As wedding season is coming up quickly, I’m writing about 5 things to do before your wedding to help all of you lovely brides out! I’ve written up these simple tips so that you get the most out of your wedding photography and pampering.

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1. Clean Your Ring

I can’t stress this one enough! You’ve got a beautiful diamond that sparkles so much more when cleaned a day or two before the wedding. Personally, I love ring shots. I spend a lot of time setting up a beautiful shot that looks ten times more stunning when the ring is clean. I actually bring diamond cleaner to my weddings just in case the engagement ring is dirty, but I’m thrilled when my clients’ rings are already clean!

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2. Buy a Nice Hanger

Nothing makes me more sad than photographing a gorgeous wedding dress on a plastic or wire hanger. I’m about one plastic hanger away from bringing a collapsible wooden hanger in my gear bag. :-) Your hanger should either be really discreet or should at least visually support the beauty of your gown. I recommend wooden hangers or cloth-covered hangers. Additionally, you can have your name or short text created out of thick wire underneath the main part of the hanger.

You can get really creative with dress hangers. If you can, go ahead and get your bridesmaids a cute hanger too. It’s so worth it!

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3. Get Your Nails Done

While you don’t have to go to a professional nail salon for your nails, I recommend it. It’s a relaxing experience and will make you feel pampered! I tend to get a few close up shots of the bride and groom’s hands together, so I notice the nails a lot. Whatever color or design you choose is up to you! Let it show off your personality, while complementing your gown.

I recommend having your nails done about 2-3 days before your wedding. That way, you’ll have pretty nails for your rehearsal dinner!

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4. Choose a Cute Getting Ready Outfit

I love taking images of brides getting ready for their wedding. The emotions are running wild and I have a lot to work with. I’ve always thought that getting ready images looked their best when the bride and bridesmaids wore cute robes or adorable shorts and a button-down. I know it might be tempting to wear your old college shirt with sweatpants, though I promise it makes the world of a difference if you’ve got a cute outfit!

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5. Break in Your Shoes

I’m sure your mother and aunts have said this a thousand times throughout your life! I know mine have. It’s so true that breaking in your shoes will help ease the discomfort on the wedding day. Whether you’re wearing flats or heels, it’s important to spend some time walking around in your wedding shoes. You don’t want to be uncomfortable with pain and blisters on your big day.

So break them in and consider buying shoe inserts if you think your feet will hurt. It’s completely worth it!

Brides: 5 Things to Do Before Your Wedding

I hope you enjoyed these 5 tips! Soon, I’ll write a tips post for your grooms. I’ve also got 6 Things to Do After Getting Engaged coming out next week! Stay tuned!

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