1. How dirty are you willing to get? Your photographer can protect your dress by having you sit on clear plastic tarps that can be tucked under your dress and out of the shot.
2. If you need to walk a distance to get to the location, consider wearing sneakers under your dress. A long hem can hide them, or you can change once you're in place.
3. If you're driving yourself to the shoot, or you're planning to get wet, wear a bathing suit under your clothes so you can change on-site. You can tuck the straps into the bodice of your dress once you arrive.
4. Start with the clean photographs first. Ask your photographer what he or she thinks about the shoot as you are posing - did you get the shots you discussed? Once you go into water/mud/paint, there's no going back!
5. Do you want flowers for the session? Ask your photographer if they have silk bouquet props available, talk to your florist, or pick up a simple bouquet at a grocery store.
6. Do you need hair & makeup appointments? Many brides choose a more relaxed DIY feel for their "rock the frock" shoots in contrast to their wedding day look. Remember, the fun of these sessions is the chance to get away from stiff, traditional poses and stress of the wedding and aim for unscripted, spontaneous, creative photographs.
7. When planning the location, think about your personality. If you're shy and introverted, you may prefer a quiet, rural location or a place that's off-season (i.e. New England beach in the winter). If you love being the center of attention, soak it all up by planning your session in a place that's more likely to attract crowds.
8. Do you want your future husband in some or all of shots? Tuxedos can be rented again (talk to your tux shop about deals for multiple days), or he can dress in a suit. For contrast, ask your guy to wear jeans and cowboy boots, or some other casual outfit. Want to indulge your inner fashionista for a day? Leave your guy at home and surprise him with your awesome photographs later!