Top planning tips with wedding photographer Glen Nicholls
Melbourne wedding photographer Glen Nicholls has seen an abundance of wedding celebrations take place, ensuring he is well and truly armed with the goods when it comes to helpful planning advice for your dream day.
We sat down with Glen and talked through his top tips when it comes to planning your perfect wedding, from selecting the best getting ready locations, to ensuring you get those gorgeous golden hour shots and more.
Get scrolling and enjoy some practical, tried and tested advice from a pro.
Hire people you like! That’s right, recruit your dream team.
One of the most important aspects of planning your wedding is getting together ‘suppliers’ aka your dream team. The biggest tip I have is – work with people you like!
They may have a beautiful Instagram, and lots of followers – but that doesn’t mean a thing if you get to the wedding day and you just don’t “click”, and things feel a bit awkward.
When it comes to suppliers such as your photographer and videographer who will spend the whole day with you, it’s so important to make sure you’re a great fit for one another.
I always make a point to mention how it is my goal to blend in with the guests. I love to have a bit of banter with the uncles and aunties and cut some shapes on the d-floor too!
Recruit your ‘dream team’ early.
Once you have your venue and date locked in, it might feel like you can take your foot off the pedal for a little bit, and relax. As lovely as that sounds – photographers, videographers and celebrants can book out 18+ months out in advance.
To avoid any disappointment about not being able to book someone you had your heart set on, start to assemble that dream team as soon as you can.
Think carefully about your getting ready locations.
It’s pretty easy to get caught up in everything else that goes into planning your wedding day, making your getting ready locations an after thought.
You’ll be spending a good amount of time at the location you’re getting ready at, which means plenty of photos will be taken there.
An ideal scenario for photos is somewhere light, bright and with plenty of room for everyone who is set to be there with you.
It’s something to consider over a plain looking hotel room, or a house that may be a bit cluttered.
Logistically speaking, finding a getting ready location that is close to where you’re getting married/your partner is getting ready has massive advantages too.
There will be much less travel involved going from partner to partner on the day, and being closer to the venue means you cut out all the stresses of factoring in any traffic conditions on the day, car troubles, and ducking back because something has been forgotten.
Not to mention, you’ll probably get some extra sleep too!
Make time for sunset.
The light is beautiful, there’s peace and quiet, and you’re feeling relaxed after a few drinks.
Depending on what time of year you’re getting married, taking into consideration what time the sun will be setting, and allowing for a little extra time for photos is a game changer.
If you want to find out what time the sun sets on your wedding day just Google your date and sunset time – “January 21st 2022 sunset time”.
Penciling in some time for sunset shots means that there is no rush to be anywhere, you get a little time out together and don’t forget that beautiful golden glow that will take your wedding photos to the next level.
Squeeze in some alone time.
Your day is going to fly by in this amazing, surreal blur. Fitting in some time where it is just the two of you to soak it all in and have a little breather is absolutely worth it.
A perfect time to do this is during sunset.
After we get some beautiful photos, I’ll head back and leave you both to it so you can enjoy a quiet moment.
Upon reflection of their wedding day, many couples say these have been some of their most treasured wedding day moments.
You do you.
It’s pretty easy to get weighed down with the latest wedding trends, Instagram ‘experts’ and the opinions of others.
This is your day, and it needs to represent both of you. When you first start planning, it’s great to sit down and discuss what you both value the most, and prioritise accordingly just to make sure nothing is overlooked.
Glen is an absolute lens legend and if you love what he is all about, consider adding him to your own wedding day dream team by sending him an enquiry.
Imagery by Glen Nicholls Photography.