Where do we start planning our wedding? 

 

Many recently engaged people I meet at wedding fairs are in the early stages of planning their perfect day. Some are often unsure where to start. Based on my experience meeting many couples each year and capturing their special days I have put together this wedding planning guide.

 

Collect ideas at wedding fairs

Wedding fairs are great way to get inspiration from sample wedding albums and viewing dresses, jewellery, shoes, cakes, stationary, flowers and venue decorations.

Some suppliers including myself often have promotions for wedding fair visitors. My offers given out always have no expiry date as everyone is in different stages of planning. If you've met me before, mention the fair you attended when enquiring.

More information and dates of wedding fairs

 
     

Choosing a venue

The first thing to book is your venue. We are fortunate to have many lovely places in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey. Having a look through examples of weddings at a variety of venues including barns, churches (historic or modern buildings), country houses, and town centre hotels will give you ideas to narrow down your search. My personal favourites are those with ponds, lakes or by rivers because of the creativity provided by reflections.

 
     

Choosing a date

Weddings tend to take place all year round. Photographically there are benefits for all seasons. In the summer the light will be longer, higher, brighter, and of a warmer colour temperature providing bold and contrasty outdoor colours. In winter you can pop outside briefly for some portraits before and after your ceremony which could include stunning sunsets on a clear crisp day. The bold colours of daffodils and blossom in spring and autumnal leaves are always beautiful.

View real weddings

 
     

Booking your ceremony

If you're having your ceremony at a licensed venue you'll need to book your registrar. I have worked with many registrars in the area on a regular basis including those from Aldershot, Beaconsfield Old Town, Bracknell Forest, Reading, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham. All of them are relaxed about discreet photography during your ceremony these days.

 
     

Save the date

Once the ceremony time is confirmed it is advisable to invite your family and friends to save the date to ensure they can all share your special day. Official invitations are often sent out a few months before. 

 
     

Book your photographer

Choosing your photographer should be next on the list once you have your date confirmed to guarantee a qualified, experienced professional of a high standard. If you choose me to capture your special day it doesn't matter if you don't have your ceremony time booked as I'll only attend one wedding a day. For that reason I have made my packages flexible for you to customise as you plan your perfect wedding. Only a £150 deposit is required and will be put towards your choice of coverage with all times and requests confirmed nearer your wedding date. 

More details of my packages     Check availability

 
     

Book your other suppliers

There are a variety of suppliers available to help you plan for your perfect day. You'll find a list of those I've met and worked with on my supplier links webpage. Everything from dresses, shoes, jewellery, suits, rings, hair and make-up, flowers, decorations, stationary, cakes, to food and entertainment.

Other wedding suppliers 

 
     

Confirm the details and timings

All your suppliers including your venue and officiant will advise you of the necessarily meetings you need to attend and details you need to confirm. Rely on their experience to allow your wedding planning to run smoothly. I always arrange to meet with the Bride and Groom at their venue for engagement portraits and a coffee to run through their timings and discuss their requests.

Engagement portraits     Suggested group photo ideas

 
     

Final Preparation

Based on my experience capturing many wedding days over the years I have put together a list of helpful tips which can help to make your day run smoothly and add impact to your photographs.  

View the list of helpful tips

 

 
     

If you are interested in me capturing your day or have already booked me and would like to find out more details about any of the topics in the wedding planning guide please contact me.


 


 

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Based in Reading, Berkshire

Wedding, Portrait, Event, School and Corporate Photography

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, South Warwickshire and Surrey

 

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