Wedding Venue (Close Up Shots)
As I mentioned in earlier blogs, my Fiance and I were not available to choose our wedding venue. So..I ask my MOH to check out a few venues in the surrounding area . Well after a few searches she found one that she was certain we would both Love. Next day she went there and fell in Love with this place. She immediately called me VIA SKYPE and stated "Sending you pictures right now". I said Ok....when the pictures came through I was like....this is nice. She met with the venue coordinator the same evening and sent me all the brochures, price list, catering menues, you name it she provided me with it. I was abit hesitant because I was not able to see it in person. After sending the pics over to FH he said "it's up to you". That night I could hardly sleep wondering if the date we chose would be available. Gave it over 72hrs of Prayer and Thought. Picked up the phone and told MOH ,,,,We want to make the deposit. Well this was the first time in 5 months that FH finally witnessed with our own eyes where our wedding would take place. Provided a few Pics for your viewing.
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I am seriously thinking of using this company to do my flowers. Since our wedding falls on a Saturday the company recommends that the delivery date be made 2 day's prior to your event.
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What Would You Do?
After months of searching I thought I found the perfect photographer for our wedding just one problem (FH) had a few concerns.
Here it is: checked out his webpage and I fell in love with his shots and the moments of your special day not a minute was missed on any of his pictures. So, I scheduled a Meet & Greet with him.
I sent his webpage for FH to Review. He loves his work but questioned WHY he didn't have brides of color on his Web Page? This photographer is a known PG in the surronding area & takes Breath-Taking Pictures.
FH: I want to see some
people of color, I'm not seeing any and I want to know if he's taken such pictures, what was the quality of the pictures and lastly if he has taken such pictures, why in the H...aren't there any on his web page. You got to show me that you can represent me!!!
So, after doing more research I saw a posting on his FB page from a former client that states: Why isn't my picture posted? Then she adds J/K.. Ladies: Gorgeous Bride
Here are a few questions for you?
What exactly are you looking for in a Photograher?
Does it really matter if your Ethnicity isn't published on a Photographers Page?
If you did find a Photographer that fell in this category would you still utalize him for your wedding?
Ladies What would you do? I really love his work!!!
This was no where on my Photograhers checklist
Wedding Menu Tasting Scheduled
Ok ladies being out of the Country, we missed this months Food Tasting at our chosen Venue. The Venue gathers all Brides that will be married within the upcoming months and schedules a tasting. How about that???
Since my FH & I will be home in October Gwen (wedding coordinator) has scheduled another tasting for MEEEEE...FH...MY MOM...SISTER...and MY 2 MOHs.
I am so excited that I can hardly wait. Believe me a dress will be worn on this day. LOL...:-)
The only thing missing from the menu is RICE DRESSING this is one of my favorite dishes :-( Just 2 let you ladies know I am a very picky eater. We know this couple that makes the best dressing ever. I talked to Gwen to see if we could bring an outside cook to get this done, guess what she said>>>>I'm so sorry but we can't. The Battle aint over ladies. Trust Me....it aint over.
Menu will be posted once chosen by FH & I...WISH US LUCK!
Wedding Photography Checklist
On our wedding day, we want to make sure our selected photographer captures those essential details we worked so hard on. To help him or her out, we provided a list of "must-take" wedding photography shots.
Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony
___ Wedding dress lying over a chair
___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride's necklace
___ The bride's garter
___ The bride's veil
___ A close up of the bride's shoes peeking out from under the dress
___ Bride looking into a mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Bride hugging parents
___ Bride touching up
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
___ Groom tying tie
___ Groom looking into mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Groom hugging parents
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony
___ Outside of ceremony site
___ Guests walking into ceremony site
___ Bride and father entering ceremony site
___ Parents being seated
___ Grandparents being seated
___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle
___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
___ Groom waiting for bride
___ Ceremony musicians
___ Altar or canopy during ceremony
___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
___ Bride and father walking down aisle
___ Groom seeing bride for first time
___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle with the groom waiting in the distance
___ Bride's father and Bride hugging at end of aisle
___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom's point of view
___ The unity ceremony
___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Exchanging the rings
___ Close up of hands
___ The kiss
___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle
___ Receiving line
___ Bride & Groom outside on steps
___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations
___ Bride & Groom getting in car
___ Bride & Groom in back seat
Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception (These can also be taken before the ceremony)
___ Bride alone (full length)
___ Bride with Maid of Honor
___ Bride with bridesmaids
___ Groom with bridesmaids
___ Bride with parents
___ Bride & Groom together
___ Bride & Groom with parents
___ Bride & Groom with families
___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party
___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer
___ Groom with parents
___ Groom with best man
___ Groom with groomsmen
___ Bride with groomsmen
During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception)
___ Outside of reception site
___ Bride & Groom arriving
___ Bride & Groom greeting guests
___ Table centerpieces
___ Table setting
___ Bride & Groom's table (head table)
___ Musicians or DJ
___ Guest book
___ Place card table
___ Closeup of bride and groom's place card
___ Wedding cake
___ Groom's cake
___ Gift table
___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)
___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table
___ Bride with college alums
___ Groom with college alums
___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
___ Bride & Groom's first dance
___ Bride & Father dancing
___ Groom & Mother dancing
___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake
___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake
___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)
___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne
___ Signing the marriage license
___ Bride throwing bouquet
___ Groom retrieving garter
___ Groom tossing garter
___ Garter/Bouquet dance
___ The getaway car
___ Bride & Groom leaving party
___ Bride & Groom driving away
Guests the photographer shouldn't miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that he can easily identify them)
Wedding Planning Checklist
The Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Sixteen to Nine Months Before
o Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.
o Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families contributions and your own.
o Pick your wedding party. As soon as youre engaged, people will start wondering whos in.
o Start the guest list. Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information. (Want to keep costs low? It may be brutal, but the best way to do it is to reduce your guest list.)
o Hire a planner, if desired. A planner will have relationships withand insights aboutvendors.
o Reserve your date and venues. Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.
o Book your officiant.
o Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers. Keep their contact information in your binder.
