Wedding season is in full swing and we've been privileged to have been chosen to photograph some beautiful weddings in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset so far in 2013 with trips further-afield to Northamptonshire and the New Forest to come with many more in and around the Salisbury area too.
Unlike previous years we've been very lucky with the weather up to this point and where there has been rain (and wind) we've 'made the most of it' so to speak!
The time frame for booking a wedding can be as far in advance as 18 months for a wedding we shot on 15th June. However the wedding the previous weekend was only booked three weeks in advance due to a number of concerns with their incumbent photographer. The main one being that they'd paid a deposit but with three weeks to go before their big day the photographer hadn't requested to meet with them and was requesting the final balance be paid without a suggestion of a meeting to discuss times, numbers and other important parts of the day.
As part of our pre-wedding preparations we strongly recommend meeting with brides and grooms a minimum of two, and in most cases, three times before the wedding day. This is to ensure as much preparation is done beforehand and helps to build a rapport between us and our customers. Even if we've photographed at the venue before, it does no harm for all of us to meet at the venues prior to the actual wedding day.
2013 Wedding Fashions
One of the big 'fashions' for 2013 is for couples to have their speeches before the wedding breakfast. The main reason appears to be so that the bride (and the groom, best man and father-of-the-bride) can relax and enjoy their meals without worrying about their impending speech. I was so nervous before my speech at my wedding and because we had our meal first it meant that I didn't enjoy my meal as much as I could have done. In hindsight we'd have had our speeches before the meal too! Going one step further, couples who do have their speeches before the meals are also having them outside. This is especially useful for people who are particularly worried about public speaking.
There is no right or wrong answer to this dilemma and it is one thing among many others that we advise our couples on during our pre-wedding meetings.