Tips to Choose the perfect Vendors for your wedding day

So, you are engaged and are starting to plan your dream day. For most brides this can be very daunting. Choosing the perfect wedding vendors are very important. Your vendors are the experts who will bring your wedding vision to fruition — but with so many different options available, it can be difficult to know where to even start. Here are a few tips when choosing your wedding vendors:

1. Do your homework with your fiancé and set a ballpark budget in advance.

Set your budget and the number of guests first so that you don't fall in love with a venue or vendors that are out of your price range or can't accommodate the size of your group. Even if you do end up spending a little more than you had anticipated, it's better to lay out your expectations in private. You don't want to put yourselves in an awkward situation where one of you wants to book but the other is concerned about cash flow, and you're arguing about it in front of the wedding planner, DJ, or whomever. As you comparison shop, you'll get a much clearer picture of how much this is all going to cost you. It's also important to discuss your major likes and dislikes. That way, you're both on the same page about what your must-haves are.

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2. Determine if your personalities mesh well.

Let's say that you and your fiancé evaluate their work and find that it's top-notch and in line with your wedding style. Great! Another not-so-obvious consideration is whether you have chemistry with this person. You'll be entrusting them with an important service (not to mention the significant monetary costs involved), so it's crucial to be comfortable around them. Remember, you'll be interacting with them on what will likely be the most emotional day of your life, so you want someone who will be able to put you at ease, not stress you out even more.

3. Ask for client referrals.

The old adage of "you get what you pay for" isn't always necessarily true. This is where other brides' testimonials come in! Ask vendors to provide contact info for recent clients who can vouch for their services. Don't forget to pay it forward when you're married by writing glowing reviews, along with thank-you notes, for those who went above and beyond to make your big day special. Since many vendors work closely together in a given region, you could also ask others you've already booked if they've worked with this particular person before and if they would recommend them.

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4. Get everything that's included in writing, down to the smallest detail.

In order to truly understand what's included in a quoted price, the vendor should itemize everything for you. For example, if you know that you want orchids, garden roses and hydrangea in your centerpieces, then all of that should be listed. Although this might sound slightly over-the-top, this information will safeguard you in the event of a dispute or in case the items you requested aren't available during that time because of unforeseen issues. When reviewing the contract, look out for any hidden costs (wording such as "additional costs may be incurred" and "plus the cost of setup and delivery" are dead giveaways). Ask for clarification if anything is unclear. You'll also need to know their policy on late fees in case the ceremony or reception runs later than you expected.

Once you have your dream team of vendors in place, give them clear directions and let them do their jobs while you enjoy your loved ones, and more importantly, the beginning of your new life with your partner. Happy planning!

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Why it is important to do a pre-wedding shoot

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The engagement shoot helps you to get to know your photographers and how they work. Photographers also can get to know you a bit more too.  

There are some really good reasons to have an engagement shoot but many couples are sometimes confused. They say ‘we don’t need the engagement shoot, we’re already engaged’. But a pre-wedding shoot actually helps you prepare for your wedding day…


Here is a few reasons why the engagement shoot is important.

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1.  YOU'LL GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

You’ll get to know your wedding photographer a bit better. This really helps you to be much more relaxed on your wedding day. Your photos will be better because you will be.  

The emotional connection between photographer and subject is one of the most important aspects of a successful engagement shoot. When the photographer and subject are connected on an emotional level, it leads to natural and beautiful photos.

This connection is created through communication, understanding, and shared interests. It is important for the photographer to be able to evoke emotion in their subjects, so that their photos reflect who they are as people. By creating a strong relationship with their subjects, photographers can create beautiful images that tell a story.

2.  GOOD PRACTICE

You’ll get to practise some posing. Just the necessary bits, because we aren’t big fans of posing. But you’ll have some practical knowledge of how to look best on your wedding pictures. And you can always tell us which poses you didn’t really like.

Engagement photography is a fun way to document your special moments together. Capturing the joy of your relationship in photos will be a cherished reminder of all the happy times you shared. Whether you are looking for traditional photographs or something more creative, there is sure to be a style that suits your needs. Together, we can capture amazing memories and moments that will last a lifetime.

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3.  NICE TIME TO SPENT TOGETHER WITH YOUR OTHER HALF

You’ll spend about an hour with your fiancée. You will be chatting, laughing, hugging and kissing each other. So engagement shoots might be counted as a form of a good anti-stress therapy, right?

Love is a beautiful thing. It can make people feel happy, content, and loved. When two people are in love with each other, they share a special connection that is hard to find elsewhere. This connection is what makes a wedding photographer’s job so special.

When capturing the love between two people, it’s important to capture the emotions and feelings that are going on at the moment.

4.  GREAT PICTURES FOR YOU TO KEEP

You’ll get some really nice pictures from the time you were engaged. Photos are memories and it’s really good to have those pre-wedding memories too. Maybe you’ll want to use the photos to create your save the date cards or signing boards?

The engagement shoot benefits couples who choose to take part in it as they are able to create beautiful memories that can last a lifetime. Through photographing and documenting the big day, the couple is able to relive it over and over again, capturing different moments and expressions throughout the process. With a team of professionals at your side, you can be sure that every detail will be captured perfectly, creating memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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5.  YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU'VE DONE IT

You’ll be left inspired and even more excited about your wedding day! And most importantly – relieved that a photo shoot can actually be fun. The shoot will motivate you to look for more wedding photography ideas and that will result in having even better wedding images. You will also know that when the wedding day comes – wedding photography is one of the things you don’t have to worry about.

