You've picked the groom, the date, the venue, and most important, The Dress! Now its time to choose your wedding photographer and to pick packages. Occasionally, I will have a bride who doesn't want to shoot bridals for various reasons. The ones I hear most often are: "I don't want to have to dress up twice and go through all the hassle" "shooting bridals involves extra expense and I'm on a budget" "I'm not comfortable having my portrait taken" and finally "We'll have plenty of time to do that at the wedding". All of these seem like good reasons right? Well I would like to share a few reasons why I believe it is so important to have a bridal shoot before your wedding day.
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"I don't want to have to dress up twice and go through all the hassle"
Why not! You've probably spent more money on this beautiful dress than you ever will spend on any other item of clothing you will purchase again. After your wedding, chances are you will never put it on again. If your dress makes you feel beautiful, feminine and just absolutely wonderful (as it should) why not enjoy that as many times as you can! Is it a hassle.. well that depends on how you look at it. For a bridal shoot you will most likely be getting your hair and nails done. What a better way to relax! Look at it as pampering yourself. You have probably been very busy planning your wedding. Take a minute and relax! Not to mention one of the things that brides change most often after a bridal shoot is their hairstyle. You might now like the way it looks, it may not be comfortable or it may be to difficult to keep up during the several hours that you will be wearing it not only for your ceremony but for pictures and dancing.
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All of the photos from your wedding experience are important, but consider which ones will be the most precious to you, the ones of you and your groom, all of those special "first" moments and sharing them with your loved ones and finally, those of your cake and other details. But remember, this will be the day that you look and feel the most the beautiful in your whole life. Wouldn't you like to have images of that after its all over? Wouldn't you like to be sure that your dress, veil, hair and shoes are as comfortable and perfect as possible. Then you can just be confident with your appearance and enjoy the reason for the day rather than focusing on something that just doesn't look or feel quite right? As your photographer, I want that for you and I hope I have convinced you to reconsider having your bridal shoot!
Wedding Dress Designers
Sometimes, buying a wedding dress isnt that exciting. For one, you have limited choices so this is why some women would like to have this made from scratch and hire a wedding dress designer to take on the job. Is hiring a wedding designer expensive? The answer is yes. One example is Monique Lhuillier who charges something around $2,000 to $10,000 for a wedding dress. Another is Badgley Mischka who charges from $4,000 to $7,000. Of course, we cannot forget Vera Wang who is one of the best in the business and if money is no object, be prepared to pay something like $2,000 to $12,000 for your wedding dress. Is there are standard price for the wedding dresses made by designers? From the figures mentioned, the answer is no because their reputation is what dictates the price. You may even be surprised to know that their sizing is different because each of them follows different standards. But do you always have to hire a well known wedding dress designer? Not so because there are others that charge lower and they have shops of their own that can also do an excellent job. You should ask friends and family that have marched down the aisle for a good recommendation because they should know better after all their preparations. But what if you really want something from one of the top designers mentioned? Well, one trick is to see if this is available in the bridal section of the store. Instead of looking for an outfit for a bride, they buy the one for the bridesmaid and then make some changes so this becomes a wedding dress. These wedding dress designers do not only make wedding dresses. Chances are they also have a few formal evening items that can also be turned into a wedding dress. Another option is to borrow a wedding dress made by one of these designers from your friends or family members. This is still in good condition and lying around somewhere so you can try it on and if it is alright with them, this can be altered so this can look good on you. But if money is no object, you can expect to pay a 50% down payment for work to begin. In fact, you are advised to pay this amount using your credit card so if there are any problems, you can talk with the credit card company about reimbursing some of the money that was paid beforehand. When your dress has been made, inspect the item thoroughly to make sure all the bottoms are secure, and there are no gaps in the stitching. If there are any beads, make sure it is glued properly because you do not want them to fall off before and during your wedding. If you are happy with what the designer has done, this is the time you pay the difference. If however there are some adjustments that need to be made, be sure that this is completed beforehand. You can either have a wedding dress made or bought outright from a wedding dress designer. In the end, no one will even care who made it because no one is going to look at the label. But if someone should ask, wouldnt it be cool to tell them that someone like Vera Wang made it?