Wedding Photography Equipment

Invest in the right equipment for wedding photography

One of the most challenging kind of photography is the wedding photography that requires you to be attentive at all times so you can capture candid shots. Wedding photography is expensive, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you set out to take pictures of such an event. The first thing to consider is to review your equipment. This is the most crucial part of the entire task. If you do not have the right kind of camera and related equipment such as the lens, tripod etc. then your photography will be reduced in quality. This is something that you do not want to take a chance with and finding the right equipment means you need to do a lot of research regarding the different kinds of cameras available for specific photography. Once you have it all sorted, you can then move on to developing your own style for wedding shoots. People will hire you only after looking at your previous work as well as the rates you charge them for the photography. Make sure you have a portfolio that speaks for itself. This also involves marketing your skills and there is no better platform out there than social media to promote your photography skills.

You must understand that weddings are not only for good photography. The event is to be enjoyed by the guests and the couple getting married so try not to come in the way when you are working to get an amazing shot that is hardly possible without disturbing the ceremony. You would not want to make an impression that would prevent people from hiring you for future jobs. There is a lot of competition out there in this industry and securing a means you need to be the best at your particular style of event photography.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations and planning

After figuring out the wedding budget, you will start your journey with the procurement of wedding cards. There are different kinds of cards and styles which should be planned as per your personal preferences. The wedding invitation resembles the style of your wedding ceremony. If you had decided any colors or logo, they should be presented on the wedding invitation as well. There are traditional as well as contemporary designs which can be chosen as per your needs and you can invite your guests in a stylish way.

Wedding theme

There are limitless wedding styles. You should be able to choose the best style as per your personal taste and budget. The degree of formality will influence the style of wedding invitation. You should identify a theme and should ensure that cards will be closer to the theme.

You can plan associated wedding stationary as well so that there will be great convenience. The wedding invitation should have space to include who, when, where and what. There are simple folded versions as well as complex mesmerizing designs. Some invitation cards have ribbons as well. As you go through the wedding invitation books and online resources, you will be able to choose the best designs.

You are advised to shop for the wedding invitation at the earliest so that there will be great convenience. There are variety of paper types and weights. Variety of ink colors are used to deliver a special significance. The wedding invitation card should be inserted in the wedding envelope. The guest’s name and address should be written on the envelope and necessary postal stamps should be pasted. It is very much important to have a return address mentioned on the card so that it will be returned aptly if the recipient is not available.

Reception cards

In addition to wedding invitation cards, you can also print reception cards. It is very much important to send a reception card if the wedding takes place at a different location. Guests will be able to go through the address and follow other arrangements very easily. There are instances to include reception details on the wedding invitation as well.

Response card

The response card should be returned by guests so that you will be able to have an accurate head count of the number of guests who will be attending the wedding and reception. The cost of the wedding service will be based on the number of guests. Hence, the calculation should be done accurately so that there will not be wastage of food and other expenses.

The wedding invitation response card should be printed with RSVP information so that invitees will find it easy to RSVP. You should mention the date before which the response card should be returned so that plans can be made vigorously. The response card should have preprinted return address so that it will be convenient for guests. It should be pre-stamped as well so that further delay can be avoided.

The wedding invitation should include the map card as well so that out-of-station guests will be able to reach to the venue very easily. Even though the information is presented on the website, you can provide on a separate card so that visitors will be able to reach the venue very easily.

Rehearsal dinner invitation

You can send a wedding invitation along with rehearsal dinner so that guests will be able to have great get-together. During the wedding time, it is possible to meet friends and family members who travel thousands of miles. You might have met these people after many years. Hence, by inviting them to the rehearsal dinner invitation, it is possible to make the most of the time, effort and money.

If you are planning a ‘destination wedding’, it should be planned and sent in advance. You can send these cards at least three months in advance so that guests will be able to make travel arrangements without fail. It will help them to take time off of work and to manage concessional flight tickets as well.

Thank you notes

You will send ‘thank you notes’ to everyone who presents a gift on the special day. The gift should be similar to ‘response cards’. The card should be printed with your married names on top of it.

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Rehearsal Dinners

How to plan for wedding rehearsal?

As you organize wedding rehearsal, it is possible to get familiarity with wedding ceremony procedures so that you will not commit any mistake on the big day. It is possible to ensure that every task will be managed by the assigned party in a very efficient manner. When you conduct a wedding rehearsal, the odds will be minimized. This is also a huge help for your wedding photographer to get a chance to see your ceremony beforehand. 

Organizing a rehearsal

You might want to know who should be present at the wedding rehearsal. You can include everyone in the wedding party, the parents and officiant in the wedding rehearsal. The people who present special songs or speech on the wedding day should be present for the rehearsal. The rehearsal should be directed by a professional coordinator. A novice will also perform the job in a very efficient way.

There will be better results when you can manage a photographer at the rehearsal. The corrections (if any) can be done very easily and high quality photos can be captured in an effortless manner. It is very much important to have professional photographer and the photographer should be guided by your close friend so that all the important events will be captured in the best possible way.

