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Congratulations - you are engaged! It is an amazing time of excitement and butterflies - and questions. So many questions you never even knew existed! What kind of wedding are we having? How do I find the right venue? How do I pick the photographer? Do I even need a videographer?? And don't even start me on the paperwork!
The good news is... well, this book. We have asked top Irish wedding vendors to give advice and tips on the most common difficulties brides experience planning their wedding. Trust me - we also want you to have the most amazing day of your life, so check out these 68 questions and answers!
W H Y R E A D T H I S B O O K ?
W E D D I N G V E N U E
F r o m y o u r e x p e r i e n c e , w h a t a r e t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t f a c t o r s w h e n i t c o m e s t o c h o o s i n g a w e d d i n g v e n u e ?
T h e r e a r e s o m a n y t y p e s o f w e d d i n g v e n u e s , h o w d o I k n o w w h i c h o n e t o p i c k ?
J o e O ' F l y n n , R a t h s a l l a g h H o u s e
To name the most important factors, definitely look at the location, you want a venue in a beautiful exclusive location to get the wow factor when guests first arrive and see the venue for the first time (calling it a hidden gem). The next most important factor would be the food/catering that is offered by the venue, guests will always enjoy the evening more and have fonder memories when fantastic food is served at a wedding. Next would be the size, you want a venue that would be comfortable to fit all your guests, if you have invited many you don’t want your guests to feel cramped and you don’t want the space to look big and dull if you have a small amount of guests. Ask for options at the venue if you would be having a large or small amount of guests. Lastly I would say the staff and service of the venue, if you have friendly staff that are warm, welcoming and kind to the guests and have that fine attention to detail, this radiates to the guests and makes their experience and memories that much more special.
You want to pick a wedding venue that most importantly has that wow-factor while still accommodating the amount of guests you want and is within your budget. If all of those factors are covered and you can start picturing your wedding there, that venue is the perfect one for you and your partner.
H o w w i l l I k n o w w h e n I ’v e f o u n d m y i d e a l v e n u e ?
A n y o t h e r a d v i c e y o u c o u l d g i v e ?
M o s t i m p o r t a n t q u e s t i o n s t o a s k a w e d d i n g v e n u e c o o r d i n a t o r
Choosing the right venue is like buying a house – you will know pretty much immediately if you can visualise spending your day with loved ones in a certain location, so trust your initial reaction. Your wedding venue will be where you’ll spend most (if not all) of your wedding day and if you have comfortable accommodation at the venue, your wedding day would then turn into a fun 2 day affair. So it’s essential that you’re head over heels in love with it.
What is the latest the party can go on till and would there be a bar extension fee?
Do you allow more than one wedding in a day? Do you offer a second day?
Could we have our ceremony outside?
Look for a venue that has accommodation onsite as many guests love to go straight from dinner reception to their room, instead of having to still get in a car and go home (this also means the party is officially over). Know what type of service you would be getting, you will know from the start if a venue would go the extra mile for you. You want a venue that feels like home and staff that would treat your family as if they were their own. Lastly always do a bit of research on the venue, read the reviews, see the types of weddings that have been held at the venue before. As your concern could already be answered by another bride.
W E D D I N G P H O T O G R A P H E R
W h a t m a k e s f o r a g o o d w e d d i n g p h o t o g r a p h e r ?
W h a t p a r t s o f t h e d a y d o e s a w e d d i n g p h o t o g r a p h e r n o r m a l l y c o v e r ?
O l g a H o g a n P h o t o g r a p h y
To my mind, a good wedding photographer is someone much more than a guy or girl with a professional camera who knows how to take photos. Your friend might tick all those boxes but wedding photography is very different from travel or everyday photography. It’s not just about responsibility, which is on a completely different level. It’s about knowing the way a wedding day unfolds, predicting the best moments before they happen and being in a few places at the same time. A good photographer is someone with not just one but two professional cameras, and a set of back-up cards in case equipment goes faulty. It’s someone who has insurance and who will take time to scout your locations to make sure you’re not wasting time looking for great spots on the day. It’s someone who will dress smartly, keep an eye on the time for you, pin the groom’s buttonhole (because none of the guests every know how!) and fix your dress for you if bridesmaids aren’t around. It’s someone who’s seen so many ceremonies and receptions that they’ll know where to be at the right time to get the best shots.
Most photographers have coverage from morning until call for dinner or including the first dance. I always say, however, that every wedding timeline is unique so just communicate with your photographer what parts of the day you’d like covered. I normally don’t photograph during dinner because no one likes photos of themselves eating. During church ceremonies the priest normally does not allow to photograph communion, and occasionally other parts of the ceremony.
W h a t w e d d i n g p h o t o g r a p h y s t y l e s a r e o u t t h e r e ?
S h o u l d I g i v e m y p h o t o g r a p h e r a s h o t l i s t ?
D o I n e e d a s e c o n d p h o t o g r a p h e r ?
Every wedding photographer has their own unique style but for simplicity we can name three distinct styles – traditional, documentary and fine art. Traditional photographers often work off a list of shots and do a lot of posing on the day. Documentary photographers are rather “fly on the wall” type for whom emotions and people are the most important parts of the day. They try to avoid standard poses and prefer not to interrupt the flow of the day, capturing everything that happens around them. Lastly, fine art photographers have a more detail-heavy style, focusing on aesthetics, unusual angles and creative composition. While most photographers will have parts of every style in their portfolio, they usually tend towards one genre. For example, my style is mostly documentary with elements of fine art, but I have a traditional aspect when it comes to group photos. When choosing a photographer, think about what genre appeals to you the most, which type of photos really “speak to you”. The photographs may be absolutely stunning, but if it’s not the way you envisage your wedding, it might be a good idea to look for someone whose style is closer to your vision.
This is a very common question, and the short answer is “no”, you don’t “need” a second photographer. It might be a good idea to have one but it’s never a must. A second photographer can cover the groom’s preparations in the morning if the two houses are far away from each other; they can also show a different angle to the ceremony (for example, from the back of the church or from the balcony), and they will capture more guest interaction during reception while the main photographer is taking photos of the bridal party. If you have a tight timeline and over 200 guests (and you want to see each and every one in your wedding photos), consider having a second photographer. If, however, you are inviting 100 guests and don’t want the photographer to be in the way maybe stick to one!
Yes! But I don’t mean the type of lists you can find online - “bride and her father walking up the aisle”, “the first kiss”, etc. We know the key moments of a wedding and we’re not going to miss those shots! We do, however, need to know of personal details or people that you’d like captured – maybe it’s your “something borrowed”, or your aunt who flew all the way from Australia and you want lots of photos of her. Another list I always ask to prepare is a list of group photos – make sure I have the name of every single person you’d like to see by your side, and if you want separate pictures with your Mum AND your Dad just let me know!
W E D D I N G V I D E O
W h a t g e n r e s o f w e d d i n g v i d e o g r a p h y a r e t h e r e ? W h a t ' s t h e d i f f e r e n c e ?
R o n a n Q u i n n V i d e o g r a p h y
There are a few genres now, but to keep things simple I would divide them into two categories.