Fun Wedding Photo Ideas

Photo Ideas for Fun Weddings

One of the most important elements in a wedding are the pictures.  Couples can’t wait to get the photos back after the ceremony and photographers work hard and fast to get proofs to them as soon as possible.  There are alot of fun things you might consider adding to your wedding day to add some fun and special memories.

Recently, at a wedding reception I was in attendance at, the couple had provided a box with “props” such as funny hats, boas, scarfs, and beads – you may put anything you want in your box – and the photographer had a backdrop so each table could come and get “dressed up” and have a picture taken.  This provided lots of laughs and at the same time everyone had a picture taken for the memory album of the couple.  You could save money by having someone with a digital camera man the area for you and get those funny moments for your special day.

This is a great idea for entertaining and mixing the guests as they wait on the couple to make their entrance.

You might even expand that idea by having a printer or instant camera on hand and supplies for the guests to create a “page” for a scrapbook ( I would probably make pages alike and a place to put the picture on the page ahead of time.).  Should you not want them distracted by this activity, then by all means just take the photos and save them until you have time at home to make what you want.

Either way, you will see some funny pictures and bring back the fun and memories of your special day including who was there.

Although it is not a “new” idea, many brides will pass out one use cameras for the guests to use.  This may provide some candid shots for your memory book but my past experiences say don’t use them as your only source of wedding photos.  Children often manage to get them and take some really silly pictures and your wedding day memories will be of bugs, floors and little kids faces up close.

A wonderful way for the couple to have the two families work together is to collect pictures of the couple at various ages in thier lives.  I’ve seen slide shows on walls or even a photo album of the pictures and most all enjoy looking at them.  Carrying it a step further, you could have photos of action shots at younger ages.  Like shooting a ball or playing army or the like.  Then place them in frames and provide little pieces of paper for the guests to look at the photos and try and guess the age and activity that was happening in the picture.  A basket or jar with a number on it that matches the number on the photo will keep the answers straight.  The couple can provide the correct answers sometime during the reception and give away the table centerpieces to the one with the closest or correct answer.

Most importantly, just have fun and make sure you get photos of your guests too.  As the wedding couple, you will most likely be very busy and no matter how hard you try, you can’t always meet and talk to every guest in attendance.  These photos may be the last time you see some elderly family so don’t miss the chance to get a good picture of them when you can.

Do I Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Actually that is a good question!  As a Wedding Officiant, I’ve officiated weddings both ways.  In most cases, I suggest you consult a good wedding planner.  Are their exceptions?  Yes!  Let’s talk about both.

If your wedding is less than 10 people, close family and a few friends, then you probably don’t need a wedding planner.  There is little to get ready for the ceremony except setting up a good photographer, choosing your gown and showing up.  A good wedding Officiant should be able to help you with this size wedding.

If your wedding will be more than 30 people, then you should get a good wedding planner.  Why you say?  A good wedding/event planner knows what to expect and how to handle those little things that go wrong at the wrong time.  You don’t want your wedding day or the planning of your wedding day to be a JOB – you want to be able to enjoy getting ready for it without stress.  A bride has enough stress without having to take on the responsibilities of the event too.

So what do you look for in an experienced wedding/event planner?

  • Ask them how they got started in their business and how long have they been a wedding planner.

Sometimes, like wedding photographers, wedding/event planners just “open” their business and let you pay for their training. You don’t need to pay for their education – you need to let them educate you on how to have a stress free wedding day.

  • Ask to see their portfolio/website.

An experienced wedding/event planner will have one or the other – complete with referrals.  They will almost know what you need to know before you ask!

  • Make sure their personality and yours is a match.

You are entrusting them with the details of your dream wedding ceremony – so make sure you can communicate with them and that you BOTH understand what is expected of each other.  The wedding/event planners I have worked with in the past are like night and day.  One very professional planner was on top of everything and actually was available to enjoy the ceremony while keeping everything on time and in place.  Another one was still making decorations in the back while the reception was taking place.  I think you get the picture.

  • Understand what is included in their fee – in other words – make sure you know what you are getting from them and that it is in your budget.

From time to time, I see couples wave off a wedding/event planner as an “un-necessary” expense.  To me that is like waving off the Ob/Gyn as an un-necessary expense to having a baby.

Finally, talk with the professionals you have already chosen and see who they recommend.  I recommend one to all my clients if they don’t have one.  I’ve worked with them and they are fantastic so it makes me job easier and the bride and groom more comfortable on their wedding day when they are used.

