Letter to brides
A message from your photographer!
…To all my future beautiful brides!
I would like to take a moment and, first of all, thank you for inviting me as a photographer for your incredible invent, and letting me be part of the important moment of your life. I am very happy to share this incredible event with you, your family and loved ones!
Having a bit of an experience, I have come to notice things that can make your wedding day to be a successful event! I would like to share some of them with you, especially the part that relates to my photography services and may it only be a suggestion and not, in any way a set pf rules you have to follow, as I know your wedding day as unique as you are!
First of all, a wedding is a big party, an event where you invite your friends and family to celebrate your union together! Any quests arriving to the party come with expectations to be entertained! So, I do suggest that you A. hire a professional wedding coordinator or B. find a volunteer to be designated facilitator/planner for your day. This could be your friend, family member, a neighbor, etc..but not somebody that would later be in the Wedding Party, preferably with a “military” experience, someone who can keep track of time, who can gather people, who is not afraid to make some critical decisions, can be firm when needed, who can ran errands for you. This is a manager, personal assistant and your second hand. This person would be the best asset, the best money (or not) you spent for your wedding. Without any coordination, the wedding can be a chaotic and disorganized event that can make all your efforts seemed unnoticed. It can be financially and emotionally draining with unsatisfied guests at the end!
Second, to capture your moment on film, professionally, it requires some time. So, as a photographer, I want to preserve your day the best way possible. I want to capture your details, wedding dress, guests, emotions and, of course, bride and groom. It will not happen, if all of us are in a hurry. So, I do suggest that you create a time line for your wedding day and give a copy to your coordinator and me as your photographer. Your coordinator, should constantly follow that time line and keep us all on the right track.
Here is an example of the itinerary for the wedding day:
9 am- photographer arriving at the wedding place, details shots. ( Its is better to have all your preparations set the day before except small final details. Do not leave anything for the day of your wedding, there would be no time!)
10 am-12 pm – bridal party hair and makeup at Hair Saloon, house, etc.
12 pm – 1pm- bridal party dressing at house, room etc.
1 pm- 2 pm – bridal party photosession inside/ outdoors.
2pm – 3 pm – grooms party arrival and dressing up
3pm- 4 pm – grooms party photosession, specify location
4pm- 5 pm- guest arrival, photosession with guests
6 pm- ceremony, specify location.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – photographer’s hour: photosession with Wedding Party, immediate family, Bride and Groom portraits. These are going to be your best photos of the day, so please, do allocate an hour.
(While you are gone for an hour, please make your guests comfortable and make sure they are entertained, food, beer, music, what ever it take for them not to feel abandoned. Remember, they want to be entertained!)
7:20 pm- serving dinner
8 pm- first dance
8:30 pm- cutting cake, garder toss or other games and events you may plan before or after.
Remember, this is only a suggestion, please feel free to make changes or come up with ideas of your own, and feel free to share any of them with me. All I want is to make your day fabulous and successful, a wedding day years to remember!