Wedding Photographer serving the Winchester Virginia Area and the Shenandoah Valley for over 18 years
At Flair Photography we want to do more than just photograph your wedding, we want this day to be the happiest day of your life. We know how much goes into your wedding day and want to do everything we can to make sure it is stress free and fun. With that being said we have put together some Wedding Tips from sources like WEDALERT, Bridal Magazines and of course other brides that have given us this great advise. And for anyone reading this that has more suggestion please email them to me we would love to add them and the other brides would appreciate it.
START PLANNING ASAP
Reception locations, service providers book earlier and earlier each year. So to ensure that you get exactly what you want, start early. It also gives you plenty of time to investigate other options if your first choice does not work out.
KNOW YOUR VENDERS
You researched your new car, tv, home computer, etc. You need to research your wedding venders. Make sure they have the same passion about your day as you do. If their attitude comes across as if this is just another job for them than maybe they are not right for your event. The reputation of the provider you choose is of the utmost importance. Ask how long they have been in business? How many weddings have they done? Do they have Referrals? Remember this is one of the most important days of your life that you can't do over the next day. Choose the service provider that is going to enhance your wedding day and make it that much more special.
So you don't feel overwhelmed with all the details that you have to do you must stay organized. Purchase a wedding binder which has different sections for the things that you will need to do. Here is a small example of things to do. Choose you're Church if you're having a Church wedding, reception venue, DJ, Photographer (Flair Photography), Vidoegrapher (JSVideo), Florist, Cake Shop, Inviations, Party Favors, Limo, Tuxedo shop, Wedding shop, etc. In your notebook write down how much each vender is charging, the deposit you have given and the balance you owe. Get contacts for each service and have them give you a main phone number and cell phone. Everything you discuss including special arrangements or deals you need to have them write it in the contract. Memories fade over time so have everything in writing that way there will misunderstandings on your wedding day. This brings up one more thing that is very important. Every vender should have a contact to give to you. NEVER do anything on a handshake or a promise. If they can't provide a contract then you should look elsewhere. A wedding coordinator can really help out with all this if your budget allows it.
WATCH YOUR BUDGET
It is very easy to get drawn into spending more on your wedding than you planned or may be able to do. Watching wedding shows on TV it seems those couples have unlimited resources which is great but not of us fall into the category. There are so many wonderful choices available to brides that you should not have to put yourself in debt to have the wedding you want. If you start out with a budget, stick to it and find alternatives that allow you to do that. Google is your friend, research using the internet for suggestions on what you want or where you might get something more affordable online. You do not want to start your new life with your partner paying off wedding bills for years to come.
This tip isn't just for your wedding day but can be applied to your new life together. Knowing how to compromise will save a lot of stress through the planning process. While the bride and groom should do what makes them happy, be open to suggestions and sensitive to the feelings of those around you. If you disagree with their recommendations, speak about it calmly and diplomatically until a middle ground can be reached. It will make the day more enjoyable for all. The TV shows are fun to watch but the real life Bridezilla's and Groomzilla's are not so much.
CONFIRM AND FOLLOW-UP
Make sure as the date gets closer, to follow up with your venders. Never leave anything to chance or hope it is getting done the way you want it. Most venders do allot of weddings a year so they might lose sight of something you discussed. Now is the time to make sure everyone is in agreement with the times schedule, the balances, songs for the DJ, etc.
RELAX AND ENJOY
Try and relax and enjoy the day it is a fun, happy, beautiful time. Do not let the planning process mask that for you. Take moments to step back and enjoy what is happening. This is most important the day of your wedding. At that point you have done all you can do and it is in the hands of the trustworthy people you have hired. One thing I tell all my brides the day of the wedding is this. It doesn't matter what happens, you're going to be just as married even if the flowers are not 100% what you wanted, the flower girl doesn't want to walk down the aisle, etc. Just enjoy the day, squeeze your husband's hand knowing that he loves you and you're going to spend the rest of your life together.
SOME EXTRA TIPS
1) Dress up ballerina slippers - they are a great alternative to heels because they won't hurt your feet and nobody can see them because of your gown.
2) Use waterproof mascara.
3) Tell wedding party to be at the church at least 20 minutes before you really need them there just to give you that little extra insurance for the people that are always late.
4) Light all candles the night of the rehearsal and let them burn for a few moments, this way the day of the wedding they will be sure to light and burn correctly.
5) Don't go to the tanning bed the day before your wedding; lobster red has never been a nice color on the bride. Go weeks in advance to give your skin time to tan and not burn.
6) Keep your wedding day simple; a lot of needless running around the day of your wedding will just stress you out. Try to only do Hair dresser, Makeup, Church and leave the rest of the errands for someone else.
7) Bring a snack to the church. Most photographers have you at the church a few hours before the ceremony and the morning breakfast just won't stay with you all day before your reception. Fruit and finger sandwiches are simple, fast and can really hit the spot. If you need a chocolate fix bring M&M's so they don't melt in your hands which could get on your dress.
8) Make a checklist several weeks before your wedding day of all the things you will need the day of your wedding, for your honeymoon, etc. Give a copy to your maid of honor so she can double check everything for you.
9) If the church has a Coordinator make sure that she knows you will be having a Professional Photographer so that the night of the rehearsal they can talk about the rules of the church for photography.
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Stephens City, VA 22655
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