Your best friend is getting married in the Mayan Riviera, and of course you are thrilled for her! Being selected to be a beach bridesmaid is an honour, but it also brings the responsibility of helping the bride through what can easily be a very stressful day for her. Your job is to help make her memories of her wedding day as sweet as they can be. Below are six tips from the destination wedding photographer on what you can do, from our point of view, to be an awesome beach bridesmaid.
If your wedding photographer forgets to talk to the wedding party about the importance of looking up and smiling while you are coming down the aisle for the procession, then take it upon yourself as an awesome beach bridesmaid to give this pep talk. It sounds like a pretty basic request, but you would be surprised at how many weddings I’ve shot where everybody is staring at their feet as they come down the aisle…especially the bride and her father! If you can remind everybody to keep their heads up so the photographer can get those special pictures, your beach bride buddy will thank you!
This is a beach wedding in Mexico, and you know it is going to be hot, hot, hot! There is nothing worse than a bridal party caught unprepared during the hour (or more!) of beach wedding photos. An awesome beach bridesmaid will make arrangements ahead of time to ensure that the whole wedding party has cocktails or refreshments to get them through the photography session comfortably and happily.
Give your destination wedding photographer a hand with the bride and groom’s shot list. You have been on vacation in Mexico with this group for at least a few days at this point, and so you probably know who crazy Aunt Bee or Nana are by now. If the bride has requested a wedding photo with them, you can be an awesome beach bridesmaid by rounding up these people when the time comes, saving your bride buddy the stress and wasted time of doing herself.
Strike a Pose!
Help the bride get the best results from her destination wedding pictures by teaching the bridesmaids a few simple tricks that make a big difference in the long run. First, hold your bouquet down low, with your arms almost fully extended, and tip it towards the camera lens so that you can actually see the beautiful flowers in the shot. Second, drop your chin slightly and look straight into the camera lens. This will make every face look its prettiest, and will leave your beach bride with a plethora of excellent shots to choose from of her and her besties. Check out this other blog I wrote about looking terrific in wedding photos!
A wedding dress on the beach can very quickly become a nuisance to the one wearing it! An awesome beach bridesmaid will be aware that the bride may need help lugging her train through the sand, or picking debris out of the lacy overlay. Her wedding photos can easily be ruined by a messy looking dress, or a swirl of hair blown out of place by the ocean breeze, so help with these little details before her romantic sunset wedding shoot.
Nix the Bridesmaid-zillas!
It never ceases to amaze me how one bridesmaid, confused over who’s wedding day this is, can ruin a whole photo shoot. She is miserable. She is hot and tired in the Mexican sun, or hates having her picture taken, or can’t handle the wind in her hair. The awesome beach bride will find a way to nix this toxic behaviour before it poisons the whole group, wrecks all the fun wedding photos, and brings the beach bride down.
A destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera is supposed to be FUN and a once in a lifetime experience for everyone, especially the bride and groom. An awesome beach bridesmaid can ensure that the day goes smoothly by following these six simple tips. Your best buddy beach bride will thank you for it!
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