With how many weddings I've done in my life, I've taken note of a few little tips that can make your wedding day better and make your photos better. Here are a few of them...
Smile, smile, smile: It's easy to smile when the photographer asks you to, but what about during the candid shots that are being taken throughout the night? The truth is, people don't tend to like their "serious" or "thinking" face because they feel they look mad and unhappy. I can't tell you how much more you'll like your candid photos if you just remember to smile throughout the night.
Trust your photographer: This is probably the most important one. Hopefully you hired your photographer for a reason; because you have seen their work and love what they do. When I have clients that are constantly bossing me around, my creativity dies. I have no problem with a few suggested shots that are important to you, and am more than happy to ensure you get what you want. I've found that my best work comes from clients that let me "do my thing" and be creative. When clients boss me around, it makes me second-guess myself and I am not proud of my work because I don't feel connected to it.
Put makeup on the groom/do some "man-scaping": I've yet to meet a bride that didn't wear makeup on her wedding day, but I've only had a a few males that thought to wear a little makeup. Send your makeup artist over to the groom to do a few touchups. I'm not talking about making him look like he's an actor in a play, but just ask the makeup artist to touch up the acne and even out the skin tone, pluck a few stray hairs, etc. He will thank you for it later when he sees the photos.
Relax and enjoy: When you remember your wedding day, you don't want to remember yelling at your maid of honor, or having a nervous break down. Things are going to go wrong, that's just how it is! Embrace the day and remember what's important.. you're marrying the love of your life! Remember to treat your spouse with respect. This may seem obvious but I can't tell you how many weddings I've been to where tensions run high and the couple ends up bickering. You don't want to remember your wedding day, and feel bad about the way you treated your spouse. The wedding day is about you two tying the knot, so treat your spouse with respect/love and embrace this important day in your life together.
Hire a wedding planner: I know this isn't a possibility for everyone, but if it's a possibility for you, go for it! You don't want to be running around on your wedding day, telling people what to do, stressing about things not being set up properly. You wedding planner will make sure things get done. Not only that, but if you hire a talented one, your wedding could end up getting featured in a blog or magazine.
Hire a great florist: Flowers are incredibly important, and the truth it, the florist you hire makes HUGE difference. Don't just hire anybody.. do research and find someone that fits your style. If you are wanting to get your wedding featured, this also will have a huge impact.
Shots of bride + groom together are a MUST: On the wedding day, schedules often fall behind and photo sessions can get cut down to keep the schedule on track. The most common issue I've seen on a wedding day is not leaving enough time for pictures of the bride/groom together because group shots take longer than expected and the dinner needs to start. Do whatever you can to ensure this doesn't happen. When you look back on your pictures, these will be the most important ones. Not only that, but these pictures give you a chance to be semi-alone with your spouse for the first time after the ceremony. This is where you get to relax and let the day sink in.
Enjoy your first dance: When looking at wedding photos, you can really tell when a couple is enjoying their first dance. It's so easy to be distracted by everyone else in the room. However, if you let yourself sink into your spouse and cuddle up, your first dance photos will be much more intimate and it will be a great memory, rather than just an event that took place during the reception.
Be unique and stand out: Don't go with the dress you've seen all over the internet. Don't go with the details you've seen used over and over again. If you want one of those weddings that gets thousands of views online and that makes other brides swoon, be unique. Don't hold back. Pick the dress you haven't seen before. Pick the florist with the most beautiful and unique designs. Pick the details that are innovative and new. You'll be proud of your wedding, and may even get a magazine or blog feature out of it.