Preparation photographs set the scene for the day and it is worth considering a few things when choosing somehwere to stay. There is a great difference between the style, colour and quality of light in, say, a hotel like a Premiere Inn and that of a boutique B&B. The lighter and brighter, the better. Large windows and white walls are best. Consider whether the prep location suits your wedding styling (after all, the photographs will all be together in your final collection so it would be desirable that they are cohesive. Consider how much space you will have in your prep' location when you add hair & make-up artists, bridesmaids, family members etc. It is worth having extra space where possible; with more space, I can work with an uncluttered background and space for the detail shots and you will have a calmer space in which to prepare for such an important event.
On the day, I like to have a few things to hand. A copy of your wedding stationery (invitations, envelopes neatly addressed and with a pretty stamp/stamps, menus, place names etc.); a selection of flower stems from your florist (just one or two of each type, loose. Usually, florists are quite happy to supply these at no extra cost); your shoes, dress, maids' dresses, veil, jewellery, perfume and any other details you would like me to capture, all to hand somewhere away from the busy preparation area.