How to plan an unglugged wedding

Here are a few tips to guide you:

• If you have a wedding website include this on your RSVP page so it can’t be missed.

• Include a sentence or two on your guest information card that goes out with your invitations.

• Add a special request to your order of service.

• Ask your celebrant or minister to mention it before the start of the ceremony.

• Add it in to your MC notes as a reminder for the start of the reception.

Once guests have had a few drinks it’s easy to forget that little request about not posting on Facebook.

There are many examples of how you can word these requests; Google ‘unplugged weddings’. Below is an example:

“Welcome, family and friends to Jane & Tom’s Wedding. We invite you to enjoy the ceremony and be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The official photographer will capture the moments to follow. So sit back and relax; we will be under way shortly.”

If you choose not to have an unplugged wedding, it’s still a great idea to ask your celebrant or minister to remind the guests that you have an official photographer capturing the day for you. Remind them to be considerate about taking photos around your official photographer. I’ve seen wedding guests sidle up behind the official photographer, only to capture the same image that the professional has spent time setting up – then seeing it posted on Facebook.

Is it a good thing to have lots of people snapping away during the course of your day capturing moments the official photographer may have missed, or are we over-documenting weddings? I’ll leave that up to you, but do take a moment to consider having an unplugged wedding. When you gaze at your guest as a proud new Mrs, wouldn’t you rather see them than their camera?

7 QUESTIONS FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

1. How long have you been shooting weddings?

The longer the years of experience, the more knowledge and skills that he or she has most likely gained.

2. What’s your photography style?

There are different wedding photography styles that wedding photographers use. You have to know which style the photographer is most comfortable with. If it suits you and your wedding theme, then add the photographer to your shortlist.

3. Can I look through your portfolio?

The portfolio of a wedding photographer will usually contain a list of their experiences, sample wedding pictures and even their educational background. They may well include details of the photography courses they’ve undertaken.

4. Do you work solo or with an assistant?

Some larger wedding photography companies will just assign a member of their team to work on a wedding. You have to know who exactly will take photos during the wedding. Will it be the person you met and interviewed or will it be someone else? If it’s someone else, put these questions to them!

It is also important to ask if the photographer will bring an assistant with them during the wedding. An assistant can be a huge help to a photographer when covering a wedding, capturing the ceremony from different angles. An assistant can, for instance, focus on the guests while the main photographer gets that all important first kiss!

5. Do you have backup equipment?

Will they bring a spare in case their primary camera breaks down? You have to know what the wedding photographer plans to bring so you can assess if they appear to be an organised person who won’t let you down.

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6. What time will you start and end?

Make sure you choose someone who is prepared to be there for the champagne bridal breakfast and the last dance, if that’s what you require!

7. How long does your post-prodction take?

Post production of photo usually takes several weeks to even months depending on the schedule of the photographer as well as the number of photos that need to be enhanced. You have to ask for an estimated date or number of days that the photographer will finish the post production. The number of pictures, type of deliverables should be clearly stated in the contract that you and the photographer will sign.

Remember: these are only the seven most common questions. There are probably more, and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask any that you think of!

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THE FINE PRINT

THE FINE PRINT Make sure you sign a contract before you pay any deposit! It’s vital that all your specific requests are documented, and any conditions they have are included! Note down exactly what is promised – the number of hours they’ll attend your wedding, specific locations you’ll shoot at, number of photos they’ll supply you with, any album or print requirements etc. It also pays to check on usage rights – if you want to feature in a wedding magazine such as My Wedding, you’ll need to ensure you have access to high resolution images and that you have the rights to use them (with appropriate credit, of course).

BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS If your budget is tight, you’re better of cutting extras like albums and wall size prints, rather than opting for a cheaper price through a less qualified photographer. This is one part of the wedding where it really doesn’t pay to skimp on costs! Rather do without favours or those extra large floral displays.

GET THE SHOTS It’s a good idea to give your photographer your shot list. Are there specific people he or she really must include? Are there very specific parts of your ceremony or reception that you want documented? Are there any no-go areas – either with people or areas of the venue? Do you want the photographer documenting both bride and groom getting ready? Are you doing a “first look”?

