Whether or not you “think” you can afford a planner, want a planner, want to work with a planner, there is simply so much that a newly-engaged couple knows about the process. Couples owe it to themselves to consult with a professional wedding planning firm prior to committing to any wedding vendors. Professional wedding consultant firms can educate and guide you so that you make wise and cost-effective choices regardless of your budget and vision! Check back soon for our next post on Finding the Right Wedding Planner for you.
Colin Cowie says it best … wedding favors are back!
Guests love to walk away from your wedding with a “favor” … but who wants to spend money on items that will end up in the trash?
Edible items are always the way to go …. and a delicious way to give your heartfelt thanks! For some reason, we have found over the years that no matter how grandiose the celebration, no matter how much food is served or dancing is enjoyed, guests simply LOVE being given a “to go” gift as they leave! Even if it’s just a cookie or warm cider donut to enjoy on the ride home, here are some items they will simply love!
1. Spice up your guests evening with a bottle of custom hot sauce.
2. Fresh buttermilk biscuits? Yes, please! Your guests are sure to appreciate these for breakfast the morning after your wedding, and we often include them in their “Welcome Bags” at their hotel to enjoy the morning after!
3. Trail mix is another great item to include in the Welcome Bags to allow guests a healthy, munchy treat throughout the weekend!
4. Thank guests for popping in with a favor of popcorn kernels!
5. Candy apples are an amazing wedding favor for a fall wedding and a decadent treat that most of us never indulge in!
6. Homemade jam is a wonderful way to remind them the morning after of what a wonderful time they had!
7. Bottles of Infused Oils make for an elegant and delicious way to give thanks to your wedding guests.
8. Satisfy their sweet tooth. Jars of candy are a surefire way to send wedding guests home happy. No one doesn’t delight at the sight of sugary sweets!
9. Time to get it popping! Guests can continue the celebration after the party ends with mini bottles of pink champagne.
10. How cute are flower lollipops for a spring wedding? Bonus points for matching your pops to your wedding colors!
11. Macarons are always a fan favorite, and adorable packaging makes this gift even sweeter.
12. Love truly is sweet! Personalized jars of maple syrup are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces.
Find the Perfect Photographer for Your Big Day by Asking These Questions
Finding the perfect photographer for your wedding day is one of the most important parts of planning your big day. After all, your photographer is almost solely responsible for capturing all of the memories you will cherish for the rest of your life. Although you may have received tons of recommendations from your friends, it’s a good idea to go with your gut and ask your photographer a few specific questions before you make a final decision.
Can I Look at Your Portfolio?
Every photographer has a different style. Due to this, it’s important that you find one that matches your personal style and the overall theme of your wedding. To make this happen, ask your potential photographer to show you a few photographs from some weddings they’ve done. By doing this, not only can you get a better feel for the photographer’s style, but it can also help you figure out how well they’re able to adapt their style to meet different client needs.
As you look at your potential photographer’s portfolio, it’s also a good idea to ask them if you can talk to some of their clients. By speaking with other happy couples, you’ll be better able to determine if you’ll have a good experience with your photographer. Never underestimate the importance of having a photographer that will move things along with your photographs and eliminate some of your stress on your big day.
Additionally, you should make sure that you’re looking at entire weddings. For example, you should be able to see pictures from the actual ceremony, the bride getting ready, the reception, and everything else that happens in-between. Remember, your photographer is there to catch those small details that you’ll want to document.
When Will I Get My Pictures Back?
After your wedding, you’ll probably be extremely anxious to get your pictures back, look through them for hours, and turn them into wedding thank you cards to send out to your guests. However, the editing process takes time and if you know how long it takes to get your photos back, you’ll be more patient with the process. To make sure that problems don’t turn up after your wedding, ask your photographer when you will get your photographs back and how long you have to pick which proofs you want for your wedding album.
How Many Pictures Will I Receive?
At your wedding, there probably won’t be any shortage of pictures taken by your friends, your family members, and your photographer. However, you will probably only receive a certain number back from your photographer. To make sure a clear expectation is set well before your wedding day, ask your potential photographer how many you can expect back. In many cases, the photographer will agree to edit a certain number, but will be willing to give you all of pictures they took, non-edited, in digital format.
What Type of Equipment Do You Use?
