Mar 15, 2013
I'm very much a fan of lists. I guess because I'm more comfortable with planning than just jumping into things. While I understand (and as a designer I can wholeheartily agree) that you should let the photographer work their artistic magic, I do also believe that as a client, you should have an idea of what you want before you and your artist start working. Therefore I am going through several existing lists of must-have photography for weddings, and on top of that adding some shots that I'd really like myself.
- Bride's dress on the hanger or over a chair
- Close-up of bride's shoes
- Close-up of bride's bouquet
- Bride in curlers or having makeup applied
- Bridesmaids getting ready.
- Bride putting on garter
- That moment of OMG! I'm dressed and ready and a bride!
- Close-up of dress details
- Bride together with bridesmaids
- Bride hugging mom
- Any pre-game activities like doing shots, mimosas or high-fiving.
- Mom or bridesmaids putting finishing touches on bride, adding the veil, etc.
- Bride spending moment alone, thinking quietly, praying or looking out the window
- Full-length shot of bride all dressed and ready to go
- Groom putting on tie
- Groom with groomsmen
- Groom waiting for the bride to arrive
- Bride arriving
- Before-first-look (i.e. the bride standing behind the groom/the groom's eye's closed while the bride is standing before him)
- First look shot
- Outside of ceremony site
- Wide shot of ceremony space from the back
- Guests arriving
- Close up of details (guest book, pew decorations, canopy etc.)
- Groom and groomsmen waiting nervously for bride to walk down aisle
- Guests sitting down, waiting for ceremony to start
- Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
- Wedding party standing at the altar
- Bride just before walking down the aisle
- Back shot of bride (and escort) beginning to walk down the aisle
- Full-frontal shot of bride (and escort) walking down the aisle
- Close-up of groom's face when he sees bride
- Back shot of bride and groom together at the altar with officiant between them
- Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
- Close-up of each hand as the rings are exchanged
- Close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder
- Close-up of groom's face, as seen over the bride's shoulder
- Shot of both sets of parents' faces as they witness ceremony
- A wide-angle shot of the whole shebang.
- The kiss
- Happy couple walking back down the aisle together, as married couple
- Guests getting ready to shower the couple with well wishes (and bubbles, birdseed, etc.) as they leave
- Bride and groom walking out of ceremony space, hand-in-hand
BEFORE THE RECEPTION AND/OR CEREMONY
- Full shot of bride and groom together, smiling
- Full shot of bride and groom hugging
- Full shot of bride and groom kissing
- Bride being lifted or carried by groom or sitting on groom's lap
- Close-up of couples' faces as bride is lifted, carried or sitting on groom's lap
- Bride with her parents
- Groom with his parents
- Bride with groom's parents
- Groom with bride's parents
- Bride with bridesmaids
- Groom with groomsmen
- Bride with groomsmen
- Group shot of bride, groom, family and wedding party
- Groom leaning up against a wall with bride in front of him, kissing
- Close-up of details (place settings, name cards, etc.)
- Close-up of centerpieces
- Wide shot of entire room before everyone arrives, even better if taken from above
- The introduction of the couple to into the reception
- Bride and groom's first song (note - I'll explain about this later!)
- Groom dipping bride
- Close-up of cake
- Best man (or other guests) making a toast to the couple
- Bride and groom's faces as they listen to the toast(s)
- Guests dancing and cutting loose on the dance floor. (Tip: Ask for a slow shutter speed to get a blurry/focused effect) (note - I'm still not sure if we are having a dancing reception so this will be decided)
- Close-ups of guests' faces, laughing and having a great time--lots of these
- Groups of friends sitting together at their table or dancing
- Bride and groom whispering to each other
- Parents (or even better, grandparents) dancing
- Kids dancing or playing around
- Bride and groom cutting the cake
- Bride and groom feeding each other
- Bride and groom in back seat of getaway car
- Back of car as it drives away
Some useful tips to give your photographers:
"...let your photographer know if you want a little alone time right after the ceremony. Most times I feel strange about following the bride and groom all the way out of the ceremony, but if you guys really want them to document that very first moment of "alone" time, definitely give them a heads-up that it's okay to impose." - from Offbeat Bride
For our reception, we were planning on having a buffet of all different kinds of food. FH & I plan on cooking it all, but we still have catering as an option as well. As for cake, we'll be having a bunch of mini cupcakes made, along with a larger version for us. We're making minis because we also want to have a candy/sweets table to go along with it.
The cake and cupcakes will be video game related. I'd really love to make mini companion cubes for everyone, I'll just have to try it out as I've never used fondant before. For the personal cake for FH & I, I'd really like something similar to the Pacman cake, or something like this:
which makes things a little easier because we have the Big Top mold already. I'm still not sure what we'll do for cake toppers, but I came across these on Etsy and they are just the coolest things ever.
**Will update with list of food**
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Since the wedding is mostly a casual affair, I don't plan on having the groom and groomsmen wearing tuxes or even suits for that matter. It'll be pretty simple, button downs and dress pants for the groomsmen (and my bridesdude) and a button down, vest, and dress pants for my groom.
This is just the general look for the groom and groomsmen. The color scheme for them will go as followed:
1. If my dress is red with a black sash - The groom will wear a red shirt, black vest and black pants, while the groomsmen will all wear black shirts and black pants. (That also means that the bridesmaids will wear their own black dresses).
2. If my dress is black with a red sash - The groom will just wear all black, and the groomsmen will wear red shirts with black pants. (Meaning the bridesmaids will wear red dresses of their choosing).
I'd also like them to wear Converses (FH was really cool with the idea as the entire thing is basically what he wears anyway). I'll be DIYing their boutinnieres and am even thinking of making their ties too. If not, I'll be purchasing them off of Etsy.
Too bad the groom's section isn't as lengthy as everything else. Poor grooms, no love in the wedding planning, haha.
Just to make it easier on FH's grandparents, we're planning on having the wedding in Brooklyn ("trying" being the key word). We were trying to have everything in one building, but it's starting to prove harder than it seemed. So, since we're trying to have most of the budget of 5K go into the reception, we're trying to find inexpensive, but nice ceremony areas. So far this is what I've found that we're considering.
Capacity - 60 people
792 sq. ft
Price: $33-110/hr (Still trying to find out what determines the price within the range).
2. All Souls Church.
Capacity - 60 people
Price: Chapel/Garden - $300
Capacity - TBD
Price - TBD
Capacity - TBD
Price - TBD
So far that's all I have. Shetler Studios seems to be the most appealing, as it's sort of a different setting for a ceremony. But then we'd have to figure out transportation for at least FH's grandparents. *sigh* It's the little things that stress you out :P
These are some photos I've come across while researching all things wedding related. I'd like to replicate them in some sort of manner my own wedding. All the photos are hyperlinked back to their original sites.
1. Individual/couple shot(s) against graffiti backdrop. - I'm considering having photos taken at the 5PTZ building.
2. Couple shot in the middle of the street.
3. Engagement ring against very urban and/or rough backdrop.
5. Legs shot.
6. Shoes - FH & I buy some matching Converses once in a while.
7. The up-close intimate shot.
8. Standing straight shot.
1. Bride and Groom in street. - What can I say? The idea of almost getting hit by a car seems like a great photo op (I'm joking).
2. Bride and groom against natural and/or urban back drop.
3. Kiss/Kiss on the Forehead/Kiss on the nose shot (i.e. Intimate shot).
4. Bride in foreground, groom in backgroun and vice versa.
5. Candid, silly moments. - I tend to stick out my tongue when nervous/when I stumble on my words. If my photographer happens to catch this on film, they will automatically be the best photographer ever (in my eyes).