SMALL THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Most wedding photographers will be on duty for a good few hours on your wedding day. It’s polite to provide them with a meal and liquid refresments (this applies to other professionals such as your DJ, wedding planner etc who are in attendance when guests are fed). Discuss a Plan B for shooting if the weather turns ugly on the day. Don’t spring last minute requests on them and then wonder why you’ve been sent an additional invoice.

BE PATIENT Please don’t turn into a nagging shrill two weeks after the wedding. Get a ballpark turnaround time for your photographer to edit the images and work their magic. Believe me when I tell you that half the magic lies in editing! They can magically remove a bruise on your arm, take that windblown hair out of your eyes, or even remove an offending photobomber completely … but it does take time, as does anything that demands perfection!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Your wedding photos are important – very important. If you’re going to spend money on a professional photographer, do your homework! Remember that these are photos you will want to show off and share for years to come. Quite possibly you’ll frame a few and place them on the mantel, or you might get oversized prints on canvas and grace your entry wall with them. Unlike a studio shoot – you can’t redo the whole day over again if your photos don’t live up to expectation!

ASK AROUND Personal references are always the best – from friends or family who’ve recently had a great result with a particular photographer. That said, don’t rely on one great testimonial from one great job! Make sure the person you choose has a great track record.

QUALIFIED OR NOT Some photographers will have attended photography school, and some may be self-taught. The age of digital technology has seen a lot of wanna-be’s spend a few thousand dollars on camera equipment and set themselves up as wedding photographers. The degree isn’t that important in the scale of things; it’s more vital that they have been around a while and have a reputation that’s untarnished.

DO THE LEGWORK Ask for references and talk to other brides. Check out their website. It can often pay to check your local social media forums and websites that offer ratings. Beware of what you see on their websites though – there have been instances where stock images were used by newbies setting up a business! Ask to see real photos from real people … and then call those people to confirm professionalism in work, attire, attitude etc!

UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS

‘Oh I’ve just seen this movie and you won’t believe what happened’ … hmmm spoiler alert! Is it any different when a guest posts a photo of you on your big day on Facebook or Twitter before you’ve even said I Do?

Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I believe weddings are a time to be “present” and enjoy the moment of watching a loved one or close friend tie the knot. I’ve watched weddings become more and more impersonal, with many guests experiencing a wedding ceremony through the lens of a camera or the LCD screen of a phone.

Couples spend thousands hiring professional photographers to capture their day – they don’t want their images ruined by cameras held up in front of faces, hiding them from view; or flashes from other cameras ruining professional shots; or guests jumping in front of the official photographer to get that shot of the first kiss or the exchange of rings. Trust me – you can’t yell cut and do a re-take. We have become so distracted with technology!

It is now becoming increasingly acceptable for couples to request that guests don’t use their cameras or to respect their wishes not to post any photos to social media sites. YOU want to be the one sharing the BEST pictures of the day, rather than some shots appearing where you may not be looking your best.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

If you have ever been a guest at a wedding reception, and stood around waiting for the bride and groom to return from their photo session, you’ll appreciate the importance of a timing schedule for your own wedding.

No matter how organised you are in your everyday life, the logistics of a wedding day are little different. There are so many factors to consider and it can all get a little overwhelming. This is where a professional wedding planner and an experienced professional photographer will come into their own – they’re experts who organise weddings every day, and can offer tips and advice that will help make your day run smoothly.

Where you are staying the night before is the starting point for your timing schedule. This is usually where your hair and make will be done and where you get dressed. In most cases, your photographer will come to this location to capture the finishing touches and get those before shots with your parents and bridesmaids.

If you aren’t having your venue decorated by planners or the venue staff, ask friends as well as family members to help you and your bridal party with the collection and delivery of things to share the load. Getting it all sorted the night before is much better than having phone calls going back and forth on the morning. The morning should see you relaxed and enjoying the big day preparations.

One thing you should ensure is that everyone’s nails are done a day or so before – don’t be doing this last minute, frantically flapping your arms to dry nails before getting dressed!

