The wedding dress is without doubt one of the most important aspects of our wedding day, and probably the one thing about the day that we all put the most thought into. But we also all know that in all likelihood, the wedding dress will end up in a state of disrepair. However much you try otherwise, that off-white colour just isn't a match for the well-meaning guests and various floor surfaces it is going to walk. Whether you choose to chuck it or keep it as a reminder of your day, it's never going to have that pristine look again, nor is it as easy to get out and have a look at as your wedding photos.
The last few weeks I've been focussing on wedding albums, but there is one really important question that I haven't covered yet. You can't create a wedding album without photographs and to get photographs you have to choose a wedding photographer, so what is the best way to find and choose one?
Well, your budget will have a big impact on this so once you have worked out what it will be, it's time to start your search. Recommendations, the internet and wedding fairs are all great places to start, but you have to remember that these photos are going to last you the rest of your life, and even be passed on to future generations so you want to make sure you get it right.
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty
Someone charging less than £600 is likely to be an amateur wedding photographer doing this on the side, so if you are going for the bargain deal, make sure you like their style, because you are going to be looking at the results forever, and (hopefully) won't be getting a second chance to take the photos again!! Have a look at all their photos from a few weddings - not just the ones that are immediately on display on their website or wedding stand, as these will be their best only and you'll want to get a feel of their full style. It's also important to make sure you get on with your photographer, and that they make you feel relaxed - the last thing you want is hundreds of photos of you grimacing or looking grumpy because you just can't stand the way the photographer is talking to you. Wedding photographs are definitely the one thing I would recommend spending a little extra on so that you can make sure you are happy with the documenting of your day.
When looking for a photographer always start with recommendations, but if that doesn't work (maybe they are above your budget, you don't like their style or they aren't available) have a look at sites such as http://www.bridebook.co.uk/ or http://www.hitched.co.uk which have a hundreds of photographers advertising. Pick out some that you like and have a look at the reviews. Or if you are attending a fair such as http://www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk or a local smaller one, take the time to meet some photographers, have a chat with them and make sure you get on with them.
“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Eve Arnold
Once you've narrowed it down too a few photographers that you like, get in contact, see if they are available and how much they will charge. There's a lot of questions you should be asking your wedding photographer before you agree to hiring them. Next week I'll give you a list of the questions so that you can be sure you are getting the right photographer for you.
Photographs on this page are by http://www.photographybykrishanthi.co.uk/