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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding is no small task. However, by following some guidelines, assuming you have not hired a wedding planner, you can take most of the stress out of the process and relax on your wedding day. The next few articles will be dedicated to helping you plan your wedding with less stress and actually look forward to your wedding rather than looking forward to the day being over.

Let's start with when do you start planning? I believe that the sooner you begin planning the better off you are. If possible start finding your key vendors as much as a year in advance. Start looking for a dress at the same time. Once the dress and the vendors have been selected they each will offer you tools and valuable insight to help you with your planning and ideas.

Now some might say that I am biased in this article... well, maybe they would be right. I believe that no vendor is more important than the wedding photographer you choose. Why? Number one if you connect with the wedding photographer and you are comfortable with them you will have better photographs ... period. You will be more relaxed and the wedding photographer will be encouraged to take more chances on creative shots.

The second reason I feel that the wedding photographer is so important is that after the wedding day is over, the cake has been consumed, the dress is packed away, and everyone has gone home, no one including you will remember too much about the meal, or most other things that happened that day and you are counting on the wedding photographer to capture the feeling of the day... to tell the story in photographs.

Twenty five years from now the one thing you will still be admiring as a remembrance of that day will be your photographs of your special day. When you are celebrating your 50th anniversary... guess what the kids and grand-kids will be looking for and admiring? I cannot emphasize enough that from where I see it the photographs are the one area which you should not cut corners. You will have to be the judge if you feel the same way.

One last word on that subject. If there is one thing I have heard over and over, after the excitement of the wedding day is over and they reflect on various decisions made are those which regret not having spent more time on the Photographs and placing more emphasis on that aspect of the wedding. There are no re-do's here.

Click here to get a checklist of possible wedding photographs you may want to provide to your photographer.