The Details

 

The big day is almost here!

We know that since we sent our first wedding questionnaire, a lot more of your wedding plans have been solidified (and perhaps even changed). We are ready for all of the final details! Please take some time to fill out the following questionnaire. We know it seems craaaazy long, but it will really help us when planning the timeline you'll need for photos, as well as provide us with details about your wedding party, your families, and your venue. We'll ask for information about your other vendors so we can be sure to give appropriate credit to them when sharing or blogging your images. There is also some important information within the questionnaire, so be sure to read it thoroughly and answer thoughtfully.   

This is a gender-neutral form, so we ask that you please identify yourselves as Spouse 1 & Spouse 2.

 Settle in with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine- thanks so much for taking the time to fill this out!

 
 
THE BASICS
THE BASICS
Wedding Date *
Wedding Date
Wedding Date
Will your ceremony or reception be held outdoors? *
Will your ceremony or reception be held outdoors? (check all that apply)
If your ceremony or reception is going to be held outdoors, please explain the plan for inclement weather such as rain:
Are there any special traditions or special things that we should know about which will be happening on your wedding day (for example: bride is wearing grandmother's veil, lace from mother's dress is sewn into bride's dress, etc)?
THE PEOPLE
THE PEOPLE
If there is someone that will be better to reach by phone on the wedding day (maid of honor, best man, etc.), please list their names and numbers here:
Are there any special family situations that we need to be aware of (deaths, divorces, etc.)? Sensitivity to such situations is very important to us. If not, just type N/A.
GETTING READY
GETTING READY Generally we like to have about one hour for getting-ready photos for brides, and about 30-45 minutes of getting-ready photos for grooms.
Location and address of where Spouse 1 will be getting ready:
What time does Spouse 1 need to be ready in order to leave for the first event of the day (first look, portraits, or ceremony)?
Location and address of where Spouse 2 will be getting ready:
What time does Spouse 2 need to be ready in order to leave for the first event of the day (first look, portraits, or ceremony)?
Please list any special details either of you would like photographed during the getting-ready portion of the day (for example, family heirlooms, special jewelry, watches, gifts, etc.) If you would like your rings photographed, please try to have them together during the getting ready portion of the day.
PRE-CEREMONY/FIRST LOOK
PRE-CEREMONY/FIRST LOOK If you're having an evening affair with your ceremony leading right into a cocktail hour or the reception, we usually recommend having a first look earlier in the day to ensure enough time for wedding party photos, family photos, and (most importantly) photos of the two of you!
Are you planning on having a first look? *
Are you planning on having a first look? (if you answer "undecided", please let us know so that we can talk options with you!)
If you answered yes, please let us know if you have location ideas for the first look. If you'd like suggestions, we are happy to help!
If you are planning a first look, would you like to also do family photos prior to the ceremony (if time permits)?
THE CEREMONY
THE CEREMONY
Tell us about your ceremony! Is it: *
Tell us about your ceremony! Is it:
If you are having a religious ceremony, please describe what type of ceremony it is - i.e. Catholic, Lutheran, full mass, etc. (if your ceremony is not religious, please type N/A)
Are there any special or unique things happening during the ceremony that we should be aware of (like the kiss being in the middle of the ceremony instead of at the end, or a special tradition related to your religion or heritage)?
Are you planning a receiving line? *
Are you planning a receiving line?
If you answered yes to the previous question, there are a couple of things to think about. If you have a large guest list or are short on time in between the ceremony and reception (or a combination of both), we would urge you to instead consider greeting your guests at the cocktail hour or reception. Receiving lines can take a lot of time, as guests like to linger and chat. If you need advice on whether or not you have enough time for a receiving line, we are more than happy to help!
Are you planning a fun exit from your ceremony - i.e bubbles, streamers, confetti? If so please specify (if not, please just type N/A)
Family formals | Wedding Party | Portraits
FAMILY FORMALS | WEDDING PARTY | PORTRAITS Family formals have the potential to be the most hectic time of the day. in order to minimize the time and chaos, we ask that you provide us with a detailed list of everyone you want included in the family formals. If time is in short supply (for example, many churches will only allow a certain amount of time after the ceremony before they need everyone to leave), then we suggest sticking to immediate family only and ditching the large group shots with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Would you prefer your family formals be taken at the "altar" (more traditional) or at an outdoor/other location (more casual)?
Please provide a detailed list of all of the family formals you would like (be specific about who you want in each separate photo). We will refer to this list on the wedding day. It is also important that you let each person know PRIOR to the wedding day that they will be needed for family photos. Remember to provide them with a time and location. The biggest problem we run into is that family members will wander off and become hard to track down in the sea of other guests. It might be a good idea to delegate someone from each family to make sure all the family members are present and accounted for (we would do it, but we don't know names and what everyone looks like!)
Please list any locations you had in mind for the wedding party portraits and wedding couple portraits. If you still need help deciding on what's best (and what there is time for), please let us know! Just be sure to include if you'd like more of an urban feel or nature feel and we can send some ideas your way!
What is your plan for inclement weather (if any of your portraits are to take place outdoors)?
Cocktail hour
COCKTAIL HOUR If you're planning on having a cocktail hour, please note that we generally do not cover it, as we are often doing portraits or setting up for the reception during that time. If you would like cocktail hour coverage, it is important that we arrange to either complete your portraits before the ceremony, or schedule enough time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the cocktail hour to complete your photography needs.
Are you having a cocktail hour? *
Are you having a cocktail hour?
Would you like to be present for your cocktail hour?
Would you like to be present for your cocktail hour?
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
What time will you be introduced into the reception? Is the whole wedding party being introduced or just the wedding couple?
How important is it that your reception details are photographed (centerpieces, florals, general layout of the room)? *
How important is it that your reception details are photographed (centerpieces, florals, general layout of the room)?
If it is very important to have your details photographed, would it be possible to schedule in about 20-30 minutes of time for us to set up and photograph the room before guests are allowed in?
Are there any special events happening at the reception that we should be aware of (outside of the traditional events like cake cutting, toasts, dances)?
Do you have a formal reception exit planned? If so, how will your guests be sending you off (for example: bubbles, streamers, confetti, sparklers, etc.)? If you are having a sparkler exit, please email us for information on which sparklers to purchase, and discuss how to coordinate the exit.
A few last things
A FEW LAST THINGS Almost done, we promise! :)
Please provide your mailing address:
Is there anything else you would like to communicate to us before the wedding day?
Do you have an Instagram hashtag for your wedding? If so, please provide it here:
ANNNNND YOU'RE DONE! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME! WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOUR BIG DAY!
ANNNNND YOU'RE DONE! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME! WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOUR BIG DAY!