Tips for Getting Your Wedding Details Ready to Be Photographed By Arizona Wedding Photographers

Tips for Getting Your Wedding Details Ready to Be Photographed By Arizona Wedding Photographers

When planning your dream wedding, paying close attention to detail can help make the beautiful vision in your head a reality. The wedding details—or all the little things you wear and use for your wedding that make it uniquely yours—are some of my favorite parts of the day to photograph, because they help to tell the story of your wedding day from the beginning. 

For example, did you choose bold, colorful, and quirky invitations, or soft, elegant, and timeless letterpress ones? Do your florals consist of organic, free-flowing wildflowers, or chic peonies? Are you all about the handmade bowtie and suspenders, or a unique maroon tux? Every little detail gives your guests insight into your style, vibe, and the vision you have for your day. It’s so fun to see it all come together, and it’s important that you have it captured!

So what is the best way to get the most out of documenting your wedding details? Having everything together before the big day is helpful so that your photographer isn’t wasting valuable time walking around the room looking for things, and it also helps guarantee that they won’t overlook or forget something special that has been misplaced.

Here are some tips for getting your wedding details ready to be photographed:

– Ask your florist to leave you extra loose florals that match your bouquet. This way the photographer has florals they can add to your detail shots that will not only match your bouquet, but will also add beautiful colors and textures to your images and tie everything together. 

– Have all your jewelry ready for photos, without any tags on them. It’s really hard to take those tags out.  

– Save some invitation suites, which help set the tone of what to expect for the wedding day! Be sure to save more than one, so you can have photos of both the front and back of them.

– Bride shoes are so special. Give them to your photographer without any stickers on the sole. 

– Bring a nice hanger for your wedding dress; plastic hangers won’t do justice to your beautiful gown.

– Don’t forget your perfume bottle. You will love to remember which perfume you wore on your wedding day, and they add a super cute touch to your detail shots. 

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Recommendations on how do you find your wedding dress

Recommendations on how do you find your wedding dress

WHEN TO START LOOKING

You want to start searching for your dress about six to nine months before your wedding day. There’s several reasons for this but most importantly it has to do with ordering and alterations. It’s pretty common for manufacturers to take four months to make your dress and alterations can take as long as two months to make.

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET

You will also need to come up with a realistic budget for your dress. Figure out how much you want to spend and make sure to tell your salesperson in the very beginning. You don’t want to lose your heart to a dress that you can’t afford. Don’t forget that your budget needs to include your veil, undergarments, alterations and any other accessories. If ordering your dress, you might also need to have it professionally pressed and steamed which can tack on even more fees. 

RESEARCH

Wedding dresses tend to fall into six different categories. Ballgown, Empire, mermaid, fit and flare, sheeth, and a-line. Do your research. Look at bridal magazines and websites. Heaven knows there’s a bazillion wedding dress quizzes you can take online to help you find the perfect shaped dress for your body type. Start a Pinterest board if you haven’t already. Who are we kidding? We already know you’ve had a Pinterest board for your wedding since you were 14 years old. But seriously, start pinning your favorite dresses and the latest styles. Hopefully after you’ve started pinning quite a few, you start to see a pattern emerge with your favorite look.

WHO SHOULD GO

Pick your favorite and most trusted family members and friends to accompany you to the dress shopping excursion. My recommendation is to pick one or two trusted people. Trust me on this. This bit advice will simplify your life. Hosting a large entourage while wedding dress shopping is going to add a lot of opinions and a lot of confusion which could result in one very overwhelmed bride. An opinionated entourage can be frustrating. Pick two trusted people who know your taste and who will be honest with you. Make it a special outing for just the three of you. 

HOW DOES THE DRESS MAKE YOU FEEL

Have you thought about how you want your wedding dress to make you feel? Are you going for a modern look? Traditional? Sexy? Are you incorporating something vintage in your wedding story? Also, keep an open mind. Some dresses might not look like much on the hanger but might look like $1 million on you. Try on everything. Even the styles that you’re not drawn to on the hanger. You might be surprised with what you end up loving. I will add, don’t confuse “looking good” with “feeling good” while in a dress. 

DRESS LOGISTICS

Make sure after you’ve tried on your dress that your trying out how comfortable your dress is as well. Can you sit down? Can you dance? Will it fit down your aisle? 

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

It’s important to vet at least 2 to 3 bridal salons in your area and engage with the one that speaks to your needs the most. Brides do themselves a disservice by visiting too many dress salons. This can be unnecessarily overwhelming. 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Take anything you know that you will want to wear with the dress such as a special necklace, or your grandmothers wedding veil. Some wedding dress shops will provide things like bustiers, strapless bras and shoes but if you know what you want to wear, you may want to bring your own. Bringing nude underwear is also going to simplify your life at these appointments. 

