As a Dorset wedding photographer,

I have observed a noticeable increase in grooms getting more involved in wedding preparations in recent years. Traditionally, my interactions during the planning phase were primarily with the bride and her family, as they were the ones primarily responsible for organizing the wedding details. However, times have changed, and grooms are now taking a more active role in shaping their special day.

This shift is refreshing and exciting from a photographer’s perspective. It allows me to engage with grooms directly, discussing their vision, preferences, and desired aesthetic for the wedding photography. This involvement enables me to capture their unique perspective and personality throughout the wedding day.

I have noticed that grooms are increasingly interested in the creative aspects of photography, such as discussing specific shots, locations, or themes they want to incorporate. They are also more open to expressing their emotions and participating in the planning of the couple’s portrait sessions. This active participation allows for a more balanced representation of the couple’s journey and enhances the storytelling aspect of the wedding photography.

Moreover, the increased involvement of grooms in wedding preparations has led to a more collaborative and inclusive atmosphere. It is a joy to witness the joint decision-making process and the shared excitement between couples as they plan their big day together. This collaborative approach often results in a wedding that truly reflects the couple’s unique personalities and shared vision.

From capturing the groom’s preparations and interactions with his groomsmen to documenting his emotions and reactions during the ceremony and reception, the evolving role of grooms in wedding preparations has undoubtedly enriched my photography experience. It has allowed me to capture a more comprehensive and authentic narrative of the wedding day, highlighting the groom’s perspectives and contribution to the celebration.


Grooms are participating in budget discussions and contributing their ideas to ensure financial planning aligns with their preferences and priorities.

Venue selection:

Grooms are actively involved in choosing the wedding venue. They may research and visit potential locations, consider logistics, and provide input based on their vision for the event.

Guest list and invitations:

Grooms collaborate with their partners to create the guest list, finalize the invitation design, and manage RSVPs.

Style and theme: Grooms express their opinions on the wedding style, color scheme, and overall theme. They participate in decisions related to decorations, floral arrangements, and other aesthetic aspects.

Attire selection: Grooms actively participate in selecting their wedding attire, including the suit or tuxedo, accessories, and footwear. They may coordinate their choices with the overall wedding color scheme and the bride’s dress.

Food and beverages: Grooms play a role in choosing the menu and catering options. They may contribute to decisions about the reception dinner, cocktail hour, and wedding cake flavors.

Music and entertainment: Grooms offer input on the selection of music playlists, live bands, DJs, or other entertainment options for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Wedding registry: Grooms actively participate in creating the wedding registry, selecting items they would like as gifts, and managing the registry process.

Wedding favors: Grooms may contribute ideas and preferences for wedding favors or small gifts for guests.

Photography and videography: Grooms participate in choosing the wedding photographer and videographer, discussing the desired style, and finalizing the shot list.

Transportation: Grooms may be involved in arranging transportation for the wedding party and guests, such as limousines, vintage cars, or other transportation options.

Pre-wedding events: Grooms participate in planning and hosting pre-wedding events like engagement parties, bachelor parties, and rehearsal dinners.

It’s important to note that these aspects vary depending on cultural traditions, personal preferences, and the level of involvement desired by the groom and the couple as a whole. Ultimately, the degree of participation may differ from wedding to wedding.

In conclusion, grooms’ increasing involvement in wedding preparations has positively impacted wedding photography. Their active participation not only enhances the visual aspects of the photos but also contributes to a more inclusive and personalized representation of the couple’s love story.