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February 24, 2020

Helpful Tips about Wedding Details

photograph of wedding rings along with the bride's heirloom jewelry by Raleigh Wedding Photographers

Helpful Tips about Wedding Details from Raleigh Wedding Photographers

I’ve been to A LOT of weddings and I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say every wedding is totally different. That’s because every couple has different priorities for their wedding day. This edition of Elyssa Explains may be totally irrelevant to some couples, but for brides or grooms who are incredibly detail-oriented it may be the post you refer to the most often when thinking through your wedding day plans.

AKA: Elyssa Explains Wedding Details

This post is all about the “wedding details.” And I don’t mean what time the invitation says the ceremony starts, I’m talking about the invitation itself.

We love photographing the little details incorporated into your wedding because those are the things that convey your personality and the unique wedding vibe you want to convey (if you’re a Kivus & Camera couple, then it’s probably a vibe of “super fun wedding!”). These personal wedding details are not just invitations, although we’ve definitely seen some really awesome invitation suites. When I say wedding details, I mean everything from your florals to your jewelry, from pocket squares to funky socks, handwritten notes, mementos from loved ones, custom Ketubahs, a sixpence in your shoe, inside jokes with the wedding party, etc. Those are the details we’re talking about here! 

Photograph of a bride's wedding details including a sixpence taped to the bottom of one of her shoes

Even though the Kivus & Camera team will always be on the lookout for important, personality-filled, and customized details on the wedding day, it really helps if
(a) you let us know ahead of time what details are most important to you, and
(b) you consolidate details you definitely want photographed into one area in your respective prep locations (of course, reception-specific details like table decor and signage doesn’t need to be there, but things like your invitations, jewelry, and similar accessories are often important “getting ready” details)

A white wedding gown hangs in the center of a wooden door for a stone church outside of Raleigh, North Carolina

We typically start the day by photographing those “getting ready” specific details. Note that I always suggest including the invitation suite here, so we can photograph it along with things like your jewelry and other mementos. Check out the example list below for help in determining what you might want to set aside.

detail shot of a man in a suit pouring a beer into a custom beer stein that says Groom by Raleigh wedding photographers

Some examples of those sort of important “details”: 

  • The rings: engagement rings, wedding rings (I suggest having all rings in the same place to start the day so I can photograph them together – just let us know who should have the rings leading up to the ceremony and we’ll get the rings to that person as soon as we’ve photographed them)
  • Paper products (make surer to bring extra copies of your save the date, invitation, rsvp cards, programs, etc.)
  • Gifts (for one another, wedding party, parents, etc.)
  • Wedding day outfit and accessories: wedding dress, veil, shoes, jewelry, bouquets, jacket, vest, tie, watch, cufflinks, boutonniere, funky socks, shoes, suspenders, etc.
  • Any other special mementos – handkerchiefs, handwritten notes, and charms for bouquets are just some of what we’ve seen before.


the father of a groom shows off the embroidered message inside the tie his son gifted him on the wedding day | from Raleigh wedding photographers

That’s what I’ve got to say about wedding details! But as always, I’m here to help, so never hesitate to reach out with questions (photography related or not)


photograph of two wedding rings sit in front of a wedding ring box that says Rita & Laura


We believe that love is bright and colorful and your wedding photographs should be bright and colorful too.

Kivus & Camera are Raleigh Wedding photographers who create bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. Your unique love story deserves to be told through unforgettable, breath-taking photographs that stand out from the crowd. Kivus & Camera love creating that magic. After all, as past bride Courtney says, we’re photography sorcerers.

Also, while we call ourselves Raleigh wedding photographers, we definitely photograph Durham weddings, Chapel Hill weddings, Cary weddings, etc. We’re all over the Triangle area, and we’re happy to head to the beach or mountains and even to places outside of North Carolina! Just let us know where your love story is headed.

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