Visual record of wedding day should be carefully planned
When it comes to choosing photography and video options for your wedding, take the time to work out exactly what you want.
Don’t forget these two media will be the only visual records of your special day. Often on the day the bride and groom only have eyes for each other and miss out on many of the other visual pleasures around them.
Some people simply choose to have the ceremony photographed and a few pictures of family groups afterwards, which could cost as little as $400. Many want the whole day covered – from dressing the bride ‘‘at home’’ shots right through to the celebrations to the late-night drinking.
Although it may be tempting to ask a friend to take the photographs for a normal price, there is no guarantee of quality and the results could easily be disappointing for you and embarrassing for your amateur photographer. Most professionals handle a large quantity of weddings and accumulate a wealth of helpful information and skills specifically suited to wedding days.
You may need to book a photographer up to a year in advance of your wedding.
As the person who is responsible for immortalising your big day, it is important to make sure you choose a photographer you feel personally comfortable with.
The photographer will need to know obvious details like when and where, also things such as the style of the wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Discuss the cost of requests like black and white, colour or sepia-toned photos (or a combination of all).
Make sure you prepare a list of any special photographs you would like taken (with special relatives or friends) in advance so the photographer can also plan his or her day. It is too easy, in the excitement of the day, to realise you didn’t get a photograph with everyone you wanted to.
Arranging a professional wedding video provides a permanent record of the wedding day – almost like a documentary starring yourself – that will enable you to relive your special moments and see for yourself how much your guests enjoyed the day.