It may seem like a no-brainer to just give your mom’s friend the camera and have her snap away throughout your big day, but there are a number of advantages to splurging on a photographer. With a professional, he or she usually doesn’t know any of the wedding guests. This means your photographer won’t be socializing and miss the important moments. Photographers also know what type of lighting is best, which poses work better than others and how to get creative shots that you will love looking back on. These pictures are going to be something that you treasure for years, so spending the extra money to make sure that they are perfect will be well worth it.
There are a lot of paper items required for your big day. There’s save the dates, wedding invitations, wedding programs, reception cards and response cards, place cards, table number cards, wedding announcements and more. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot of things to tackle yourself. Instead, leave it up to the professionals. This way, you can be sure that each piece of stationery will look coordinated and flawless.
While baking a cake isn’t exactly rocket science, there are certain pitfalls that can come your way if you’re not a pro. And why risk that on one of the most important days of your life? You want to make sure that you have enough cake for each wedding guest and that it can stand up to the weather if you’re having an outdoor ceremony. Instead, stick to baking homemade cakes for birthdays and baby showers.
Sure, it’s easy to whip up your own playlist for the wedding and just let it roll when it comes time for your reception, but a band or DJ can offer something additional – personality. They can really get your wedding guests excited and encourage them to get out on the dance floor and celebrate. A band or a DJ can also set a certain mood based on the crowd, while your iPod may not have that ability.
It’s not unusual to have a friend or family member go online to receive an ordination certificate so he or she can legally officiate your wedding. However, some states don’t recognize online ordination credentials, and a seasoned officiant knows the ins and outs of advising you on your rehearsal and ceremony, as well as the design of the ritual itself. The officiant can help you create a ceremony that is perfect for you because he or she already knows what works and what doesn’t.
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