Carmela here…I love when couples include creative details on their wedding day! As a photographer these details are so fun to capture. There are a few things to keep in mind when planning these details: choose a theme, ask for help/delegate, communicate with your photographer, and be flexible!
First, choose a theme. This can be as simple as a color or as complex as you like, but choosing a theme will help unite all your beautiful details. It is most important to choose a theme that reflects you as a couple and your personalities. If you are having a hard time coming up with a theme ask your wedding planner or the contact at your reception venue. Planners and venue contacts have seen many weddings and can tell you there favorite details which may spark your own creative juices.
Second, ask for help or delegate. This is probably obvious, but hard to do. Once you decide on your special wedding day details, enlist your friends and family members to help make your dreams a reality. You may even have some friends that would like to provide their services as their wedding gift to you. Delegate someone (could be a friend or wedding planner) that will set up and take down your details so you don’t have to worry about that on your big day.
Next, make sure you communicate with your photographer so these details you have spent so much time planning and preparing will be captured in your photographs for your album and for years to come. I love to take detail shots and make sure to always include them, but not all photographers are like minded.
Finally and most importantly, be flexible! Realize that things could and might not end up exactly as you planned. Rain happens and dampens beautiful decorations, wind blows over lovely lanterns, and heat can melt the most beautiful buttercream…but don’t let this ruin your big day. The focus is on you and your spouse and those beautiful decorations might make for an awesome first birthday party later on.
We have included some of our favorite detail shots below for your enjoyment, and if they give you some ideas all the better!