Everyone You Need to Spend Time With at the Reception
It's Wedding Wednesday! The Knot Editors Kristen and Ivy are dishing on everyone you need to spend time with at your reception and answering all your wedding planning questions.
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The biggest day of your life is your wedding day. There is nothing that you could want more than for your perfect day to be captured in your memories to be captured in your wedding photos. You are going to want high quality photos that capture the love and romance surrounding your wedding day, that is something important to remember when picking your wedding photographer.
When it comes to planning your wedding, it is important to remember some key details. These details can really help reflect the feel of your wedding in your photos. Here are some tips of things to remember when thinking about how your wedding photos can perfectly capture the feel of your wedding:
The Perfect Pair of Boots: An iconic and unique piece to feature in your rustic wedding is the perfect pair of boots for the bride and groom. To make your photos really stand out, think about finding a fun pair of cowboy boots! Something like a pair of blue toned boots can easily serve as a creative piece for your wedding photos while also being your something blue! Finding the perfect pair of boots is easy, King Ranch Saddle Shop has a vast selection of romantic boots for women and classic boots for men.
The Perfect Venue: The biggest task when planning your wedding is finding your perfect venue. Finding the perfect venue does not have to be difficult. Rustic weddings can take place in a barn, but there are many other ways to create the feel of a rustic wedding when picking your venue. Something unique that you could choose to do is get married by the water, near a lake or pond, and use the décor you choose for your wedding to bring in a more rustic feel.
After the cake has been long eaten and dress has been packed away in storage, all that will remain is the photos taken there on your wedding day. And while there are many photographers out there, who would you like to trust your most precious memories to? How do you get the most out of your wedding photos? Will my photos turn out the way I have dreamed of? Here are some tips to getting the most out of your wedding photography.
"The REAL professional photographers" You have many amateur s out there, that bought a camera and posing as photographers and picking up weddings for some quick easy cash. And even though the price might seem great, take a look at the bigger picture, and ask yourself "why is this person so cheap?" Many professional photographers charge the amount they do because of the skill and education they have, the higher dollar cameras they use that take those great shots, and the materials they use to give you a high quality products that will stand the test of time.
"You will need TIME to make the magic happen" Often times many photographers add a traditional style to their overall wedding shooting skills. These are the tried and true, can't go wrong photos that are taken after the ceremony. These are the shots that get enlarged and placed on a desk or in an album to show your children, so you want to make sure you have time to make these photos happen. After the ceremony allow for a good hour with the photographer, depending on the size of the bridal party and the amount of relatives you want in these photos, you might want to allow for a little more time. Taking the photos isn't the hard part; it's the organization for all the other people that takes most of the time.
"Your creative input helps more then you know" What I suggest to couples is to think about the types of photography they want and let your wedding photographer know what you would like. By offering up ideas and suggestions to the types of photos you'd like to have taken, the better the photographer will be giving you what you want. I'd recommend finding photos online saving them and sending them to the photographer for some ideas or if you find beautiful pictures in magazines clip them out or bring them with you to your meeting with your wedding photographer. It helps to bring everyone onto the same page.
"Engagement Portraits and you" If the photographer offers an engagement portrait session as part of a package or even separately it is recommended that you take advantage of the pre wedding day shoot. It will give you a chance to get comfortable posing in front of a camera as well as gives the photographer a head start finding all those good sides to photograph you in.
So, your wedding date is finalised, venue is booked and you have hired the wedding photographer. Now what? It’s time to decide the style of wedding photography you want for your special occasion. There are many types of styles you can choose from, but you should go for the style that suits you the most. Here are the top 4 most popular styles
Standard Or Traditional Wedding Photography
You may have seen wedding photo albums of other couples where in most of the pictures people look like stiff wooden boards. With changing trends this type of photography is not the first choice for many people. However, majority of photographers still offer the same old kind of work. If you want a traditional style of work then it is fine, but inform your photographer in advance if you don’t want that type of result.
Wedding Photojournalism (Reportage Photography)
Reportage Photography for weddings is completely opposite of the traditional type of photography. It focuses on capturing the moment when they take place in real-time. The photographer strives to capture the natural expressions and special moments of the bride & groom and guests who are attending the ceremony. The photographer is required to stay at the background and always ready to catch the best moment. It makes the function less formal and delivers some amazing results. This type of wedding photography style has become quite popular among couples not only in Northern Beaches, but all over Australia.
