bridesmaid hangs back for the portraits of the bride and groom. More hands equals faster shooting and more pictures when it’s all said and done!