Here’s a website where you can find sunset times: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=24
Some brides like dress shots. You may want to consider getting a nice hanger to display it, instead of the wire hanger or cardboard body form it comes with.
If you’ve family members who are photographers, consider asking them to be aware of the professional photographer’s line of sight. For example, a lot of churches restrict the professional photographers from using flash, or being too close to the altar. However, family members and guests are generally not told this rule. So when guests jump in the middle of the aisle with their camera trying to photograph you, they’re blocking the photographer’s line of sight. And for something like the first kiss that can only last for a few seconds, the photographer might not have enough time to scramble to a new vantage point. So now the only photograph of the first kiss you have was taken by a guest with his point and shoot, and he forgot where he downloaded it to.
Kiss longer during the first kiss :)
Before hiring a photographer, study their work carefully. That’s the style your wedding photographs will come out in. I favor a natural, unposed, photo-journalistic style, and the photographs I deliver will be different from someone who does more traditional wedding photography. Don’t hire a photographer and ask them to change their style. Because even if they did, it wouldn’t be to your liking. Always ask to see the proofs from a full wedding. So you’re not seeing just the best work they have on their website, but all the pictures that are taken throughout a single wedding day.
For the large groups of family photographs, list out all the family groupings you want. Provide this list to the photographer and a contact person that knows who to hunt down and when.
Have fun, and relax. I know, everyone keeps telling you this. But do it for the sake of the photographs. It’s hard to photoshop out a frown.
Great advice. Thank you Nadine!