I spoke a while ago of the importance of Wedding Photography in a Wedding. The most important actually because it is the only memory that remains, and also of the times in the organisation of the Wedding itself.
I take the time to meditate on this and extend a little more advice on the Organization and the success of a Wedding.
I will not put much emphasis on the choice of the Wedding Photographer, since I believe that there is a Wedding Photographer for each Client and a Client for each Photographer, but it is essential that they dedicate a necessary time to the search and election of one of the people who will be with you all the day of the Wedding in the best of the cases and that later will see it reflected in the photos that will remain of memory. The Photographer must reveal what they felt that day, from their point of view and style and that the Celebration can be thought from the images.
1.MAKE A PREVIOUS SESSION OF PHOTOS
The Family and the Friends know the couple that will give the Yes. They have received them in meetings, meetings, celebrations and many social situations. However, have you seen them alone? Have you been able to see what you are like when you are together? This is a fantastic opportunity to show how spontaneous they can be and share them privately or display them on the night of the wedding. It is also the best way to start a relationship with the Photographer that will serve for a better record of the wedding night.
Moreover, if they cheer up more: why not make a Trash the Dress?
2.PREPARATIONS OR GETTING READY
DAY ARRIVED. We know that the developments of the Bride are significant because in itself it is a whole Ceremony. However, it is also a day of nerves and troubles.
The best advice: look for a quiet, relaxed place where they can treat you like a Queen. A Hotel is the best option: illuminated, with a view of part of the city and with enough space and order to keep calm and to be able to receive family members and some friends who always offer help.
For the photographic registry, these spaces offer many advantages, both in terms of atmosphere and lighting, and they can work more peacefully and make the coverage of the preparations of the bride in the details such as the dress, shoes, looks and make-up and the situations presented at that moment.
The boyfriend? It is also a perfect option but on a different floor!
3.GUESTS AND MUSIC
PFFF! What a theme! The guests from my point of view are one of the critical factors for the success of a Fiesta. However, from the hand of Music. So how is this resolved?
Simple: invite those who want to be with you that night. The guests should share our joy, and mix should have the same desire to have fun as the couple. They will be the ones who will pulse at night. I always say that “making a number” is not the guarantee, and like everything, Quality is the priority over quantity.
Moreover, music? A detail for more critical, both for the couple the guests and even for the Photographer! Music marks the rhythm of a night, and a good DJ will know how to manage this energy. Ask, consult and arrange meetings with potential DJs. Make a list of songs that Yes or Yes they want that night to sound, but also trust the DJ and give them the freedom to handle the track.
Seeing the guests singing, expressing themselves and jumping to the music is priceless, and will also give the record incredible moments.
4.RELAX AND LET THE EXCITEMENT EXIT
A day that does not repeat itself. It is easy to ask the Bride and Groom to be relaxed, but many things come to mind: everything goes well, dear people who will be there, and talented people who are no longer there … all this makes Emotion skin thick, and Many times the tears cannot be contained: let them out!
They are beautiful moments to register, and they help to release tensions in many cases!
Many religious ceremonies come with beautiful words and very many people by the officiant, and in others are the guests who dedicate words or a small speech: pay attention to what they say and yet they lead yourself.
5.CHOOSE THE PLACE AND DECORATION
Another key when making a wedding. The choice of the room or space is conditioned by several factors, from the number of guests to the origin of these. Is it accessible? Can you take taxis when you return? Is it spacious and comfortable? In addition to all this, they should pay attention to details such as the ceiling, lighting and lighting features, and of course the painting of the walls. These are details that are often overlooked, but on the night of the wedding everything is part of a set, and it is not pleasant to see cables hanging, lamps without lights and sloppy ceilings.
Try not to choose dark rooms, with black or other coloured walls. Believe it or not, this type of detail can affect even the mood of the guests.
About the decoration, you can choose the extremes: the simple and the majestic, and that is as personal as the choice of the Wedding Dress. Simple decoration with delicious taste, focused on the small details can turn a space into something magical, and on the other end, a decoration full of flowers, finely decorated tables and covered walls can make the guests feel in a unique space. Look for decorators who have experienced and who can show real work with real solutions.
