Bride and Groom to be...

The best time to complete this questionnaire is around 3 months before the big day (or as soon as you wish)...

Grab a cuppa and answer each question as best you can (estimates are totally fine). This questionnaire is a chance to create a wonderful resource to share with your wedding photographer whilst hopefully offering you some clarity in preparing for your wedding! Each and every wedding is so unique and l'd love to hear more about the details of yours! 

xo Michelle 

Bride's full name *
Bride's full name
Bride's address (prior to wedding) *
Bride's address (prior to wedding)
Bride's cellphone *
Bride's cellphone
Groom's full name *
Groom's full name
Groom's address (prior to wedding)
Groom's address (prior to wedding)
Leave blank if the same
Groom's cellphone *
Groom's cellphone
Wedding date *
Wedding date
New address (if applicable)
New address (if applicable)
Following the wedding
If different to the number attending the ceremony
Please give details along with address if not provided above
Provide full name, whether 'maid' or 'matron' of honor, relationship to bride (or groom) etc. (i.e. bride's best friend)
List full names and also give relationship (i.e. bride's sister)
Please give details along with address if not provided above
Provide full name, and relationship to groom (or bride) etc. (i.e. Groom's brother)
List full names and also give relationship (i.e. groom's childhood friend)
Includes flower girls, ring bearer etc (include ages of children) and describe their level of involvement.
Who will be giving away the bride, who will be your witnesses? Who will be conducting the ceremony? etc.
Would you like coverage of the groom's preparations? *
If 'no' photographs will often be taken of the groom prior to ceremony start (this can include final 'adjustments' of clothing and some portraits if time permits)
Give details (i.e. What time guests are anticipated to arrive, the arrival time of the groom (and estimated time of the bride) and when the ceremony is likely to 'officially' start. Also indicate the approx. length of ceremony.
Are there any restrictions on photography? *
For example the use of flash during the ceremony, or restricted areas (especially for a church ceremony)?
Give details of when guests are expected to arrive, what time the bridal party/ bride and groom must arrive and when the reception 'officially' starts (also give time(s) when food is to be served).
Possible locations for bridal party or couple portraits (apart from ceremony or reception site). Provide approx. travel times between locations.
Please provide details (i.e. indoor location in case of bad weather).
Tell me about your relationship as a couple, how did you meet, what things do you love to do together? When did you decide to get married and whats one thing you are looking forward to after the wedding?
What did you envisage for your wedding, what styles and colours are you most drawn to? Do you have an special theme or particular mood you wish to capture? How does your wedding plans reflect your personalities?
What style of ceremony are you thinking of having? What mood or atmosphere do you want, and how might you create that feeling. What will it look like, what will be involved and who will be involved? How long might the ceremony itself take and what are some of the details you have planned?
It's your wedding! What traditions are very special to you and likewise is there anything unique planned, thats a little out of the ordinary? Have you considered a 'first look' for instance?
You're married! How are you planning to celebrate? Will there be music, dancing? What atmosphere do you want for your reception? What style of food will your guests enjoy? What wedding activities or special ideas have you planned? Tell me about the details...
Did you have any specific ideas or looks that you love? Any 'must have' images? What kinds of images or styles are you most drawn to and what is especially important to you for your wedding photography…
What is it that you love about your ceremony and reception location (and any additional locations you have chosen). What specific features you are drawn to?
Are you wanting a large portrait of all the guests? List the essential guest/family portraits. Note that portraits of less than 15 people can take up to 5 mins and portraits of 15 or more can take up to 10 mins to get everyone in position and ready.
This is essential to ensure the formal portraits run smoothly and everyone is ready and where they need to be. Ideally this person will be equipped with a clear list and voice!
Anything the photographer may need to be wary of, especially for family portraits. This could include family dynamics such as very young children, divorces, mental or physical illness, mobility limitations etc. These may require extra sensitivity and influence the positioning and order of portraits.
Not mentioned above and not already listed below? This might include a special guest to be seated with immediate family or to be included in your formal portraits.
Bride's mother
Bride's mother
Bride's step mother (if applicable)
Bride's step mother (if applicable)
Bride's father
Bride's father
Bride's step father (if applicable)
Bride's step father (if applicable)
List siblings along with any nieces and nephews (give ages of children). Indicate any special roles for siblings (or their children) and those that are in bridal party.
Indicate preferred title ('Nana,' 'Grandma' etc) and whether on mother or father's side
Groom's mother
Groom's mother
Groom's step mother (if applicable)
Groom's step mother (if applicable)
Groom's father
Groom's father
Groom's step father (if applicable)
Groom's step father (if applicable)
List siblings along with any nieces and nephews (give ages of children). Indicate any special roles for siblings (or their children) and those that are in bridal party.
Indicate preferred title ('Nana,' 'Grandma' etc) and whether on mother or father's side
Please list an additional wedding day contact person. This will help if I am unable to reach you on the wedding day and will often be the maid of honour, best man or your parents. Give details and contact number(s)...
Did any of these questions make you think of something else to mention? Feel free to send through any ideas, pictures, or extra information as you make your way with your planning. I love to hear about it, and naturally love to see any visuals!
This is very important if your wedding is selected for publication in a magazine or featured on a wedding blog. Include as much of the following as you can: Wedding Co-ordinator/stylist, Florist, Caterers, Band/DJ, Videographer, Makeup artist, Dress (Designer), Accessories, Wedding Cake, Decorations etc.