Pay Attention to Details.
It's the little things that can make all the difference in a good outfit. Add a pop of color somewhere. A bold necklace, scarf or earrings add interest to an outfit. They also make focal points for the photographer, allowing him/her to make better compositions and more visually-interesting shots. This goes for the guys, too. Try a bold scarf or tie. Amazing shoes look great on everyone and instantly take a casual outfit to the next level. Just remember to refrain from crazy heels if you'll be walking around out in nature during your shoot.
Ladies: Your photographer is definitely going to want several shots of your hand with that gorgeous new ring . This means do your nails! You don't need to spring for a manicure if you're on a budget, but at least trim your nails and apply a coat of neutral polish. This is also a great time to have your hair done professionally. Having your hair curled or straightened by a good stylist will help you to feel extra confident and radiant for your close-up!
Gents: Like your bride, clean up your nails for close-ups. Also, get a haircut about a week before the shoot. This will give it time to grow out a bit and not scream " I just got a haircut!" Facial hair is fine, if that is your normal look, but please trim it up. No Neck Beards.
I really wanted to end this article with a list of items to avoid completely, but I can't. I've seen some amazing photos where the couples have on less- than-traditional outfits. My suggestions may not fit every couple, but I hope that they guide those of you who are completely in the dark. If you have the confidence to pose in your swimsuit, the edge needed to rock leather shorts, or the style to pull off a vintage ensemble, go for it!