It’s natural when you go to acquire a product or service to want top-quality products to be used during its creation. The same holds true for your wedding photographer. As you interview your photographer, ask them:
- What type of camera they use
- What file format they use when they shoot weddings
- Any other equipment they use to get great shots in both outdoor and indoor environments
You should also make sure to ask your photographer what they’ll do to back up the photos they take on your big day. This way, if something happens, you still get to enjoy the pictures from your wedding day.
How Long Have You Been Doing Weddings?
How long a photographer has been doing weddings doesn’t necessarily correlate to their level of talent or their ability to get great shots on the big day. However, in most cases, a person who has done several weddings will be more familiar with what expectations their clients will have. Keep in mind that experience often dictates the price and in many cases, you can’t put a price tag on enthusiasm.
What Happens if You Can’t Photograph My Wedding?
Emergencies happen and unfortunately, even your wedding day isn’t immune to them. If something were to happen and your photographer is unable to spend the day photographing your wedding, you need to know what their backup plan is. For example, in some cases, photographers have another person who works at their studio who can step in and capture all of the memories from your big day.
However, you need to know what this backup plan is before you hire your photographer. If you can, ask your photographer if they have a contract for you to sign and make sure that this backup plan is included in it.
Although finding a good photographer for your wedding can be a little bit stressful, this doesn’t mean that the process shouldn’t be fun. Even if it does take a little bit of time to find the right fit, it will be well worth it in the end.
Bryan Passanisi is an online marketer living in the Redwood City, California area. He graduated from The University of San Francisco with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He has managed and written for a popular wedding blog and had the opportunity to create viral content. He currently writes for Shutterfly
Planning an Indian Wedding can be somewhat challenging due to the large number of vendors and guests involved, the venue logistics for all of the cultural components and the mix of cuisine, however, Amee and Travis’ wedding was one of the easiest and most beautiful weddings we have had the pleasure to plan in quite some time! Amee and Travis are a lovely couple and it’s nearly impossible not to immediately be captivated by Amee’s engaging personality, elegance and fun-loving smile! She and Travis wanted a smaller Indian Wedding – wait, do those words even go together?? After searching most of the unique venues in Boston and beyond, they decided that Massachusetts Horticultural Society / Elm Bank offered the perfect mix of natural beauty, outdoor space and second-to-none photo opportunities! Beginning the day with Travis’ arrival on horseback, the mandap was set and guests arrived and were ready to celebrate with this amazing couple! The tent was dripping in elegance and was draped in romantic fabric and chandeliers. Amee’s gift to Travis was an adorable floral elephant which amused everyone! LifeFusion Photography captured every moment of this magical day and didn’t miss one of the many details which were so much a part of this beautiful gem of a wedding! Amee and Travis, it was a delight to work with you both and I truly know that you will live happily ever after ….
Wedding Planner: Marrero Weddings and Events
Photographer: LifeFusion Photography
Tenting: Sperry Tents
Florals: Allison Phalen Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Cakes for Occasions
Entertainment: K2 with Chris Cole
Hair and Makeup: Demiche Beaute
Lighting and Decor: DesignLight
As one of New England’s top wedding planning firms, we travel quite often to learn of the most unique wedding venues in our region. We recently had the pleasure of discovering Hidden Pond, a sublimely perfect little area in Kennebunkport, Maine comprised of just over 60 acres and enveloped within this natural property are the sweetest cottages and bungalows, perfectly imagined from times past!
We are lucky enough to be able to plan weddings at this glorious resort and Couples are lucky enough to be able to have the majority (if not all) of their guests stay on the grounds … envision glamping times one million! The grounds have Maine-sque signage throughout directing guests to such luxuries as the Spa, the Lodge, the Swimming Pool, and also one of the best restaurants in all of New England, Earth.
With such a love for Maine / Maine weddings, mixed with a love for your family and friends, couples may really want to research this idyllic spot for a weekend of wedding activities that are sure to leave your guests feeling relaxed and pampered!
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It’s always nice when looking through some of my favorite industry magazines to come across one of our own weddings! Southern New England Weddings Magazine’s 2015 Issue has just hit the newsstands, and we are thrilled to have Caitlin and Eben’s wedding featured on three glorious pages! Boston is so beautiful and offers so much variety for wedding options and for guests alike! If you’re lucky enough to have a perfect day for your outdoor wedding, you have so much to celebrate! Each year, we are eternally grateful to the wonderful couples who trust us with their wedding! Thank you to SNEW Magazine for capturing this special couple so beautifully!