If your dress has a lace-up back, ensure your mum or bridesmaids have practiced doing this. They take a little longer than a zip or button-up dress!

There is a whole discussion to be had about having your bridal party photos before the wedding, which changes up the schedule but allows a later afternoon or evening wedding with less traveling around. It gives you fabulous first meeting photos, you see your partner earlier in the day for longer, and you have the option of heading toa photo location further away. Plus, you get more time to spend at the venue with your guests. Speak with your photographer about this option.

Over my 15 years of photographing weddings, I’ve noticed that the main areas where timing falls over is when you don’t allow enough time for hair and make up, resulting in you rushing to get dressed, and possibly missing out of your beautiful portrait images as a bride. This can then also push the timing for the groom’s photos, and a snowball effect occurs.

If you arrive at the ceremony much later than intended, it has a fall on effect throughout the entire day. Your car hire may need to be extended or you might hit traffic you hadn’t considered. All things to keep in mind! Venues, and chefs in general, like to run on schedule so that canapés and dinner can be served as intended – fresh, hot and on time. If you are eating late, dessert may have to be skipped, plus the DJ or band you have booked will play for less time, cutting down your dancing party time. Just when you are ready to kick back and party, it’s all over!

So take some advice … plan well, stick to your schedule, and let time be on your side.

Checklist that should be on your photographer’s schedule:

• Time photographer is arriving & makeup is finishing (allow extra time here)

• Photographer leaves to meet the groom and groomsmen for their photos

• Bride leaving house/hotel for ceremony

• Guest arrival – we suggested guests arrive at least 15-minutes before the ceremony

• Ceremony start time

• Group shots – 30-minutes)

• Bridal party photos – 1 hour / 1.5hrs max – 1 or 2 locations at most

• Time guests are seated at reception

• Your entrance time at reception

• First course of meal served

• Speeches

• Main course served

• Speeches

• Cake cutting and dessert

• First dance by 9pm, then enjoy your evening with no more time restrictions.

FREE FLOWING BOUQUETS

Loose, free flowing wedding bouquets are a popular floral trend with an effortlessness feel.

A long trailing bouquet can look striking says celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie. “Arrangements are a bit looser, more organic and eclectic in feel. Brides are focused on giving their wedding a very personalised look, and bouquets – especially for summer weddings – have more of that ‘just picked, freshly cut from the garden’ flair.”

Think messy, wild and right off the vine. If you’re an avant-garde kind of girl, you’ll appreciate this fashion forward approach compared to the predictably tidy classic bouquet.

That said, rest assured that ‘vintage’ is not going anywhere in a hurry. Think antique colour palettes, handles wrapped in vintage lace and heirlooms, and loose flowing bouquets and posies reminiscent of family wedding images from generations-past. Trailing, vintage and free-flowing effects can be created for any themed wedding, whether you opt for a mix of English garden-like flowers or natives and wildflowers.

Brides used to walk down the aisle with a traditional trailing bouquet wired and glued into a holder. Although lovely, and still popular, it tends to look very structured and neat and, unless the right soft, flowing foliage is used, can look a tad stiff. Brides are increasingly requsting creations that are more natural – rustic bouquets, with that just-picked look. The trailing part often comes from the foliage, using varieties such as honeysuckle, jasmine, olive leaves, ferns, eucalyptus foliage and a range of natural grasses which have a soft, flowing natural effect. Everything about this style of bouquet is blousy and romantic, so it’s important to use flowers that have a trailing, flowing quality to them such as daisies, garden roses, lisianthus and many more.

Trailing or formal, go with what you love and what makes your heart sing!

FLORAL CHANDELIERS

When it comes to decorating an event space, always examine the venue from every angle. Every nook, cranny and surface is a design opportunity, and that includes the ceiling.

Decorating a ceiling may not be the first thing on your décor list, but it does present a unique blank canvas just waiting to be transformed. Just like the rest of your venue, the roof space of a ballroom, large hall or marquee can be customised to suit your wedding.

If your budget allows, suspending oversized floral displays overhead is about as good as it gets. Large wreaths of flowers and foliage, perhaps with hanging threads of single flowers draping down, will take your guests’ breath away.

