Wedding is a very special affair, and an equally expensive one. Everything related to weddings is outrageously expensive. It is natural for you to want to make the most out of everything.
Photography is a major expense when it comes to weddings, and due to simple lack of a little bit of planning, many couples end up with very few photographs. For instance, most couples want to get their couple portraits done after the ceremony and right before the reception. If the ceremony start/runs late (it usually does), your caterer won’t push the dinner timings and it is the photographer’s job that will suffer. With little time to spare, the number of photographs can be considerably fewer.
If your wedding is around the corner, employ the following tips to avoid situations similar to the one mentioned above.
TOO MUCH OPTIMISM IS HARMFUL
Yes, you read that correct. When it comes to weddings and schedules, you need to be pessimistic. Assume everything will take longer than it should, because it usually does. Whether is is formal group photos, formal couple portraits, there are so many people involved that at some point, delays will happen. It is better to be prepared for these instead of ending up in stressful and anxious situations, which might be reflected in the photographs as well.
FACTOR IN TRAVEL AND ‘CATCH-UP’ TIME
Most of the times when people make their wedding day schedule, they forget to factor in the travel time. Don’t make this mistake. It might be true that when you do factor in the travel time, you will find out that you’re on a very tight schedule. And don’t just stop at travel time, think about the time taken to park the cars and walk to the venue, you don’t want to miss anything.
Another thing that people usually forget about is the times they are pulled aside by relatives and friends to chat, congratulate or catch up. The smart thing is to anticipate these moments and factor in the time to your schedule.
LAST MINUTE CHANGES CAUSE DELAYS
Stick to the plan, don’t let anyone talk you into doing otherwise. A change in timings, or venue or even the things you don’t pay attention to, like extra group photos WILL add to your stress. The delays will also affect the time you need for your portrait photos.
DO THE COUPLE PORTRAIT AN HOUR BEFORE SUNSET
Portrait photographers call this the golden hour. The lighting is perfect at this time and magical photographs are almost guaranteed. Scheduling the couple portrait just before the sunset will ensure you and your better half look awe inspiring in memories that will last a lifetime.
CONSIDER DOING A ‘FIRST LOOK’ SESSION
First looks are precious. The intimate moments that the couple get on an otherwise busy and crowded day make for great photographs. They capture magical emotions that occur when the groom witnesses his bride for the first time. Typically, the groom is made to stand facing away and the bride is made to tap on his shoulder to make him turn around and look at the bride. First look sessions make for great additions to couple portrait collections.
Remember to have fun! It is your wedding after all. And as the bride, don’t ever forget two things, one, there is nobody else that finds this day as important as you, and two, nobody is more important than you and your future life partner on this day.