NAVIGATING DRESS SIZES

Remember when trying on your wedding dress that wedding dress sizes are in their own category. Wedding dress sizes tend to run smaller than your day today clothing. Make sure to take accurate  bust, height, hip and waist measurements. Don’t count on sizes that you hope to be on your wedding day. Go with your current measurements. So remember to focus on the fit, not the size. If you normally wear an 8, you may need to purchase a size 12 wedding dress. Forget the numbers and don’t insist on smaller sizes. Especially because you intend to “lose weight” before the wedding. Order the dress that fits now. It’s easier to take in a dress but much more difficult to let one out. 

And of course, go with the dress that makes you happy. Do not get talked into purchasing a gown that you’re not in love with. I recommend to take a moment to focus on what this day is really about. Figure out the feeling for your celebration and don’t lose site that you are marrying the love of your life!

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Neutral Wedding Decor

Neutral Wedding Decor

Neutral wedding décor is timeless and romantic. When choosing your wedding décor, consider neutrals such as champagne, ivory or white. These colors are perfect for any season. Having your bridesmaids in an accent color and incorporating that accent color in your centerpieces and bouquets really makes it pop and stand out a little more. This way, you don’t have to match your bridesmaid dresses perfectly with linens and your bridesmaids won’t blend in with your linens during your reception.
ivory wedding decor

Ivory wedding décor is perfect for any season. If you are wanting to keep your décor clean, we highly recommend neutral colors such as ivory or champagne. Champagne and ivory wedding décor is a timeless and elegant colors. We have a wide variety of table linens, chair ties and centerpiece options that are included in all of our packages. We do not charge upgrade fees on décor.

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Maid of Honor – Everything You Need To Know When Selecting This Important Person For Your Special Day!

Maid of Honor – Everything You Need To Know When Selecting This Important Person For Your Special Day!

You’ve just become engaged and your friends are all super excited for you! Hopefully you are taking this time to let it sink in that you are engaged to the person of your dreams. So now you may be asking yourself, “who will be my Maid of Honor and what do they do exactly!?” You will want to select someone who has proven to be reliable because they are going to be playing a very important role in your wedding.

Maid of Honor Roles Leading Up to the Wedding Day

  • A helping hand with things such as assembling and/or addressing the wedding invitations or help with choosing wedding cake flavors. It’s being available to offer advice, support an ear for listening and encouragement.
  • Attend wedding dress shopping and fittings.
  • Organizing the bridal party.
  • Helping with the bridesmaid dresses by offering your two cents, the fittings, orderings and alterations.
  • Being the point of contact for the day of the wedding. Maybe there’s a venue coordinator or a wedding planner hired to put the details together but, when it comes to the day of the wedding, the Maid of Honor can be the point of contact so the bride can enjoy the day without constant interruption.
  • Host or co-host a bridal party
  • Planning and coordinating the bachelorette party.
  • Attending engagement party and wedding rehearsal.

Wedding Day Responsibilities May Include:

  • Setting out favors. This could be at a front entrance table as a parting gift to the guests, or set at each plate setting. Something you will need to do at the wedding venue.
  • Be the go between for the wedding couple. This could be delivering a gift or letter the morning of the wedding.
  • Giving a speech and a toast to the wedding couple.
  • Getting ready with the bride.
  • Calming the brides nerves.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for the bride.
  • Help keep things on schedule. This could be the coordination part with the venue coordinator.
  • At the ceremony, adjusting the brides dress and veil after she walks down the aisle. Then taking her bouquet.
  • This could also mean holding onto the grooms ring during the ceremony and handing it over when the minister asks for it (if the ring bearer or Best Man isn’t holding onto both rings).
  • Signing the marriage license as a witness.
  • Helping the bride with her dress. Whether it’s holding it while she uses the restroom or bustling it after ceremony and pictures are through.
  • Helping to gather belongings at the end of the evening. Staying until the end to help clear out the brides room. Helping to make sure any gifts are loaded into the appropriate persons car.
As you can see, the position of Maid of Honor and/or Matron of Honor comes with many responsibilities. It’s becoming increasingly popular to have both. This means tasks can be divided equally between two people instead of one. It’s also important that you choose someone that is willing and able to take on these responsibilities. We will wrap up by saying, being a maid or matron of honor is exactly that, an honor! The number one reason these persons are chosen is to help the bride have the best experience possible on her wedding day.

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