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Photos of Your Special Day

 

A wonderful way to remember your special day is through photographs, and whether you love photos or not, there are many ways for you to include or exclude this aspect of your celebrations.

One aspect to think about in relation to photos at your ceremony is whether you want people to use their phones to take photos.  If you are OK with this, are you happy to have photos or video uploaded to social media sites?  You may want to ask guests not to post to social media sites until you’ve had a chance to do this yourself, or this may not concern you at all.

When thinking about what memories you want captured, consider whether you want:

  • photos of you getting ready for the ceremony
  • informal photos of your invited guests mingling before the ceremony
  • key parts of the ceremony captured – such as walking down the aisle, looking into each other’s eyes as you exchange vows, or the kiss
  • your photos to be candid or structured
  • the photos to tell a story
  • group photos after the ceremony – who will be in these photos
  • photos of your reception – including key aspects such as cutting the cake or the first dance

Once you know what is important to you in relation to photos you do or don’t want, you can think about who will be taking these photos.  Are you relying on your guests to take photos and give you a copy, a friend who is good with a camera, are you having a photo booth as part of your reception, are you having an official photographer?

An official photographer is a great way to achieve a high quality result with your photos.  As with anyone involved in your celebration, you should meet with the photographer to make sure there is a connection there.  Look at their previous work to see if you like their style.  Be specific about what you do and don’t want – both in relation to the length of time you need them available and what types of photos you are looking for.  But also be guided by your photographer as they have experience that will result in great photos.

There are no right or wrong ways to approach photos of your special day – photos may be very important to you, or they may not be important at all.  As with everything you plan for your celebrations, do what is right for you as a couple and enjoy every moment!

Choosing Your Celebrant

So you’ve booked the date, bought the dress, organised the reception venue, invitations are ready to be sent, flowers are ordered, the cake selection made … but what about the celebrant?

While the celebrations for your big day are important and can take a lot of organising, the key part of getting married is the legal ceremony – and for that you need an authorised celebrant.

But what should you be looking for in a celebrant?  The following are some points that have come up in my conversations with marrying couples:

?  It is important to book your celebrant early – just like popular venues, celebrants can booked well over 12 months in advance.

?  Your rapport with the celebrant is essential – someone who listens to you, understands what you are looking for in your ceremony, and who will work with you to provide a personal ceremony that is just right for you.

?  Check out websites of celebrants – do they have the ‘vibe’ you are looking for?

?  Meet with more than one celebrant – this helps to know which celebrant may suit your needs best.  If you cannot meet in person, have a telephone or Skype conversation with them.

?  Are you looking for a fun and lively celebrant, a formal celebrant, someone who specialises in spiritual themes or specific rituals, or is it their ‘look’ that is important to you?

?  Are you having a themed wedding – do you need your celebrant to dress up for this?

?  Consider what is included in their price – and what cost is involved for any add-ons such as travel to your ceremony location.

?  What types of information will they provide you with to help prepare for your ceremony?

?  Will your celebrant guide you, take control or leave it all up to you?

In selecting a celebrant, you want to know that they will listen to what you are looking for in a ceremony, advise you on options to meet your requirements, and then provide you with a ceremony that is meaningful to you.  This is a very special day for you and you need to be sure that your celebrant understands, and can adapt to, your needs.

Not sure where to start?  To find an authorised celebrant within Australia, visit: http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Findamarriagecelebrant/Pages/default.aspx

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