Planning a wedding takes a lot, and it is easy to overlook a key point and get something wrong, and this could affect your lasting memories of the big day. Here are a few no-nos to steer clear of if you want your day to be remembered for all the right reasons.
Don’t book a photographer without meeting them first
This sounds like an obvious one, but it can slip down you priority list when you’re caught up in planning so many parts of the wedding. Wherever you are based geographically, it is important to meet the person you are asking to photograph your special day. It doesn’t matter if they are a London or Liverpool wedding photographer, they will be spending a lot of time with you on your wedding day, so you need to feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence.
Don’t instantly choose the cheapest or dearest option
While everyone loves a bargain, you do get what you pay for. Remember that a photograph is capturing a memory from your wedding day. Once the moment has passed, if it was not snapped, you will have lost the visual reminder.
Ask potential photographers to show you their existing portfolios, so that you can view their favoured style of photography. Talk to them about the price packages available, and ask to see what you will get for the money.
Don’t forget to decide on your ‘must have’ shots
Think carefully about the pictures you would like taken during the day. Decide on the elements, people and locations you want to form part of your wedding album.
It’s advisable to create a physical checklist, as this can be reviewed before the day itself to make sure that none have been missed off. This is a great working tool for the photographer on the day, as it will allow them ensure that they fully meet your expectations, and make sure that nothing is forgotten in the excitement. Remember to incorporate group pictures, but be realistic with the number you want, and the time that will be available to take them.
Don’t keep all the ‘fun’ people in one group
Every wedding has that group of people who are a little more chatty, giggly and up for a party. Laughing and fun is infectious, so spreading the fun folks out across the room will increase the laughter around the room and boost the dynamics of the pictures.
Don’t forget the paperwork
Importantly, before the day itself, ensure that you are happy with everything that has been agreed with the photographer, and that contracts have been signed and deposits paid.