Eight Months Before
o Hire the photographer and the videographer. No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.
o Book the entertainment. Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favorite.
o Meet caterers. If your wedding venue doesnt offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.
o Purchase a dress. Youll need to schedule time for at least three fittings.
o Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.
o Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.
o Registry; Sign up at a minimum of three retailers.
o Launch a wedding website.
Seven to Six Months Before
o Select and purchase invitations.
o Hire a calligrapher, if desired. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.
o Start planning a honeymoon. Make sure that your passports are up-to-date, and schedule doctors appointments for any shots you may need.
o Shop for bridesmaids dresses. Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.
o Meet with the officiant.
o Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).
o Send save-the-date cards. Reserve structural and electrical necessities.
o Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components, and so on. -
o Book a florist. Florists can serve multiple clients on one day, which is why you can wait a little longer to engage one. Plus, at this point, youll be firm on what your wedding palette will be.
o Arrange transportation. Consider limos, minibuses, trolleys, and town cars. (But know that low-to-the-ground limos can make entries and exists dicey if youre wearing a fitted gown.)
o Start composing a day-of timeline. Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance).
Five to Four Months Before
o Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues. Negotiate the cost and the menu. If youre planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well.
o Check on the wedding invitations. Ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs.
o Select and order the cake. Some bakers require a long lead time.
o Attend several tastings before committing to any baker.
o Send your guest list to the host of your shower. Provided you, ahem, know about the shower.
o Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings. Bring the shoes along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.
o Schedule hair and makeup artists. Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results.
o Choose your music. What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you wantand do not wantplayed.
Three Months Before
o Finalize the menu and flowers. Youll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season.
o Order favors, if desired. Some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region.
o If youre planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too.
o Make a list of the people giving toasts.
o Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now.
o Finalize the readings. Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremonyand whom you wish to do the readings.
o Purchase your undergarments. And schedule your second fitting.
o Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.
o Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs. No need to go to a printer, if thats not in your budget: You can easily create these on your computer.
o Purchase the rings. This will give you time for resizing and engraving.
o Send your event schedule to the vendors. Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback.
Two Months Before
o Touch base again with all the vendors. Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered.
o Meet with the photographer. Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.
o Review the playlist with the band or deejay. Though you probably wont be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list.
o Send out the invitations. The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.
o Submit a newspaper wedding announcement. If youre planning to include a photograph, check the publications website: Some have strict rules about how the photo should look.
o Enjoy a bachelorette party. Arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honor. But if she hasnt mentioned one to you by now, feel free to askfor scheduling purposes, of course!if a celebration is in the works.
One Month Before
o Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database. Phone people who have not yet responded.
o Get your marriage license. The process can take up to six days, but its good to give yourself some leeway.
o if you are changing your name, order several copies.
o Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.
o Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting. For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.
o Stock the bar. Now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly.
o Send out as many final payments as you can.
o Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors.
o E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles. This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route.
o Assign seating. Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.
o Purchase bridesmaids gifts. Youll present them at the rehearsal dinner.
o Write vows, if necessary.
o Get your hair cut and colored, if desired.
o Week of the Wedding
o Reconfirm arrival times with vendors.
o Delegate small wedding-day tasks.
o Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.
o Send a timeline to the bridal party. Include every members contact information, along with the point people youve asked to deal with the vendors, if problems arise.
o Pick up your dress. Or make arrangements for a delivery.
o Check in one last time with the photographer. Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film.
o Set aside checks for the vendors. And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.
o Book a spa treatment.
o Make an appontment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)
o Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events. Typically, companies close their lists 72 hours in advance.
o Break in your shoes.
o Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets.
o Pack for your honeymoon.
What i do need is a Wedding Planning List!
WBC Brides could you please help me?
So much to do. I need to get organized.
Wedding Music And Songs
FH & I trying to decide which songs we both want played on our day!Will keep WBC posted on all selections.
Wedding Ceremony Songs
Prelude Songs Played prior to the beginning of the actual ceremony.
Processional Songs Played as the wedding party and important guests are seated.
Bride Entrance Songs Played as the bride walks down the aisle.
Interlude Songs Unity Candle, special music, and transition songs.
Recessional Songs Played as the couple and wedding party leaves the ceremony.
Postlude Songs Played while guests leave, after the Recessional.
Wedding Reception Songs
First Dance Songs The bride and groom's first dance!
Mother Son Songs Share a special song with mom.
Father Daughter Songs Share a special song with dad.
Anniversary Songs Invite all those that are married already to join you on the dance floor to celebrate their marriages.
Cake Cutting Songs Cutting the cake is not only a time-honoured tradition, but can also be messy.
Last Dance Songs Save the best for last. Conclude your perfect day with the perfect last dance song!
Which cake do you like?
Can't decide which style cake, they are all somewhat simular, but unique in their own way.