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Wedding Tips

Tips to help your big day run like clockwork

Make your expectations clear.

Make your expectations clear to all those that need to know. Communicate clearly in writing with all your suppliers, so to avoid any confusion or disappointment. Try to simplify things and have everything in place in advance.

The best piece of advise that I could give any couple is do not try to plan or coordinate your wedding on the day itself. Just let things be and enjoy the day, otherwise the panic, worry and stress will show not only in your photos, but will be visible to your guests. Who doesn’t want to enjoy their wedding day?

Put somebody in charge.

Remove any burden and stress from yourselves by putting somebody else in charge. It helps to have a competent organiser – either a family member or friend. Do not ask an immediate family member to take on this role, as you want them to enjoy the day just as much as you. The last thing you would want is for your mother or sister to be missing from key moments in the ceremony as they run around chasing after things. If you feel that you can fit it into your budget and that your wedding would benefit from it, then hiring a wedding planner is a no-brainer.

Leicester Wedding Photographer
Leicester Wedding Photographer

Make your expectations clear.

Make your expectations clear to all those that need to know. Communicate clearly in writing with all your suppliers, so to avoid any confusion or disappointment. Try to simplify things and have everything in place in advance.

The best piece of advise that I could give any couple is do not try to plan or coordinate your wedding on the day itself. Just let things be and enjoy the day, otherwise the panic, worry and stress will show not only in your photos, but  will be visible to your guests. Who doesn’t want to enjoy their wedding day?

Put somebody in charge.

Remove any burden and stress from yourselves by putting somebody else in charge. It helps to have a competent organiser – either a family member or friend. Do not ask an immediate family member to take on this role, as you want them to enjoy the day just as much as you. The last thing you would want is for your mother or sister to be missing from key moments in the ceremony as they run around chasing after things. If you feel that you can fit it into your budget and that your wedding would benefit from it, then hiring a wedding planner is a no-brainer.

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Painshill Conservatory - Wedding Reception
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Be meticulous with the running order.

When planning your day be stingy with timing i.e. consider the worst case scenario. For example, if it normally takes 10 minutes from the hotel to the venue, allow for longer, as things on the wedding day generally get delayed here and there. By planning your running order in this way, you will relieve the pressure on all those involved. That being said, on the day aim to work ahead of schedule so that you make up for any time lost during other parts of the day.

Involve your nearest & dearest.

Speak to your family and friends in the run up to the big day. Iron out any concerns or confusions of what they are expected to do and when and where they are expected to be. Weddings can be confusing, especially Hindu weddings, or weddings that you have put your own stamp on, so make sure everybody is in the know.

From my perspective, it helps to let your nearest and dearest know that you have chosen to book your photographer because you love their style. Explain to them that your photographer aims to capture natural, candid images therefore not to worry to much about posing or staging the moments during the ceremony itself. You can inform them that before or after the ceremony, specific formal portraits and group photographs can be captured. Let them know that as your photographer I may not know exactly who everybody is in relation to the bride and groom, therefore the responsibility is with them to approach me if they wish to have a formal portrait or group photograph taken. For all other essential group photos, you will provide me with a group photo list to be taken after the ceremony.

Make it memorable.

Make time to enjoy and be present with your guests, so don’t try fit too much in. Try not to treat your wedding as one big production for photo/video. Instead try to genuinely enjoy the day, have fun and give us plenty of memorable moments to capture. Trust us to do this for you.

Painshill Conservatory - Wedding Reception

Be meticulous with the running order.

When planning your day be stingy with timing i.e. consider the worst case scenario. For example, if it normally takes 10 minutes from the hotel to the venue, allow for longer, as things on the wedding day generally get delayed here and there. By planning your running order in this way, you will relieve the pressure on all those involved. That being said, on the day aim to work ahead of schedule so that you make up for any time lost during other parts of the day.

Involve your nearest & dearest.

Speak to your family and friends in the run up to the big day. Iron out any concerns or confusions of what they are expected to do and when and where they are expected to be. Weddings can be confusing, especially Hindu weddings, or weddings that you have put your own stamp on, so make sure everybody is in the know.

From my perspective, it helps to let your nearest and dearest know that you have chosen to book your photographer because you love their style. Explain to them that your photographer aims to capture natural, candid images therefore not to worry to much about posing or staging the moments during the ceremony itself. You can inform them that before or after the ceremony, specific formal portraits and group photographs can be captured. Let them know that as your photographer I may not know exactly who everybody is in relation to the bride and groom, therefore the responsibility is with them to approach me if they wish to have a formal portrait or group photograph taken. For all other essential group photos, you will provide me with a group photo list to be taken after the ceremony.

Make it memorable.

Make time to enjoy and be present with your guests, so don’t try fit too much in. Try not to treat your wedding as one big production for photo/video. Instead try to genuinely enjoy the day, have fun and give us plenty of memorable moments to capture. Trust us to do this for you.

Unplug your wedding.

Consider that iconic moment when the bride makes her entrance, walking down the aisle. The photographer is primed and ready to capture that all important shot and suddenly a dozen hands holding the latest smart phone stick out into the frame blocking the view. Despite the photographer’s best efforts, the moment has passed and the bride is obscured by waving hands and phones. Sounds like a bad dream, right? Nothing can be more shocking, right? Well its something that unfortunately happens time and time again during weddings. It is worth making an effort to try and avoid this happening during your most precious moments.

It’s part of the day and age that we live in; social-media, selfies and instant photos are entwined with the fabric of who we have become. However, I feel as if people have become detracted from the moments that matter, so much so that people would rather view a wedding through the screens on their phones than they would by participating and engaging in the whole occasion.

What can you do to create a no-phone zone? Simply inform your guests of your wishes, that you want them to enjoy the day and to leave the responsibility of capturing the moments to your professional photographers who you have booked for the day. The trend has been set and it is called an unplugged wedding. By making your ceremony an unplugged ceremony you can help set a more intimate and meaningful mood and ambience for the rest of the big day.

Leicester Wedding Photographer
Leicester Wedding Photographer
Leicester Wedding Photographer

Unplug your wedding.

Consider that iconic moment when the bride makes her entrance, walking down the aisle. The photographer is primed and ready to capture that all important shot and suddenly a dozen hands holding the latest smart phone stick out into the frame blocking the view. Despite the photographer’s best efforts, the moment has passed and the bride is obscured by waving hands and phones. Sounds like a bad dream, right? Nothing can be more shocking, right? Well its something that unfortunately happens time and time again during weddings. It is worth making an effort to try and avoid this happening during your most precious moments.

It’s part of the day and age that we live in; social-media, selfies and instant photos are entwined with the fabric of who we have become. However, I feel as if people have become detracted from the moments that matter, so much so that people would rather view a wedding through the screens on their phones than they would by participating and engaging in the whole occasion.

What can you do to create a no-phone zone? Simply inform your guests of your wishes, that you want them to enjoy the day and to leave the responsibility of capturing the moments to your professional photographers who you have booked for the day. The trend has been set and it is called an unplugged wedding. By making your ceremony an unplugged ceremony you can help set a more intimate and meaningful mood and ambience for the rest of the big day.