Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Finding The Perfect Wedding PhotographerYour wedding photos are something that you’re going to treasure for the rest of your life, so it stands to reason that you should want the best wedding photographer you can get. But how do you know who to go to when it seems like on every corner there’s a wedding photographer? In particular,being such an enormous city and a hub of businesses, is difficult to navigate due to the sheer mass of photography businesses. So, what’s a newly engaged couple to do? Here are a few tips to help you make your decision and come out of your photographer search with satisfying results.

First, you should always take a look at the photographer’s past work. Check out the photographer’s portfolio on their website, and see how versatile they can be. Do the couples in the photos look natural and happy, or are the photos awkward and forced-looking? Speaking of the couples in the photographer’s portfolio, another way to see if a wedding photographer is as good as they seem is to check in with their past clients. Have the couples they’ve photographed before been satisfied? Were there any problems? You can definitely ask a photography company for client contact information and references. Any photographer worth their salt will be happy to oblige.

An important thing to consider is wedding photography prices. This location has a number of wedding photography businesses who will happily charge exorbitant costs for some crummy photos, so it is important to make sure that you don’t confuse expensiveness for quality. Especially since you’ve likely already put down a small fortune for the engagement ring (not to mention the cost of the upcoming wedding and subsequent reception!), you need to be careful and prudent about how you spend your money. Hire someone good, but be practical -don’t blow your money on the most expensive option just because the price sounds promising.

Once you’ve found the right photographer, it’s a good idea to them to do your engagement photos before the wedding. Why? Because a great way to make sure that your wedding photographer is exactly the right person for you is to have them be there to take your engagement photos. Not only will the photography style and lighting choices be more congruent than if you hire two separate businesses for your engagement and wedding photos, but you’ll also be able to evaluate how well the photographer knows how to capture the moment, and whether or not they’re easy to work with. If the photographer is a difficult diva, drop them! It’s your day, not theirs, and you don’t want to be distracted from your own wedding because of problems with the photographer. On the flip side, if the engagement photo session goes off without a hitch, you’ll be all the more comfortable come your wedding day!

You should never have to worry about the small details on the most magical day of your life, so be smart – invest in finding the best wedding photographer.

 

Things To Do To Create The Perfect Wedding Album

Things To Do To Create The Perfect Wedding AlbumWedding photo albums are real treasures that keep memories alive. When you have a carefully designed and organized album, you will love going over your big day and sharing your best moments with friends and family. You will enjoy the album every time you bring it out and a few assembling tips can help you create the perfect one to enjoy and share with loved ones.

1. Do pick favorite wedding photos. The fact is that not all photos taken on your big day will end up in your album. Choose the photos you feel you cannot do without and make them part of your valuable collection.

2. Do include captions for the photos. This is one of the easiest ways of giving a story using the photo album. However, captions can create visual clutter and you therefore want to lay out the photos appropriately so that you have enough space for a necessary caption without leaving your pages too crowded.

3. Do arrange the photos chronologically. An album that sort of tells the story from the bridal party getting ready to the ceremony and evening party is a great item indeed. You can choose just a few good photos from earlier in the day before then spreading your wedding photo shoot photos.

4. Do give enough breathing space. Even without captioning, you should ensure that your photos are spread in a professional manner. You should not have album pages that are overwhelming to the eyes because of too many photos however large the space it. The fewer your photos the bigger and clearer and enjoyable they will be.

5. Do mix colors and contrasts on album pages. Bright colored photos can be very enjoyable, but they work even better when you strike a balance between the colored photos and the black and white ones you might have. Digital developments make it possible to change colored photos to black and white. You can use this feature to create a beautiful contrast across the album. You can also combine the bright outdoor photos with darker indoor ones.

6. Do choose photos for the front and back album covers. They can be pictures of anything, including a colorful wedding bouquet or a lovely wedding dress. Some couples prefer a large photo of their wedding album front cover. You can be as creative as you wish when making your selection. For instance, you can put a photo of guests leaving or waving goodbye on the black cover.

7. Do choose an album that matches wedding size. Scaling your album to how big your wedding was is a good thing to do. Short intimate weddings do not have that many photos compared to extravagant ones. Try not to make the photos appear forced and avoid putting photos that are similar and have nothing much to tell about the wedding. Let the photos represent all big moments you had during the ceremony without necessarily repeating. Think quality rather than quantity when choosing what goes into the album.

 

Tips For Avoiding Wedding Planning Stress

Tips For Avoiding Wedding Planning StressEvery bride has good intentions when she starts planning her wedding. You envision a beautiful day, surrounded by your family and friends, bursting with happiness and taking in all of the gorgeous details. No bride ever anticipates the pressure that can come with planning such an important day, but it’s inevitable. Everybody feels stressed at some point during their daily lives, and adding wedding planning to your already busy life can be overwhelming.

Remember that you set the tone for the wedding day and the months leading up to it. Those around you will feed off of your energy and if you are stressed, they will feel stressed. Starting off on the right track will not only keep your stress to a minimum, but the stress of the people around you as well.

So how do you get from engaged to I do without losing your mind? Here are some tips for feeling calm and balanced during the wedding planning process.

Have a Plan

The best way to avoid any stress during wedding planning is to start off with a good plan. You and your fiancé must first decide on the type of wedding you’d like to have. Discuss the options with your parents as their input often comes into play as well. If you don’t have a wedding planner, you will be on your own to create a budget plan and wedding planning timeline for the months leading up to your wedding. These are very important! Make this your first step before moving forward.

