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Wedding Day Tips ( Sikh & Hindu Weddings)

Time Frame for Getting Ready Photoshoot

  1. Allow for 120 minutes with the groom/bride and family before departure for the wedding ceremony.

  2. This time can be used for capturing getting ready shots, family photos and any other pre-wedding moments with the bride/groom and his family.

  3. This time will be a great opportunity for the photographer to capture candid and intimate moments between the groom/bride and his/her family.

  4. Makeup artist should aim to have the bride ready 90 minutes before departure time.

  5. Dupatta and Lehenga should not be done before starting the photoshoot.


Bride & Groom Getting Ready Tips


1. Gather all accessories, jewelry, lehenga, Sherwani, and other details in one place for the wedding photographer to shoot when they arrive. This will ensure that all necessary items are easily accessible and save time on the day of the wedding.


2. Choose a room with a large window and minimal mess to get ready in for the wedding. You can send pictures of the room to the wedding photographer for reference. This will allow for natural light to enhance the photographs and create a pleasant environment for you to get ready in.


3. Have a backless chair or stool available for getting ready pictures. Avoid chairs with backs and armrests. This will create a more natural and relaxed posture in the photographs.


4. Take care to properly set the dupatta as it can greatly enhance the images. A well-set dupatta can add elegance and sophistication to the photographs and make a big difference in the final images.


Bride & Groom Portraits and Family Photos Tips


Rent a professional backdrop stand and choose from a variety of muslin, sequin, or silk backdrops for a polished and professional look. A nice backdrop can help create a cohesive and polished look for all of the wedding photographs. ( They are usually not expensive to rent, but they add very clean look to you photos and video.

1. Ensure that there is a minimum of 10 feet of clear space in front of the backdrop for family pictures.


2. This will provide ample room for the photographer to capture the family group shots and ensure that everyone is in the frame.


3. Having sufficient space in front of the backdrop will also help to create a more natural and relaxed atmosphere for the family during the photo session.


4. Make sure to keep this in mind when selecting a location for the family pictures and communicate this requirement to the photographer.


How to use props in wedding photography


1. Incorporating certain props into your wedding photography can enhance the final images and create unique and memorable shots.


2. Some props that may be useful include a wooden hanger, bridal satin robe, stool (avoid chairs with backs or armrests), step stool, large mirror, tea lights, LED lights and lamps.


3. These props can add texture and dimension to the photographs, creating a more dynamic and visually interesting composition.


4. Consider incorporating these props into your getting ready shots, first look, or other intimate moments to create a more personalized and distinctive wedding photography experience.



Sikh Gurudwara wedding Tips


Entrances


  1. Ask a family member to ensure that everyone is seated when you enter the Gurudwara hall for the ceremony. This includes children with their parents and all other guests. Wait until everyone is seated before entering the hall.

  2. Have your parents or siblings walk by your side as you enter the Gurudwara hall. Make sure that other family members such as cousins are already seated inside the hall before you enter.

  3. To achieve clean, nice shots during the ceremony, it is important to have as few people as possible sitting behind the couple. This will create a cleaner background and allow the focus to be on the couple.


First Look Groom Tips:

  • Take a peek back as the bride walks towards you, and let your excitement show on your face.

  • Whenever possible, make eye contact with the bride, smile at her and express your feelings with a word or two.

First Look Bride Tips:

  • Don't be shy, when the groom looks at you, look back at him.

  • If he smiles at you, respond with a smile.

Remember that for the photographer to capture beautiful candid moments, the couple needs to create the moments and the photographer will create the memories for you


Ceremony


  1. If family members want to sit behind the bride and groom during the Laawan ceremony, ask them to sit on the left or right side. This will help to keep the focus on the couple during the ceremony and avoid obscuring them in the photographs.

  2. Brothers are not traditionally required to assist during the Laawan ceremony. In the past, brothers would stand around the palki to assist the bride, but as it is not necessary today, it is better to have this conversation with the management team of the Gurudwara to avoid any awkwardness during the ceremony.

  3. The Groom can keep his Kirpan with him during the Lawan ceremony.

  4. Try to synchronize with each other when bowing down at the end of each holy round.


Post Ceremony:

  • We strongly suggest taking at least one big immediate family picture after the Shagun Line is over. This would include the first families of the bride and groom. Have a family member make sure that no one from the immediate family leaves the hall before this picture is taken.

  • We suggest that the Groom’s family reaches the Bride’s parents’ house right after the ceremony so that all the tea and snacks can be completed while the couple is doing their post-ceremony photo shoot.


Hindu wedding Tips


Entrances:

  • Ask your host to ensure that everyone is seated when you enter the hall for the Hindu ceremony. This includes children with their parents and all other guests. Wait until everyone is seated before entering the hall, especially in the aisle.

First Look Groom Tips:

  • When you see the bride walking towards you, let your excitement show on your face.

  • Whenever possible, make eye contact with the bride and smile at her.

First Look Bride Tips:

  • Don't be shy, when the groom looks at you, look back at him.

  • If he smiles at you, respond with a smile.


Remember that for the photographer to capture beautiful candid moments, the couple needs to create the moments and the photographer will create the memories for you.


Ceremony:

  • For the groom, when applying Sindoor or putting on the Mangal Sutra, try not to block the bride's face, put it from the side so we can see you both.

  • For the bride, look into the groom's eyes and feel the moment.

Post Ceremony:

  • It's time for formal pictures, to save time, make a list of family pictures that you need to do and follow it strictly. Take the immediate family pictures first and then have first cousins, uncles and aunts join in as per the list.

  • Using Doli from the ceremonial venue can save about 1 and a half hours on your wedding day.




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