There are discernible themes that inevitably plague so many betrothed couples while planning their weddings. And as those themes have emerged in the course of my years of photography experience, there are many articles I encounter while perusing wedding blogs and the Internet in general that make me exclaim, “YES! This is what I’m talking about!”
I thought it appropriate to share with you, whether you’re a bride-to-be, have already planned a wedding and can relate, or just like to ogle wedding pretties (like I do).
Now, of course, many of these links are at least partially relevant to photography. I tried to be as unbiased as possible, but let’s face it — the articles that get me the most excited are the ones that ultimately earn better wedding photos for the bride and groom. #sorrynotsorry
- five tips your wedding photographer forgot to tell you (via A Practical Wedding) // a few random, but very important and VERY true, pieces of advice from a photography point of view.
- wedding photography DIY (via A Practical Wedding) // anyone who talks to me for more than three minutes knows that I do not recommend DIY/DIT wedding photography at all. BUT, while I do acknowledge that, when I get married someday, photography will be one of my highest (if not THE highest of) priorities, that is not how everyone feels. Even if you really value photography but are having trouble with the price tag of your dream wedding photographer, this article is worth a read to give yourself perspective and uncover how you really feel about where your wedding photos come from.
- things your photographer wishes she/he could tell you (via Corey Ann) // some tips to ensure the best possible photos for your wedding ceremony.
- the problem with photography shot lists (via Offbeat Bride) // don’t be so focused on Pinterest or on every little detail that you forget to enjoy your wedding day. Allow your photographer to capture the organics of what makes YOUR wedding special.
DECOR + DIY
- inspiration versus duplication (via decor8) // not necessarily specific to weddings, but certainly relevant to almost everything from stationery to floral design to bridal gowns.
- things you should NOT try to DIY for your wedding (via Brides.com)
- 10 trends to ditch (and new ideas to try instead) (via Style Me Pretty) // BUT, I think table garland will be around for a long time, and tall centerpieces can get in the way of guest interaction, so that’s one I’d personally hold on to.
- truths of wedding planning no one else will tell you (via the awl) // I’ll admit, I laughed out loud at #7 about the language you’ll learn that will never be useful outside the world of weddings.
- tech tips and social media etiquette (via Huff Post Weddings) // some EXCELLENT points about not automatically or immediately announcing your engagement and wedding planning adventures on mass-audience platforms like Facebook (in other words, is your entire FB friends list invited to your wedding? Then don’t share every detail with them!).
- why hiring a wedding planner is a good (GREAT) idea (via Booth Photographics) // there are tons of reasons and excuses couples can make about why they don’t need or want to hire a coordinator. Those reasons and excuses are valid, but read this article addressing the finer points of your own ideas about why a wedding planner isn’t for you… Every couple I’ve encountered who HAS hired a wedding coordinator (even for month-of services) notes that it is some of the best money they spent on their big day (other than their photographer, of course. I kid, I kid!).
- having an unplugged ceremony (via PetaPixel) // the mediocre photos that guests take during the wedding ceremony are not harmless. Your photographer will fall in love with you if you have an unplugged ceremony.
- be nice, turn off your device (via Offbeat Bride)
- if you’re a GUEST at a wedding, here are some tips for good guest etiquette! And more tips for taking your own photos at weddings (i.e. let the photographer do his/her job) (both from Corey Ann)
This list is by no means definitive, and I’ll probably have more for you in the future. But hopefully this gets your juices flowing and, ultimately, helps you enjoy your wedding day (and the planning experience) as the celebration that it should be.