How To Choose A Good Photographer

One thing a bride and groom want to make sure they get the best for their money, is choosing an experienced photographer.  This once in a life time day should not be left to “a friend of a friend” or the little cameras sitting on tables.  Your wedding ceremony will happen one time – and an experienced wedding photographer knows what moments to capture and how to do it without being IN the ceremony.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been officiating a wedding ceremony only to have a photographer get almost in between the bride and groom and the Officiant.  A good wedding photographer knows how to get the shot without becoming the primary focus of your friends and family.  YOU should be what they are looking at and not the photographer.

So, what do we look for in our wedding photographer?

  • Ask them how long and how many weddings they have photographed.

Unfortunately, there are some who “just started” the business and have no experience.  A good wedding photographer will train with an experienced wedding photographer so that they won’t be “learning” while YOU pay them.

  • Ask to see their portfolio of weddings.  (not baby pictures, families or pet pics)

Wedding photographers always have a portfolio of their past clients.  If they tell you they are “putting one together” or “don’t have it with them”, tell them you will wait to see it or find someone else.

  • Ask for referrals from brides they have done business with.

Most brides love to give referrals of people who made their day memorable.  Their wedding photographs are the memories they will keep for a lifetime and they will not hesitate to tell you how they feel about how they used.

  • Find out how they “normally” shoot a wedding.

Sometimes they will take most of the pics before the ceremony and only have a few to take after the wedding so you can get to your reception!

  • Find out in writing what to expect in your package.

Again, don’t get surprised by finding out after the wedding that they didn’t include the reception or that your package only includes 7 photos and you will be charged to get the others.  (I’ve seen this happen unfortunately.)

  • Make sure you “get along” with and “understand” your wedding photographer.

You don’t want to feel uncomfortable with someone you are entrusting your wedding memories to.  Make sure your personalities go together and you feel comfortable talking to them.

Lastly, don’t over shoot your budget – but don’t skimp on you memories either.  The old adage “You get what you pay for.” is definitely true when you choose your wedding photographer.

What to Expect on Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days you will ever experience as a human.  People have many different beliefs and there are too many different denominations to even begin to talk about all of them here.  After choosing the venue and setting the date and time, you should decide what type ceremony you really want.  What wedding ceremony best fits your personalities?  Are you quite religious?  Are you more towards the civil wedding ceremony?  Are you looking more at a ethnic or themed type of wedding ceremony?  When choosing your wedding officiant, you will want to make sure they fit  in with the theme or style of wedding ceremony you have in mind.

Your special day will start with your family and friends waiting at your venue for the brides appearance at the entrance.  The groom is with the wedding officiant  at the front.  Once the bride gives the cue, the wedding ceremony can then begin.  If the bride is being escorted down the aisle to be given away, the groom must wait until after the introductions a introductions are made by the wedding officiant to accept his bride.

Once the groom takes the brides hand, he will then brine will then bring her to the front, facing the wedding officiant, so they may t, so they may begin taking the steps to join as husband and wife.

The wedding ceremony itself, usually has a short amount of time that the wedding officiant gives the “sermon” or advice for the bride and groom.  Once this is finished, The wedding ceremony will have vows for the bride s for the bride and groom to accept.  These wedding vows may be written by the wedding officiant or by the bride and groom or a combination of both.

The “sermon” and the wedding vows are what g vows are what the family and guests will remember the most from your wedding ceremony.  Your wedding officiant should help you ensure you have the ceremony YOU are comfortable with and not one you are stuck with.

Once the wedding vows are finished, the wedding ceremony may have a blessing of the rings.  The wedding officiant will hold the rings in their hand and offer a blessing over them.  The wedding rings are then held out one at a time for the bride and groom to take and place take and place on each others finger, saying, “With this ring, I thee wed.”.

There may also be some special elements in your wedding ceremony, such as a sand ceremony, untity candle ceremony or hand fasting ceremony.
Once those aspects are completed in your wedding ceremony, the wedding officiant will  officiant will pronounce you husband and wife.  The wedding officiant will then have the couple kiss, sealing their vows to etheir vows to each other.

The wedding officiant will then introduce the couple, as husband and, as husband and wife the guests and family in attendance.

Having a custom made wedding ceremony is a must for you to have the day of your dreams so make sure you choose a wedding officiant flexible enough and creative enough to make yours a day to remember.

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