Vintage Style Photography For Wedding
It is fast becoming the latest trend among couples, but extra efforts are required to provide the best results in this style of wedding photography. The vintage style is achieved with help of latest editing technologies in which the photographer provides a complete vintage look to the pictures on his editing table. Or, the photographer can simply use the old film cameras to get the real vintage look. While going for vintage style photography you need to make sure that the wedding ceremony also has a vintage theme. How would the pictures look, if the people are wearing modern clothes and you go for vintage style of photography? Plan properly to get the best results from vintage style photography for weddings.
Fashion Magazine Photography Style For Wedding
This style of photography is inspired by glossy & high-end magazines and you’ll be surprised to see the amazing pictures of your wedding. T
Traditionally, the bride's family paid for the costs of a wedding while the groom would incur the expense of the honeymoon. These days it is not uncommon to find many couples paying for their own wedding from their own funds. However, you don't have to spend a fortune or go into debt to have a beautiful wedding. Determine the amount of your budget and stick to it. Keep track of all your expenses and receipts in a folder or binder so that you can stay organized and accurately keep track of where your money is going. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay within your wedding budget.
Wedding Dress • Avoid overly elaborate dresses because they will be more expensive. • Choose a floor sample dress and just have it dry cleaned if necessary. • Look for your dress during prom and homecoming or consider wearing a bridesmaid dress. You can find a beautiful white or cream colored dress during that would be perfect for a wedding at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding dress. • Look at consignment shops and the classified ads. Wedding dresses are generally only worn once so you can get a gently used dress at a huge cost savings.
Reception • Keep the number of guests down. You and the groom should look at the first draft of the guest list and carefully consider who can be taken off the list. • Have a cash bar instead of an open bar. Or you can also just provide wine and beer to keep the costs down. • Hold the ceremony and reception in the same location. You will be able to cut the cost of the location for the ceremony, decorations and transportation to the reception site.
Flowers • Purchase your flowers wholesale and just pay for the labor of a professional florist to arrange them. • Arrange the flowers yourself. A bouquet made of all roses with a little eucalyptus filler and tied with ribbon makes a stunning bouquet and you do not need to be a professional to put this together.
Photography • Find a photographer with reasonable rates and one that you feel that fits your personally!
Invitations • Print your own invitations using your home computer. Visit your local arts and crafts store or search online and purchase a do-it-yourself invitation kit.
Miscellaneous • Make your own wedding favors. Wrap up jordan almonds or other candies in lace and tie with ribbon pre-printed with your names and wedding date. • Keep the number of chosen bridesmaids and groomsmen to a minimum or choose not to have them at all. This will keep the rehearsal dinner cost down as well as eliminate the need to buy groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts.
Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best. From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.
Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.
Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.
Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.
Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.
Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.
Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.
As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.
When a couple envisions their ideal wedding day, rain rarely comes into the picture. Unless a couple likes things soggy, chances are rain on the big day will be a bit of a disappointment.
While there’s no way couples can keep it from raining on their wedding days, there are ways to prevent rain from ruining the ceremony and the ensuing festivities.
* Have a contingency plan in place well in advance. Weather is unpredictable, but couples who choose an outdoor wedding should begin making a contingency plan well in advance of the wedding. This doesn’t mean couples need to plan two weddings, they just need to discuss with vendors what the plan of action is going to be should rain arrive. When booking a venue, discuss with the venue manager what the venue can do if it rains. Many venues will set up a tent and have an umbrella station for arriving guests. When getting married outdoors, choose a venue that’s both idyllic and capable of handling a wet wedding.
It’s best to also have a contingency photography plan in place as well. If it does happen to rain on your wedding day and you change the place of your wedding please BE SURE TO LET US KNOW WELL AHEAD OF TIME. Crystal can always be contacted at 434-610-8917.
* Get dressed at the venue. Brides understandably fear their wedding dress won’t survive a soggy ceremony. To reduce the gown’s exposure to rain, brides should consider getting dressed at the venue. This means they will only have to wear the dress outside during the actual ceremony. Wrap the gown and other accessories including shoes, in plastic to keep them safe from rain and mud. If the wedding is slated for later in the day, call the venue and determine how early the wedding parties can arrive and how much space will be provided for the party to get dressed. This won’t be too big an issue for the groom and his groomsmen, but the bride and her bridal party will likely want to get there several hours in advance of the ceremony.
