The more time you give us the better your photos.
•If you’re getting ready at home plan to get ready in the largest, nicest room you have available, and try to remove any clutter. The room should have a lot of natural light in it.
•Brides be organised with all your jewellery, dress, flowers, perfume, rings and any other accessories. Grooms be organised with their tie, cufflinks, aftershave, shoes etc.
•Remember we need time to pack and unpack our equipment, as well as getting from the groom to the bride, and then from the bride to the ceremony.
•Give your MC a list of photos you want to have with groups of people or someone that knows both sides of the family so they can find people easily. A lot of time is wasted trying to organise/find people and this cuts into your bridal party/one on one photos together.
•Make sure you have somewhere indoors away from your guests for photos, in case of wind or rain.
•The best time of the day to take romantic photos of the bride and groom is around sunset.
•At the reception make sure someone lets us know a few minutes before any of the important events such as cake cutting, first dance, or speeches start.
•Think about whether you want to let your guests take photos at your wedding, some people say no photos until they are announced as Mr and Mrs (have signs up or have your celebrant announce it). It can look terrible if you have photos of guests with cameras raised in shots.
•Wedding Coordinator (we highly recommend either hire someone or you delegate someone the task of meeting with all of your suppliers, to record any important information and be the go to person to sort things out for you on the day of your wedding.
For checklists and planning see the following websiteshttps://www.weddingwire.comhttps://www.theknot.comhttp://shesaidyes.co.nzhttp://www.brideandgroom.co.nzhttps://nz.pinterest.comYour local library also has bridal magazines to borrow and online publications
The Process for Booking Your Photography
1. You make contact with me to see if your Wedding Date is available. Remember wedding season is very busy and only around half the year, so there aren’t that many dates available in the Summer months anyway.
2. Choose which Wedding Package you would like and you complete the Information Sheet below and return it to me.
3. I draw up the contract for you both to sign and you sign and then send it back to me along with the non-refundable deposit.
4. I will confirm you are all booked in.
5. Closer to your Wedding Date I will check in and confirm that everything is all on track and confirm timings for the day.
Most couples spend from 7am until 3pm (8 hours) getting ready, then from 3pm until 12pm (9 hours) for the wedding.
Guideline for a 3pm ceremony
10.00am – Girls hair and makeup start. Do a hair & makeup trial to see how long this takes before the day. Allow at least an hour per person.12.30pm – Photographer arrives to the guys for a ‘mock’ getting ready, or to photograph them playing golf, etc. Guys to be showered and ready to get dressed when the photographer arrives.1.30pm – Photographer arrives to the girls, bride gets into her dress, photos with the bridesmaids and family
Consider doing a ‘first look’ if you are getting ready at home together, or want to save time on 1.5 hours for bride and groom photos.
2.00pm – Guys leave for the ceremony to welcome guests2.15pm – Photographer leaves for the ceremony2.30pm – Girls leave for the ceremony3.00pm – Wedding ceremony. Check with your celebrant how long the ceremony is likely to take.3.30pm – Congratulations from your family and friends3.45pm – Family and group photos (30 minutes). Make a list of names and groups of people you want photos with and give them to your MC or someone who knows both sides to round up the guests. You don’t want to be wasting time on the day looking for people to have a photo with or find that they have gone walkabout. 4.15pm – Wedding party photos start (take a picnic). Guests can go straight to the reception venue or you can give them a time to arrive (1.5 hours)4.30pm – Guests to either stay at the ceremony or arrive at the reception venue. Make sure canapes are served, to keep your family and friends happy. Organised activities are an option if you think your guests will get bored waiting for the wedding party.5.50pm – Wedding party arrives at the reception, ‘mock’ cutting of the cake. 6.00pm – Entree served
Depending on season, bride and groom sunset photos
6.45pm – Speeches7.15pm – Main course served7.50pm – Cutting of the cake8.00pm – Dessert8.45pm – First dance
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