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February 2015

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Questions to Ask Before Booking your Wedding Photographer

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To me, choosing your wedding photographer is one of the biggest and hardest parts of  planning a wedding. Your wedding photo’s will be a lasting memory of your big day and something that is totally irreplaceable. They will be viewed by many people and something to show your kids and grand-kids.

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It’s very important to carry out careful research into any photographer that you’re interested in hiring. I recommend you start to look for a photographer from the minute you start planning. A lot of good photographers can get booked up 2 or 3 years in advance and if it is a popular date it may be even further in advance.

Look at past weddings they have shot, do you like the style they used? If so, are they within your budget? If they are, set up an appointment to meet them so you can get the feel of their personality and whether you can work with them. Your MUST like your photographer and feel relaxed around them…..if not your wedding photographs aren’t going to be what you dream of.

Now you have a shortlist of potential photographers, I have put together a list of questions for you to ask to make sure they are definitely the right photographer for you!

Style

  • What style do you tend to shoot in?
  • Do you use colour, black and white or both?
  • Do you edit the photos before we see them?

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Price

  • What does your price/package include? Albums, prints, USB
  • If an album or prints are not included, how much are these?
  • How many hours do you cover? i.e. preparations to first dance
  • Is an engagement shoot included in the price?
  • What deposit do you take?
  • When is the final balance due?

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Images

  • How many images will I receive?
  • Can I request certain photos?
  • Will you photograph me getting ready?
  • What are the terms for image rights and how can the images be used?
  • How will you use our images?
  • How long after the wedding will we receive the photos?

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Logistics

  • How many hours do you cover?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Are you insured?
  • Do you have backup equipment in case your camera fails on the day?
  • How many photographers will there be on the day? Do you have an assistant?
  • Will you, personally, be there on the day?
  • Have you photographed our venue before? If not, will you visit the venue before the wedding?
  • Which videographers do you work well with?
  • What is your contingency for illness or any other unforeseen circumstances?
  • How many weddings do you shoot per year?
  • How many wedding have you shot in your career?
  • Can we see a complete set of photographs from a recent wedding? (These may be available on the photographers website prior to your meeting)
  • Have you photographed our venue before?

If you ask all the right questions you should find the perfect photographer for you and have amazing wedding photographs!

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Tuesday

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February 2015

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Simply Stunning Evening Wedding Reception in Sheffield: Rachael & Phil

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Meet Rachael and Phil Kay. They got engaged on holiday in Mexico in October 2011.   Phil proposed in the hotel room before they headed out for the evening.  Rachael said “it was very understated but his words were perfect”.
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They were married on 25 August 2014 at the Balcony Hotel in Zante. After they returned they held a reception at the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield on 12 September 2014.
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Rachael’s piece of advice would be not have any regrets, if you think you might want something in your wedding have it!!  She thinks Phil’s would be if the bride to be likes something then the groom likes it too!!  And enjoy every single minute of it because the day goes itself goes so quickly.
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Rachael’s dress was by Suzanne Neville which she bought from The White Rooms in Sheffield.  Her shoes were from John Lewis and her hair and make-up was by L’Beautique.
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Rachel said that she wished they had more little personal touches and details at their reception. “But in terms of both our wedding day and reception, we were surrounded by wonderful family and great friends who made us feel very loved and we wouldn’t change that for the world!”
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Photographer – Mylo Photography
Room decor – Decorative Chairs
Flowers – Sarah’s Florist
Shoes – John Lewis
Hair and make-up – L’Beautique
Phil’s suit – M&S
Shoes – Office
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December 2014

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9 Entertainment Ideas for your Wedding Reception

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  1. Magicians – Bring a bit of drama to your reception and keep guests entertained while you’re both off having your photographs taken.Magician
  2. String Quartets – A great way to add atmosphere to your reception whilst still allowing guests to talk and mingle.XIV International Conference on Small Angle Scattering, Oxford,
  3. Pianists – Can be used for your ceremony, drink reception or even for a quieter evening reception. Pianist
  4. Guitarists – An acoustic guitar can add a touch of sophistication playing background music for your drinks reception. Guitarist
  5. Singing Waiters – Or singing waitresses are a great addition to your wedding getting everyone to join in and sing along! Singing Waiters
  6. Circus – Fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and jugglers can add a bit of wow to the procedures.5014226571_84c7bc37ca_o
  7. Harpist – An elegant way to entertain your guests before your ceremony or during your drinks reception. Harp
  8. Photo Booths – A fun way to keep your guests entertained for hours and an excellent keepsake from your special day. Photo Booth
  9. Ice Cream Vans/Carts – As well as providing your guests with a sweet treat, an ice cream van can make an excellent backdrop for some fun wedding photos. Ice Cream Van
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December 2014

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Do I need to send Save the Date cards?

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In one word, Yes.

Save the Date cards are becoming more common place especially if you are getting married at a busy time of year like Christmas or Summer Holiday; they are expected out of courtesy. The pre-invitation card let guests know that they will be invited to your wedding and the date and venue it is taking place. By sending these out a year in advance it means that the people you love and want to celebrate your wedding with will be able to arrange to be at your wedding but still make other arrangements, such as booking their summer holidays, so they don’t clash. Your guests will also be able to book their travel and accommodation for the wedding in advance and save money.

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Some couples only send Save the Date cards to their daytime guests, others choose to send them to everyone on their guests list. Make sure you have finalised your guests list before sending them out, once they have been sent you MUST send a formal invite closer to the day! Be clear on the save the date who you are inviting so there is no confusion.

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December 2014

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Bridesmaid Dresses 101

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  • Pick the colour and fabric that you like, but consider letting your bridesmaids wear different styles that suit them. This way both the bride and the bridesmaids should be happy. Bridesmaid Dresses
  • When looking for dresses try to only go with one or two bridesmaids at first, once you have narrowed down the selection to 2 or 3 options, you can get everyone together to try them on. Trying on Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Ask the bridesmaids opinion, but make the final decision yourself….you’re never going to please everyone and your bridesmaids should be happy if you’re happy.
  • Place all bridesmaids orders at the same time and in the same place to make sure they are all made from the same roll of fabric.
  • Allow at least 3 months for delivery and alteration, you don’t want to panic about them arriving in time.
  • Don’t forget shoes, jewellery and handbags.Bridesmaid shoes
  • Flower girls don’t have to match the bridesmaids, but they should complement the overall look.Flowergirl
  • Pick age appropriate dresses for all.
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