While most brides will opt to walk down the aisle in heels, many brides are choosing to be a bit more comfortable and lacing up a pair of sneakers. Why not, no one sees the bride’s shoes under a floor length gown anyway. When you consider all the running around that occurs on a wedding day, not to mention the fact that she will be on her feet for 12 or more hours, sneakers begin to sound like a more practical choice. Also to consider are beach or lawn weddings where heels are just not feasible. A more traditional bride may wear a sexy pair of heels earlier in the day and switch to her casual kicks once the dancing begins. If you are concerned about dragging that gown that was tailored to your heels, don’t, wedding-appropriate platform sneakers are readily available from many manufacturers. Many companies like Keds, Toms and Converse are now designing sneakers specifically for the bride. Some companies like Nike have made it possible to create custom sneakers with your wedding date and your new last name embroidered on them to add that personal touch. While sneakers may seem to provide a more affordable alternative to the super fancy and pricey wedding heels that are more customary this may not necessarily be the case. As this trend becomes more popular expect to see sneaker companies designing more elaborate kicks for the bride. One thing is certain; you will get more use out of a pair of Converse after the wedding than a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos. While I am seeing more and more brides embrace this trend, grooms are not excluded. They too are choosing to throw on a pair of Jordans instead of those cheesy high gloss rentals. Check out some of my BAD ASS BRIDES (and grooms) that have chosen to express themselves in this creative and bold way.
There are so many things to think about after the big “YES!”. Two of the biggest decisions you will likely make first are the when and where to get married. After that there is a long list of details, both big and small that need to be addressed. One of the most important is who is to photograph the wedding. Imagine having secured the most idyllic location, wearing the most glamorous bridal gown, at the most elegant reception venue and no one to capture all these details.
Each week I get a handful of inquiries from brides looking for a wedding photographer for 6 months from now, for next month, or even crazier; next week. In almost every case I have to turn them away because I am already booked. While the thought of loosing the opportunity to work with an amazing couple is disappointing, I am more troubled knowing how difficult it is going to be for them to find a quality photographer on such short notice. The simple truth is many in-demand wedding photographers book over a year in advance. As your wedding date gets closer, it will be harder to book your first choice photographer.
Because we are living in a time where we are inundated with photography, more and more, brides are placing an increasingly higher value on quality photography for their wedding. So, needless to say, finding the right photographer is pretty important.
So when is the “right” time to contract your wedding photographer? The simple answer: book your wedding photographer as soon as you secure your venue, if not sooner. I have been booked on a number of occasions before the reception hall has been retained. Some vendors, such as the florist, bakery, limos, or even hair/make-up artists may be able to schedule more than one wedding in a day. Their services typically do not extend from the bride’s preparation through the end of the reception. Photographers, on the other hand, don’t typically schedule more than one wedding in a day. So once you find a photographer that you know is THE ONE, don’t delay.
Keep in mind that there are certain times of year that are more popular for weddings. Here in the North East, October tends to be the busiest month, so if you’re hoping to get married during peak leaf season, perhaps look into booking everything that much sooner.
What if you did reach out to your favorite photographer well in advance and he is still unavailable on your date? Don’t panic, ask them for recommendations. They may know of a colleuge with a similar style who is available.
There is certainly no right or wrong time to book a wedding photographer, however, delaying will certainly affect your options.