How to Look Your Best in Your Wedding Photos

Guest writer, Nikki Yazxhi, editor and creator of Bella Mumma shares some useful tips for looking perfect in your wedding photos. Time to start practicing in front of the mirror!

It’s something you have to resign yourself to... there’s only so much you can do when you’re having your wedding photos taken. It’s not like setting up a selfie. You only have a certain amount of control. Here’s some strategies that will guarantee your photographer takes the official wedding photos that you will love...

How to Look Your Best in Your Wedding Photos

Relax your face: Wedding pictures can take forever, and smiling through every one can be torture—especially you’re wearing killer high heels. If you start to feel your brow furrow, your eyes squint or smile stiffen, try this trick: Close your eyes, let your lips fall back into place and relax your face. Don’t hesitate to ask the photographer to count out loud while your eyes are closed. On three, open them and turn on your best smile.

Avoid the double chin: Double chins can plague even the slimmest of brides in pictures. To avoid it, elongate your neck by moving your head forward slightly and lift up your chin. Another tip: Try touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth right behind your front teeth. Just be sure not to tense up too much.

How to Look Your Best in Your Wedding Photos

Fake sleek arms: Most wedding dresses (for both the bride and guests!) are sleeveless, which means you may be tempted to keep your arms close to your body or clasp them behind your back. This can actually make your arms look bigger and your shoulders broader. Instead, try lifting your arms out to the sides, just far enough to give the biceps and triceps breathing room.

Stand up straight: When you’re feeling self-conscious, you may be inclined to shrink into yourself and slouch, not a great look. While having your photos taken, think about pushing shoulders back, your chest forward and pulling in your belly button toward your spine. The better posture you have, the thinner you’ll look. Remember: You can still be relaxed while standing up straight, just don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and let the tension out of your neck, shoulders and jaw.

Bride and bridesmaids: Avoid wearing a bra in the morning as you could end up with red marks from the straps, which won't look good if you have a strapless wedding dress. Avoid tan marks on your shoulders too. Keep out of the sun in the lead up to the wedding or book in for a professional spray tan.

Your bouquet: Think about having greenery in your bridal bouquet. White against white gives no contrast and doesn't always show up in photos. And remember to hold it hip height.