January 4, 2019

 

 

info + tips for a badass wedding day!

 

Lets start with Videographers!! Gah.

I think most of you know how I feel about these guys! lol, they are either shit (sadly mostly) or amazing both creatively and professionally.

Please please please seek my advice before booking someone.

People I recommend who are lovely and professional:

shutterboxfilms.co.uk  – 8mm style

themchendrys.com  – can shoot various styles, cinematic, music vid style

Costasisterproductions – punchy music vid style

 

If I or one of my peers haven’t work with a videographer theres normally a reason why!

I want this to be one of the best experiences for you on your wedding day and i want you to get the images you deserve which is why its so important to get a good videographer.

They all get booked fast so decide on this within the next few months!

 

 

Want to make your wedding different and wow your guests?

Here’s my tips to get ahead of all the 2019/2020 trends… all ideas can be found on my pinterest… Screen shots of my pinterest below…

 

Getting ready outfits are important too! 

(dont get ‘bride’ dressing gowns – really cliche now)

 

Alternative wedding dresses 

 

 

Bridesmaids – make them look awesome too!

You dont have to have bog standard ‘bridesmaids’ dresses, mismatch looks cool and means it’ll fit their body shape. Think jumpsuits, lace, velvet, sequins… different patterns from your palette or like the pink bridesmaids below, the bride chose all different shades of pink! all white looks cute too.

 

 

 

Alternative suits/shirts –  don’t be boring guys! ;-p

 

 

 

boots, statement earings, alternative head wear…

cool accessories are everything!

 

 

awesome wedding decor – don’t neglect your tables ;-p

 

 

Badass big bouquets! 

 

 

Main bouquet

BIG and loose for maximum impact!

and btw how cool is Jons dark green double breasted suit! and Scotts awesome get up below!

Stay away from blue/navy if you want to be different to all the other standard grooms suits.

 

Cool prep locations with great light

They make a huge difference to your images giving them continuity and style.

airbnb are great for these. Look for great natural light too.

 

 

Overdone + dated wedding ideas…

  • vw campers –  so many other cool cars to choose from like mustangs! 😉 or have a VW bar instead!
  • bunting
  • gin themes
  • diy photo frames
  • ladder/crate table plans/decor
  • naked cakes
  • sparkly top bridesmaids – make your girls look bad ass too!
  • actual cheese cakes – if you love cheese why not save it for a cheese board later? You dont even have to have a cake.
  • chair covers – yuk.
  • Love signs…. so overdone! – if you want a sign get creative! Married AF, Hell Yeah…!
  • Floral silk dressing gowns with bride, bridesmaid etc written on.

If you like the slogan stuff try something more edgy like this from etsy…. super cute! and fran also fulfilling my leopard print obsession lol.

 

 

 

Evening tips

I’ve seen too many grans get cold in the evening and blankets aren’t enough if its a venue that doesn’t have heating like tipis – get fire pits, cosy socks and a few hot water bottles, trust me they’ll love you for it!

Cosey jackets or fluffy cardigans look super cute for you and/or your bridesmaids. I’ve done some chilly summer weddings so a week before check out and the weather and get something cool from asos for you and your girls.

 

FOOD 

GOOD food is EVERYTHING at a wedding – even the simplest of ideas like this salmon and salad sharing platters brought to the tables – it was lush!

cute drink idea… edible flowers 

Have signature cocktails instead of prosecco

 

HOT days

The best ideas i’ve seen last year for some of the sweatiest weddings were pretty fans (you can get these for a pound or less on ebay) and ice lollies after the ceremony! That was genius! They went in seconds! Ask your caterers to get them if its projected to be really hot!

 

TOP TIP – have an upbeat acoustic soloist playing awesome modern mixes to entertain your guests and really get the party vibe going! why not give out shots at this time too! I’ve seen it and both these things work to get that party vibe going early! 

 

 

 

CONFETtIIIII!

To help me nail this get LOADS! more than you think you need! 2 BIG HANDFULLS and only this type below… and if your venue say you can’t have it even though its biodegradable dont listen! haha, i’ve shot nearly 150 weddings and i’ve come to realise its because venues are too lazy to clean it up, it only takes a leaf blower on suction and its gone!

Honestly you’ve paid them so much i’d do it anyway 😉

Same size as above:

https://www.stagedepot.co.uk/scenic-effects/special-effects/confetti/le-maitre-7020p-confetti-multi-1kg

 

100% biodegradable = https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/693225989/bulk-biodegradable-confetti-bright

 

or

4CM https://www.confettisupermarket.com/multicolour-round-confetti-200g-tube/

or

mix them together as they are different sizes!

You can even buy a single colour if you felt it needed more of a particular colour:

(i dont advise more red or white though – pink is always cute)

https://www.sfxsupplies.co.uk/collections/paper-confetti/products/paper-confetti-circles-o30mm  

 

 

 

Cannons please dont use for the main confetti shots, they shoot too high so they land after you’ve gone and i’ve had them let off right next my ear and had ringing in it after! but they are great for first dances as i can control where people let them off! i recommend at least 10. No less.

https://www.bax-shop.co.uk/streamers-confetti/magic-fx-19-7-inch-handheld-confetti-cannon-gold

https://www.sfxsupplies.co.uk/products/handheld-metallic-confetti-cannon-40cm

 

and no cones, its a waste of money and it doesn’t all get used…. baskets all the way…

 

 

DANCE FLOOR

make sure to tell your dj or band to have no spot lights on the dance floor and no smoke machine whilst i’m shooting! It ruins your photos – haze and weird colour spots on your face doesn’t look good. Static lights are better and allow me to do light trails – also why not have a 2nd outfit for the evening like fran did below! 

 

The best bands are those that dont just stay there but interact with the crowd!

I recommend weareforza and Kioko (i follow them on insta and are the best bands I’ve ever worked with!)

 

 

Back to PINTEREST!

As you can see I’ve been pinning the shit out of ideas! from awesome decor, to stunning alternative dresses and one of my faves which i think is going to big this year is alternative crowns and hats! Love hats on grooms too

 

Check out my pinterest accessories section to see what i mean… I still LOVE floral crowns and what i love about crowns in general is they never date! I’ve even got a vintage bride board which shows awesome weddings from the past which were really fashion forward!

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/epiclovestoryphotography/

 

Any questions? Just shout <3 and remember if you are feeling overwhelmed, write a list of everything you need to get in order of importance and choose 1-2 items to do/get per month! 🙂 and remember the high street/internet is your friend! You can find cute accessories like crowns, jackets, statement earrings, cool shoes/boots etc from Asos to Etsy and much more affordable too! 

 

Em xxxxx