A big thank you to Felicia Events for today’s guest post! If you are trying to decide whether or not to hire a planner, then this post is for you!

Photography by Monique

Photography by Monique

 

Why hire a Professional Wedding Planner? Imagine an orchestra without a conductor! A wedding planner is the one voice that makes sure all lines of communication are all in order. A Professional Wedding Coordinator is the leader of the team and makes sure every detail is taken care of from the very beginning to the end.

Planning a wedding can become a whole new undertaking within itself and with a busy schedule it can become overwhelming. There are wedding planners out there that do not cost astronomical amounts. Most wedding planners do offer different levels of wedding coordination. This is a luxury that is affordable because of the different levels of wedding planning offered. Hiring a Professional Bridal Consultant will give peace of mind. The vendors and venues will even appreciate a planner has been hired. Coordination and communication is a good recipe to a stress free wedding.

Photography by Monique

Photography by Monique

 

Make sure while searching for a Professional Bridal Consultant that the person is knowledgeable in budget planning, negotiate contracts, strategy planning to go along with the logistics for the wedding day. The list is endless of what a Professional Bridal Consultant can do. Check the planners’ experience, education and ask to see a portfolio. Be aware of prices and the average pricing within the area. All wedding planners start somewhere in their career but make sure if they can handle the expectations for the wedding day. Don’t just pick someone because of the price; make sure there is a common ground of understanding. Interview the bridal consultant because this is a business relationship that will be at least 8 months to handle a personal vision for the wedding day.

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Take a look at WeddingPlannerLove or The Association of Bridal Consultants for bridal consultants in your area. An educated bridal consultant in the industry is highly recommended. These bridal consultants strive to better their knowledge in the wedding industry.
Gambling is for the casino but not for your wedding day, be sure to hire a Professional Wedding Planner and don’t skimp on experience.

Aurora Meneghello Productions (also a part of Locally Grown Weddings) put together a great post for us today. It’s a double dose of  a shot list and tips. :)

 

It is the job of your wedding photographer to create a shot list for your big day. That’s why you are hiring them! However, it’s good to understand what your photographer will want to cover and how you can help her get the best pictures on your wedding day.

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Here’s a list of moments your wedding photographer will probably cover:

  • Bride Getting Ready
  • Groom Getting Ready
  • The First Look (if bride and groom are seeing each other before the
  • ceremony)
  • Ceremony
  • Posed Family Photos
  • Wedding Party Photos
  • Reception
  • Escort Cards and other Details
  • Wedding Cake
  • Toasts
  • First Dance
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bouquet Toss/Garter
  • Guests Dancing

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It’s very important to work with your wedding photographer to make sure your wedding is
captured in all its glory.

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Here are some tips from my experience working on big and small weddings:

1. Hire a professional wedding photographer. Wedding photography is all about
knowing what is going to happen. The more weddings your photographer has worked
on, the more they’ll be familiar with the general way the event unfolds and he/she will
be able to prepare for each moment before it happens. They will also need to work fast
as there’s no time to learn on the job. A professional wedding photographer will be
familiar with their equipment, will be able to shoot in different lighting conditions
and will know how to maximize the time given to them. Practice makes perfect!

2. Talk to your photographer: even if your wedding pro has worked on hundreds of weddings, your wedding is unique. Make sure to let them know what elements you have incorporated in your wedding. For example, all photographers will take photos of your wedding dress, shoes, jewelry and rings. But let’s say you are wearing a pair
of earrings that your grandmother wore at her wedding. Your photographer might
want to spend some extra time photographing them and/or thinking of creative ways
to convey their emotional importance.

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3. Choose a planner who is a good communicator. If you are working with a planner or Day Of Coordinator, make sure to be clear about how much communication they will have with the photographer. The photographer should have a very specific timeline and be prepped on the flow of the event. If your planner is not going to communicate directly and timely with your photographer, you will have to do it. Make sure your team is going to work together.

4. Choose a photographer whose style you like: some couples like fun photos and lots of candid photos, other couples like a more romantic feel and lots of details. We often think of photographers as documenting a wedding, but even the purest photojournalist has a special way of seeing the world. Once you have the right photographer, let them know what you like. I always spend time with couples I work with to find out what’s important to them. For example, some couples are very much into family photos, some love detail shots, some want a picture of their high school friends who flew into town from far away. Make sure to let your photographer know what you love. This
way you can collaborate on the part of the shot list that is unique to your wedding.

