Jessica Grace Photography Surrey
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Getting engaged is a beautiful thing. The romance, the excitement. The questions!

Most couples I have spoken to about planning a wedding always say that as soon as you’re engaged the questions start coming thick and fast. Where are you getting hitched? Are you going to have a wedding band? Do you know what colour scheme you are going for? Ever thought about making your own wedding favours? I am going to stop now because the list could go on.

However, I am here to give you a little helping hand and to ease the pressure of planning a wedding. Behold below a wedding schedule that can be used as a guideline for any kind of nuptials that are being planned.

Whether you are having an informal wedding in the woods, a grand stately home shebang or a registry office and drinks at the pub shin-dig – this guideline can be used in whatever planning facility you need.

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I’ve been blogging about weddings for so long I forget, sometimes, that new readers follow the English Wedding Blog every single day. Some of you have been planning your weddings for months; for others it’s all new: blogs, weddings, styling tips and planning advice can be a little overwhelming. However… there are some pieces of advice which every bride and groom need to hear. At the top of the list (with knobs and bells and whistles on), is ‘don’t ask a friend or relative to photograph your wedding‘. Why? Bristol wedding photographer Sandy explains it plainly in this afternoon’s super helpful feature post:

Image credit Bristol wedding photographer Love In Focus (1)

Weddings are expensive things, in fact the average spend in 2014 was just shy of £21,000, so looking for ways that you can bring down costs is a great idea. DIY projects, for example, can save money and add a personal touch to your wedding, which is great!

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I read a little article last week which captured a big talking point and wrapped it up beautifully in a neat and tidy little nutshell. Nichola Morton was writing for Aspire Photography Training: “ If your couples have either hand-made or spent money on something involved with their wedding, they will want to make sure that it is documented via your photography.”

Yorkshire wedding detail photographers James and Lianne Photography (2)Images in this post are by James and Lianne Photography from Gemma and Niall’s North Yorkshire garden wedding

Nichola’s use of the word documented really caught my attention. Those documentary or reportage photographers I know tend to be the most reluctant to capture details… and yet Nichola brought them together in one wonderfully succinct sentence.

I’ll make my point first and explain it in a moment. I think 99% of wedding photographers should be capturing details and using those images in their marketing. It’s time to realise just how valuable those detail shots can be to your business. Why?

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Part 3:  THE ACTUAL WEDDING DAY WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

by London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling

Here comes the third and final part in my series of articles on How to get the best wedding photography on your day! Did you read the other chapters already? Otherwise, click here to go back to Part 1: How to find the wedding photographer for you. Or click here to go to Part 2: How to prepare yourself for the photography on your day.

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Since you’ve been doing a lot of planning and communicated with your photographer well beforehand, your day should run really smoothly when it finally comes. You can relax, and don’t have to worry about what the photographer is doing – If you’ve been meeting up for chats, seen the venue together, shared your ideas and brain storming and perhaps had an engagement shoot to get used to the camera as well, then you should be on the same wavelength about the photography. Here follows a few suggestions on what to think about on your day, to get those shots that you’ve been hoping and planning for:

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Part 2: How to prepare yourselves for the photography on your wedding day

Congratulations if you have now chosen your wedding photographer! (Otherwise, have you read part 1 in this series of articles? In part 1 I’m giving advice on how to find and choose your photographer)

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Once you have chosen your photographer, the planning stage starts. Don’t worry, most of the planning will be done by your photographer – You have plenty of other things to sort out as well! But in my experience, a good level of communication with your photographer before your wedding day is the best recipe for some fantastic wedding photography. Photography is very much about personal taste, so if the photographer has a good understanding of what you like and what is important to you, then they will know what to focus on during your wedding day. To be acquainted in advance will also help you feel relaxed with being photographed. So here follows some advice on how you can work together to get the best shots possible when the day comes!

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… said the wedding blogger as she tipped the worms out of her tin. But no, I’m not trying to rattle any cages or have a big discussion today. A little while ago I read a really thought-provoking comment on my wedding industry blog post and it really got me thinking. This is a question I was asking myself – and with the help of some great friends I like to think we’ve answered it for you.

Photo credit: Fiona Campbell London www.fionacampbelllondon.com

Understanding wedding photography prices

Let me start at the beginning. I was intrigued by a blog comment about wedding photography pricing from the lovely Fiona Campbell. Fiona Campbell is a respected London wedding photographer whose work has featured in Vogue and across top wedding blogs. Fiona shoots weddings in the UK and Europe, and her 2012 prices start from £1750 for wedding photography. Fiona commented that many brides and grooms expect to find a top wedding photographer for £1000 – but that often they’re surprised by prices closer to £2000.