This week I will be featuring a series of wedding photographers giving us their thoughts on different aspects of wedding photography. Amongst them, they have had their work featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Your Wedding Day, Inside Weddings, In Style, and Town and Country, just to name a few. I hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look with these talented wedding photographers!
[photo by Elizabeth Messina]
Now that you’ve narrowed your options down to two or three choices, don’t book just on price, but on taste! A catering tasting is one of the fun vendor meetings during the planning process. You get a tasty lunch and a chance to meet the caterer face-to-face. During the meeting, the caterer should be interested in discussing the menu (be honest about what you do and don’t like), the details of the day, the formality of the event, and the timeline. If they are not taking notes about your opinion on the food and the details of the wedding, be wary.
So now that it’s time to make some phone calls and review proposals, here are some things to consider: When you chat with the caterer, do they ask you good questions that you hadn’t though of? Do they seem interested in learning about your big day? Do they use keywords that fit into your wedding vision (for instance, you’re thinking BBQ and they say “Rustic, Casual, Fun”)?
Having worked in the catering world for 5 years, I’ve seen both good and bad caterers. Picking a caterer that’s right for you is crucial. They will be providing the staff to serve your guests and there is nothing worse than bad service and bland food.
I love creating little memorable details at weddings that are both beautiful and practical. Maps are a good example of this meeting of pretty and functional. If you’re planning a wedding, whether a destination wedding or a barbecue at your parent’s home– include a map, your guests will thank you!
From Sugarplum Invitations are these gorgeous letterpress maps. Your guests will get to your wedding with ease and have great keepsakes of your day.
From Laura Hooper Calligraphy, these hand drawn maps are whimiscal and feminine. I love the detail of the cows in love!
For those of you on a budget, Moments of Color, can create custom map designs for around $60.00
Music is a key component to any party, and a good wedding DJ is huge part of making your wedding celebration a success. Finding a DJ who isn’t hokey and who will respect your musical taste while balancing it with what’s appropriate for your guests is no easy task. When meeting with a DJ, if he doesn’t have forms to fill out, doesn’t have some system to get to know your musical taste, or doesn’t show any interest in getting to know what gets you dancing, walk away. You are looking for someone who is trying to figure out what you like and dislike; if the interest level isn’t there at the inital meeting, it won’t magically appear the day of your wedding. Believe me, if you aren’t dancing at your wedding, your guests won’t be either.