Wedding Planning Checklist

Wedding planning checklist

The wedding planner and guide will help you make the most of your time and effort. The available resources can be planned in a very efficient way and tasks can be assigned to competent people so that the ceremony will take place without any difficulty to guests. After the engagement, you should prepare for the wedding ceremony. The budget, size and style should be discussed with parents. You should also find out who pays for what so that there will be absolute clarity.

Perfect arrangements

The wedding date and time should be fixed subject to the availability of the vendor. You can create a binder so organize your thoughts, photos and worksheets. The job will be made easy by hiring a wedding consultant. If you can afford those expenses, there will be great convenience. You will be able to perform many tasks in the limited period and there will not be any confusion at any point of time.

You should make initial contact with vendors and references. As you start a dialogue and obtain quotes from multiple vendors, you will be able to settle for the best vendor without any issues. The pre-marital counseling can be scheduled by meeting the clergy member. The wedding and reception sites should be reserved and you should also strike a deal with the caterer.

You should register at local bridal registries. The photographer, videographer and musician should be hired so that there will be fond memories after the ceremony. The musician should be able to entertain the audience at wedding ceremony as well as reception as per your style and theme. You can discuss various aspects with them so that you will settle for the best service.

The transportation arrangements to and from the wedding hall to the reception should be arranged and the information should be conveyed prominently to guests through various way. You should setup a wedding site so that images and information will be uploaded at regular intervals. It is possible to share your photos with everyone.

Planning

The planning should take place at least six months before the ceremony. The following aspects should be checked six months before the wedding ceremony:

  • Preparation of guest lists
  • Dispatch ‘save the date’ cards
  • Hotel accommodation confirmation for out-of-town guests
  • Engagement announcement in newspaper
  • Selection of wedding gown/suit
  • List of attendees (bridesmaids/groomsmen)
  • Wedding cake design estimate
  • Diet and exercise program
  • Beauty preparations
  • Honeymoon plans
  • Dance lessons

Four months before

  • The following services and confirmations should take place four months before the wedding ceremony:
  • Final details confirmation with caterer
  • Shop items necessary for ceremony and reception
  • Order invitation cards, thank you notes and personal items
  • Discuss specifics with photographer
  • Flowers and floral arrangements at wedding and reception
  • Balloons, decorations and favors at wedding and reception
  • Hotel room for wedding night

Three months before

  • Order wedding rings
  • Tuxedos for groomsmen and fathers
  • Accessories for bridesmaids

Two months before wedding

  • Send invitations (six weeks before the wedding)
  • Send invitations in eight weeks before wedding for out-of-town invitees
  • Buy wedding gift for your spouse
  • Buy gifts for attendants and helpers
  • Accommodation for out-of-town guests should be finalized

One month before wedding

  • There will be hectic activity a few weeks before the wedding. Hence, the planning should be done and implemented in the best possible way.
  • Accessories, lingerie and shoes for bride
  • Should go for a trail run with beauty consultant
  • Final gown fitting session
  • Bridal portrait
  • Groomsmen should be registered and measured at formal wear store
  • Seating arrangements for rehearsal dinner and reception
  • Review the checklist
  • Change of address information should be updated at the post office
  • Thank you notes for showers and wedding gifts

Two weeks before

  • Get marriage license
  • Send rehearsal invitations
  • Review all arrangements
  • Confirm transportation plans
  • Check with all vendors and professional service providers

One week before

  • Attend the rehearsal dinner and present gifts to attendants
  • The best man will get ring and clergy’s fee
  • Organize gown/ suit to go for the ceremony
  • Get manicure and pedicure

On wedding day

  • Mail wedding announcements
  • Hair stylist will attend and makeup artist will prepare you

When you make all arrangements in a systematic way, the wedding ceremony will take place very efficiently and guests will have a great time.

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Photographing Sunrise and Sunset

Sunset Photography

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For photography of sunset, first of all you have to know the time it is going to set. On the basis of this knowledge, arrive early and take a good look around the place to find out the best position. You start thinking about how you are going to frame your shot. If there is a tree, then you can include this within the composition to act as a silhouette. This will make the photo more interesting. Obviously you don’t want to clutter the picture, so look for a tree that has clearly defined lines.

Take the exposure from the colored part of the sky on either side of the sun.

Whenever you are taking picture of sunset, deliberately underexpose. This will make the colors rich and defined. In this way you can make the whole scene more dramatic. You can do this by using manual mode and selecting a fast shutter speed.

Think about the foreground first.  It would be better for your photograph if there is something like a pond, a house, etc, in the foreground for more depth in the photograph.

When the sky is interesting, place the horizon line at the bottom of the frame and when it is not, place it at the top of the frame.

Do not place the sun in the center as it does not produce a good photograph

If you want to photograph someone against a sunset, then direct him or her not to look at the front as no one will be able to recognize the person.

The main purpose of proper camera settings is to make sure you that you can capture the sunset’s colours as we see. You may have to adjust the exposure to suit the conditions. This is for the reason that in extreme lighting situations, the camera may fail to interpret the scene.

Sunrise Photography

For sunrise, you have to wake up early to see the show before the sun rises. Even when it is just above the horizon, it looks like a big ball of fire.

Your time for taking photograph of a sunrise is much less than the time you get for taking photograph of a sunset.

For sunrise photography use a bit under exposure as used in sunset also.

The sky should have center stage. Place the horizon along the lower third of the frame. While taking the photograph, take it horizontally.

The more photographs you take of sunrises, more you can understand the clouds which help you take a better picture. The clouds which are high would produce more colors.

You should remember that a silhouetted object like palm trees, bridges, lighthouses, etc., in the foreground can add interest to the image on the whole.

Use reflection as much as you can. There is nothing like shooting a sunrise over a calm lake.

The best photographs of sunrises can be taken after a thunderstorm. So, if there is a thunderstorm in the night, get up early in the morning and rush to take an excellent photograph of sunrise.

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