Ten Tips For Brides on How to Get Great Wedding Photos

Couples planning to get married often fall in the trap of thinking that if they get a good photographer then great photos will be guaranteed. Unfortunately this is a fallacy.

Ensuring great photos should be a team effort and there is a lot that couples can do to assist the photographer in achieving this objective. The recipe for creating an environment for great wedding photos demands that certain factors be considered very carefully.

1) The wedding venue. While nice looking gardens can be an attractive backdrop to wedding photos it can also be become confusing if not treated correctly. The guideline here is to go for simplicity. Interesting buildings with arches pillars and staircases are ideal for great photos and create opportunities for posing brides and the couple. The trick is to ensure that the emphasis is on the bride and the couple rather than on the environment. Be careful of a venue build of yellowish bricks with a roof made of grass or reeds. I have very seldom seen good pictures taken in such venues. The reason being that the yellow brics simply does not make a good back-drop for wedding pictures, the seconds reason being the fact that neither the walls nor the roof reflects any light, making it very dark inside where all the action takes place.

2) Timing your wedding. This is a factor often overlooked by couples and many couples choose to have a midday wedding for reasons like convenience etc. While this can work out well on a cloudy day the reality is that harsh bright midday sunlight creates deep black shadows and highlights that can be a test for any photographer. Why, simply because cameras hate contrast and have no way of dealing with such a situation as even the most advanced cameras cannot expose for shadows and highlights simultaneously. Cameras prefer soft even light that are almost guaranteed during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

3) Be ready on time. Insist that your beautician and hair stylist be punctual. If they are not on time the program for the day will be ruined and photos will have to be taken in what little time is left before the commencement of the formalities, usually not with good results.

4) Plan your day and schedule the formalities including the photo cessions. Allow fifteen minutes to each event for the unexpected. Things do and will sometimes go wrong. When you have completed your planning you should have a list with a start and end time for each formality.

5) Get a great car. If you have to travel to between various locations endeavor to get a great car that will make good photos. This will depend on your preference and your pocket. My preference will always be for a nice well looked after vintage car. Your uncle’s new Ferrari will most certainly be a lot quicker but for wedding photos it will come a poor second compared to a vintage model. A cart and horses will also do the trick if you can find them.

6) Do some posing in front of a mirror. There are no photographer that can turn you into a top model on the day of the wedding and there are some brides who simply can not pose. However the situation will be greatly improved if you can get yourself a few magazines and endeavor to copy some of the poses you like. This also applies to the couple.

7) Get a good hair stylist and make-up artist. While you expect to get only the best from your photographer he also expects you to be in great shape. Be assured that your photographer’s efforts are only going to match yours. Photographers loose their appetite very quickly once they realize that their subjects are not looking their best. You have to create a challenge for the photographer almost ‘a catch me if you can’ situation in order to get your photographer in top gear.

8) Be relaxed and spontaneous. If you planned properly there will be no need for you not to be relaxed. Do not invite people to your wedding that has a negative influence on you. It’s your wedding and your day and you choose your guests not your family.

9) Beware of the shiny dress. Most wedding dresses really look great but some of them tend to shine like a mirror. If this is the case with your dress then this is bad news for your photographer and I really mean BAD NEWS. The shiny dress means that your photographer will not be able to use flash (that is if he ever intended to do so in the first place) because your shiny dress will bounce back the light created by the flash and no detail will be recorded in that area of the photo. In actual fact the same goes for sunlight, the shiny parts of the dress will simply not show any detail on your photos. Very experienced photographers are able to deal with this to some extend, but why risk. Go for the safe option and make sure that your dress does not fall in this category. Besides, there is nothing that says that a wedding dress must be white!

10) Get some dance lessons. It is really an embarrassment to see some couples dance. Rather get some lessons. Also keep in mind that your photographer is looking for something where you are really moving. The slow dances where you take a step every now and then with little movement in between, really does not work for photos. Your photographer is looking to create a sense of movement by creating some blur hence the need for the quicker move.

