Capturing your wedding day! Smile!
photo from lacebridal.com
Great photographs are one of the most important factors of your big day; an everlasting reminder for years to come. Whether your budget is big or small, the good news is that there are lots of different options out there to suit you.
The professional wedding photography option is a must for most bride and grooms who want high quality shots to remember their day by. Get a few wedding quotes in the planning stages and make sure you like the photographer. Quotes can vary from £1500 upwards – remember that it’s the editing time that can take the longest and is the priciest part of the process. The advantages are that you will get fabulous group shots, family shots and beautiful shots of you, the happy couple that you can treasure forever.
Another option is to contact local colleges whose students may be looking for a chance to build up their portfolio. You could pay anywhere from nothing at all (just expenses) to anything under £500. Again, the same applies. Meet with the photographer and make sure you like them. Ask to see any previous work and any weddings they may have shot in the past.
Photo Booths are so popular now at weddings and can cost anything from £500 and up. Guests love photo booths and it’s a great way to get your guests talking! Accessories come with it to make for some hilarious shots and your guests get a photographic memento of their day (whilst the other copy gets stuck in a book for you to keep). Photo booths are fun for children and friends alike. The only things to bear in mind are: budget and also sometimes you lose a chunk of your guests who stay snapping in there all night!
Hire or buy a “polaroid” camera and make your very own photo album. Details for the “polaroid” film can be found on Amazon: Fuji Instax WIDE film which is pricey but you’re spending hardly anything else with this option. Just buy photo corners and a scrapbook (medium Kraft) from somewhere like Paperchase. Then sign up to WED PICS the free app, and get a personalised code then email it to your guests before the big day. At your venue then write the code onto boards, then your guests upload their pictures of the day. This is definitely worth doing, as it costs nothing and is an interesting insight into how people see things?!
Retro indeed, instant cameras on tables is a real throwback to the 1990s! There are pros and cons for this option: the cameras are so cheap and it’s a good way to try and get a complete view of the evening’s celebrations. The cons are that it’s possible that, as people get drunker, the photos get sillier and you may end up with 27 pictures of Uncle Ronnie’s nostrils…
Set up a hashtag before the big day and also write this onto boards. This way you get to see everyone’s photos from their smart phones all day and all night. Make the hashtag simple and not too tricky to spell (this will only get harder as people drink more!) You’ll get a great array of shots though if you want to regain editorial control this may not be the best option!