If you would like me to photograph your “Getting Ready Bit” either at your place or the hotel room, I would like to have minimum of 1.5 hours hopefully for the bride and minimum of 30 minutes – 1 hour for the groom. Plus I need to add traveling time between any two locations.
Usually I go to the groom’s place first then I go to the bride and we go to the ceremony together.
Hair & Make-up artists – 1 hour before your departure
By the time I arrive to the bride’s place or hotel room 1 – 1.5 hours before we leave to the ceremony, I would like your Hair & Make-up artists to be finished and ready go! It is so that I can photograph your little details such as bouquets, dress, accessories and of course you, your bridal party and family’s “getting ready bit” better. It means, when I arrive to your room, that’s when you gotta say BYE to your lovely Hair & Make-up artists.
Hope this little article will help you to plan your day better!
This is one of the questions that the most of the brides will have when they set their wedding date.
I am not sure how the other states or countries works, but since I am based in Sydney NSW, the most of my clients are from Sydney or Blue Mountain. Then usually most of my brides books me 6 months to 1.5 months in advance.
Here is an example.
Most of my Saturday will be booked from mid January to April and September to mid December before Christmas time. Sunday weddings has been very popular these days, too.
I will be traveling to Thailand (Phuket and Koh Samui) and Malaysia (Langkawi) for destination weddings during this time, too.
Last year, I have photographed over 50 weddings just myself and over 1000 couples in the last 20 years. Now you know how busy I get.
So once when you know your big date, please check my availability ASAP!
The first time a bride look through her pictures, there is a very high likelihood that she will be moved to tears. If you have done a bad job, they will be tears of deep sorrow. If you have done a good job, they will be tears of job – the same tears that she cried when the groom cried when the groom read his vows and when her father made a toast to their happiness. These are the memories that you have frozen in time for her.
Other types of photography are important of course, but few are as emotionally charged as wedding photography in Sydney. What I like most about wedding photography is the fact that my clients think that I do is truly, important.
One of the greatest compliments I have received illustrated that point even more clearly when one of my past brides wrote to tell me how overwhelmed she was when she first saw her wedding photos. Soon after she decided she wanted to be able to give that same feeling to other brides, so she changed her career goals and now she in her second year of college on the way to becoming a wedding planner in Sydney.
Only a few weeks before this scene, I saw another bride in Sydney that stopped all that nonsense right in the beginning. She told them all how she wanted it to go, and if they did not want to do it her way, they could just pack up.
At first the minister did not want to comply, but when se told her father to ask him to leave, he changed his mind. She then proceeded to have a very quiet ceremony that went exactly her way, with no interruptions.
Those two very different experiences made me think about how those of us in the wedding business go about our business. Sometimes videographers, ministers, and we photographers forget to honour the sacredness of the wedding. We also so see so many weddings that we forget this is the first and perhaps only time the bride and groom will ever experience it. Our familiarity makes us good at what we do, but it also wears away our perception of the sacredness of the event. Before long, each wedding is simply another day at work, and we are eventually temped to herd our clients through the paces.
The arrival of the bride is one of the most anticipated parts of the ceremony.
Arriving in style will be the talking point of the day and lots of fun for the bride. Being planning for your transport needs 6-12 months before your wedding day.
Look in the white pages under wedding cars, search the internet for wedding websites with service provider database, flip through wedding magazines and ask your friends and family for recommendation.
The groom’s arrival, in contrast, is an event in itsef. Traditionally the bride and her father ride in the first car to the ceremony. It’s very romantic to arrive in a limousine or Rolls Royce and adds to the sense of occasion, but equally spectacular might be to arrive on horseback or on a Harley Davidson.
Use your imagination. The second car to arrive at the reception in the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. However, you might want to hire a bigger car to try to fit everyone in.
Closest relatives and the bridal party will most likely need assistance in getting to and from the ceremony and reception.
You may also have to organise transport for the mother and father of the grooms, mother and father of the bride’s grandparents, ushers and pageboy.
The bridesmaids are moving away from wearing exact matching outfits. The trend is towards dresses that complement the bride’s dress such as the colour or the fabric, but gives consideration towards each bridesmaid wearing something that suits their body shape and preferences.
Consult with the bridesmaids what they want to wear only after you have made a final decision on your own outfit. If you ask your bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses, you may want to select dresses they can wear again.
Commence looking for bridesmaids outfits at least 4 months prior to the wedding.
Consideration may also be given to any other female attendants such as the mother of the bride, the groom’s mother, the flower girl and the train bearer.
I also think that the colour theme for the bridesmaids should match to their bouquet as well as their nails or head accessories or even your make-up. (eye shadows)
As a wedding photographer, having the theme colour on your wedding is important factor especially during the location shoot, so all the colours matches and the bride stands out more, too.
You can always get more advise about what to wear on our meeting.
If you have done all that you humanly can do to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible, then you can and should relax. Give thought to the reason you are getting married and why everyone is three to help you celebrate the occasions.
No wedding is ever perfect and if you accept this, you will be in a better position to enjoy your day all the more.
Relinquish control by being a guest your own wedding and appoint a wedding day coordinator (such as MC of rusted family member) You bridal party, the host and service providers are there to tend to any problems. Let the day take care of itself and have faith everything will work out – because it will.
Have something to eat and drink such as energy foods – chocolates, energy bars, banana and yoghurt. your wedding day is not the same to worry about the caroline count.
Try to personality thank every person who has attended your wedding. it’s hard to stop and speak to everyone at length, but a quick glad you could make it, it means a lot to us to see you there…” is fine. There will be some people that you have not met previously so it’s important to make a point of meeting and thanking them as well. Don’t forger to also let your best friend/s know how much their friendship has meant to you over the years.
Make sure that you are the first to leave the reception. Even newlyweds can overstay their welcome, as guests are waiting for you to leave first before they can go home.Your photographer will be photographing you during the reception party, don’t forget to smile on their camera, too!
Write y our own vows. This will set your wedding apart and give your an opportunity to express your love in your own words.
Have a mini-choir, soloists or a member of our family play or sing at the ceremony
Write a love to each other and have the officiant read them at the ceremony
Instead of numbered tables for the seating arrangement, personalise and tie-in the tables and placecards with your wedding theme. For example, name each table after your favourite flowers, sports team or rock bands.
Incorporate elements of the past, such as photos of your parents or grandparents, on the entrance table.
Enlarge photograph of you and your partner ask the guests to sign their names on it.
Leave a nice writing pen and a guest book on an entrance table for your gusts to sign. Alternatively, have someone walk around with the book and ask everyone to sign it.
Compile a collage of you both – from your dreaded baby snaps through to your high school photographs and on to day.
Take an instant photo of guests as they arrive at your reception. Tie each photo to tree placed in the corner of the room. At the end of the reception, guests can take their photo home.
Have each guest bring a rose and ask then to add it to an arch upon their arrival at the reception.
Write and perform an original song or love poem at the reception.
Instead of placecars, have each person’s name written on a small paper flag mounted in a chocolate cupcake. This makes a great bomboniere.
Put a disposal camera on each table. Designate one person on each table to make sure all the snaps are taken and the camera is returned. You can end up with some great candid shots for your album.
Make a crossword or word sleuth based on the wedding couple to be left on each table. The guests can fill them in while they waif for you both to arrive at the reception.
Leave a personalised note on the table addressed to each guests. thanking them for their past friendship and support.