I really hope that this will be of value to you and if you do not or can not meet all of this, do not despair there are ways to work around most of the issues mentioned.

Should You Wear A Modern or Vintage Wedding Dress?

It is one of the biggest days of your life, and one that you want to make special in every way possible. Getting married signals the beginning of a new life, and what you wear on that day will be the lasting image your friends and loved ones will always have of you as you set out on the adventure that awaits you and your new husband.

A wedding dress represents much more than anything you will probably ever wear again. It is your statement of who you are as a person and a wife to be. Deciding on whether to opt for a vintage wedding dress, or to instead choose a modern look is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make when picking the gown you’ll wear on your special day. Here are a few things to keep in-mind when trying to decide which style is right for you.

Tradition is Timeless

The idea of wearing a vintage wedding dress often first occurs to a future bride as she is looking through a photo album with pictures of her mother’s and grandmother’s weddings. Many brides-to-be catch themselves admiring the elegance and craftsmanship of these earlier dresses, and thinking to herself that they just don’t make them like that any longer. Except they do.

Many contemporary dress makers actually specialize in producing vintage wedding dresses for brides who specifically wish to replicate a look from an earlier era. And not only are they beautiful, but they are also symbolic. A vintage dress can often be a new bride’s way of establishing an organic connection with all that has come before, and a way of demonstrating a commitment to the future that reflects the love and joy of the past.

A vintage wedding dress conveys a feeling of timelessness and lasting beauty. And what better message to send on your wedding day than one that says that like those who have come before you, this too is forever. This too will last.

The Uniqueness of You

Choosing a modern wedding dress gives a new bride the opportunity to both begin a new tradition of her own, and to pick a design that declares the originality of her own style and personality. By opting to wear a design from the here and now, a bride gives herself the option to make her wedding day one that stands alone as belonging to her.

Deciding on a modern design for her dress enables the bride-to-be to walk down the aisle in a creation that makes a statement about who she is, and one that says to all present that this is the beginning of something truly unique and special. It’s also a moment to see a look in the eye of your new husband that sends a message no words could possibly convey.

Whether a vintage wedding dress, or a modern ensemble of your own design, choosing the look for your special day is an exciting time to put your creativity and taste on display for all the world to see. It is also a time to indulge in a dream that you will turn into a very real moment that will stay with you forever.

Vintage Wedding Theme – How to Plan Your Big Day

Vintage theme weddings are particularly popular at the moment. They are great fun to arrange and can be a very cost effective way of decorating your wedding. If this type of wedding interests you, here are some quick tips that will help you to plan your day.

Many brides will start their wedding planning by thinking about their dress. There are many places that you can now purchase a vintage wedding gown. Indeed there are some online boutiques that specialise in this style of dress. Lace, cotton, silk and other natural fabrics are all commonly used in vintage dresses. This can give a wonderful natural feel to what you are wearing.

For decorating your wedding you can use a wide variety of items. Bunting and classic china plates are a favourite way to decorate the reception. Mis-matched china is perfectly acceptable for a vintage wedding reception. You could use an antique jug as the table centerpieces filled with seasonal flowers. Another idea is to use decorated antique birdcages.

It is a good idea to choose traditional flowers for your bouquets and venue decorations. These can include roses, stocks, snapdragons, lilies and chrysanthemums. Try to think of the flowers that you would associate with an English country garden and they will fit in with your vintage theme.

Arrive in style in a vintage car. Some couple s like to choose a particular period of time for their wedding theme, such as the 1920’s or 1950’s. You could choose a car that fits in with the period that you have chosen.

Remember that with a vintage theme there are no set boundaries. You have the opportunity to really let your imagination run wild. Get inspiration from the Internet and look at old wedding photos to see how they dressed. You will also find that there are many bargains to be found in second hand and charity shops. Above all, have fun planning your wedding.