3 Tips to Keeping Your Wedding Dress Clean

The very idea of your wedding dress getting dirty can send chills up a brides spine. But the reality is that between all of the running around between venues, heading outside for photos, the chance of off weather, and drunk wedding guests, there are plenty of opportunities for that pristine dress to become dirty during the wedding day. Having photographed hundreds of weddings we’ve seen it all and have created this quick list of 3 Tips to Keeping Your Wedding Dress Clean on the wedding day.

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  1. Spray the Hem
    You’re probably like “whaaaaaaat?!?” but it’s true. Products like Scotchgard  Fabric Protector can really go a long way in keeping the bottom of your dress clean while you’re galavanting around town. Our advice is to take your dress to a dry cleaner and ask them to spray the hem to protect the bottom of the dress. Let the pro’s handle it!
  2. Bring a Petticoat
    While traveling from your hotel to your venue, having an extra coat to sit on is always a good idea. Don’t make the mistake of sitting down in the limo only to find out a few seconds later someone had spilled their drink there!
  3. Pack a Tide Pen
    We cannot stress this one enough! If you haven’t read our Must Have Bride Emergency Kit post yet, you should do that now. Don’t worry…we’ll wait. A Tide pen can be a life saver! DO NOT leave home without this important item.

Mostly, the trick to keeping your wedding dress clean is through common sense. It’s ok to be adventurous (in fact, we encourage it!) but maybe wait until after the ceremony to roll around in the grass or go charging through the rain for those epic photos. What do you think? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below. And to stay up to date with wedding planning tips, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. Happy wedding planning!

Engagement Session Planning Tips

Contrary to popular belief, engagement sessions are not just a dry run with your photographer. Their purpose is to capture the love that you and your fiancé share and celebrate in all of the things that led up to this momentous time in your lives. An engagement session is meant to allow you to reflect back on why you’ve chosen this person to be your partner for life and fall back in love with all of those little things that brought you here in the first place. They also offer a really great opportunity to have gorgeous photographs that can be turned into wall art and celebrated on a daily basis. So to ensure you get the very most out of your session, we’ve compiled a few short Engagement Session Planning Tips for you!

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Engagement Session Planning Tips

  1. Location
    The location you choose should complement who you are as a couple. We recommend a location that is full of meaning and memories over having pretty pictures in a pretty place without any secondary meaning.
  2. Clothing
    Be comfortable! If you don’t wear a three piece suit on a regular basis, chances are you’ll feel uncomfortable and out of place if you decide to wear one during your session. Wear clothes that reflect the real you…you know, the one your partner fell in love with.
  3. Be Spontaneous
    Not just subject to sudden weather changes, spontaneity comes in all shapes and forms. Don’t be afraid to climb on some rocks or take the path less traveled. The love you have for each other trumps all else so don’t be afraid to be adventurous together.
  4. Have Fun!
    You’d think this goes without saying but all too often, couples become so nervous about their engagement session that they forget to have fun together. Remember, this session is about you celebrating each other. If you’re rocking RBF, it’s going to show in your photos.
  5. Props
    In our opinion it’s best to leave props at home. You don’t need bags full of stuff to create an environment that doesn’t exist. The best environment is the loving atmosphere that you and your partner create together!

And there you have it! Hopefully these Engagement Session Planning Tips will help make your session run a little more smoothly. Don’t worry if you’re a little nervous going into your session. That’s completely normal! Just remember that the purpose of these sessions is to celebrate the human that you love the most in this world. If you can keep that in mind, your engagement session will go off without a hitch!