Wedding Photographs: Dos & Don’ts

Your wedding is a day you will spend a huge amount of time planning, but relatively little time actually doing. Months of preparation go into a single day, so of course, you’re going to want wonderful photos to help preserve the memory of your special day for the rest of your life.

If you want to ensure those photos are the best that they can possibly be, you will find the following list of wedding photography “dos” and “don’ts” helpful.

DO: Hire A Professional Photographer

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The idea of hiring a professional photographer may be an expense you don’t think your budget can spare, but remember: these are the photographs you will cherish for the rest of your life.

The importance of having a professional eye capturing the moment for posterity cannot be overstated. Professional photographers know exactly how to produce the perfect shot, so you can be guaranteed excellent quality, and images you’ll delight in looking back on 50 years from now.

DON’T: Go Too Heavy On The Photoshop

Every so often, an article emerges mocking “bad” wedding photographs. As far as we’re concerned, if the bride and groom like the photographs, then no one else’s opinion matters.

But if you want to avoid the problems often depicted in these lists, it’s vital that you go easy on the PhotoShop during the editing process. Talk to your photographer and stipulate PhotoShop should only be used to correct photography issues, such as bad lighting, rather than as a tool to produce entirely new (and often downright bizarre) scenes.

DO: Opt For Candid Over Posed Photographs

Of course, you will want to assemble for a number of classic posed photographs; you with your bridesmaids, you and your new husband or wife with your respective parents, and so on. However, the best wedding photographs are often candids; moments captured when you didn’t even realize a camera was pointing at you.

Skilled professionals like Clewell Photography know how to capture these quiet moments, preserving small memories alongside the standard posed offerings.

DON’T: Discourage Your Guests From Taking Photos

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Surveys have suggested that many couples are unhappy when photos of their wedding are have been posted to social media. This has resulted in brides-to-be deciding to ban guests from taking photos altogether. The idea behind these bans is to ensure quality control, and guarantee no unflattering images are circulated without the couple’s express agreement, or a photo of the wedding gown is posted before the ceremony has even taken place.

While you may like the idea of that kind of absolute control, weddings are all about uniting with your family and friends in celebration – so it’s natural they’re going to want to capture the moment and share it with others. A mixture of excellent professional photographs and ardent amateur efforts will ensure that the entire day is captured through different eyes, giving you a wide range of experiences and moments on (digital) film. Sure, some of those photos might not be particularly flattering, but that’s all in the good spirit of the day.

If you keep the above dos and don’ts in mind, you can be sure that you will always look back on your wedding photographs with delight and pride.

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

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Jean

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19 Popular Marriage Proposal Locations and How Much They Cost

There are so many potential marriage proposal locations! You may have purchased the ring months ago and stashed it somewhere safe, but have you thought about where you’ll get down on one knee?

This iconic moment will become a story you’ll tell for years to come and the location will certainly go down in history as your landmark of love.

Whether the two of you spend your nights at the stadiums celebrating America’s favorite pastime or would rather opt for a more lavish night out on the town, there’s a perfect proposal spot for the two of you.

To help you narrow your selection and determine where you might pop the question, ProFlowers is putting a price tag on some of the best places to propose including popular baseball stadiums, Disney Theme Parks and iconic spots such as The Empire State Building and Maui, Hawaii.

Browse the lists below to discover surprising figures and find the perfect for you to get down on one knee.

Baseball:


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Disney:

https://www.proflowers.com - cost of proposing at baseball stadiums

Adventure:

https://www.proflowers.com - cost of proposing at baseball stadiums

Marriage proposals are exciting, but always remember that this moment should be special and memorable, so choose a location that will be personal and meaningful.

Thank you to ProFlowers and Taylor Poppmeier for sharing these informative and inspiring infographics showing the cost of proposing at 19 popular locations.

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It’s Time To Get Silly – National Mad Hatter Day

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It’s Time To Get Silly – National Mad Hatter Day (Alice In Wonderland)

October 6 is a day to get silly. Why? It’s National Mad Hatter Day, a day to celebrate the Hatter, an eccentric milliner for whom time is forever stuck at a tea party with his friends the March Hare and Dormouse in Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice in Wonderland.

Why October 6th, you wonder?

