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Packing List: 26 Items to Pack for Your Wedding Day Detail Photos

One of my favorite ways to start a wedding day is with photos of your wedding details! It’s the best way I’ve found to warm up my creative side for the rest of the day. I photograph a couple’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day.  So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love having ample time to stylize the little things that collectively “set the scene” for the day!

For full weekend events, we’ll sometimes do these photos the day prior, before rehearsal coverage, and work alongside your planner to stylize the images.

You’ll have enough to think about as your wedding date gets closer, so I recommend collecting these items in one place, as you go throughout the planning process.

 

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12 Items All Brides Should Consider Packing for the Wedding Detail Photos

 

Many of these items will (or should) be present already, but a few items on this list take a little extra planning in order to include them in your wedding day detail photos. Here is a list of the details I’ll photograph whenever they’re available to me. I recommend bringing all of these that are applicable, plus any other special touches that are important to you:

  1. Dress and veil
  2. Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  3. Shoes
  4. Jewelry
  5. Perfume
  6. Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  7. ALL 3 rings – if all 3 are with you, your photo team will be able to photograph the full set. We’ll have time to get them to whoever will be holding them afterward.
  8. Bouquet and/or loose florals – many florists are great about including a few loose flowers/greenery for styled detail photos. Don’t assume that they will automatically do this if you don’t ask, though. It’s also important to coordinate that these florals arrive by the designated time that these detail photos will happen.
  9. Vow book
  10. Any extra ribbon, accents, or items of significance that represent the day
  11. Guest Welcome Bags or Favors
  12. Any gifts or notes from one another

 

PRO TIP: With the exception of your dress, veil, and the flowers that your florist will deliver, these items should all fit easily into one box or container. This is the easiest way to collect your detail photo items! That way, you only need to make sure your “ detail box” is with you, versus all these odds and ends. The alternative is a good way for items to be forgotten! Doing this also allows your photo team to start right on time, versus needing to begin the day with a search for each of these items.

 

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14 Items All Grooms Should Consider Packing for the Wedding Detail Photos

 

Likewise, for grooms, many of their detail photo items should already be on hand. When the below items are readily available, my second photographer will use these items for some stylized images:

  1. Suit
  2. Tie
  3. Cuff links
  4. Watch
  5. Cologne
  6. Shoes and socks
  7. Handkerchief
  8. Belt/suspenders
  9. Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  10. Boutonniere
  11. Vow book
  12. Any extra ribbon, accents, or items of significance that represent the day
  13. Guest Welcome Bags or Favors
  14. Any gifts or notes from one another

 

 

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If you haven’t already, begin to collect your wedding day details in a small box — as your date gets closer, you’ll be thankful to have one less thing to remember to do!

For more wedding planning tips, check out the Advice section of the blog!

 
 
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