How to Choose your Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important choices you have to make. You need to go through different decision-making and steps in order to choose the right one to capture your special day. Here are some tips on finding that perfect wedding photographer!

1. Photography Style: If you do not know the different wedding photography styles out there, you should research those various styles to see what you like and prefer. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, you should look up different photographers that have that style in which you are interested in.

2. Professional or Amateur?: Usually, the professional wedding photographers are the well-known ones so they will pop up in the search engine first. This makes it a lot more easier on your part in finding someone who is guaranteed to capture those special moments of yours. Besides, you do not want to find someone who just does it as a hobby and may put your wedding day at a risk. Once you find the different photographers you are interested in, you should narrow it down to a few. Those few should be the photographers you want to meet and get to know.

3. Interview: With those few photographers, you should ask important questions about the service along with questions that are very important to you. For example- Is there a set package or can I customize it? When is the deposit due and the other payments due? What photography equipment do you use?. During the interview, you should also make sure there is chemistry between you and the photographer. This photographer will be there by your side from the beginning to the end of the wedding day. You want to know that both of you click!

4. Appearance: Make sure you pay attention to how the photographer presents themselves when they meet you, but more importantly, know how they will appear on the day of the wedding. You do not want your photographer to come wearing jeans or just sneakers. Normally, many photographers wear all black. They usually wear black dress pants and a black top/blazer on top of a top. Some female photographers even wear black knee-length dresses.

5. Referrals: Every photographer should be able to give you some names for your reference. If they have an issue giving you at least one name or reference, than there might be a problem. You do not always have to get the names directly from the photographer, but you can always ask around for references for a photographer. If your got married, they should be able to give you their input about what they think about the photographer that photograph their wedding day. You can even go to the different vendors and venues to see if they have any recommendations.

6. Contract: Do not sign the contract unless you read it fully! You need to understand the contract completely before you sign it. A contract is a notice for both you and the photographer to understand what services are given along with what is allowed and not allowed. When the photographer and you go over the packages, make sure the items he/she says is included in the contract (no matter if it is written or typed). Here are some things to look for in the contract: photographer’s name and contact information, package list, time of photographer’s arrival and departure, price of service, list of what’s included, and copyright. If there was an issue to arrive and you both are in court, what is written will be what the consent was!

7. Assistant: Most photographers usually need some sort of help during the wedding day, whether it is to carry things around or to help photograph. Check to see if the photographer is going to have one and what the assistant will be doing.

8. Budget: It is understandable that everyone wants to stick to their budget. When you are asking the photographer about their package prices, make sure they are within or close to your limit. If the photographer you are interested in is out of your budget, think about if the photographer you want is worth the extra money. You do not want to choose a photographer just based on your budget because you may be very sorry for a very long time. The images taken by the photographer you decide on will last a lifetime, so make sure the one you choose is the one you will not regret hiring!

9. Time: When you do pick your photographer, make sure you know when everything will be finished around. You should know what the turn around time would be for proofs, album, thank you cards, prints, etc. You do not want to be in shock when the items are not ready when you thought they were going to be.

10. Arrival: One of the most important of all of these tips is to make sure you know which photographer will be showing up. Even though that sounds outrageous, this really does happen more often than not. Ask the photographer to make sure that they are the one that arrives, and if anything was to happen, which photographer would appear. There are wedding photography companies where you will meet the photographer that is supposed to shoot your wedding, and all of a sudden at last-minute, they switch your photographer with someone else.

I hope all of these tips help you with choosing your perfect wedding photographer!

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Wedding Favor Ideas

Whenever there is any type of event or party, there are always favors. Wedding favors are a must, whether they are simple or unique. If you are stuck trying to figure out what you should do for your favors, hopefully this blog post will help.

When it comes to wedding favors, you should definitely make sure the colors or the decor of the favor matches your wedding scheme. You can see a wedding favor as another type of decor for your wedding day. Besides, you would not want a wedding favor to look like it does not belong in your wedding. Creating your own wedding favors is an option if you are looking to stick to an inexpensive favor for your guest. If the favors you decide on is inexpensive, you can always give one to each of your guests. If you are planning on having a wedding favor that is a bit more expensive, you can always limit the gift one per couple. If the guest is single, you can just do one per single guest. This is a way to stick to your budget and spend too much on a thank you and good-bye gift.

If you want a fun, simple, and inexpensive, than a candy station is great for you! You can easily create a wonderful candy station with selective colors that matches your wedding scheme. What is great is the guests get to choose what they want to take home! Just put clear plastic bags with twist ties or cute boxes for your guests to store the candies.

If a candy station is not right for you and you still want to have food or beverage wedding favors, you can easily have cute packages/wrappers for your candies or beverages.

If you want a eco-friendly party favor, check out these wedding favors from real weddings! The first one is a bamboo box for whatever you would like to put in it and the second one is a tree for everyone to take home to plant.

Below are some party favors your guest can definitely use! The first one is so clever, and they are beer or drink holders. The second one is very simple and they are just jams in a jar.

Lastly, here are some bubbles party favors. They are fun and great for any age.

Great Centerpieces for your Wedding

One of the must have decorations for a wedding is the centerpieces. Centerpieces tie your decorations and colors all together. They are one of the main items that can help you pull your theme together. They are also one of the main items that your guests sees and notices. I added some great ideas for centerpieces. I hope this helps for all you brides!

Boxes and containers containing floral is great for a simple and yet sophisticated wedding. You can have a simple opaque box or container of one color and add a ribbon as an accent. If you are feeling creative and want to have something more unique, you can use containers that have a design or pattern on it.

Candles are wonderful to have at a wedding. They can be very romantic and simple. If you are a bride that wants your wedding theme to be romantic, than this is it! What is great about it is you can make the centerpieces yourself.

