There are times in your live when you are bombarded by advice from friends and family. Some of this advice is good, some is not so helpful. These generally revolve around key milestones. Graduating school, pregnancy, having and raising children and of course getting married. Once you are engaged and announce your intention to get married the wedding advice from your mother, mother in law, best friend, people you knew in high school and haven’t seen in years, people your kind of know that your “friended” on Facebook will flow in at parties, as text messages, posts and over dinner.
Like many things in life take this wedding advice with a grain of salt. As we are passing our experiences onto you we will share both our personal wedding advice and good advice and tips that we find in our travels. Don’t worry we wont take offence like your mother in law if you don’t take our advice .
One such piece is from the wedding channel. In this article they cover some good points:
- “Truly think of who you WANT at your wedding. And don’t invite everyone under the sun ‘just because.” It is your special day treat it as such.
- “Something will go wrong on your wedding day, but at the end of the day, you will be married to the love of your life and that’s all that matters. Relax and enjoy it.”
- “Don’t buy your wedding dress the minute you get engaged.”
- “Ask the groom what he wants to be a part of. Too often, brides assume that the groom doesn’t care when it comes to the wedding details. Don’t assume, just ask him.”
- “Make sure you have transportation planned out for the ENTIRE day — not just to and from the wedding venue.”
- “Do projects when you’re in the mood to do them, regardless of whether or not it’s the right time. If you come home from work one day eager to address your invitations — just go with it.”
- “Spend some one-on-one romantic time with your fiance every week.”
These have a theme as we go through the planning and the wedding day, enjoy the moments. Make choices that you will cherish the rest of your life and think of the goal …. a wonderful day celebrating a couple who will spend their lives together.
Valentines Wedding Proposal
Not sure how many people propose on Valentines Day but it is a natural time to pop the question and start your journey to your wedding day. We found a nice story / press release on some thoughts around wedding proposals for valentines day. The quick tips are:
- Assemble a photo album that chronicles your relationship from the beginning. Make sure the last page is your wedding proposal with “will you marry me”
- Go with a surprise, anything from a billboard, TV request from the local news station (sometimes they do it like birthday announcements or at an event
- Reenact your first date together and re-create it as faithfully as possible.
- Lead the bride-to-be on a treasure hunt, working through the clues together to find the hidden engagement ring treasure.
It really comes down to making it special and meaningful for both of you but also making it a story to tell and remember for your lives together.
To read the full article click here.
Unique Wedding Programs
We recently saw this idea courtesy of Pinterest (not sure who made the original – it wasn’t us) and thought that it was a wonderful idea. I cant get over how many great ideas there are on Pinterest. Everything from programs, to center pieces to decor. Leave no stone un-turned when researching what you want for your special day. Pinterest can be a bit of a challenge but it is worth the time. They do need to sort out something to removed duplication. If you haven’t used it at all or much you will notice that when you browse or search the same image (if it is popular) will appear many times in a row or near each other as people re-post content. Also due to the vast amount of content it can take some time, be specific and detailed in you searches. Don’t start with wedding program but try another adjective, “unique wedding program” , “country wedding program”, “fun wedding program”, “classic wedding program” depending on your theme or the feel of your wedding.
Use Pinterest to find inspiration, have fun and share with your friends and family.
Apps to help you plan your wedding.
While surfing around we cam across this article on 6 wedding planning apps from USA today.
We have recently featured a couple of apps but this is a nice collection of information on tools available to you to make the most of the technology you live with every day. Everyday we are moving further away from our laptop and get more ingrained in our phone and tablet. The wedding day is such an important milestone in our lives it only makes sense to maximize what tools are available to us on these devices. Apps get updated everyday and this is just a starting point but these apps really cover the whole range of wedding needs. We will provide updates throughout the year as we find more tools to make it the day of your dreams.
Wedding Planning Tools
When planning a wedding there are so many decisions to make and things to share between the bride and groom that sometimes it might be worthwhile to have a private place to share, save and generally communicate with each other as you are building up to the excitement of your special day. The PAIR app can be one of those tools that helps you make the most of your time if you use it for your wedding planning.
Pair wasn’t designed for weddings but it was designed for couples to share and communicate together. Because of that it has a few features that make wedding planning simpler.
- Set reminders for important dates
- Shared to do list
- Send photos, videos, audio notes, and text messages and have them separate from your regular messages
- Instantly share your location with your partner
- And for fun .. ThumbKiss – a feature that let’s you see where your partner is touching their screen so you can touch the same spot and make both phones vibrate simultaneously
Pair creates a personal timeline for the two of you dedicated to your wedding day. When looking for tools you can always adapt something to meet your needs even if it wasn’t originally designed as a wedding tool. Be creative and have fun.
Spontaneous Wedding Photographs
We still see many wedding place disposable camera’s on each table with the hope of getting some fun casual wedding photographs from friends and families. More often than not the idea is better than the execution and the cost of buying and processing the pictures doesn’t lead to a lot. After a few hours you get pictures from guests who have had to much to drink.
There is an alternative. In this day and age most of us carry our smartphone around with us to every event. The camera’s and the photographs that iPhones, Androids etc.. can produce are getting to be much better quality. This is where snapable fits in. They have produced an app and back end systems that allows guests to capture fun wedding photographs and instantly upload them to a shared album, so you’ll have everything on one place. All things considered it isn’t that expensive. For $79 you get everything for your wedding. Unlimited photographs, guests and a downloadable instruction card to print for your guests.
