Tips on Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

We all know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. There is an enormous emotional significance. It represents months and months of planning and preparing. Not to mention the major financial cost. Friends, family, loved ones will all be there to take part in your special day. You will most likely be nervous, excited, and maybe even forgetful. You often hear that brides have a vague memory of the wedding in the flurry of activities and well-wishes from guests. The marrying couple often counts on their wedding photographer to snap the day’s most important moments. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a New York photographer or someone in Georgia, it is crucial to make the right choice. Here are some good tips to ensure you choose a wedding photographer who will make your special day extra special.


Got Experience?
One of the most important elements in choosing a wedding photographer is ensuring that he or she has extensive experience. A good photographer will have a good portfolio that you can and should review. When looking through the portfolio, make sure all the standard compositions are present. By that, look for the bride prior to the wedding, ceremony photos, and family member photos, and any creative photos. Look for any unique lighting and settings, anything that makes them stand out as a photographer. Does the wedding photographer capture the brides’ and grooms’ personalities? You want your pictures to stand out. He or she should understand your needs. You don’t want to have the same pictures as everyone else. Take this into serious consideration especially if the wedding photographer came to you as a referral.

Do You Have the Right Chemistry?
The view you have for your wedding should be similar to that of your photographer. There will be plenty to do on your special day. You should be able to trust your wedding photographer to do his/her job. Discuss ahead of time the shots you have in mind. They should be open to your interpretations of the photos you want. You will need to tell them ahead of time that your Uncle Edward is one of the most important people in your life and to snap several pictures of him. Simply put, you will need to trust your wedding photographer. In addition, you will need to be able to believe in his or her artistic view and follow their suggestions.


What’s The Price?
You get what you pay for, right? It’s no different with a wedding photographer. You need to stay within your budget and still feel comfortable that the wedding photographer will get all the treasures photos you want from the wedding. Most photographers have a variety of packages and prices. If none of these fit your wedding budget, talk openly with the wedding photographer and tell him what you are open to paying. You might be surprised at the response.

Get Their Input
A good wedding photographer has been around the block a few times. They might give you insight on how to do your rehearsal photos, engagement photos, hair, even makeup. Remember that you are hiring an expert in weddings who will give you good advice. You are paying for their guidance to make you shine.

Your goal is find a wedding photographer that will make your day last a lifetime. An experienced photographer whom you connect with is worth the price. You will have a wedding professional on your side who will let you enjoy your special day forever.

The Proper Attire for Wedding Guests

When we’re invited to a wedding, we try to look our best. Most of us will buy a new dress, get our hair done, nails painted, etc. After all, these pictures will live on forever. Wedding guests don’t have a hard time choosing the right attire for a wedding either, but with more and more unconventional weddings taking place, we must look for clues on the invitation.

When you receive the wedding invitation, look at the design. If it is embossed and engraved, you are more than likely going to a formal wedding event. You will be expected to wear an elegant dress or your best suit. However, if the invitation reads with informal language and is presented casually, it means the wedding is a more casual affair. You might be attending something very intimate where only the closest friends and family of the bride and groom were invited.

Another clue to help you decide on your wedding attire is the venue of the wedding. Is it a church wedding with a reception at a classy restaurant? This always calls for more formal wedding attire. If you are attending a destination wedding or a beach wedding, you can wear something more casual like a nice summer dress or a pair of khaki pants.

Next, look at the time of day or evening that the wedding is taking place. There is a huge difference if the wedding is held at night or during the day.

For daytime weddings, formal wedding attire depends on the formality of the wedding. Wedding guests might be able to get away with light colors or a stylish pastel dress. You can also wear a skirt and a blouse that accentuates your best features. Always, always go for light-colored clothes for daytime weddings. Although black is slimming, try to stay away from black. If it is a daylong event, you can plan your outfit out in layers. Remember that a photographer might be lurking by, ready to capture candid photos of wedding guests.

Evening weddings tend to more dressy. Formal wedding attire is almost always expected for evening weddings. If you are attending an event that is black-tie optional, wedding guests are expected to wear a sleek dark suit or a cocktail dress.

If the event is strictly black tie, the appropriate wedding attire is a formal ball gown. This is your golden opportunity to show off a floor-length evening dress that makes you look radiant. Is there a fancy evening wrap, shawl, or formal jewelry you only wear on special occasions? You can also get away with wearing your makeup a little more on the heavy, dramatic side. Although this is a formal event, make sure that your wedding attire is something that fits you well and is comfortable. As in all weddings, there will undoubtedly be a lot of dancing.

What NOT to Wear
The good news is that there are limitless dresses and suits to choose from. However, regardless of how pretty a dress is, or how slick a suit is, you should NOT buy it if:
• White. It should only be worn by the bride, not the guests. Daytime wedding or not, do not wear white.
• Denim. Regardless of the location, this is a huge no-no. Unless specifically stated on the invitation that you are allowed to wear denim, don’t wear it.
• Modest or subdued. The star of the wedding is the bride. It shows little respect if wedding guests show up in wedding attire that is flashier than the bride’s wedding gown. Although it is acceptable in some cases, cover up your shoulders with a wrap or a jacket if your dress is sleeveless or strapless.

Your goal should be to look your best in the proper wedding attire at a wedding.