An engagement shoot is a great way to celebrate your relationship and capture the love between you two. It can also be a great way to show off your new wedding rings. Having an engagement shoot will provide you with many beautiful memories that you will cherish for years to come.

It is really useful to have a pre-wedding shoot. It really helps you get used to the camera. Any experience is good because otherwise you might feel a bit tense on your wedding day. The pre-wedding shoot is sometimes compared to your make-up trial run.

And after the shoot you can always give us your feedback – we love getting it from our couples. We only want to create THE BEST SET OF IMAGES for our amazing couples and the more we know about what you like or don’t like, the better.

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How to find the Perfect Wedding Photographer

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Your photographs will be your most treasured wedding keepsake. You'll immediately want to share them when your photographer gives them to you, and you'll look back at them 50 years from now, reminiscing about your vows, the kiss, and the first dance. Choosing the right photographer to capture those poignant moments is an important decision and it's crucial to find a pro who understands your vision for your wedding day and can document it with style. But you'll also want someone you trust and feel comfortable with since he or she will be by your side the entire wedding day. To help you find the right person to entrust with this task, follow our guide to selecting the perfect wedding photographer.

01.  Book your venue first. It's a smart idea to hire your photographer after you've secured your venue. Aim to book his or her services about nine months before the wedding (or a year, if your photographer is in high demand).


02.   Figure out the style of photography you like. Do your homework and spend some time getting a sense of the style of photography you like. Maybe it's bright with lots of saturated colors, or perhaps you prefer a more vintage look with more washed-out tones and a dreamy, nostalgic feel. Once you've found a handful of photographers whose aesthetic jives with yours, email each person and inquire about if they're available on your wedding date and their photography rates. If the ones you're interested in are available on your date and if their fees are within your budget, then you can schedule initial meetings.


03.  Check reviews on the photographer's Social Media pages.  It will give you a good idea of the quality of work and relationship they had with precious clients.


04.  Interview the photographers. Most photographers will email you a link to their portfolio of images before your first meeting. Be sure the collection includes recent weddings he or she has shot from start to finish, not just a "best of" highlight reel from dozens of different weddings. This is a more accurate way to gauge the photographer's work.


05.  Discuss the fee. Some photographers' fees include everything including albums, prints, and high-resolution images (saved on a disc or thumb drive); others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you à la carte for any pictures or albums you want. Many photographers offer a price list that details several different packages they offer at different price points. Make sure that you understand what's included. Ask how long the photographer will spend with you (seven to nine hours is ideal) and whether there will be a second shooter, as you'll get more detail shots this way.


06.  Go with your gut. Once you've evaluated each photographer's work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it's time to make your decision. Don't forget that you'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your fiancé genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click?


07.  Schedule a test run. An engagement photoshoot is always a good idea—it's a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and begin to feel comfortable having your photo taken, especially if you or your groom are camera-shy.



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Getting Ready Photos You Can't Forget to Take

Your bridesmaids are all dressed in their matching robes, the bridal suite is well stocked with mimosas, and the curling irons are heating up. It's almost time to say "I do!" The morning that you're getting ready for your wedding will be full of fun, champagne, and anxious excitement—and you'll want to capture it all in getting ready photos that'll last forever. Because such a task can be overwhelming, it's helpful to give your photographer a list of wedding photos you must-have in your album.

1.  READY AND WAITING


Snap a shot to showcase your wedding dress, ready and waiting to be slipped on.

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2.  Your Bridesmaids


The same goes for your bridesmaids! Don't forget to get a photo of everyone in their coordinating getting ready robes or outfits.

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3.  Showcase Your Accessories


Have your photographer arrange your day-of accessories for an aesthetically pleasing photo.

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4.  Capture Your Bouquet


Similarly, you'll definitely want to get a detail shot of your bundle of blooms.

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5.  Cheers!


Pop the bubbly with your besties for a celebratory snapshot.

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6.  Capture Candids


Along with your posed pictures, instruct your photograph to snap plenty of candids while you're getting ready with your bridesmaids.

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7.  Don't Forget Your Flower Girls


A portrait with your flower girl will definitely pull at some heartstrings. And just imagine looking back on it, years from now, on her wedding day!

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8.  Primping Portraits


Get a photo of your makeup artist and hairstylist working their magic.

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9.  Just You and Your Dress


"Just the two of us...You and I," referring to you and your wedding dress, of course!

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10.  Getting Into Your Gown


It's time! It's time! Get a photo getting into your gorgeous gown.

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11.  The Finishing Touches


After zipping up your wedding dress, put the finishing touches on your big day look by putting on your jewelry—all while snapping photos, of course.

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12.  Slip Into Your Shoes


Sure, it's likely that no one will seem them underneath your wedding dress, but we're sure your shoes are stunning! Don't leave them out—they're worthy of a picture, too.

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13.  Your Bridesmaids' First Look


Have your photographer stand behind you to capture the moment your bridesmaids see your complete look. Their expressions will be priceless!

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14.  A Moment With Mom


From getting ready for school to getting ready for your wedding... Don't forget to take a special snapshot with mom or dad.

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15.  With a Little Help From Your Friends


Whether your maid of honor is fluffing your train or a bridesmaid is ensuring that not a hair is out of place, have your photographer snap a pic of your friends doing what they do best—looking out for you.

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16.  Don't Forget the Veil


You won't want to miss getting this gorgeous shot.

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