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James Paul Correia Photography wrote today’s guest post. Thanks James, this is a wonderful source for brides.

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Now that you’re engaged you must be busy planning the details of your big day, from flowers and invites to vendors such as photo and music. With all that is going on it can be easy to overlook this unique stage of your lives. It’s a time filled with anticipation, joy and love; capturing this moment in your life can often be just as exciting as your wedding day.

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Whether you are keen on having your photo taken or not, the numerous benefits of taking part in an engagement shoot (popularly referred to as an e-shoot) may not be immediately apparent, so here are a few reasons you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity for that pre-wedding photoshoot!

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 1. Get yourself some sweet photos!

Sounds pretty obvious, right? But as time inches closer to the big day you start to find yourself getting busier and busier. Early in the engagement is the perfect time for an e-shoot; while the excitement of the proposal and visions of the future are still fresh in your mind, that emotion will be clearly evident in your photos.

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Sure you’ll have photos on your wedding day, but this is different! Your wedding is the day planned for a party with your family and friends, but this shoot is all about YOU. While the wedding day will flash before your eyes, the e-shoot is slow paced and allows you to really soak in the time you have together. Grabbing those raw emotions just between the two of you is a rare opportunity and you’ll be glad to have this to look back on when you’re old and grey. Also, wouldn’t it be great to have some fab photos of you NOT in wedding threads? Wedding gowns and tuxedos aren’t exactly our everyday attire.

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 2. A chance to let loose and get creative.

You have an opportunity to take some truly unique photos, different from any you’ve had before, so make good use of it! Start with the location and pick a place that means something to both of you. It can be where you got engaged, a first date or just a very memorable date, where you met (maybe your highschool/university). It can be any place that puts you at ease, something familiar that naturally makes you feel good, such as the zoo, a beach, or even your regular coffee shop. Where ever you decide, make it mean something to you.

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Don’t forget to get creative! You can create a theme (bake some cookies together) or bring props (maybe you are Scrabble junkies). Whatever it is, think colorful, let loose and tap into your imagination.

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 3. Your photos are actually pretty useful!

Speaking of creativity, your photos aren’t limited to the confines of a picture frame! Many savvy do-it-yourselfers are using their e-shoot photos in many crafty ways. Use them for save-the-date cards, receptions seating charts and table indicators, wedding programs, guest books, or even just a really awesome coffee table book for home.

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 4. Practice for the big day.

Chances are you haven’t had your photos taken by a professional before, so how do you know what to do? On your wedding day you’ll be surrounded by cameras, not just the one you hired. With everything that is going on during the day, it’s great to have one less thing to worry about.

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Whether you are camera shy or a photogenic vixen, the e-shoot is a great opportunity to instill confidence and build comfort in front of the camera. It can be daunting to have a camera follow you, it happens to all of us, and it’s best to get that anxiety out of the way in advance. In no time, you’ll stop focusing on the camera and more on each other. Your nerves will calm and your stress will float away. Your interactions with each other will become more natural and you’ll learn to avoid the innate reflex to stiff up and smile directly into the camera.

If you want to really make it a true dry run, try coordinating your e-shoot with your hair and makeup trials; it will allow you the chance to see how they show up in photos.

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 5. Letting your photographer get to know YOU.

Not only is it good practice for you, it’s also a great trial run for your photographer. It allows him/her to see how you interact; to learn if you are timid or big on the PDA. They will learn about your personalities, whether you are goofy or serious, and how much direction you’ll need or want. It’s a great time to learn about your love story, chat about your wedding plans, and push to see how affectionate you can get in front of the camera. The opposite is also true, you’ll be able to communicate what you like and don’t like, as well as your preference for angles, expressions, lighting, and editing styles. All this will allow them to tailor the photos to make your images more personal and memorable.

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 6. Getting to know your photographer.

