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Blog Hop 2015

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Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!

This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from  Lydia Wells blog, http://adaysgrace.blogspot.com on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Making Sure You Get The Images You Want From Your Wedding! 

Y’all….it can be really tough to come up with a list of images that are your MUST HAVE’s from your wedding day! Its a pinterest world out there and although I really really love being able to graze through thousands of pictures at any moment, for a bride that can be really overwhelming! I have 4 little tips to help you keep your head and trust your heart when planning for your wedding pictures!

1. Think about your future

*It can be really easy to get wrapped up in new trends and color schemes when planning your wedding. Those trends dont always last and when you look back on your wedding photos you want something timeless…classic…elegant, and beautiful that will still take your breath away 10-20-50 years down the road. Your children and your children’s children will look at your wedding photos some day so try not to focus solely on the “here and now” of trends but aim to create a love intensive day filled with things that echo parts of you and your fiancé in every little detail.

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2. Write down whats most important and pass that information on!

*Your photographer needs to know who and what is the most important to you on your wedding day! If they do not have a pre-wedding survey that asks specifics about the details of your day, then make sure you volunteer that info! No two weddings are the same so it is important for you to notify your professional vendors of the things that make your heart sing pertaining to your event. Take a minute to sit and list out ALL of the things you don’t want to miss when looking back at your photos. If the details (florals, dress, shoes, tuxes, cake, etc) are the most important, list out the special things you have planned and pass those on to your planner and photographer so they spend extra time working on those the day of the wedding. If making sure you have a stunning bridal portrait is the most important, writing this down and passing it on can change your wedding day timeline to allot more time for the photographer to spend with just you on your wedding day. If there are certain friends that are very important to you and you want them included in your family pictures even though they aren’t related to you (hi “Uncle” Jim!), make sure you write those names down and let your photographer know so no one is left out!

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*ok ok…so thats one of MY favorites…heheheeh

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3. Take time to unplug

*In July my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage ( I know I know…I don’t look NEARLY old enough to have been married that long! 😉 ). It was overwhelming to dig through magazines then and see weddings and were so incredible and would NEVER fit into my budget or my surroundings…last time I checked there were no deserted islands in Athens, Ga. BUT…I can’t even imagine how overwhelming it can be to be online and every where you look, once you have changed your relationship to “engaged” on Facebook, is shoving wedding ideas down your throat! Pinterest is an INCREDIBLE tool for planning your wedding. Facebook makes for easy connections with vendors and forums to help you plan your big day. And lets not even start with good ole Google…there are TOO MANY OPTIONS sometimes. If you start to get overwhelmed and feel like you are loosing yourself and can’t even focus on what images you want for your day, take a minute and shut it all down. Drop the wireless mouse. Stop the two finger scrolls. Put down the iPhone. Take a second to collect yourself, invasion YOUR perfect day, and regroup. Repeat this process a million times if you need to until your wedding day. you won’t regret it I promise!

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4. Talk to your vendors

*You are paying lots of money for your wedding and the vendors you hire are important. You will spend months and months with these people picking their brains for ideas and they will be doing the same with you. Trust me, they want to know whats important to you too so that you can have the most perfect day possible too. if you are at a loss as to how to gather your entire family for photos after the ceremony, ask your planner and photographer to put together a diagram or pin point a location in your venue where this might be best. If you are really worried about lighting for your getting ready photos, call your hair and make up artist to make sure what you have planned will be adequate and if they give you their input and its not matching what you have set up, take heed to their advice and make the changes necessary. Talk to your DJ or Band and tell them the type of photos you want at your reception so that they can gauge the type of music played to ensure that your perfect vision is played out on that dance floor! On the same note, sometimes ideas that are in our head don’t play out the same in reality. Trusting these professionals for advice and help with will insure that your day goes smoothly and the concepts and overall feel you want for your day…for what you see for the rest of your life in your wedding images…is as close to perfect as you have dreamed it to be.

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The next stop is actually Natalie Bradley Herself and you can find her here: http://nataliebradley.com/blog/, Natalie’s Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!

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