Create a Realistic Budget

Budget is the number one cause of arguments and stress during the wedding planning process. You have to discuss the budget with your fiancé and anyone else that will be contributing to the wedding – come up with a number that works for everyone and stick to it. Be honest and don’t purchase anything that is over budget without discussing it with your fiancé. Prices vary from city to city, so you might have to do some research to see what average wedding costs are in your area.

Stay Healthy

Eating well and exercising has been proven to reduce stress. Physical activity creates endorphins and improves your mood, while a balanced diet can provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that help reduce stress levels. As little as thirty minutes of exercise three times a week will make a huge difference. A few easy changes to your diet like drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out fast food will give you the natural defences you need to combat stress.

Find Your Happy Place

This is my favorite and most beneficial tip I can give any bride. We all deal with stress at some point, so you need to find that one thing you can turn to when things get out of control. Whether it’s reading, or getting a massage or a pedicure, yoga, or even if it’s just locking yourself in your bedroom to meditate for five minutes – find something that works for you. When things get too stressful, you are prepared and can automatically turn to your happy place. You’ve heard that expression ‘Just sleep on it’. When you come back from your happy place, you might realize the problem wasn’t even that bad after all, or you’ll come back with the mental focus to face the problem head on and deal with it.

Be Grateful

This will also be a big year for your parents, siblings, close friends and family. They will be asked to throw bridal showers and engagement parties, purchase bridesmaid dresses, and take some time away from their personal lives to help with the planning of your wedding. Be patient and grateful, and make sure to include everyone in the planning process. Often the root of all family issues stems from someone not feeling like they’ve been heard or appreciated. Family dynamics are a part of every wedding, and this can be stressful when everyone has their own ideas and suggestions, and insists on providing their opinions. So patience, forgiveness, and a small thank-you note or a loving hug can go a long way in keeping everyone happy during this time.

Know It Won’t Be Perfect

Let go of the idea that everything has to be perfect. Perfection is impossible to achieve and puts far too much pressure on brides. Every bride wants their day to go perfectly, but I can tell you this, your day will NOT be perfect. Little things will happen that you can’t anticipate, plans may not run exactly to schedule, and people will not always behave or react how you would like them to. In the end, your wedding day will be the perfect day FOR YOU. Have some perspective and appreciate all the good things about the day. Move forward knowing that there will be some bumps in the road, and you will feel less stress when you look at it that way instead of trying to pull off the impossible.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

It can be easy to let your emotions take over when things don’t go how you want them to, especially for the most important day of your life. But if the napkins aren’t the exact color you wanted, or your bridesmaid orders the wrong shoes, or some wording gets mixed up on the invitations – remember there are worse things in life that can happen. Be thankful for the opportunity to be planning such a joyous celebration in the first place. Causing unnecessary drama will only create bad energy for your day.

Have Fun

This is supposed to be fun! If wedding planning is starting to feel more like a job, then you really have to take a step back and re-evaluate. Maybe you need some extra help – wedding planners can step in at any stage of the planning process to take over if you are feeling too overwhelmed or stressed out. Talk to your fiancé and your family – don’t be afraid to delegate some of the jobs so that you aren’t doing it all on your own.

Remember, if the bride is happy, everyone is happy. You set the tone and energy for your wedding day and the months of planning. Making an effort to stay calm and stress free is important to a memorable wedding planning experience. Otherwise you could become overwhelmed and turn into the dreaded Bridezilla, which no bride (or those close to her) wants.

 

Wedding Planners Are They Necessary

Wedding Planners Are They NecessaryAs the saying goes, practice makes perfect. This could not be more true when it comes to planning weddings. There are so many unforeseen things that need to be taken care of and things that could go wrong when you are planning a wedding that it would seem foolish not to hire a wedding planner. Even if you are a bit wary of leaving the finer details of your wedding to someone else, you should be able to find a planner that will understand your vision.

Wedding planners will take care of everything, from catering down to the wedding décor. this country has many beautiful locations where a wedding could take place and your wedding planner will help you to make the right choice regarding this. They also know how to get the best value for your money and which suppliers are trustworthy.

While you might think you’ll be able to stick to a budget, it could prove to be extremely hard if you don’t hire a wedding planner. Like any other country in the sense that there will be certain suppliers who charge a ridiculous amount of money. A good wedding planner will be able to see when someone is trying to rip you off.

There is a lot more paperwork and boring phone calls involved in planning a wedding than you think. The days leading up to your wedding should be spent relaxing and making yourself beautiful for your big day. The last thing you want to do is spend the day before your wedding having a screaming match with unreliable decorators who messed up your wedding décor. This is a country that should be explored, especially if you’re travelling from another country to have your wedding here, and you should leave the messy phone calls to a wedding planner while you go sightseeing.

Imagine that on the day of your wedding, you realize you forgot something important. Like a DJ. While it may seem farfetched, people who planned their own weddings can testify to the fact that the sheer amount of things to organize means that a lot slips your mind until it is too late.

Wedding planning is a full time job and unless you’re fortunate enough to be in a financial position where you can get a couple of months off work, you probably won’t have time to organize a wedding. Don’t put unnecessary stress on yourself and your spouse.

You probably have an idea of what you want for your wedding, but most likely it is just a very vague collection of things you like. A wedding planner can help you take your vision and flesh it out into something beautiful. Think of a wedding planner creating a beautiful mosaic that contains the pieces you wanted. Planning your own wedding would be more like sloppy patchwork.

If you’re planning a wedding in this country, but you don’t actually live here, you will definitely need a wedding planner. They’ll be better suited to deal with a foreign country and will take the stress of it all off of you and your spouse.