I trust you will find these suggestions helpful…

Time: 
Budget extra time for those special photographs of the two of you. If you are getting married in a great outdoor location, such as the Selby Gardens, you probably will want to make the most of it with your photography.

Allow plenty of time to get ready. There are usually a lot of last minute details to take care of, and you still have to get dressed. If any members of your bridal party always seem to be late, I suggest telling them to be there an hour before they really need to be.

Coordinators:
Hiring a wedding coordinator is an excellent idea. They minimize the chaos that can come up, and ensure that your day runs smoothly.

In the Church:
For the best photos, consider facing each other when at the altar. If you have your backs to the audience, we can’t see your faces.

Also, please remind the bridal party and all the family members whom you wish to be photographed to remain at the church until they have been photographed.

If you have a receiving line at the church, be aware that it takes about 15 minutes per 100 guests to file past to congratulate you.(This can be important when figuring out your arrival time at your reception.)

Outdoor Weddings: Outdoor weddings can be quite beautiful. I suggest considering the following elements:

  • The Ceremony Time- where the sun is located in the sky at your ceremony time can make a big difference in the quality of your photography.

 

  • The Time of Sunset-usually the best and most dramatic light is 30 minutes before sunset to 15 minutes after.

 

  • Shade-trees or tents for relief from the sun is an excellent idea.

 

  • Insects-(Fire-ants, love-bugs, no-see-ums, gnats, mosquitos). Bugs are a fact of life here in Florida, so you may want to consider having electric fans, insect sprays, citronella candles and the like to help keep the bugs away.

 

  • The Weather- wind, rain, heat, and humidity can be a big factor both in how you look and how you feel. This is why I stress the importance of having a very workable indoorback-up plan in case of bad weather. Planning an outdoor wedding between early June and early October (Hurricane season) without having a back-up location can be very risky.

The Limo:
When it comes to hiring a limo, be sure to consider the time needed for photography at the church when telling the driver when to pick you up.

Alcohol:
Drinking heavily the night before or having one or more drinks just before your ceremony tends to make one look tired or sleepy. If you are planning to have a guys/ladies night out before your wedding, please try to make it at least two days before your wedding.

On Hiring Wedding Vendors:
If you haven’t experienced your vendors personally, don’t be afraid to ask for references. You have every right to ask for a sample to taste-test, or to see recent examples of their work, or to ask to observe them working on location at another wedding. You are spending a lot of money for photography, music, food, cake and flowers, and you should have a very clear idea of how you will be taken care of.