Photography and the Perfect Wedding

The question was asked and the answer was yes. So begins the path of a beautiful wedding. There are many decisions to be made for your wedding to turn out perfectly.

The bride may be considering her beautiful dress and the groom is contemplating the location of the honeymoon. Between the engagement and the wedding, there are going to be times you need to have a professional help you with all of the details. Whether you need a quality wedding photographer in Dallas (or any other state, for that matter), or the most intimate setting, we have a few tips that will go a long way. 

One of the most important, if not the most important, decision you will make will be who to choose as your wedding photographer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for a couple. You do not want someone just starting out, or someone doing photograph as a hobby. You want skill and expertise in every facet of the process. You want shots that are yours alone to help document your special day. Here are some questions to ask your photographer:

  • What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
  • Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
  • What type of equipment do you use?
  • Are you shooting in digital or film format or both? 
  • Do you shoot in color and black & white? 
  • Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
  • Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session the reception? What about an “instant” slideshow of the ceremony?
  • Do you have references?

Though these are just a few questions to ask, you will have some of your own. You should feel comfortable with the answers you are given. 

Make sure you look for a venue well in advance of your wedding. Beautiful places are reserved quickly and you will want your special spot for your wedding day. Ask the managers at the venue about a brides room, comfortable seating for older guests, and anything else that will help you the day of the wedding. 

You had better get working on your guest list. You will probably write it several times before you narrow it down to those you care about the most to witness your most important day. If you haven’t spoken to someone in years, maybe you should cross them off the list. Keep the size of the guests manageable. 

You are also going to need to give some thought to who will do your flowers. Have some ideas in mind when you go to meet with them. Printing off some photos of flowers you love will help the florist see what you have in mind. Plan well in advance and have a list of questions for the florist as well. 

The catering for your wedding should be planned with thoughts of your budget. There are many delicious options you can choose that will delight your guests. Tell the caterer what you can spend and ask them what they suggest for that price. 

Don’t forget the cake. Make sure it reflects your personality. There are so many beautiful designs for a cake these days. You can create practically anything. Get input from the groom also. He will have some good ideas that will please you both.

You will also be busy with bridesmaid dresses, invitations, and the groom’s ring. In all the bustle of this time, don’t forget your beautiful dress. Take time to find what is right for you. This is not a time to just go in and grab anything. Get a dress that defines who you are. All eyes will be on you this day and you want to look like the perfect bride in every detail. Don’t forget the accessories you will need for your dress as well. Earrings and a necklace will set off your dress perfectly.

Though it will be hard to do, try to relax. This is a time when it is about you and your sweetheart. Don’t ruin the fun with putting too much on your plate. Get the major things done and ask for help from family when needed. Take a deep breath and move forward. Congratulations and happy wedding!