3 Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Date

perfect wedding dateWhen you have finally decided to tie the knot with your partner, the first thing you need to decide on is the wedding date. You need to choose a wedding date that is favorable not only to you, the couple, but also to your relatives and friends.

There are plenty of things to consider when picking the perfect wedding date and among those things are the: availability of the venue, number of guests, significance of the date and the season. Months from May to September are considered the peak wedding season. The costs, ranging from the venue to the professional fees, are usually high during peak season.

Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect wedding date:

  1. Availability of the wedding location or venue

If there is one particular venue that you really desire to hold your wedding there, then go ahead and inquire what dates are available in the next 10 months or so. If the wedding venue gets easily booked, then you have to wait longer or pencil in the booking. Be open to considering other venues if your original choices are not available. Professionals like london wedding photographers that you need to hire, also easily get booked so you will have to decide on the date as early as you can.

  1. Number of guests

If wedding cost is not a problem and you want a spectacular wedding with plenty of guests, then choose a date wherein most people are probably available to attend your wedding. It can be on a weekend, on a holiday season or similar dates. A Saturday wedding though usually costs a lot but most of your guests will be able to attend since it is not a working day. Most of the clients of Karen Wiltshire Photography choose a weekend date so their guests can join and celebrate with them.

Keep in mind that a bigger wedding will require more time to prepare so if you are not in a hurry, then go ahead and choose a date at least 10 months after engagement so you have lots of time to prepare.

  1. Significance and season

Most couples choose a wedding date that has something to do with their relationship. It can be the first day they met, their anniversary, birthday, lucky date based on astrology or similar significant dates.

If you and your future spouse also want to stick with a specific date, then go ahead and look for a wedding venue that is available on that particular date. You will need to inform your guests ahead so they can confirm their attendance, reserve the date and avoid conflict with other commitments.

Consider also the season when picking the perfect wedding date. If you want to save on costs, months from October to April are the best to choose from. Cost of the wedding venue rental as well as the professional fees of wedding photographers, videographers, and coordinator are usually lower during these months.

You choice of the perfect wedding date will depend on what factor you will give most importance to: significance of the date, dream wedding venue, season, cost or prepping time. Best of luck to you!

5 Tips on How to Shoot Awesome Beach Wedding Photos

beach weddingA beach wedding is preferred by many couples nowadays because of its romantic and relaxing ambiance. It is considered a great alternative to the traditional indoor weddings which we are accustomed to. In traditional weddings, the ceremony and party are usually held indoors while in beach weddings, the event usually takes place outdoors at the beach.

Apart from the relaxing ambiance, the wonderful beach scene is also an advantage when it comes to taking photos during the wedding. Many wedding photographers today are delighted to cover a beach wedding because it offers them an opportunity to be more creative and produce more unique shots. It is certainly noticeable how more awesome wedding photos taken from the beach are than from those in low-light indoor wedding venues.

If you are planning to cover a beach wedding soon and not sure how to shoot awesome beach wedding pictures, then here are some simple tips you can follow.

  1. Choose a focal point

This tip is not only applicable when taking pictures at a beach wedding but with any type of photography. You will need to find an interesting focal point, compose your shot before clicking your camera. Your captured image especially of a scene will look boring without a point of interest in it.

  1. Bring various lenses

You must bring lenses that serve different purposes. A macro lens is best for shooting important wedding details like the wedding ring, gown and shoes among many others. Meanwhile, a wide angle lens is for shooting entire scenery such as wedding spot at the beach where the ceremony will be held. During the ceremony, it is recommended that you take shots from a distance and use a telephoto lens to avoid interfering the most-awaited exchange of vows.

  1. Use fill flash when it’s too bright

If taking portrait shots before the wedding starts and the sun is quite bright, it is best to turn on your flash then shoot. Using the flash can eliminate the shadows that usually appears in pictures when the shooting under the sun.

  1. Choose your background

In every shot, take time to check and choose your background especially in candid shots. Compose you shot, look for a focal point and position your camera in the right angle with the best background in place. Check if there is no unwanted clutter in the background that might destroy the image and take away the viewers’ eyes from the real focus. If you are taking shots of the couple, find different backgrounds and don’t get fixated on the beach alone.

  1. Try different angles

Show your creative side and experiment with your shots. Capture images of the beach wedding from different angles.  Think of unique shots that you haven’t seen or seldom see in wedding photos. Look around you for you can surely find angles that can make shots look spectacular and distinctive.

Producing awesome beach wedding photos can be easy by applying the tips below and of course through getting the right knowledge from those ahead of you. Take a photography course and continuously practice so you can become better and better in what you do.