When it comes to organising your wedding day, there are so many different things that you can do to make your day as memorable as possible. One of the most important of these is to hire a good wedding photographer.
Wedding photographers will have a number of different packages that you can choose from, and these range from person to person. Some photographers have a package where you pay only for their time as part of your package and then all prints will be in addition to the initial hire cost. Others will provide a specified number of prints in with your package and then there will be further options for larger prints or canvas options. Most wedding photographers will now use digital equipment and will have the digital images that may also be included in the package price so that you can arrange for reprints for your family and friends yourselves.
If you opt for a complete photography package you may be offered more than one photographer who will stay with you for the entire day and take a large number of pictures – both formal and informal. You may also wish for the photographer to be there quite early and take picture of everybody getting prepared for the wedding.
Your finished wedding photos may be given to you in a designated photo album – but more often than not, you’ll want to pick out a special album for yourselves. This is why its worth thinking about wedding photo albums when you are deciding on your stationery. By thinking about your wedding photo albums at this early stage, you can get an album which co-ordinates with the rest of your wedding stationery.
If you been to a wedding before, you may have noticed that some couples place disposable cameras onto the guest’s tables for the wedding breakfast or on the bar for the evening reception. They are put there for the guests to take informal pictures on behalf of the bride and groom – and in addition to the office photos taken by the wedding photographer.
Allowing guests to take wedding pictures means that the bride and groom can get the informal perspective of the wedding, and capture all of the ‘behind the scenes’ goings-on which often happens at weddings (uncle Jack tripping and landing in the chocolate fountain anyone?)
Once all of the cameras has been used, they will be collected at the end of the night and then taken to be developed (usually be a designated person while the bride and groom honeymoon). Upon their return, they will have hundreds of photos which they can then go through and decide on which ones to keep, which ones to post on Facebook, and which to get rid of (backs of heads, floor shots, etc – they do happen!)
The only thing left to do is for the newlyweds to purchase some gorgeous wedding photo albums which they can show off all of their photos in. They may choose to buy albums which match the rest of their wedding stationery, or generous guests may have already anticipated the amount of photos they are going to have and bought their gorgeous wedding photo albums for them as a gift.
If you can’t afford a professional photographer for your wedding day, why not buy some lovely wedding photo albums to match the rest of your wedding stationery and then fill it with photos taken by your friends and family!
As well as being a far cheaper option than the many hundreds (and even thousands in some cases) it takes to hire an official photographer, giving your loved ones the task of capturing memories from your special day will make them feel like they’ve been a real part of your big day.
And let’s not forget the types of photos that you’ll get from their efforts! All the backstage goings-on will be revealed in their candid snaps – from grandma losing her teeth in the punch to the kids throwing some shapes on the dance floor…everything will be revealed once you get the pictures!
Most guests will bring their own cameras and camera phones to your wedding but you can always buy some disposable cameras too and save your guests the expense of having the photos developed.
If you do choose to fill your lovely wedding photo albums in this way, make sure you put a note in with the wedding favours asking people to send their photos onto you (digitally is good) or designate a bridesmaid or groomsman to be in charge of collection up all the disposable cameras at the end of the night.
For just a fraction of the price of a professional photographer you will have some amazing pictures from your special day.