I had a reader email me a question a few weeks ago. She mentioned a previous post I had written on “What to Wear to Shoot a Wedding” but, let’s be honest, that was five years ago! She wondered if I was able to provide an updated post with some recent behind the scenes photos as well as my favourite stores for great work outfits. Today, I am happy to oblige! I hope you find this information helpful and feel free to pin any of my photos for reference.
Here are a few of my guidelines when deciding what to wear to shoot a wedding:
Comfortable: This one goes without saying. My standard wedding day is upwards of ten hours, not including the hour plus commute on either end into the city from my home in the suburbs.
Fashionable: I do not want to look out of place. If the wedding is at a ballroom downtown, you bet I’m going to wear a stylish black dress and a nice pair of shoes. No denim sundresses, etc. Fit the style of the wedding you’re attending. If you’re shooting on the beach in Mexico, a long maxi dress is totally appropriate, as many guests will be dressed the same!
Modest: Bend every direction in front of your mirror at home. Ask your husband or roommate if anything can be seen you don’t want to be seen. I know some photographers wear spandex shorts underneath their dresses but I’m just not into layers. So I try to select dresses that are knee-length or at least wear with black tights, if not.
Subtle: I’m not afraid of patterns and I don’t have a black dresses-only rule, honestly it’s just hard to find great dresses in shades other than black for me. I’m drawn to them right away and love classic pieces. The only colours that would be complete no-go’s for me would be white or anything neon. I totally think subtle patterns or a cute blush pink dress, etc, is a-okay.
My standard “wedding attire recipe” is: Dress + Flats + Hair tied back + Nice earrings. I don’t do well with necklaces, it interferes with my camera bag strap.
Where to Shop for Dresses: The best stores for dresses I’ve found are Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Banana Republic and although I haven’t purchased lots from ASOS (only one bridesmaid dress) I’ve heard others have had great success with it!
Where to Shop for Shoes: I purchased two pairs of flats from Vince Camuto last month and I am absolutely loving one of them. The other still need to be broken in, but I can tell the leather will be amazing once it molds to my feet! Previously I had a good experience with Steve Madden flats (until my dog ate them) and when all else fails, I love slipping my TOMS on for the reception.
I hope this post helped you! Happy wedding shooting! As always, I love to read your comments and see your shares, tweets and pins. Thanks so much!