6.THE GREAT SECRET: THE LIGHT
If they chose to marry by day, the Light is an essential factor. If you wanted a room, take advantage of this resource and let natural light into the Wedding space.
It is useless to organise a wedding in the middle of the day or the afternoon if the room or the spaces of the marriage are closed and do not allow enough light. The magic is lost.
Many couples talk about certain limitations for getting married during the day, but they are not. Many weddings are starting in the early afternoon and end early in the morning and enjoy double! They also give the opportunity for a broader photographic record and with many nuances.
7.NIGHT IS ALSO IMPORTANT
Just as many prefer the day, others the Night. Moreover, this should not be a limitation when it comes to organising your wedding or decorating it, much less getting a complete photographic record with nightlight conditions.
Many celebrate the Civil Ceremony in open spaces, in Salons that have Gardens, but something happens: who is in charge of the Illumination thinks that only the Judge must be illuminated to read the Acts. Error. The couple is the important thing, they must be perfectly illuminated both with their backs to the public and in front of the Judge, and the guests must also have the correct lighting.
Find and choose rooms and decorators that can provide solutions in these situations. Your wedding will look much better, and it’s not more expensive! Sometimes creative resources change a space entirely and turn a commonplace into something magical.
A well-lit room changes everything makes the details much more enjoyable, and the photographic record does not suffer certain limitations. Speak with the person in charge of this, ask and verify that the dance floor has the necessary light, and that the spaces are perfectly lit.
8.LIGHTING AND SMOKE
The illuminator wants to display all its lights. He also wants to show that he has many circuses and decides to turn on the smoke machine precisely every 4 minutes.
Excuse me, are you reaching out to see if there is someone in front of the track who does not crash? Exactly. You can not see anything, it does not work, it’s annoying, and in 90% of cases, it ruins both the Photography and the Video. Nothing can be captured.
Unfortunately, many lighting or sound services do not have “heavy” smoke and only have the smoke that floods the whole place. The Heavy Smoke is the one that only remains a few centimetres from the floor and is beautiful for moments of the Waltz, and in the party too!
Be sure to explain these reasons to whoever is responsible for this: a little bit is fine, too much or too often is annoying and it is not necessary to smoke to make the lights shine.
Moreover, the lights in the Waltz always white. Why transform the couple in Shrek with green or blue lights? Is it a circus? LED lights at certain points of the track can provide good lighting and even help photography. Like everything, excesses do not work.
9.ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY
It must be the word that I use most with couples in meetings and that I try to record in their minds on the day of the wedding: that day is not repeated, it must be enjoyed.
Therefore: what do you do sitting there? To the track! To dance! Without stopping and until the body asks for enough, even so, they must continue!
Your guests want to see you happy and enjoying, if you dance, laugh, have fun, scream and riot, they will infect your friends and family, and they will do the same. We return to the beginning! The success of a party is the Guests, but you responsible for having fun!
10.IMPORTANT PEOPLE, MEMORABLE PHOTOS
Many couples consult about whether or not to make “Mesa” photos. Is it used? Not used? I do not think it’s about what is fashionable or what seems classic. I consider that there are critical people on the Wedding Night and it is beautiful to have the memories of these with us. Grandparents, siblings and close family are the main ones.
If you do not want to make “Photos of Table” you can opt for a space of photos to make beautiful portraits. It is the best gift you can give to those guests that are so important to you, and in the process to get away from the “classic”. Moreover, they will always have them with you.
My advice is: make those photos you want to have. The Photographer must adapt to you maintaining your personal style.
Maybe it can be repetitive, but in all these little tips of my vision as a photographer, I think I put some experience, and I think all this is the key for your wedding night to be successful and memory of which all your guests speak, and you remember it for forever.
Perhaps you should add on a personal basis that in the election of the Hall or Service of the same consider those which ensure a good deal with external Suppliers: Photographers, Videographers, DJs, etc. These people also make the party and should be treated with respect and provide the highest possible comfort. After all, we advise too!
Many Salons services do not even provide a glass of water to those who are working for many hours, nor talk about something to eat and this can produce that those who work for you can not do it with the same desire.
Ask, consult, ask for opinions of the rooms and experiences of other couples. Many of them would be happy to give them.
Moreover, of course, ENJOY, once again!