Pre-Wedding Questionnaire | Ashley Benham Photography | Memphis Tennessee Wedding + Portrait Photographer

All about the couple
Bride's Name *
Bride's Name
Bride's Phone Number *
Bride's Phone Number
Groom's Name *
Groom's Name
Groom's Phone Number *
Groom's Phone Number
Married Address *
Married Address
Where we can mail your images!
We want all the mushy details!
All About the Wedding
Wedding Date *
Wedding Date
Are you two planning to do a first look before the ceremony? (Highly recommended!) *
Venue name, address, contact name & email.
Contact name, email, & website. Normally this person is in charge of the rehearsal and directs who walks when and who stands where, etc. If you don’t have a professional wedding coordinator, we ask that you would designate one family member or friend as your wedding coordinator for the day. This person will be someone that we can work with and talk to throughout the day to provide a seamless, worry-free day for you.
Is there a time set for the ceremony yet? If so, list the time below. *
Is there a time set for the ceremony yet? If so, list the time below.
Majority of the time, the photographer will plan out your timeline for the day, so helping us by giving us specific times to be certain places, etc is crucial.
ie: lighting candles during ceremony, taking a celebration shot of liquor before the vows, etc.
All About the Reception
Venue name, address, contact name & email.
Do you have a set time you are making your entrance at the reception? *
Do you have a set time you are making your entrance at the reception?
Ex: bouquet toss, garter toss, cutting the cake, etc.
Example: bubbles, confetti, sparklers, etc. Suggestion: If your exit takes place after dark, it's recommended that sparklers play some role in the exit to act as a light source.
Approximate time the reception will end: *
Approximate time the reception will end:
Please list MOH first.
Please list best man first.
Do you want getting ready photos of the groom + his entourage? (Can realistically do IF bride and groom are getting ready at the same location). *
Doing it before the ceremony is usually best and takes lots of pressure off for the rest of the day. Completely up to you two!
ie: Bride & Groom with Bride’s parents; Bride & Groom with Bride’s parents and siblings; Bride & Groom with Bride’s parents, siblings, and grandparents; Bride & Groom with Groom’s parents; Bride & Groom with Groom’s parents and siblings; Bride & Groom with Groom’s parents, siblings, and grandparents; Bride & Groom with both sets of parents.
Which terms do you think best describe your style or the style of photography that you're looking for? (Please check all that apply!) *
What photos are most important to you? *
While ABP makes every effort possible to capture the day's events, we are unable to guarantee certain shots as each wedding is unique and clients needs vary. For this reason, we ask that you help us accomplish this task by listing anything of special importance so we can plan ahead and make this happen for you! Ex: "Pic of uncle Rob", "grandma's handkerchief", etc.
Sometimes weddings are featured on blogs, so we like to include all vendors who helped make your wedding happen!
Miscellaneous Details
PLEASE be in communication with the caterer about allowing the photographers to eat while you two eat so we can eat quickly while you do and get right back to work when you are finished!

Lastly, a few quick things to keep in mind to ensure the whole wedding day goes as smoothly as possible!

  • When the Make-Up Artist arrives, make sure she sets up with lots of room nearest the biggest and nicest window in the room you’re getting ready in. It’s really awkward for me to ask them to move when I arrive if they’ve set up in a corner somewhere in unflattering light!
  • If you want me to photograph your amazing dress get it out of its bag. Hang it up somewhere proudly in the room. From a wardrobe, in a window bay, wherever you like, we can always move it but show it off!
  • Bring a non-plastic hanger for your dress shot!
  • If you want me to photograph any other details such as shoes or jewelry please have them ready and put to one side.
  • Clear the room of any clutter, especially if you’re getting ready at home rather than a hotel room. Anything that you wouldn’t want to be seen in the photographs (plastic bags, giant teddy bears, clothes over the bed etc). I can’t photoshop these things out afterwards sorry!
  • In order to get the best pictures possible during bridal preparations the bigger, the lighter the room and the less clutter the better.
  • No body glitter or shiny lip gloss! They look terrible in photographs.
  • Make sure a bridesmaid or your coordinator has a safety kit in case you need something. Some good things for the kit to contain are stain removal (‘Tide To-Go’ pens are awesome), tampons, small scissors, mini sewing kit, hairspray, safety pins, bobby pins, energy bars, gum, q-tips, band aids, deodorant, makeup remover and name a few.
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have an unplugged wedding! Please instruct your guests to keep phones and tablets and cameras put AWAY during the ceremony! You hired us for a reason! We are professionals and these bright screens and Uncle Bob stepping in the aisle can be distracting things in our shot.
  • Couples should think about their kiss when they say ‘i do’. It’s hard to edit an all tongue kiss. Eww! Make it a good “church kiss” and don’t forget to hold it for a few seconds at least. I have had couples that kiss so fast that I get a shot right before and right after,  because the kiss is actually faster than my cameras burst rate!
  • Photographers need to eat when you do.  We can’t photograph people eating (not very flattering!). But if your servers say they won’t feed us until AFTER the guests then we don’t get to eat because that’s when the bride & groom (you guys!) are finished and the action starts up again. Pretty please give instructions to the caterer to feed the photographers at the same time as the wedding party, NOT after the last guest!
  • Instruct your DJ to communicate with the photographer during the reception.  It’s best if they let us know BEFORE they start the cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc., so we can be prepared for these shots. Your aunt Pam might have dragged us into another room and is having us take pictures of your second cousins twice removed while something important is happening on the dance floor. And then we will miss it. And you’ll be upset. And so will we!

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire with accurate details! We ask you to do this so we can be prepared for your big day!

Legal Disclosure:
By submitting this form you are stating that you have provided us with complete, accurate details about your wedding day. Please ensure that all information is correct as this forms a part of a legally binding contract for services.