5 Great Wedding Ideas
Ottawa wedding photographer
I wanted to share 5 great wedding ideas for all wedding couples. I’m an Ottawa wedding photographer. In addition, I’ve been a wedding photographer for 10+ years and I’ve seen my fair share of weddings and all of their various details. By no means am I a wedding planner, but I am a photographer who has an eye for detail. Thus, I hope that my ideas can help future brides and grooms make the best decisions to have a wonderful wedding day with fantastic details.
Over the years I’ve seen things that really worked well and other ideas that were total flops. I’ve also seen ideas that are kind of in between good and bad, which doesn’t make them great. As a wedding photographer, I really want to give my clients beautiful wedding photos. My second shooter and I put 110% effort into getting those great shots. As a result, my clients will have really nice photos to look back on over the years to help them reminisce of one of the happiest days of their lives.
After seeing so many weddings, I’ve made my own mental notes on what I liked best at weddings as well as what didn’t work. I truly want brides and grooms to not only have a fantastic wedding day, but to also be able to be happy when they see how their wedding day unfolds in the photos afterwards.
1) Add a POP of colour
Really think hard about what your wedding colour scheme is going to be. Obviously this is going to vary greatly between all couples. However, I would suggest that you have several different colours, including at least one bright hue. If you shy away from bright shades and want more pastels, at least make the one bright shade an accent colour. That way it gives your wedding photos the pop they need and deserve. The accent colour could simply be in the wedding cake, flowers, the men’s ties, socks or handkerchiefs or the bride’s shoes.
2) Include your own personality
As wonderful as Pinterest really is to give amazing ideas, many couples are falling into the trap of having a wedding with every little detail being a Pinterest detail. What I mean is that on all of the popular wedding blogs I am seeing are showing far too many mason jars, those “Please pick a seat not a side.” signs. You don’t want your entire wedding to be a complete Pinterest cookie cutter theme. While it’s fine to choose some cute ideas from Pinterest, please also be sure to infuse your own personalities into the biggest party that you’ll ever host.
As an example, ever since I was a child I have always wanted to visit Asia. I LOVE the Asian culture. I taught ESL in South Korea for 6 months as well as in Japan for one year. Between these two jobs I traveled around east Asia and Southeast Asia. For my own wedding, I had a Chinese theme with all of my bridesmaids wearing black cheongsam dresses. My own going away outfit was a traditional red cheongsam, tailor made while I was in Beijing. My artsy fartsy cousin was in charge of decorations. She decorated the reception with red and white paper lanterns. I loved it. A lot of my friends and family felt that those details really showed me and what I like. This is the kind of reaction you want from your guests.
3) Schedule plenty of time for photography
You can’t imagine how many weddings I have shot when I am only given 45 minutes to one hour to do all of the formal portraits. This includes extended and close family photos, wedding party photos and photos of the bride and groom. Most brides and grooms don’t realize how much time is really needed to get all of those photos taken. They also don’t think about travel time taking away from the photography time.
Your best bet to allow for enough time for your formal photography is to schedule 2-3 hours, which should not include travel time. This includes from when the photographer starts shooting the formal photos to when everyone packs up and the formal photos are done. The more time you allot for your formal photos, the happier you’ll be, because you’ll end up with more photos to choose from. And you won’t be stressed trying to get the photos taken before you have to rush off to the reception.
4) Personalize your mailed wedding invitations
A fantastic way to personalize your mailed wedding invitations is to have stamps made with your photo on them. That’s right folks; you heard me right. For couples in Canada who want to do this, Canada post actually offers this service right off their website. You can upload a photo of the two of you (I highly suggest using a nice engagement photo) onto their website, pay for it and they will ship the stamps to you. You can also do it for your thank you cards. For those who live in other countries, contact your country’s post office website to see if they offer the same service.
5) Have a photo of the bride & groom holding a “Thank you” Sign
Thank you photos can be put in your thank you cards. Or you can get personalized thank you cards made and add this photo in it and leave some blank space to write a heartfelt thank you note. My husband and I did this when we got married. I think it really adds a personal touch. And people will be less inclined to throw it away. We got married over seven years ago and I still have family members who either have this thank you card photo on their fridge or somewhere they can still view it every day.
Finally, if you’re getting married in Ottawa or Gatineau, e-mail me today to book your free wedding photography consultation. I would love to hear all about your wedding plans.
My wedding photography has been featured on: SnapKnot, Champagne Sweets, Ottawa Wedding Magazine, The Westchester Wedding Planner, Melissa Hearts Weddings, RSVP Events, Plans and Presents, Equal & Forever, Daydreaming Bride, Brown Sparrow, Bridebox, Hchzeitsportal24 and Weddabroad.