Wedding Planning Tips for the best photos possible.

Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I can help you plan things for the most successful and stress-free day as possible.
This guide has everything you could ever need from the wedding photography side of your special day. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t from first-hand experiences on weddings that I have photographed.

While this guide is in no way a means to curate your wedding day, I do hope you find tons of valuable information. I truly want you to have the absolute best experience with your wedding and get the absolute most of your wedding photography.

There are so many layers to think about when you plan your wedding day so Click on the topic to dive in!


Planning your wedding in different seasons.

Summer weddings mean brighter sun during the middle of the day. It’s a great idea to have your ceremony later in the evening when the light isn’t so bright. Ceremonies in bright midday sun also cause people to be squinting throughout your ceremony and portraits, so the later the better. Winter weddings are always beautiful and the light in winter takes on a softer, more magical appearance. Remember to plan your wedding in winter means shorter daylight hours and an earlier sunset. Plan an earlier ceremony to leave time for your photographer to capture your portraits.

Travel and traffic

Travel time and traffic jams might be the biggest thing that couples tend to let slip their minds when planning their photography and wedding day schedule. Especially if your ceremony and reception are in separate locations. This ususally take time away from your portraits.
The key for how to plan your wedding is to simplify it for a stress free day. This will allow time for your photographer to create magic without being under time pressure.

I can’t stress this enough.
Having a proper schedule sets the entire tone for your wedding.

Here’s how much time I usually suggest for each section:

1 hour for the Groom Getting Ready
1.5 to 2 hours for the Bride Getting Ready
1 hour total for Bride and Groom Session
15 min – 30 min to photograph reception decor
15 min – 30 min for family photos

Of course, each wedding day is different and unique. But these general time slots allow for the right amount of time needed for me to photograph each important moment as thoroughly as possible.

Remember this is all a guide and be sure to chat with me to figure out a plan that is going to work best for you.

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It’s not always true that “heavy makeup will look better on camera”. I use natural light, and my style reflects more truly what is there, so I just recommend that if you want to look like yourself, don’t overdo it. This is entirely personal preference though, so just be yourself!

Bonus tip: Makeup artist more often than not place the bride in the worst possible artificial light. Make sure you sit facing the window.

Benedetto Lee - Destination Wedding Photographer in Croatia

Keep Clutter Away

I know there’s a lot going on, but try to keep bags, suitcases, laundry, etc. in a different room, or the closet. Imagine this photo in a room full of clutter. It would not be strong as this one. I always say: If something doesn’t add to the story, it takes away from the picture.

Windows Please!

Window light is best. I always turn all artificial lights off and rely only on window light whenever possible! As long as the windows look to the south, I’m good to go.

Keep Clutter Away

Windows Please!


Don’t Forget The Groom


Decide early on whether you want a quieter morning of getting ready alone, getting ready with just a couple of your closest friends, or having a room full of people around.

Each arrangement provides a very different energy and environment. It’s important to know ahead of time how your own personal needs will mix with each situation.

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Church Ceremonies

Before you book your church, please be sure to ask whether photography is allowed and if there are any restrictions. I'm happy to work with anything, but it’s important for your own peace of mind to have realistic expectations in advance.

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Outdoor Ceremonies

Generally, the best time for an outdoor ceremony is 2-3 hours before sunset. The later time ensures the sunlight falls more evenly on the skin tones (no harsh shadows), and is consistent for both the bride and groom (so you don’t have one person in the light, and the other in shadow). For an outdoor ceremony earlier in the day, choose an open shade spot for gorgeus even light. Otherwise you’ll be super squinty or very harshly lit!

Wedding ceremony in Italian villa in Tuscany

Extra tip: Mic Stands, Speakers, Umbrellas,

Microphones and speakers are fine, but they are are distracting and not pretty. If possible, have your officiant use a hand-held mic (or lapel mic). Position the speakers far to the sides, and avoid umbrellas by reconsidering time of day or choosing open shade spots for the ceremony.

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If a big wedding is too much for you and you just want a small gathering of close friends/family, or maybe totally alone with your partner, then elopements are perfect option. The ability to choose a remote location, exchange your vows on a secluded beach or in the silence of the mountains can make your day totally stress free, casual and much more intimate, emotional and epic in the end.

I've made a guide for planning elopements. You can download it here


An “unplugged” wedding is when you ask your guests to not take any photos during the ceremony. Unplugging allows your guests to enjoy the wedding without fussing over cell phones and flashes.

It also keeps it open for me so I can take better photos with no one in the way.

“Sort Of” Unplugged I honestly don’t mind if guests take photos, as long as they don’t stand up, or hold their cameras/phones in the aisle. So its up to you how unplugged you want to ask your guests to be!

You can have your officiant do a quick announcement to let guests know. Or have a sign at the entrance to the ceremony area.

Timeline Tips for Formals

I’ll do my best to make sure this goes quickly and smoothly.
Because it takes time away from your free mingling time, and it gives me less time to shoot candids and details.

Keep It Short
You two are in every picture, and you’ll be sick of smiling for that many shots! I recommend keeping the list short (about 6-8 groups is perfect) Plan 30min max minutes for this.

Enlist Help
I recommend assigning a bridesmaid or groomsman the task of gathering family. This speeds up the process since I don’t know what anyone looks like.

Depending on your timeline we can do it before the ceremony or just after.



If we do a “first look”, that will be the first time slot for portraits. About 15 minutes for this is great. It doesn’t have to be a grand staged moment, in fact, I prefer it not to be. A quiet moment alone is the best thing to calm the nerves. I’ve seen couples relax significantly after seeing eachother before the ceremony. If we do a first look, we can also take all family/bridal party portraits before the ceremony, which means more time at cocktail hour! However It’s your day, we can do it your way!


Right after you walk down the aisle the energy is the happiest! Another quick 15 min would be just good.

Sunset + Twilight

Most of my couples tell me this was their favorite part of the day. These are the first moments where you two are alone without guests. It also happens to be the best light of the day! 30min is ideal.

Night Time Creative Portraits

During the wedding reception and when I have a chance I love to do a mini night-time photo session with the couple. Many photographers avoid it because of heavy light conditions, but for me, it has always been inspirational. I always set up everything and steal you for 5-10 min.