Guest Blog: How NOT To Ruin Your Wedding Photos

by Diane Morris:  Bride’s Butler – Wedding Coordinator

Your wedding photos will be one of the most important mementos from your wedding day. The day will go by so quickly, and you’ll be having so much fun that you’ll need good, quality photos to refresh your memory of what a fabulous day you had!

Choosing a Photographer is a tough decision. I always tell my clients to go with who they feel most comfortable with and who’s style they prefer. Do not try to cheap out on your photos. This doesn’t mean you have to spend $5,000+, but it surely means you shouldn’t be spending less than $500 or asking a friend to do it for free. I saw a fabulous and oh-so-true quote the other day; “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.” This quote is bang on – let the professionals take care of you on your wedding day. We have many reasons to call ourselves such.

You’ve hired a professional and you know they will deliver, but what can you do to make sure that you don’t ruin your photos?  Here are some tips on how NOT to ruin your wedding photos:

Create a wish list

Work with your Photographer via email or a face-to-face meeting to discuss the kind of photos you want. Most times you’ve selected them because of their style, poses, layouts, etc – but if there is a certain pose or location you want, be sure to tell them!
Some popular shots on a wish list are; gown on hanger in window, picture with grandparents, photo of rings/invitation and your something old/new/borrowed and blue.

Have your photographer stay

To save money some couples will send the Photographer home after the receiving line or just before dinner. This is a mistake if you want to capture emotions from you, your groom, wedding party, family and guests during dinner, speeches and when the party starts. They don’t need to stay all night if money is tight, but have them stay at least until you’ve cut the cake and had your first dance.

Book in advance

Photographers and Coordinators are two of the first vendors to get booked early. We advise you to do your research and book with your selected Photographer at least 12-14 months in advance. Some times you can get away with as little as 9 months, but don’t be surprised if our #1 choice is booked already.

Schedule enough time

Chat with your Photographer and your Day of Coordinator about how much time is needed for your photo shoot. We will be realistic with you and factor in travel time, set-up, people management and weather (sunlight, etc). You want to make sure you have enough time to be relaxed and having fun, but not too much time that your guests awaiting your arrival back are bored.

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Feed your vendors

Vendors that get fed are happy vendors, and happy vendors will work better than hungry ones. If you have vendors working over your dinner hour (Photographers, Coordinator, DJ, etc) we highly recommend that you have a vendor table for them and feed them dinner as well. Your wedding day is a long one although it seems to go by so quickly and most of your vendors will be working well before you start to get ready and long after you’ve gone home.

Look fresh

On your wedding day you will look so radiant and happy because it’s your wedding day, but do yourself a favour and eat and sleep well the day before. Same goes for your wedding day, stay hydrated, eat throughout the day and don’t get intoxicated.

Have fun!

Stuffy photos are a thing of the past. Sure, you’ll have the traditional family and wedding party shots, but make sure you’re having fun, laughing and enjoying yourself. Don’t worry about the small things – this is your Day of Coordinators job. A smiling Bride looks best from all angles.
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Diane Morris is the owner and lead coordinator for The Bride’s Butler.

Since 2008, Diane has been assisting couples in the Hamilton, Ontario area with coordinating and executing their most special day.

Specializing in Wedding Coordination services, Diane is with you every step of the way during your wedding day to ensure that all of your ideas come to life just as you imagined they would. Weddings, like any major event consists of a lot of planning, plenty of logistics and good organization. The Bride’s Butler offers a variety of services to help you stress less on your wedding day.

Winner of the Readers Choice Award in 2012 for Best People: Wedding Planners.

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