Getting your wedding photographs after your wedding
Once your big day has passed, you’ll be able to peruse your album. You can:
- Download your favorite photos.
- You don’t have to print the “bad” ones
- Share photos or the entire album with friends.
- Upload additional photos after the wedding.
It’s that easy! All of your photos in one spot, ensuring you don’t miss a single moment. You will even be able to look at them (and get a good laugh) while away on your honeymoon. Something fun if you get a rainy day.
Recently we came across a good article on wedding budget tips. When we come across information that is valuable to brides and grooms we will try to add it here as party of our ongoing wedding tips. The wedding photography is definitely our focus but we will strive to provide information for everything wedding where we feel the advice is good and relevant.
The wedding budget tips article is posted on bridalguide.com. They cover everything from making a comparison chart to being creative on venue, season and timing. As an example when we got married we had our ceremony on a week day. It was a holiday mid week. Our friends and family who were coming in from out of town or oversees were coming for the week anyway and in some cases it was easier to fly in for Saturday to Saturday so mid week made it more convenient. For local people they were off and it made for a summer party atmosphere. As it was a traditional fireworks day we had the added benefit of a summer fireworks show as part of the party. Booking on a week day for everything from the limo, venue to band gave us more choice and a better chance to negotiate a deal.
From a photographers perspective when looking at wedding budget tips using a nontraditional venue such as a garden, harbor, old “mansions” or state homes, farms and rustic areas can provide a great background for stunning pictures if that is a look that you are comfortable with.
If you are looking for somewhere a little different Milton offers lots of conservation areas, farms, the butterfly conservatory in the Kitchener area, a few museums, the RBG or other not to far locations. You can also check out these lists on ceremonylocations.ca.
Wedding Photography using light painting
What is light painting and how can it be used in your wedding photography?
"Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. Light Painting Photography can be traced back to the year 1914 when Frank Gilbreth, along with his wife Lillian Moller Gilbreth, used small lights and the open shutter of a camera to track the motion of manufacturing and clerical workers. Man Ray, in his 1935 series “Space Writing,” was the first known art photographer to use the technique andBarbara Morgan began making light paintings in 1940."
Doing something a little different and fun can make your wedding photography stunning. Depending on the style that you are looking for using light to enhance your photographs can create an image that is unique. Light painting can be difficult sometimes in a summer wedding as it is best if you have complete or nearly complete darkness. If you do have a wedding in summer there is always the option to do it inside your venue if they have a dark area.
But no matter when you have your wedding look for an interesting idea to show something different for a few of your wedding photographs to augment the traditional posses, impromptu moments and the overall story of your wedding day.
Planning for Wedding Photography
When interviewing a photographer make sure you fully trust them. Feel comfortable with their manor and make sure they fit your personality. They will be with you for almost every moment and you need to feel comfortable that they will be there to help you through the day.
A true professional will look like one.
- Spend some time on their wedding photography portfolio, look at the style and feel. It should match what you are looking for.
- They should have a professional website and marketing materials.
- In this day and age check out their social media presence, what are people saying about them on Facebook, how many fans do they have etc…
- Make sure they have a contract that outlines exactly what you are getting so everyone knows what is expected
What should you think about in your wedding photography package?
Try and have a second shooter included in your wedding photography package. It is a busy day with lots of things going on. By having two wedding photographers you can capture things like both the guys and girls getting ready in the morning. Two photographers will enable you to capture the back of your dress while you are walking down the isle. During the reception and formal pictures the second wedding photographer can take those candid moments of grandma or the flower girl while you are getting the posed shots.
If you can have an engagement session. It is a great time to catch those impromptu casual moments. It is also a great time to learn about each other. It gives you a chance to see what feels comfortable and what you like / dislike without the pressure of the wedding day.
Think of a few things that you might like on the day. We have started doing digital picture frames on the wedding day. If your photographer can manage it after the formal picture while your guests are mingling a small sample of the photographs from the day can be edited and placed on a memory card to be used. It is often a nice conversation piece and gives some of the guests to see the formal pictures that you just had done as well as some of those fun moments before the ceremony.
Plan your formal wedding pictures.
- Make sure you leave enough time. It is a packed day with lots of things to get done but schedule enough time to get everything that you want. You won’t be able to do it again. Especially if you have young or older family members.
- If you can pick somewhere that is meaningful. A memorable spot from where you met. Don’t be afraid of something a little different.
- Plan for the weather. There are some great spots in the GTA, near the lake, in the escarpment, some wonderful parks and flower gardens. What happens if it rains? Make sure you always have a backup plan. (Also don’t forget the permits if your town requires).
- Do a few wedding photographs when you don’t have the entire wedding party and family around. It is a chance to catch a few special moments alone.
- Take it easy and have fun!
With wedding photography make sure you take the time and plan, these are the pictures that you might one day show your children or grand children.
In this day and age of social media don’t be afraid to do some research on your own for the poses and photographs that you would like. Your photographer will have a wealth of ideas about different poses, how to accommodate your family, special and different photos for the wedding couple but well in advance start having a look to see if there is something different that you really like.
Where to start? Pinterest is a great place to start. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
It is easy to search for great ideas or something a little different that spars your interest and would just lie to try. Now don’t surprise your photographer on the day but do your research well in advance and bring these great new ideas to one of you pre-wedding photography consultations.
Some easy search terms:
Even better create a board of your own, invite friends and family and get their opinions and thoughts. Let them comment and also pin to your board with their ideas.
Don’t just due this for photos, flowers, dress, menu almost anything can be shared.