It’s great to have your photographer get to know you, but it’s more important that you get to know THEM. Get a taste of their shooting style and learn how they direct you. It will be very similar to how they direct you on the wedding day so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Chat with them about your wedding plans and get tips about planning out the schedule. Your photographer has seen it all and probably has a ton of advice on how to organize the day and minimize rushing and delays.

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Lastly, think about this, you will likely see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day … including your fiancé! The e-shoot is a perfect ice breaker to transform your photographer from a ‘stranger’ taking your photos to a ‘friend’ taking your photos. Establish a relationship with your photographer (and all your vendors for that matter). Get to know his personality & hobbies to the point where you feel comfortable enough with them that you’ll look forward to spending time with them on your wedding day.

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By the end of it all you’ll be ready for anything the day throws at you, you’ll have some fantastic photos and you’ll be pumped for the big day! Keep Smiling!

Thank you Jackie from VT Enchanted Events for today’s guest post!

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For many engaged couples, it can be a scary and difficult process to hand over the control to someone else.  After all, this is your big day and you have put so much thought and work into it, why on earth would you give all your ideas and visions to a complete stranger? Let me be the first to say as a wedding planner we are not here to take over. On the contrary, we are here to become your partner in planning.  So before you dismiss the idea of a planner don’t think of us as someone who is going to take over your dreams and visions but someone who is going to lend that extra hand where it is needed.

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The right planner can do many things such as:

  • Helping to choose the right vendors that match your needs, wants, and budget.

  • Helping you follow through with your visions of colors, patterns, and lending advice on new ideas.

  • Coordinating. This can start from the very beginning to the very end. As planners we are here to help you with the flow of your wedding that means making sure all vendors are on time and all your needs and wants are in place.

  • Picture perfect, planners go in the day of and set everything up the way you have talked about. Your planner and you have made a precise design and it is now up to them to carry it out with the tablecloths, place settings, flowers and so much more. It is your time as now you the couple get to sit back and enjoy the day and let it all unfold.

  • My personal favorite part of being a planner is being there for the bride & grooms to be. We create these great partnerships with each couple and within each partnership will come support, strength, and our immense devotion to making sure that you have the day that you want.

Best Wishes & Lots of Laughter!

Learn more about VT Enchanted Events on WeddingPlannerLove or visit their site.

 

 

Today’s guest post comes from the wonderful duo at Asteria Photography. Thank you Caroline and Dan for contributing, our planning brides will find your post very helpful!

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Sometimes if it sounds too good to be true, it is. When shopping for a wedding photographer price is something you should never skimp on. In no way am I saying that you should spend thousands and thousands of dollars, but be wary of “good deals.” Sometimes the reason a photographer is only priced at $500 is because they’re only worth that much. There’s a good chance that you might have some guy show up at your wedding with a camera that’s barely better than a disposable and has no idea what he’s doing. If you spend time and energy planning your wedding, you’re going to want better shots than mediocre pictures that don’t reflect who you are and the work you’ve put into every tiny detail for your big day!

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Another important aspect is the photographer’s personality. It seems like that’s something that really shouldn’t matter. It’s their talent that’s most important, right? Well, partially.. yes. But if you’re laid back would you want someone who’s going to force you out of your comfort zone and make you feel awkward all day? Or if you’re really outgoing would you want a really meek photographer? You have to find someone you get along with and feel truly comfortable with. Hiring a studio that offers two full-time photographers for your big day is a definite benefit in this respect. Our studio works well because I’m really energetic and enthusiastic and love getting people excited too. My partner is very laid back and reserved and balances me out. We have a good system going because we’re so different, but we love the same thing… and that’s making people happy.

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Speaking of making people happy… that’s another important quality to look for in a photographer! You have to hire someone who LOVES what they do and wants YOU to love what THEY do. You want someone who’s not burnt out on doing weddings, someone who is doing this because it’s their passion and they aren’t just trying to pay their bills.

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 And most importantly, SIGN A CONTRACT! That’s the most important thing you can do because it protects you. If your photographer doesn’t show up on the day of your wedding and you don’t have a signed contract, what can you do? I know people that’s happened to, and that kind of added stress is definitely not something anyone needs right before their wedding!

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Good luck to everyone And don’t forget to remind yourself to enjoy your big day! It goes by too fast if you don’t stop to take it all in.