This date was selected based on the original drawing by John Tenniel of the Hatter in the book Alice in Wonderland. Take a close look at his hat. You’ll see a piece of paper with “In This Style 10/6” written on it. This is actually a price tag – 10 shillings and 6 pence.

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How to Celebrate?

• Read Alice in Wonderland
• Watch the movies based on the novel
• Wear a hat the whole day
• Host an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party


• Read riddles to each other
• Write your own riddles – they can be real, or nonsensical like the Hatter’s (“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”)
• Be silly

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Are you a fan of Lewis Carroll’s famous work who’s planning a wedding? Here are some fun Alice in Wonderland wedding ideas:

• Of course you can incorporate your Alice in Wonderland theme into any color scheme, but red, black, and white are popular Alice in Wonderland colors.
• Direct guests to the ceremony and reception areas with fun signage (“down the rabbit hole,” “turn around,” “this way”).
• Don’t forget playing cards. You can use cards that match your color scheme, or use a deck of Alice in Wonderland cards.
• Forget about plain vases. Use teapots and tea cups.
• Dance the night away on a black and white checkerboard dance floor.
• Place “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” signs and tags on the bar and food tables.
• White rabbits, time pieces, and hearts are a must.

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Here are some décor pics from an Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding we had the pleasure of planning and designing.

A Mad Hatter Hat Atop The Gift Card Box
Mad Hatter Day - Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Hat Wedding Card Box

Custom “We’re All Mad Here!” Cake Topper and Wedding Cake with Clock Faces (Cake by The Cakery)
Mad Hatter Day - Alice in Wonderland We're All Mad Here Wedding Cake Topper

Sweetheart Table “Just Married” Swag Made Out of Pages from Alice In Wonderland, with Cheshire Cat Smiles, and Butterflies (a nod to the caterpillar after his transformation)
Mad Hatter Day - Alice in Wonderland inspired just married swag

“Who Are You?” Mirrored Guest Book Sign
Alice in Wonderland Who Are You Guestbook Sign

Groom’s Pocket Watch and Key Boutonniere (designed and created by the bride)
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Photo credit (groom’s boutonniere): Prima Vista Photography

Did You Know…

    • …that even though this holiday is called Mad Hatter Day and that the Hatter is commonly known as the Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll never refers to the character as the Mad Hatter? He refers to him simply as The Hatter.

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  • The origin of the phrase, it’s believed, is that hatters really did go mad. In Victorian England, chemicals used by hatmakers included mercurous nitrate. Prolonged exposure caused mercury poisoning, and was referred to as Mad Hatter Disease and Mad Hatter Syndrome.
  • “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” The Hatter asks this of Alice. But when Alice gave up and asked him what the answer was, his reply was, “I haven’t the slightest idea.” He didn’t know because, as Lewis Carroll admitted, there was no answer.

Have fun and BE SILLY!

What do you think of our Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding décor?

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You’ve Got To Say “Yes” Before You Say “I Do” – Marriage Proposal Ideas

So you’ve found the one you want to share your life with, you may even have purchased the ring. But have you thought about where you’ll get down on one knee?

Take a knee on the waterfront of a historic landmark
Why not take a knee on the waterfront of a historic landmark?

A marriage proposal is a life-changing milestone in any relationship. Whether you’ve purchased the ring or not, you know that planning a proposal is an exciting yet nerve wracking time. You’ll want this moment to be memorable and one-of-a-kind.

For a simple proposal idea recreate your first date
For a simple proposal idea, recreate your first date!

So, how can you make it yours? To help you find inspiration, ProFlowers has put together a generator featuring some of the best marriage proposal ideas.

Use the Proposal Ideas Sharable Guide below for quick inspiration, then browse through their entire collection of over 60 swoon-worthy proposals. You can scroll through them all, or use the helpful filters like ‘creative,’ ‘simple,’ ‘beach,’ and ‘city’ to easily find the ideal proposal idea that fits your style.

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A big Thank You to Taylor Poppmeier with ProFlowers for this fun, and inspirational, Marriage Proposal Ideas Interactive .

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Jean

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Photo credits:
(historic landmark): Samonot Photography
(recreate first date): Sarah Olfelt Photo