Cherry Blossoms are beautiful and what a great place occasion to use them. Cherry blossoms are very sweet and can easily make your wedding theme look absolutely pretty! You can simply hang candles, cards, and/or crystals on the branches to add a fun touch.

Many people think that centerpieces need to be floral and traditional, but not today’s modern-day! You can pull off a wedding with some head turning details. There are some really pretty fishes that can help you with decorating your centerpieces! They can swim in a simple fishbowl or they can swim in a vase with petals, flowers, or even candles.

Metallic is not seen in too many weddings. Many brides go with a matte color for their wedding day, but if you want some glowing accents to your wedding theme, add some metallic! You can find many different colors for metallic, so why not accent your decor by using them on vases or placement cards.

When people think about a calm scene/theme, they usually think about the beach. If you want to incorporate the beach into your wedding, you can add shells and corals into your centerpieces! A simple bouquet of corals and sea floral looks fabulous while a seashell or two on a candle is beautiful.

For brides whom either do not know what to do for wedding favors or want to save money, take-away centerpieces are a great idea! A few simple vase with a flower or two in them is wonderful for your guests to take home at the end of the reception, plus you create two uses for one price!

Great Summer Color Combinations for your Wedding

Many females think of how they want their wedding day to be like before they are even engaged. There are so many ideas out there and so many different options to choose from. The question is once you are engaged, what do you really want to incorporate into your wedding? The thing is that you need to know the color scheme of your wedding day in order to plan everything else. If you have no idea what color scheme your wedding is, than you may end up with a mess of different colors that just do not work together. So, here I am giving you some beautiful color combinations to help you narrow your decisions for your wedding day. These colors below are great for summer weddings, whether you like bright colors like the summer flowers or soft colors like the Caribbean.

Blue and Grey: This is a soft color combination that falls in the category of pastel. this color combination is great for if you want a simple, romantic wedding. Perfect for beach weddings!

Blue and Orange: This combination of blue and orange adds a little pop to your wedding day. The details of your wedding day will have great contrast that is not too subtle and not too much. It is a great balance between colors.

Purple and Blue: Purple and blue are both cool colors and work well together. The blue is calming and the purple adds some sweetness.

Red and Pink: If you are looking to have a really bold wedding with lots of pizzaz, than the red and pink color combination is great for you. It is bold and adds a statement. Red is also the classic romantic color.

Orange and Green: The citrus color and the earth color adds a great soft feeling with some contrast. The orange is just a wonderful color for a summer wedding, especially for an outdoor wedding.

Orange and Brown: A mixture of the earth tone and the bright happy color is simple and beautiful at the same time. the orange pops while the brown keeps the orange from being too bright and overwhelming.

Yellow and Orange: Happy + Happy! This color scheme is perfect for a bride that wants everything to pop and say “I am so happy that I am even showing it with my details”. Yellow and orange is just a great summer color scheme.

Orange and Turquoise: This color combination is definitely meant for a bold bride that is willing to have major contrast. Since turquoise is between and blue and green color family, it still makes your eyes jump around when seeing it next to orange.

Grey and Yellow: This color scheme is meant for a bride that wants a simple and clean-looking wedding. This combination is definitely close to pastel but the yellow adds a wow effect when mixed with grey.

Yellow and Pink: Pink has always been a simple pretty color whether it is in a pastel color tone or a bright color tone. Yellow is considered a happy color, plus it always adds contrast to whatever color you put it next to. So yellow + pink = happiness and sweetness!

How to stick to your wedding budget

So you just got engaged and you have this excitement running through you about your upcoming wedding. You start to think about what you want on your wedding day, from the decor to the venue, and then you think about your budget. One thing about weddings is you can stick within your budget, but many brides and grooms break their budget. How to you go about trying to keep your spending within budget and yet have a fabulous wedding?

The one thing I would suggest is to think about what you have in your savings and add it with what your parents will be pitching in. Once you get that estimated price you want to stick with, you should than list the items that you will need for the wedding. With each item, you can list them from the top priority to the least, or you can just put everything down and work with what you have. Next to each item, you can list the approximate price given by different vendors so you can go through your options. Even if you want to have a fabulous wedding, you should be able to sacrifice some things to be in budget. For example, you may want a limo with a TV or large extravagant centerpieces, but you can downgrade to just the limo and smaller pretty centerpieces. Here are some things you will need to think about your wedding day.

Events: engagement party, wedding showing, bachelor and bachelorette party, wedding, honeymoon

Wedding Venues/Locations: hotel, church/location of ceremony, reception

Decorations: table centerpieces, floral for ceremony, table and seat covers, etc.

Attires: groomsmen tuxedo rental, bridesmaids dresses, bouquets and boutonnieres, wedding dress, grooms tuxedo, shoes for the wedding party, makeup artist, hairstylist, jewelery, wedding ring and band, etc.

Food: beverages, hor d’oeuvre, appetizers, dinner, desserts, wedding cake, etc.

Professional Services: photographer, videographer, wedding coordinator, etc.

Transportation: party bus, limo, your own car, etc.

Other Expenditures: invitations, party favors, gifts for the wedding party, etc.

Besides all of those things to think about, you also have to think about how many people you would like to invite. There is a big difference in the price of 50 guests verses 300 guests. If there is anyone you do not feel like you need there, you can cancel them out of your guests list. Think about it, one person will require you to send an invitation, feed, and send a thank you note to. Any little unnecessary spending you can cut out will help you out in keeping within your budget. Plus, you can always add some DIY creations to your wedding day. If you have anyone in your family and friends connections that can help you with centerpieces, music, flowers, etc. than you can save some money that way too. You will also make them feel important in your wedding process.