Around the world we’re seeing lots of suspended floral décor, and there are lots of clever ways to use this technique. For starters, you don’t have to cover the entire ceiling with suspended flowers – this would be very expensive to do and most likely outside the average budget. That said, if you are hanging flowers in larger quantities, you will need very few flowers elsewhere in your venue. Instead of lavish floral centrepieces on your tables, keep things below simple.

By hanging a few flowers from existing chandeliers at your venue, you can create that extra touch of elegance and whimsy without breaking the bank. Working chandeliers will create additional ambiance; if there are no chandeliers, consider adding fairy lights or using candles.

When suspending flowers in place of centrepieces, you can dangle the flowers one-by-one or create a floral curtain. The flowers should end above guests’ eye level when seated, to avoid hindering conversation on each table. If the ceiling doesn’t soar, make sure you only suspend over tables, thus avoiding a few banged heads!

Hanging floral centrepieces add a layer of luxury and detail to any wedding ceremony or reception. The overall look is a visually interesting alternative to tall centrepieces. Be bold, and use some of the countless variations of this hanging flower trend. No matter whether your wedding is an ultraelegant occasion or rustically casual affair, they’re perfect for adding drama to your décor. Some indoor venues will be perfect for hanging decorations, boasting high ceilings with beams, without requiring even the slightest change. Some may require an extra touch of creativity, but your floral designer is bound to have a solution.

Don’t confine this idea to indoor weddings – consider it for decorating a gazebo or marquee, a porch or portico. Make the most of the natural canopies created by overhanging branches or trees!

Take the flowers off the table and into the air for a truly stunning and unique look!

FLORAL CROWNS

Flower crowns have long been the domain of the flower girls. Now, however, in one of the fastest growing trends we’ve seen, brides, bridesmaids and flower girls are donning them for weddings.

Vintage, whimsical and bohemian inspired brides are all turning to the floral headdress, a flower wreath headband, or flower crown as a rustic and, in some instances, DIY alternative to the traditional veil or headpiece. What was once confined to the heads of a 1980’s bride, in all her frilly and puffy glory, is gracing the heads of many of the most chic and stylish brides.

Flower crowns are now topping the list of must-have accessories for women. Whether you’re planning a marriage ceremony, prom, graduation day or birthday party, hair accessories will glam up every event. If you haven’t yet used hair accessories, then it’s time to look at the variety available – from clips and pins to bows and ribbons. Headbands are yet a great way to show off your own personality and style.

Adding a flower hair accessory to your headband is an inexpensive way to create a whole new look for your wardrobe. You could wear the flowers on the back of your head instead of the top – that way, they don’t totally dominate your entire outfit.

Many floral designers use ivory ribbon tied on each end of the flower crown, so that you can tie it around your head or under your hair and adjust the fit easily, making it more of a headband or a halo crown, depending on your preference.

THE PROMISE OF YELLOW

Whether your flowers are extravagant or simple, following a colour theme will make your wedding come together visually.

Your wedding theme colours should be used in every element of your day, from your flowers to the table settings and décor.

Yellow is such a happy colour and it can seem the perfect choice, especially for a wedding taking place during the cooler months.

Depending on what part of the country you live in, you can take advantage of Mother Nature’s fall colour scheme … deep red, cappuccino, copper, yellow, gold, brown and orange are all beautiful colours for an autumn or winter wedding.

Yellow in particular shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future.

There are so many stunning options when you’ve selected yellow as your signature wedding colour, from bright and bold to soft and sophisticated. Yellow is a fun way to add a pop of colour, mixing creams with rich yellows and frosted greens for a springtime look.

Yellow flower choices abound – roses, sunflowers, gerberas, cymbidium orchids, lilies, dahlia, tulips, daisies and many more.

Using any of these yellow blooms with classic navy is a great combination. Yellow also pairs well with slate grey or charcoal for a modern palette with just enough punch. Grey is still a popular colour at weddings and, as an added bonus, it goes down well with the grooms as it’s not too frilly. Paired with yellow, it’s a fresh, modern, simple yet elegant wedding colour combination.