Please Note: I believe every wedding and every couple is different, and these Tips may work for some and not for others. These are just best practices in certain situations, and doesn't mean your wedding won't be great if you don't do it! Glean some ideas from this, and do what's best for you!
Where do we start?
When starting your wedding planning, what is the first thing you should do? Tell everyone you're engaged, of course! Now, let the planning begin! Start with finding a venue as this will confirm your wedding date. Then, your primary services will be Photography (get those engagement photos done!), Video, DJ/Band, Hair/Makeup, Flowers, Photo Booth, and Officiant. We can actually help you with all of these! View our website for more details.
How much time is needed for getting ready.
Usually 1-2 hours is plenty of time for the getting ready photos/video, depending on it's location in relation to the ceremony location. We'll help plan it accordingly, but the main parts to it could include detail shots (dress, shoes, flowers, invitation, jewelry, etc.), bride and bridesmaids in their matching robes, mom helping bride put on her dress, bride reading a letter from her soon-to-be husband, and anything else that comes up! Then there's the grooms prep, if desired, which would have similar elements, but may require a second photographer, depending on the locations.
Should we do a first look?
In case you don't know, a first look is when you and your fiance' set up a special reveal moment between the two of you, where you see each other for the first time on your wedding day. Some people like to do this to get all the photos of them and the bridal party done before the ceremony. Then after the ceremony you only have family photos to do, and you can enjoy most of your cocktail hour! This is especially a good idea to do when the ceremony and reception are all done at the same location. The first look is also a little more intimate, as you can hug, kiss and embrace each other right away, unlike during the ceremony.
When is the best time of day for photos?
First of all, a good photographer can take advantage of any time of day. But, ideally the best times are an hour or two before sunset. If you're having a summer wedding, try to get outside after dinner to get a nice sunset photo! If you're wedding is in the winter, make sure you plan your ceremony and photos accordingly so that you're not stuck in the dark. If you think it's possible you'll end up taking pictures in the dark, make sure your photographer has the right equipment for off-camera flash photography. It will make a huge difference!
And the best advice I can give you is to HAVE FUN! No matter what the day brings, just remember why you're there, and have a great time!