Relax and smile often.
Practice fully getting on the dress (especially if it's complex), so you know how long it will realistically take.
Practice bustling your dress.
Bring comfortable shoes for dancing.
Don't let your wedding day be the first time you experiment with fake tanner or your hair or make-up. Feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day.
Touch up your make-up throughout the day.
Think about the light? In winter it gets dark between 3:30/4pm, yet in summer you have more time. So plan your wedding party shots accordingly and don't be afraid to ask your photographer for help.
A lot of churches have rules, example: no flash photography or where the photographers are allowed to stand. Make sure you ask and are okay with this prior to choosing the location ceremony.
Have your bridesmaids/mother get dressed before you as the photos of them help you get into your wedding dress will look much better.
Tell your wedding party to smile while walking down the aisle.
Feed the photographer(s) right after you feed the head table and immediate family. Often times, we are photographing speeches by the time we get our food and are unable to eat.
Try not to eat during the speeches.
Try to resist the urge to talk the entire time during first dances unless there is a lot of smiling and laughing between the two of you. It will make fo better photos.
De-clutter the getting ready area.
Have someone in the wedding party to have granola bars and water (especially hot days!) to share. Keep energized and hydrated.
Delegate - you have plenty of people that love you and want to help. Don't do anything on your big day but get ready, show up, and be in the moment!
Place your shoes, garter, flowers, rings, jewelry, etc. together prior to the photographer's arrival. It's a lot easier for the photographer to get those creative shots when they know where to find them.
Practice the first kiss! While you don't need to fully make-out, we'd love for you to kiss for a second or two. A quick peck give us one photo ofbut a kiss for a couple of seconds gives us multiple options and more photos.
If you are doing dips/twirls during the first dance here are a few tips to make them photo ready. First, practice and smile! There are gooms dipping their brides with a scared expression, which is not the reaction they're looking for. Second, do a few dips and twirls to ensure we get a great shot of them. Third, when you dip, feel free to smile looking at each other and kiss.