Life Events

Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

A wedding is no exception to this rule.

When planning your wedding, a little dose of commonsense advice can help
tremendously.

Here is our advice on this topic.
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Wedding Photographs

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Photographs taken at your wedding will probably be the most lasting mementos of your special day. Since there will not be a second chance to get them done right, hiring someone who specializes in wedding photos is probably your best choice. Ask friends for recommendations of photographers they used and also go to the photographers' studios and examine samples of their wedding work.

Most photographers offer different packages of pictures, depending on how much you want to pay. The following are possible pictures that you may want to have taken:

  • A picture of the bride and groom for an engagement announcement in the newspaper.
  • A formal portrait of the bride or bride and groom for the newspaper wedding announcement. A copy of this portrait can be framed and displayed in the home of the wedding couple or their parents and grandparents.
  • Candid pictures of the wedding party getting ready for the ceremony.
  • Formal pictures of members of the wedding party taken before the wedding. This allows the wedding party to get to the reception without keeping the guests waiting too long. Be sure to agree in advance on the time and place for the photos (in a studio, at a church, outdoors in a public place, etc.), and make sure you agree who is responsible for obtaining and paying for any necessary commercial photography permits.
  • Pictures of the wedding ceremony. Be careful about this. Many churches prohibit flashes during the service, but a skilled photographer can inconspicuously take pictures without the annoying flashing that can ruin the solemnity of the ceremony.
  • Formal and candid pictures at the church and reception. The bride and groom may wish to be photographed with various family groups in addition to the wedding party. They may also want pictures taken with other groups of guests such as school, team, or work friends. Be careful not to schedule so many formal groupings that you leave no time for mingling and having fun at your own reception. Candid pictures are often more enjoyable to look at later.

Most photographers will require a deposit to be paid when you reserve them for the wedding date. Be sure to get all arrangements in writing. You should know exactly how many shots, proofs, prints, duplicates, and image files you will get (in most cases, the photographer keeps the negatives and sells you the prints). The balance of the payment will be due when the photographs are delivered.

Many photographers also offer a photo package that includes a videographer to accompany the photographer to make a video of your wedding.

Finally, in some cultures, the package may also include dress or traditional wedding costume rentals for use in the formal portraits.
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