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THE DOS AND DONTS OF WEDDINGS/FROM A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER /creativefreedomphoto

There are so many after twenty one years of learning,I know I will leave out some.Here is a list that will be very helpful to you in planning your wedding!

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Get the groom to be involved, it’s his wedding too

Seat older guests away from loud music

Remember to involve step parents in some way

If it is the joining of two families, incorporate the kids into the ceremony,give them each a gift,have them participate

Have someone else do your makeup, you will be too nervous and critical,I dont suggest a relative I do suggest you hire a pro hair and makeup that will come to you!

 RELAX!

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DO get airbrush and false lashes!

DONT be the last to get ready, as a wedding photographer, I need one on one time with my brides for the very important bridal portraits.

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DO have everything
in one place, have everyone come to you.

DO rent a house
on the beach perhaps as apposed to a resort  , do you really want to see five other brides getting married,this is YOUR special day!

Look for your ceremony and reception sites first-one year out is average

Less is more,less guests = less stress Don’t invite guests you really don’t want to see at your wedding

Don’t seat divorced parents at the same table

Try to have an engagement session, great way to get comfortable with your wedding photographer,also nice to display an engagement photo next to your guest book

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I love this idea, donate flowers the following day to a nursing home or hospital

DO feed your vendors!

If you hire an award winning photojournalist who has a gift for capturing “the moment” DONT give him/her a list of a thousand group shots or constantly tell them what to do, trust them,and enjoy yourself,forget about the camera! first danve

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DONT hire any vendors you wouldn’t want as guests DO hire your photographer early,DO read my post on the art of finding the perfect wedding photographer,the best ones fill up fast!

DO ask your photographer for recommendations of vendors better to have people that work well together especially a photographer and video,everyone needs to work as a team!

DO work on the timeline with your photographer,keep in mind photography is light +composition. save the last half hr for just the two of you in the best light! Your guests will be fine,perhaps plan a cocktail hr for this time.I sometimes give a day after intimate session especially when it is a destination wedding, using the destination as a background, You get to wear your wedding clothes once again and will have the most awesome and unique photos of just the two of you!

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If you have an outdoor ceremony be sure to have a backup in case of bad
weather

Be sure your Maid of honor knows how to bustle your dress

Be sure to eat on your wedding day, it’s easy to forget or be too excited
but you don’t want to get run down or have low blood sugar!

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MOST OF ALL Don’t stress out over little things! REMIND YOURSELF, ITS ABOUT THE MARRIAGE!!

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Planning a wedding, the “what if;s” /by creativefreedomphoto

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TODAY WE WILL DISCUSS SOME “WHAT IF;S”

The Perfect Wedding day

For months, sometimes even years, wedding couples look forward to their wedding day. They want to be fully prepared and don’t want to settle for anything less than perfect. Hopefully, that one special day will be one of the most beautiful days in their lives. Unfortunately there are always aspects that can’t be controlled, however prepared you are. That does not matter. Matters only become a problem, when you make them a problem. There is always a solution. Wedding planners have the capacity to be creative and are known for their problem solving. Let’s discuss a few “worst-case scenario’s”.

“WHAT IF IT RAINS”!

Do not agonize over what you’re going to do about, or how you’re going to cope with, the rain. Decide early on what you want to do if it’s raining and stick to it.

I cannot agree more, you’ll not want to wait until the last minute to make a decision. I’d usually play on the safe side you do not want to compromise with the outdoor ceremony and have it no matter what, make a decision, (purchase umbrellas),Incorporate the wedding colors and stick with the idea. Better to be safe than sorry!

2. Trust your vendors

You hired professionals for a reason. They know their craft, they know your venue, so they will make it happen, rain or shine. This is where having an experienced wedding planner and photographer really makes the difference! I have a trunk filled with different color umbrellas!

3. Be prepared

This either means purchasing matching umbrellas for your guests, or having a tent ordered and delivered to your location (remember quick deliveries take an all new meaning when you’re in Tahiti, where logistics are a little more difficult than anywhere else), or at the minimum communicating with your guests so that they also get prepared (and wear adequate clothing and shoes).

If you are planning a wedding lets say in Florida,avoid the rainy/Hurricaine season! Yes it will cost less,but there is a reason!

4. Embrace it

The forecast says there’s a 100% chance you’re going to get wet, now what? You’re in Tahiti! Have fun!

AS a fine arts wedding photographer,rain presents some creative ideas,I use it to my advantage,The reflections in the puddles after the rain,or framing the couple with different color umbrellas. Also keep in mind overcast is one of the best light for skin tones.

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What if…. I’ll be a nervous wreck and won’t stop crying during the entire ceremony!

use water-proof make-up, keep tissue’s at hand, breath in and out and remember: emotions are allowed on your wedding day. Shouldn’t there be any, you would be the first tearless bride.,or groom!

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What if…. my wedding dress doesn’t fit on the day itself!

 advice: don’t go crash- dieting shortly before the wedding.  A bride always feels most comfortable during the first fitting session. Try to maintain that weight. Should things come to the worst, than rely on our toolkit and make use of handy tips and trics provided to us by well- known bridal stores.One of my brides did gain twenty lbs, she ordered a lace corset and pulled it off

What if…. a make-up stain ruins my dress!

Don’t fret! Talcum powder, a special tailor’s chalk or TMC 520 stain tissues should do the trick.

What if…. our tight time-schedule is being endangered by the hair- and make-up session!

Our advice: go for a trial session first. It will give you a good idea of how long it will take. Then add some extra time in your time-line. That will take the pressure off and will allow you to look and feel great all day long.

WHAT IF MY MOTHER-IN LAW IS TAKING OVER?

Give her a job to do, get her off your back,if she is a control freak, make her in charge of the group shots ets, she needs to feel wanted and in charge put her to good use!

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What if my hairdo falls out?

“Keep a brush, comb, hairspray, ponytail holders and bobby pins in an extra bag (along with makeup if you think touch ups may be in order) and then if it does fall out pin it back up. Or pull it down completely and do a side French braid where the end trails over the shoulder or a side pony at the base of the nape. It will look classy and guests will assume that you wanted to change it up for the reception.”

What if I have a low blood sugar attack? EAT SOMETHING!

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MY BEST ADVICE TO YOU: “Most importantly, focus on your marriage versus your wedding. The reception is a party to celebrate that you’ve made a commitment to spend the rest of your life with someone you wanted to meet your whole life. Just relax & have fun!”

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