Weddings sure have changed this year. From big weddings with 100 or more people to small intimate weddings with 10 people. Micro weddings are now the way many people are planning and having weddings. From backyards to parks to city hall, small weddings are happening a lot more than they used to.
Here are some tips to help you with your small wedding:
1. Be selective about your guest list. Due to things like Covid, some states are limiting gatherings to a maximum of 10 people. Consider the 10 people who should be there. Best friends, siblings, parents and grandparents (if they are able). Remember your Officiant and photographer will count in that number.
2. Set up a Zoom for guests who cannot attend. We have seen this work really well for several of the small weddings we have photographed. This will allow you to share you day with many people.
3. Skip the wedding party. It is hard to choose just one or two people to be your attendants during the wedding so why choose at all. It may be a long standing tradition but there isn't much traditional happening at the moment.
4. Have a small one now, have a big one later. We have worked with several couples that have had the smaller weddings and then a big one at a later date. This may relieve the pressure of deposits already made. Lots of venues are allowing people to reschedule, talk to yours first before giving up on that dream wedding.
5. Services are less expensive. Yup, I said it. Services will be more cost effective including your photographers. We have 3 micro wedding packages that are perfect for a small wedding. Venues will also be more cost effective and sometimes free.
Small weddings will never feel small on love, laughter, and making special memories.
As wedding photographers, we are interested in how people connect with their wedding vendors, especially their photographers. Is it word of mouth? Is it a recommendation from a friend? A Google search? Is it from bridal shows and expos? We decided to check out a bridal show a couple of weekends ago and we thought we would share some observations.
We were surprised the booths some of the photographers had set up. Some had couches. Others had trellis like structures with café lights. There were lots of silk flowers and gold accents. It was apparent that people had spent time and quite a bit of money on their displays. Some had many photos on display, others just had a handful. There was a real variety.
Another item of note was the materials that were being handed out to attendees. Most of the vendors had postcard or larger sized mini brochures. Usually a glossy postcard that featured more photos of brides. Some had pricing, some did not. Again, depended on the photographer.
There was something that was missing from all the displays (with the exception of one boudoir photographer) and that was any feature photos of curvy or plus size brides. There was one on the postcard of a photographer but that was it. No visible photos of a bride that looked like most of the women attending. Moreover, it really got me thinking about how brides must feel when looking for a photographer when all they see are brides that do not look like them.
I had it good when I was getting married. Our photographer was not only a close family friend and a plus size woman. She totally got my concerns about the visuals for the wedding. I know that every woman has something they do not like about themselves. We all have it. For some of us the pressure to be the vision of perfection is complicated by already being outside the normal size range for bridal (wedding dresses is another blog post for sure).
As plus size people, we get the worries. We want everyone to feel his or her best when we photograph them not matter their size, who they love or anything else. We have decided to make it a priority to become the size inclusive photographers of choice in our area. That means all sizes and shapes, without question or concern. We want everyone to feel empowered by what we create. We are committed to providing the very best so that when you look at the photos in the years to come, you too feel the very best.
It was not that long that I was a bride and planning our wedding. It can be a daunting task. So much to remember, plan, pay for, and keep track off all things that are important to you both.
Photography often leaves couples and possibly their parents wondering how to make that final decision on who is going to capture the day. Photos are the one thing about weddings that is not tangible. You get to taste the food, see the venue, see the flowers, try on the dress, and eat all those yummy cake samples. The photography is always up in the air until you actually see the photos.
For us, as photographers ourselves, photography was a HUGE part of our wedding. We had the best photographer we know shoot our wedding. In fact, we asked her to shoot our wedding before my husband asked her husband to be his best man. It was big deal for us, and it may be for you too.
Here are some of our tips for hiring a photographer for your wedding.