Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!
This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop. (We have 42 professionals offering you insanely wonderful advice to help you in your planning process today! Woohoo!!)
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #3 Kristi Richardson from Bloomed To Last on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.
Great wedding photos serve as an incredible reminder of your big day, therefore you want to make sure your photographer is knowledgeable and dependable. You should start looking for your photographer as soon as you have booked your ceremony and reception venue to give yourself the time to find the right person and to make sure they book your event into their busy schedule as well.
Start by checking their online portfolio and determine whether or not that is what your are looking for. Most talented professional photographers will do a mixture of candid and portrait photography. If you like what you see, book a consultation to meet with them to see if they are the right fit.
When meeting with the photographer be sure to clarify what the packages include, such as a second photographer, albums or high resolution images. Keep in mind, although computers are very convenient, it is very nice to have a tangible book dedicated to your wedding day, so that you can go back and look at whenever you want to. Wedding albums are also a great gift for the parents to offer during the holidays.
Ask what kind of coverage the photographer is offering, so you can plan your wedding day around the package you select. If your package includes the bride and groom’s location, you will need to schedule your hair and make-up appointment for you and your bridal party according to the time the photographer is asking for these locations. Your dinner will also need to be scheduled according to the amount of time it requires to do your family portrait, bridal party and bride and groom photos after your ceremony and before your dinner.
A whole day of coverage also means the photographer and assistant is planning to eat with you and your guests, so count on a couple of extra people for food and beverages.
Ask the photographer for advice on the best locations for taking your photos between your ceremony and dinner because a professional will know the best spots for lighting and posing to maximize the quality of your photos.
The next stop is #5 Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs on Natalie’s Blog Hop!
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!