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Wedding Tips 3-4
Tip # 3
Guests Come First (Edited & Expanded)
While this is YOUR SPECIAL DAY, it's vital that you bother to think of others. You'll really need to get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite and that will expect to be attending - both the ceremony and the reception. The more people, the tougher the challenge for catering, hotels, reception, and yes... the photographer will also need to know, so they can plan accordingly.
Knowing the number of guests, availability of services, and expense up front will help you have the best day (and most important guests in attendance). While it is your special day, juggling everyone's schedule requires notice... and the more, the better; with polite reminders just in case. Prior planning prevents poor participation!
As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band, and the dance floor. Knowing the number of guests that will likely attend effects the amount of space, food, wait-staff, and photographers.
We figure 2 cameramen or camerawoman for more than 100 guests, 2 camera's minimum is what you need. You don't want to miss your special moments, nor those of the people you've invited to attend your wedding.
We have 6 trained and ready camera-people, ready, willing, and able to help capture your special moments, your family, friends, and guests. Our check list of shot priorities, and pre-wedding venue research, helps insure your wedding photographs will be the quality and heirloom memories you expect and will want to share for generations to come.
Tip # 4
INVITATIONS... (Edited & Expanded)
Consider YOUR GOALS... are you wanting guests, gifts, acceptance, acknowledgement, or something different?
Consider your budget... because guests WILL COST MONEY!
Consider the space available... outdoors obviously has more room, but still requires chairs, and some type of after-wedding reception. The church, or other ceremony options, may have limited seating. Knowing the boundaries will help you target your notice (invitations & acknowledgements) more effectively.
Remember, though it's YOUR SPECIAL DAY... inviting others, especially from out of the area, requires prior notice and planning on their part for stress free participation (and often a nicer gift).
CONSIDER - if you have a great 'engagement' photo, it IS POSSIBLE to have YOUR PHOTO PRINTED ON THE STAMPS YOU USE TO SEND OUT YOUR INVITATIONS. They work just like regular stamps, but they have YOU PHOTO on them, which can usually gain you some additional attention and talk among your family & friends.
Let us know if you want a Suggested Time Line (for the least amount of stress and best planning), that lays things out from 2weeks to months away. Remember,
PRIOR PLANNING & PREPARATION PROMOTES POSITIVE
Aaron studied business originally in school but in the last few years has devoted his time to in-depth photography and editing. He has won multiple awards for his images.
The team at Expressions Photo & Design shares the same professionalism and passion, and pride themselves on quality work and service that exceeds client expectations.
Expressions Photo & Design is based out of
Des Moines, Iowa.
In our extensive body of work, we combine artistic flair with technical skill to create exceptional photographs. We know how important your wedding day is for you and your fiancé. You can rely on us to capture every smile, tear, and dance move.
Our work reflects both an artistic vision as well as the personalities of our clients. For many years, we have helped preserve the wedding days of many. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver the best service in our industry.
Our philosophy is simple: Never rest on your laurels. We know that our reputation is only as good as our last shoot. On your day, we are in total control. During post processes, imagination takes flight. You will not be disappointed when you choose Expressions Photo & Design.
Weddings are our focus, specialty, and passion.
Our packages are tailored to the needs and budgets of our clients. We strive to meet and exceed your expectations, starting with capturing your moments into memories.
Our goal is to help make your wedding as positive, happy, efficient and memorable as possible. We can work with you to help solve your problems, while understanding your needs and goals for your special day.