formal wedding photo checklist

How to choose your wedding bouquet...simple tips from The Commons 1854

Your wedding bouquet is your most unique and largest accessory you will wear on your wedding day, so choose wisely!  Here are some tips on how to select your wedding bouquet.

Consider these factors: Dress, Veil, bouquet shape, size, color and cost.  Now you know partly what your fiancé went through when he bought your engagement ring!!!

There are many different types of bouquets to choose from for your wedding ceremony and reception this blog focuses on Round, Hand-tied, Posy and Cascading.

The Round Bridal Bouquet...

This is a very clean look which can incorporate one or many different types of flowers.  This wedding dress had no embellishments, Dupioni silk textured material and a cathedral veil. The satin wrapping of the bouquet covered the entire bouquet and the embellishment was the perfect balance to the look.  The bouquet has the ability to add or in this case soften up the texture in a wedding gown. White hydrangea, white calla lilies and antiques roses were incorporated into this gorgeous brides ensemble.

Crystal embellishments throughout red roses
Rhinestone embellishment at the stem base of multi colored peonies and rose bouquet

The Hand Tied Bouquet...

Organic and natural, the hand tied bouquet is a great fit for many different styles and always incorporates a variety of flowers.  This dress perfectly balanced lace and silk and the hand tied bouquet was the perfect accessory.  The veil was a Butterfly style.  The flowers are different in shape making the look more natural.

Posy Bouquet...

The Posy bouquet is composed of one flower or several of the same flowers bunched together. This look is on the casual side and paired perfectly with a simple Sheath dress and no veil. The simple tennis bracelet was polished off the look.
Simple White Calla Lilies in a Posy style Bouquet 

Posy is a nice look for the bridesmaids even with a round or hand tied bridal bouquet

Cascading Bouquet...

The waterfall or cascading bouquet is a classic and traditional option for brides.  While they are quite heavy, they add dimension and drama to a brides look.  A simple A-line, no veil and a tiara was a great look to pair with this bouquet.  A smile is the best and most important accessory and this bride nailed it!

Blog Post by Johanna Esposito

Formal Wedding Photo Etiquette and Checklist

Formal Wedding Photography Etiquette in Boston
and on the North Shore of Boston- The Commons 1854 in historic
Topsfield, MA

All vendors hired play such an integral role in your wedding day.  Here at the Topsfield Commons 1854, when we execute your wedding day timeline, we use the following comprehensive checklist.   Below is a guideline for the photography for a wedding reception established and published by The ABC.

Brides Wedding Portrait Etiquette

If the bride chooses to have a formal portrait taken, she should do it when her wedding dress is ready. In addition, she should have her hair styled and her makeup done in the same manner that she plans to have it done for the wedding; she should also wear the same accessories she’ll wear on the wedding day.

Traditionally, a bride’s formal portrait was taken to provide her with a wedding picture to send, along with the wedding announcement, to the newspapers. Today, formal portraits are commonly taken on the wedding day, and the best photos processed rapidly so that it can be released to the newspapers; however, the bride giving the groom her formal portrait, as a wedding gift, is still considered a romantic notion. In addition, taking a formal portrait before the wedding is also a good way for the bride to do a test run of the hairstyle and makeup she wishes to have on the day of the wedding.

We use the following checklist to help clients decide what photos they
wish to have taken.


Formal photos of the

_____ Bride alone, in her wedding dress

_____ Groom alone

_____ Bride and groom together

_____ Bride with her parents

_____ Bride with the maid or matron of honor

_____ Groom with the best man

_____ Couple with the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor

_____ Couple with the best man, groomsmen, and ushers

_____ Couple with the groom’s parents

_____ Couple with the bride’s parents

_____ Couple with the children in the wedding party

_____ Couple with the entire wedding party

Candid photos of the

_____ Bride leaving the house

_____ Guests arriving at the ceremony site

_____ Bride’s family getting out of their car

_____ Ushers escorting close relatives to their seats

_____ Groom’s parents being seated

_____ Bride’s parents being seated

_____ Wedding party members in the processional

_____ Bride and her escort

_____ Exchange of vows

_____ Special moments, such as lighting a unity candle or breaking a glass

_____ Children in the wedding party

_____ Couple walking during the recessional

_____ Wedding party, with the ceremony site in the background

Candid photos of the Wedding Reception

_____ Couple being showered with toss items like bubbles

_____ Couple getting into their car

_____ Couple sitting in the back seat of their car

_____ Couple arriving at the reception site

_____ Couple greeting guests

_____ Couple mingling with guests

_____ Couple at the head or sweetheart table

_____ Couple dancing the first dance

_____ Bride and her father dancing

_____ Groom and his mother dancing

_____ Couple cutting the wedding cake

_____ Couple feeding each other a piece of the cake

_____ Family and guests dancing

_____ Couple making toasts

_____ Couple saying farewell to their parents

_____ Bride tossing the bouquet

_____ Groom tossing the garter

_____ Couple leaving the reception site in their getaway car

_____ Any other special moments the couple has determined in advance with the photographer

Blog Posted by Johanna Eve of The Topsfield Commons 1854 and Boston Wedding Consultants