October 9, 2018
First of all…CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t imagine the whirlwind of excitement you’re going through right now! As a wedding photographer, I have seen a lot of unique love stories and every one of them pulls on my heart strings. I’ve seen a lot of stressed out brides and a lot of organized ones, too. If you’re reading this, you’re wondering how to avoid those stressful situations, that can potentially stress you out on one of the most important days of your life! I’m here to help. Below you will find some USEFUL tips to help you in your planning process. Whether you’re newly engaged or are getting married in a week, these can help you from going bridezilla on your big day. For your convenience, I went ahead and separated these tips into sections: Planning, Engagement Session, Wedding Day, and Post “I DO”, just incase you’re in a different stage of planning!
NOT google, NOT the knot, NOT facebook groups. In my opinion, wedding vendors are utilizing social media to its greatest potential these days. If you’re like me and you need to visualize things, instagram is your best bet finding a dress shop, florist, calligrapher, coordinator, or photographer that fits your criteria to a “T.” The great thing about instagram is HASHTAGS. If you want to see what your area has to offer wedding vendor wise, search #ToledoWeddingPhotographer, #OhioWeddingCoordinator, or whatever your heart desires and see what catches your eye! You won’t regret this! Instagram is basically an online portfolio or business card!
I know this may seem silly but you would not believe the amount of people who skip this simple step! Booking an engagement session is important. Booking an engagement session WITH your actual wedding photographer is even more important. The reason this is so crucial is because not only do you get to meet that photographer beforehand, but you get to see if their style of photography fits YOUR style. It’s easy to take a better deal if booking with a different photographer is cheaper, but you won’t get a chance to build a connection with your wedding photographer before your big day. Why is building a connection SO important? Well, 99.9% of the time your boo thang is going to be camera shy and if they establish trust with your wedding photographer…they’re gonna be ready for Americas’s Next Top Model even before they say “I DO.”
I KNOW. I’m THE worst. Seriously though, how long does that dark lipstick even last? DON’T even try to tell me about lipsense (although i do high key love that stuff). The reason this is one of my tips is because no matter what, dark lipsticks don’t match your natural lip color. There will be that inevitable line where the lipstick meets the inner part of your lip. Yes, this is extremely noticeable. Stick with something neutral that isn’t a seasonal color. These engagement photos are going to be a part of your love story for FOREVER, you don’t want to look back and regret wearing the wrong color because you thought it went well with your outfit. Not to mention, you’re going to be kissing on your bae A TON, don’t risk it transferring onto their lips, cheeks, or their clean, white button-up.
You’ve been dreaming of having your engagement photos taken in the Zoo Aquarium for your entire life. Problem is, that place is darker than a 5-year-old’s room that’s afraid of the dark. You truly need to tell your visions to your wedding photographer and trust that the locations they choose will tell your story perfectly. Don’t forget that YOU are the focal points of this session! It’s great to have a beautiful background, but to be honest, I’ve done a photoshoot in a junk yard, parking lot, and bedroom and absolutely loved the outcome. It’s all about lighting over location.
1. TIMELINE TIMELINE TIMELINE
Hypothetically speaking…let’s say you booked your wedding photographer for 10 hours. What time do you tell them to start?! Keep this in mind…you want more pictures of you and your soon-to-be hubby getting ready with your favorite people by your side. You especially want more of these photos than Uncle Ernie on the dance floor ALL DANG NIGHT. Everyone imagines their reception being the most LIT party ever. Everyone dancing, drink in hand, NOBODY sitting in their seats because the cupid shuffle is on. I’ve been to A LOT of weddings, and I’ve been to ONE where this was the case. I know a lot of brides dream of getting the sparkler exit photo. The only problem with this is having your photographer lose the “getting ready” part of your day so you can get the THREE good photos of you running through sparklers. Most brides don’t have the budget to have their wedding photographer stay all day long from start-to-finish, and that’s totally fine! I’m here to help you understand that having your photographer at the reception for the big moments like first dances, toasts, and the cake cutting are the crucial moments you want documented. Getting your makeup done, laughing with your bridesmaids, crying with your mom while she puts on your veil are moments of your day you do not want to give up.
You’re scrolling through Pinterest and you stop at the most PERFECT wedding shoes. Your mom buys them as a gift and you cannot wait to wear them on your special day! There’s a story behind every detail on your wedding day. Capturing photos of those details big or small is so important to your love story. A week before your big day make THIS list for your Maid of Honor to gather the morning of for your wedding photographer…
1. ENJOY THE MARRIED LIFE
YOU’RE MARRIED!!!! ENJOY IT! Don’t stress about how long it takes your wedding photographer to get your wedding gallery to you! I promise my clients to have their gallery within 3 weeks, but I know some photographers that promise it within 10 weeks!! Some AMAZING wedding photographers are still in school, have full-time jobs, and photography is their side hustle. It doesn’t take away at all from their work, but it can take them longer than others! Trust me, you do NOT want your gallery rushed. If you want a sneak peek, ask them if they do those! A lot of people do sneak peeks the night of the wedding! It all depends <3