Implement the plan

The wedding plan that you have prepared in advance should be implemented. There will be major elements in the ceremony. The start time and end time should be mentioned clearly so that the plan will be implemented without any delay.

The music choices that you had made should be remembered and you should ensure that they are played without fail. The written plan should be circulated among the organizers. You should bring good quality audio CDs/DVDs as well so that they can be played when the live performance cannot address your music requirements.

The sitting positions should be planned. The bride and groom will be positioned in the front and the officiant will be behind them. The bride and groom should face each other so that better photos can be captured by photographers and it will be visible to audience as well.

The photographer should capture snaps where bridesmaids hold bouquets and the groomsmen holding their hands back. You can exercise a different posture. However, you should ensure that all the men or women should pose in the same way so that there will be uniformity.

The standing position of the flower girl, ring bearer and other arrangements should be verified. The parents of flower girls should be allowed to sit nearer to them so that they will be readily available to take care of their needs.

Officiant

The officiant will enter the picture when everyone takes their positions. It is customary to light a candle in some communities. If you have included the element, a practice is necessary so that bride and groom will be able to perform the unity task without any issues. The officiant should move on a side and it should be confirmed in advance so that the train will not be touched. The maid of honor should be able to straighten the train when you are back in place. She should manage the feat while holding her bouquet as well as your bouquet.

The readings should be presented and you should practice it so that there will not be any confusion on the special day. If there are special songs in the ceremony, they should be played at proper time. The standing position of the singer, introduction of bride and groom, the release of dove/butterfly, the time and guidance given by officiant to guests should be sorted out. There will be many details which will be discussed in rehearsal and your needs should be fulfilled in a very efficient way.

The bride and groom will lead the wedding party out of the ceremony area. In some cases, the flower girl will take the lead. When you are moving out of the area, you should pose some snaps. Hence, are required to wait at some locations as per the request of the photographer. The entrance or procession should be practiced. While the parents are seated, appropriate music should be played. The officiant, groom, best man and groomsmen enter and take their places. When the bride is on the altar, she should hand-off from father to the groom.

Music for your Wedding

How to choose music options for wedding?

Music is the core element to be addressed in a very efficient way in the wedding ceremony. The wedding moments can be brightened with the spell bounding music. The awkward silence can be killed by playing music and the emotions will be heightened. It makes you dance on the day so that you will have great entertainment. Various types of music can be selected to entertain audience at the wedding ceremony as well as reception. You can hire a musician to entertain your needs in the best possible way. Various aspects which should be addressed in this concern include engagement party, bridal showers, bachelor & bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinner.

Discuss the wedding party

The wedding party should be discussed with the musician so that you will get right tunes at right time as per your needs. As you go through number of wedding disc jockey options, you will settle for the best service. You can hire one or several musicians to fulfill the music needs at the wedding party. You can have live band as well as DJ at the venue so that you will enjoy the best music without fail.

Live music can be had at the ceremony and there will be banquet at the reception. DJ dance music can be had at the reminder of the reception. You should choose the best music that fulfills your wedding as well as reception needs.

Music at ceremony

The source and style of music should be in tune with the elements planned in the wedding. The church organ will fulfill your needs by going for organ. You will not want to have rock or DK when the service is held at the church. On the other hand, you can hire one or two singers who will sing devotional songs in a very efficient way.

You should take few minutes to figure out the music needs at the wedding ceremony. There are various kinds of wedding styles which include contemporary, casual and many more. The music selection should be done based on the location as well. If you opt for perfect music solutions, there will be great satisfaction.

The soft background music is played before the wedding ceremony and it is called prelude. The music is a great way to entertain guests as they will occupy their seats and mingle with other guests. You can go for a special song as well if you plan a formal seating arrangement of bride and bridegroom. As you enter the ceremony area, a professional song will be sung. The special song should be played when bride and bridegroom enters the venue.

You can also play professional music which has a special meaning and cultural significance. At a traditional wedding ceremony, you can play a classical song. Even though the ceremony goes with various speeches, the musical interlude should fill those perfect moments so that there will be great excitement. A special lighting of the unity candle can be used to play special song.

As the wedding party exits, the musician should play the recessional music. It will be similar to professional music. It is apt to choose contemporary music than traditional music and the upbeat music will be enjoyed by guests. There will be switch from the recessional music to the background music when the guests exit completely.

Music at reception

You should play the finest music at the reception. These are great moments which bring great enjoyment to young as well as old people. You should play varied music so that it will cater to the needs of all kinds of people. As you would serve various kinds of food items, you should have multiple variations of music so that you will feed the body as well as mind with best music.

The professional music coordinator should be able to understand the pulse of the audience. If there are boring moments, they should be replaced with bright and mind-pleasing music stunts. A combination of music elements should be chosen so that you can make the most of your time and money. Special music will be played at banquet and first dance. The dance between bride and groom will be announced by MC so that guests will join the dance celebration.