Be ready to be on the move all the time.
Your documentary wedding photographer will be asking you to do a lot of things and this is why you need to really make a decision on whether you are planning to go through with it or not in the first place. It can be a bit of a challenge, so to speak. All the work is not just being done by your photographer. Half of it will come from you and the enthusiasm and effort that you put into your shots will also bear fruit. The thing about documentary wedding photography is that the concept is mainly based upon movement or the idea of it. You can’t just sit still and expect the succession of shots to pass off as such. You will have to move around, jump, or run even. There is something very exciting and unique about that. And yes, wearing comfortable shoes will turn out to be a great plus, too. Instead of wearing those towering high heels, why not give platform heels a try? They are just as high but they give you a far more stable base to land on when you are walking or even faux running.
Have a second less expensive dress handy.
Do your documentary wedding photographer a favour and don’t cringe whenever he asks you if you can lie on the grass while you are wearing your wedding dress. If you bought something particularly expensive and you don’t want it soiled or anything like that, you can always go for a cheaper off the rack version and have a second dress somewhere in the background that you can use for when you are moving about or planning to get dirty or anything like that. This is particularly applicable for when you are in a woodsy or beachside location. You might be asked to get in the water and get your dress soaked, for artistic purposes. You need to be able to go with the flow and have the spare dress to wear to help get it done at the end of the day.
Complete and utter trust in your photographer.
You hired out a professional documentary wedding photographer in the first place because he happens to be the best in what he does and he has had years of experience in not only shooting weddings but also in shooting in this particular niche. You will only ruin that novelty if you question him all the time and if you don’t allow him to explore what he can creatively during the day of the wedding.
Let it go and stop posing.
The whole theme of a documentary wedding photography coverage is that there is a “reportage” aspect to it. It’s as if an observer just happens to be there with a camera in tow. You need to help keep it authentic by opting for more genuine smiles and by not overdoing it with the poses at the end of the day. Let it go and enjoy the moments and your photographer will take care of the rest for you.