• Gina Dover-Jaques

Top Tips for a calm & relaxed wedding morning + My Wedding Day Timeline Example

Updated: Dec 30, 2020



As part of your planning process, and certainly as your wedding day draws near, you will want to know what you can do to help your wedding day run smoothly.

This article focusing on 'The morning preparations' is part of a series of articles that I will create over the forthcoming weeks to help couples plan their wedding day with a little more ease. I draw from extensive experience over the past decade, combined with advice from friends in the industry.

Should you have any questions, however great or small, it will be my pleasure to assist you. Feel free to comment on this blog or email me at info@doverjaquesphotography.com

Amy's stunning 'updo' was by talented Gabriella Viana of I Parrucchieri in Rome. Isn't it utterly gorgeous!

Follow my 'Top Tips' for a calmer you and timely morning!

1. Delegate!

Before your big day, be sure to set expectations, outline where people need to be and take them through their duties, especially if you will not have a Wedding Co-ordinator onboard on the day.

Share your ideas and vision with others in advance, so that when it comes to the lead up, everyone knows what is required of them. It will negate the need for many questions on the day. 

2. Have a designated 'go-to person'

Hiccups can happen on the day, but with a 'go-to' person on hand to resolve anything that may arise, you can be kept completely unaware to enjoy your day.

Your 'go-to-person' should be up to the task i.e. someone that you fully trust, who will have a clear head, stay calm and is a natural organiser.

3. Be on the 'front-foot' from the 'get-go'!

Allow 15 minutes to organise your wedding day items in the bridal suite and for everyone to soak up the room, it might be the first time your maids will have seen it, and so they are bound to want to take a good look around and snap some shots of their own!

Place your shoes, jewellery etc. in one place so that I easily find them to photograph.

From a photography perspective, be sure to keep one area of your bridal suite empty and tidy, ideally corner of the room, or a sind