Needless to say, there is a LOT that goes into wedding planning.
Time and money are the two biggest.
But how do you prioritize the decisions? What should be the first decisions you make, what are the less important ones?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
Since you’re here, it’s clear that the photography for your wedding day is important to you. I may be biased, but I definitely think it’s one of the single most important aspects of your wedding. After all, in 20 years, you won’t remember what the food tasted like, but you’ll still have your images sitting all around your house! It’s one of the most tangible aspects of your wedding day memories.
But to get stunning images that will continue to sweep you off your feet anniversary after anniversary, there are some things you should know, because you play a huge roll in making those images awe-inspiring.
Real estate agents have a phrase:
You should have this phrase, too.
There’s a reason venues are (generally) the most expensive part of a wedding, and it’s one area you don’t want to skimp on if you want AMAZING images.
Now, to be clear, a good photographer can create good imagery regardless of the location. Naomi and I got married in her parents’ back yard! And let’s be honest, some venues are just going to be way out of your expected budget.
But if you want to ensure that your images are going to look classic, incredible, and be the envy of your family and friends, this is arguably the single most important step. Many people get the venue first, simply because the rest of the vendors (say, for example, oh…I don’t know, photographers) need to have a date to schedule you on, and that requires a venue opening.
But I’ll be honest, if something that’s important to you is ensuring you have images that capture your brilliant day in a unique and epic way, you should find the venues that have the most interesting environments (grand staircases, large entryways or foyers, marble pillars, libraries, huge towering trees, fields of nothing but red poppies, etc.) and make those dates work for you. Even if it means waiting an extra few months, or maybe saying your vows a little earlier than anticipated.
Your future selves will thank you every time they tear up while looking at their wedding photos. And because you made this one decision the biggest priority not just because of a date for the wedding, but because of the preparation for the images to come, you will find yourself frequently returning to look at your images and albums.