* Wear waterproof makeup. Brides-to-be should wear waterproof makeup. In addition, bring a collection of items, including hairspray and extra makeup, that can help combat the elements.
* Prepare the ushers. Ushers will need to be extra diligent during a rainy ceremony. Instruct the ushers before guests begin to arrive that their roles have taken on greater importance thanks to the weather. Ushers should keep an eye out and an umbrella open for arriving guests, escorting guests to their seats under a cloak of dryness. Once the happy couple has said their “I dos” and all the guests have managed to stay dry, the bride and groom should offer some special thanks to the ushers who helped keep everyone dry.
Crystal Vandegrift is a Richmond, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Wedding Photographer Contact us for more information about being your wedding photographer.
Here are some of the tips for Perfect Wedding Photography
1) Start your research early, by asking friends and browsing websites and go through some galleries of wedding photographers. , 2) Make a list of moments you would like to capture so that your photographer knows just what you want.
3) Arrange meetings with different photographers you've short listed and meet with them to see if your personalities match.
4) Take all the information regarding packages and find out how many hours of shooting. See more questions to ask wedding, photographers.
5) If you have decided on a photographer, make sure to review them on various websites and then after checking the references you can make a decision. Also, book soon as most good wedding photographers book quick
6) A pre-wedding photo shoot is a great opportunity to get comfortable with your partner. Never miss this chance.
7) Before the wedding always keep a member of the family to help you in gathering of all the grandparents, siblings and cousins during the wedding day.
8) In the end just relax and enjoy your day, allow your photographer to keep you on schedule, because you hired them and rather than you they need to worry about capturing all the moments.
When the time comes to walk down the aisle, more and more couples are choosing to make the procession in a far-off land. Destination weddings are on the rise, with researchers at TheKnot.com reporting that roughly one in four couples who tied the knot in 2011 chose to have a destination wedding.
Destination weddings may appear to be an ideal way to tie the knot, but couples should know that planning such a ceremony may be even more difficult than planning a more traditional affair. Couples who choose to have a destination wedding must be ready to put a significant amount of faith in a wedding planner, who is often affiliated with the resort where the couple will be staying. Though the wedding planner may handle many of the details concerning the ceremony and the reception, couples should know that some of that planning will still fall on their shoulders as well. That planning may not be so simple, so before couples spread the word about their island wedding, it’s best to consider a few factors to determine if a destination wedding is truly the best way to go.
* Guests: How many guests a couple hopes to invite is a great starting point when determining if a destination wedding is for you. Many couples who choose to have a destination wedding do so because they prefer a more intimate ceremony. Destination weddings are obviously more expensive for guests than a more traditional ceremony, so many guests won’t be able to afford to attend. Couples who intend to invite many guests might want to avoid a destination wedding.
* Locale: The destination for your destination wedding should be a locale that holds a special place in your heart. A random location that you find on the Internet might work out, but having some prior experience with the destination can help you anticipate minor, yet potentially problematic, issues. These issues can include the accessibility of the airport, currency exchange rate and the weather. In addition, you can help guests have a better time on their trips if you have already familiarized yourself with the locale. If you haven’t traveled much as a couple and don’t have a particular place in mind, then you might find a destination wedding is more hassle than it’s worth.
* Accessibility: A common problem many couples encounter when planning a destination wedding is the accessibility of their chosen locale. Couples will likely have to visit the destination at least once prior to their wedding, which will eat up some of your weddingbudget and your vacation time (which you will need to save for the actual wedding and your honeymoon). If the locale is a remote island that’s not very accessible, that can make these pre-weddingtrips pretty stressful.
Accessibility should also be a consideration for your guests. How far will your guests have to travel? How much money will guests have to spend on airfare and hotel accommodations? The less accessible the locale is, the more you and your guests are going to have to spend.
Accessibility of the airport is another consideration. Some island locales and resorts are known for their remoteness, which can be a problem for wedding guests. If the resort is a long ride away from the airport, that’s another expense for guests. The resort may provide a shuttle service, but that cost will fall on the couple and the shuttle may not run frequently, which can prove problematic when guests’ arrivals are staggered.
* Legality: The law is another thing couples must consider when deciding if a destination wedding is for them. Laws vary depending on the locale, so before you commit to a specific locale, make sure you’re legally allowed to get married there and if there are any hurdles you must clear before you can. Those hurdles might be significant, and couples may find they’re not worth the hassle.