Saturday, March 13, 2010
Provide your DJ or master of ceremonies with a detailed timeline of your reception.
Instruct your servers, in advance, to start pouring champagne for the toast as soon as the family and bridal party introductions are made.
Upon your entrance into the reception hall, you should immediately move into your first dance, followed by father/daughter, and mother/son dances.
By the time your first dances have ended, your servers should be finished pouring champagne, and the person(s) giving the toast should begin speaking immediately.
Instruct your DJ to announce the food directly after the toast.
After people have had a chance to eat and mingle for a comfortable amount of time, your DJ should announce dancing, or your chosen alternative activity.
Cake cutting, bouquet toss, and garter toss should occur approximately 3/4ths of the way into your reception, and at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of your photographer and videographers if they were not hired to cover the entire reception.
Note: the best time for your photographer and videographers to eat is when the bride, groom, and bridal party receive their food. This way they will be finished and ready to capture the next thing to take place in time. Usually only 15 or 20 minutes would be required, and cameras would be kept handy in case anything important happened during this time.
Be sure to get plenty of rest on the days and nights leading up to the wedding.
Set aside the day or two before the wedding day as spa days.
A well rested bride and groom, are a happy bride and groom, and it shows in your photographs.
Make sure to eat good food on and before your wedding day. If you do not eat enough food, your blood sugar level will probably be out of balance, and you will likely feel tired, anxious, irritable, or edgy. It’s super easy to avoid this. Just eat!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Keep in mind that the more time you allow for photos, the more creative I am free to be, and the more relaxing and fun photo time is for you, and for your family and friends.
It is strongly recommended to do the bride and groom romantic session before the wedding ceremony (“First Look”), as well as most of the group photos if possible.
This minimizes the amount of time taken away from you enjoying your reception.
The less time you keep your guests waiting the better.
Before the ceremony, your hair, makeup, and clothing will be more fresh.
The better the lighting, the better the photographs will be.
Make sure your ceremony and reception locations are well lit. What most people think of as well lit is usually too dim for good photographs. All too often, brides want to have their reception halls so dim their guests can hardly see their plates in front of them, as they feel it is more romantic this way. What they do not realize, is that this kind of lighting is horrible for photographs, and inhibits conversation and interaction between guests. It is possible to maintain a romantic ambiance while still being able to see the person next to you.
Please opt for more light.
Bride and groom romantic photos, and family and bridal party group photos are usually best done outdoors in a shaded area.
If the sky is overcast, a beautiful soft light is produced, and the photos can be done anywhere outside.
Throughout the wedding day, my goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible, while still capturing the moments that matter. I love to capture candid moment’s photojournalistic style, however, during the romantic and group photo sessions I will be providing more direction for photographs.
It is very important that everyone involved be present when they are supposed to be, and for them to be fairly quiet and attentive to me in order to move through the photographs as smoothly as possible. The less that people listen to me, the longer group photos take.
Please inform your family and bridal party, prior to the wedding day, where they will need to be, and when for photos, and convey to them the importance of being quiet and attentive during photographs.
Please also remind them of these things at the beginning of the wedding day, and put your coordinators in charge of making sure everyone is present and ready for photos at the appointed time.