Professional Wedding Photos

Hiring a professional to take your wedding photos is what a lot of brides and grooms want on their big day. They know how wonderful it would be to look at professional wedding photos, ten or twenty years later, because of the great quality of the images taken.

However, professional photographers do not cost cheap. Since they are well-trained and knowledgeable in this field, they often ask for a fee that is a bit higher that what you have set in the budget. So, what are you going to do?

Photography has become a hobby of a lot of people over the years. As long as you have a camera, you can point and shoot at anything, anytime and anywhere you want to. Now, if you know somebody who does this, you might want to try if he or she knows enough about the craft to become your official wedding photographer.

Ask your potential wedding photographer for samples of his or her photos so that you can assess if he or she really knows what he or she is doing. Try to read up on the basics of photography and understand the appropriate factors and settings when taking pictures in several different occasions and situations.

You could also talk to your friends or colleagues if they know a decent photographer who does not cost too much. Many amateurs would probably take your wedding as an opportunity to enhance their skills and a project that they can add to their portfolios.

The internet is also home to a lot of young and budding photographers. You could visit their websites and look at the photos that they have uploaded on their respective blogs or sites. There is always a “contact us” page on these sites, so you would not have trouble getting in touch with any of them.

You need not spend a fortune just to have professional wedding photos on your wedding day. The venue, gowns, food and decorations already take up more than half of your budget. Be resourceful and practical because the most important thing about the event really is you and your loved one enjoying every second of it.

Become a Top Wedding Planner – 3 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your New Wedding Planning Business

When you are just starting your wedding planning business it’s very tempting to cut corners until you are making a lot of money. But if you are truly serious about running a successful business, you’ll want to make sure you invest the time and money it takes to get the advice you need to have a professional business from the very beginning. This is particularly true when it comes to legal matters.

Here are 3 basic reasons that you’ll want to hire an attorney to help you when you start your new business:

1. You need a contract

You must have a written contract to use with all of your clients. I get a lot of emails from new planners who didn’t use contracts and ended up getting taken advantage of by their clients. (Also realize that today most brides know that professional planners use contracts and may be suspicious that you are not a real wedding planner if you don’t ask them to sign one.)

There are a number of free contracts on the Internet and in business books but you need one that is specific to your business, the services that you will offer, and the clients you will handle. A contract from the Internet or a book will be too generic and may not adequately protect you and your assets. Put together ideas of what you want in your contract, find an attorney who is experienced in working with entrepreneurs and have her or him work with you to write contract. Your wedding and event planner association can give you referrals to attorneys who are familiar with our industry.

2. You have decided to have a business partner

If you are starting your business with another person, it doesn’t matter if it is a friend or relative, you should have a legal document that states the percentage of the business you each own, what you are responsible for in the business, how you each are paid, and what will happen if one of you decides to quit.

3. You need a trademark

If you have a unique name, tag line or logo for your business, you might want to trademark it so no one else can use it. While you can fill out all of the documentation online, it’s best to hire an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law to help you do the filing. An attorney with experience in this area can assure that you are filing for the proper trademark usage and complete and submit your application for you.

If you are still thinking you can do all of these things yourself, realize that it is less expensive for you to hire someone to protect you from making mistakes than defend you after you have made mistakes and lost money or ruined your reputation.

Wedding Cookies

A wedding is probably one of the most important times in ones lifetime, coming together with someone very special, it is also the responsibility of the bride and groom to make sure that everyone at their wedding has a wonderful time and a wonderful meal.

In years past and in years to come the wedding cake is the focal point second to the bride of course at a wedding, it is displayed for everyone to see and knowing that they were going to get a piece of this magnificent masterpiece brings excitement to a persons taste buds.

People have almost forgotten the importance of the wedding cookie, sure a piece of cake is quite wonderful but you only get a tiny piece of it and then it’s done but a wedding cookie you can have several. At one time a wedding cookie was a cookie in no particular shape or form as long as it was good, today people want something more, something different, something that most people don’t think of, now we come to the real wedding cookie, a cookie in the shape of a wedding cake and decorated to look a such, each cookie is wrapped and tied with a beautiful bow.

Each person at the wedding will receive one of these wonderful and delicious cookies, some of these magnificent pieces are even monogrammed with the brides and grooms initials, this is a true wedding cookies.

Wedding Magazines To The Rescue – So Where Are The Articles?

Wedding magazines are a great way to get ideas for wedding favors and decorations. However, you may have to thumb through hundreds of pictures before you find a single article. The good news is that some of the best ideas come from the pictures themselves rather than the handful of articles you may find.

Wedding magazines are also good when you are looking for a gown. But before you run out and order that $2000 Vera Wang, make sure it is right for your body style. And remember that these magazines are created to persuade you to spend more money, as the sumptuous affairs depicted in glossy photo spreads just aren’t realistic for most people.

Most of today’s wedding magazines are reasonably priced thanks to targeted circulation and advertising. This may comes as a surprise, but most of the photo spreads in wedding magazines are purchased by the photographer or require advertising in the magazine. Therefore don’t assume that the gowns on display were chosen by any objective criteria.

If you are looking to subscribe to several magazines leading up to your ceremony, don’t get out your credit card yet. Many also offer gift subscription options, which makes it easy to drop a hint with your maid of honor or bridesmaids. And you may find friends who can lend or donate some recent issues which by now are weighing down their coffee table or magazine stand.

Here is a quick review of three favorites you are likely to find at your local newsstand, bookstore, or salon:


The established favorite of traditional wedding planning. The sister magazines include Modern Bride and Elegant Bride magazines. A recent online article was entitled “Treat Your Bridesmaids to Sweet Send-Offs Blooming With Style.”

The Knot

A newer magazine with a fresh, upbeat style and a significant presence online. Other related web sites include The Nest and Party Spot. A popular feature of their web site is “Real Wedding of the Week.”

Wedding Style Magazine

According to their own description, “Wedding Style Magazine assists brides with choosing bridal gowns, wedding services and offers informative, practical editorial content …” This is the place you are most likely to find coverage of high-fashion clothing and luxury destinations. The publisher, Grace Ormonde, has quickly built an enviable reputation in the wedding industry with this lively magazine.

Wedding magazines can often seem like hundreds of pages of ads sprinkled with a few useful ideas. And it can be hard to envision most brides or bridesmaids wearing the “latest fashion”. But if you are willing to read several that match your particular style, you will likely pick up some valuable ideas for your upcoming special day.