Save The Date Wedding Invitations Engagement sessions are so important. Not only do they get you comfortable in front of the camera and build trust with your photographer, but also get amazing pictures to showcase for your wedding day and guest engagement album. The best way to announce the wedding day is using your engagement pictures for your save the date wedding invitation. At Basic Invite, they have a collection of cards for almost every major life moment including: weddings, showers, birth announcements, first birthdays, graduations and more. They offer a wide range of products and services including save the date magnets with no photo. Free Wedding WebsitesThe wedding websites are completely customizable! They’re mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors, and a design suite to match your wedding invitations! Unlimited ColorsBasic Invite is one of the few services that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. You can change the color of each element on a card, with over 180 different color options. The card can be exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from any other online stationary company and is their biggest draw.Custom SamplesBasic Invite allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their invitation sot hey can see the card’s paper quality and how it will print before they have to
How to Smoothly Get Through Family Formals How often do you get all your loved ones together to celebrate in one place? Weddings are the best time to capture family portraits. Have a designated helper have the order of family ready. We send a pre-wedding consultation prior to the wedding to get the family list and organize all the combinations. It’s always a mission trying to find the bride’s mother, or the groom’s brother is missing. Each group combination generally takes about 3 minutes to organize, get everyone to look at the camera, and let guests get their paparazzi shots. Have the helper ensure all family members are present, especially the immediate family: siblings, parents, and grandparents. We like to breeze through family formals so you have more time to enjoy time spent together. If time permits, we love to add on the extended family but reserve that and photos with the guests during the reception. Never underestimate the value of family formals. Keep the people that mean the most to you close and be sure to capture a moment with them. We recently shot a beautiful Dana Point wedding for Lesley and John. They were the sweetest couple and their intimate gathering was filled with the most down-to-earth family and friends. A few weeks after their honeymoon in Cabo, I received an email saying John’s father had passed away. While dealing with the loss of a dear one, Lesley couldn’t help but thank me for capturing their family with
Our Tips for a Stress-free Wedding Morning What better way to wake up than absolutely refreshed, well rested, and no stress? Oftentimes the night before is spent tossing and turning with anticipation and last minute worst-case scenarios running across your mind. Your bridal preparation should be a fun, calm time for you to sit back relax and get dolled up. Here are our tips for a stress-free wedding morning so the rest of your wedding day runs on the right foot. Send your sweetheart a quick “I love you” or “Can’t wait to marry you” text. Choose a bridal suite with a large window, we’re fans of natural light. Have it cleaned prior to the photographer’s arrival. Get full hair and makeup trial before the wedding, we recommend getting this for your engagement session. Ensure hair and makeup starts on time. Have your makeup artist start on your bridal makeup first then move to your hair (we can start shooting right away and not have to wait.) Keep one designated person in charge of all the clothes and details so it is easily accessible for detail shots. Have all the details out, tags removed, and ready for us to shoot. Have all the bridesmaids and family photo ready before you get into your dress. This means that hair and makeup is done, they are in their dresses, shoes on, and do any last minute beauty touch-ups. The groom and his boys can play some golf, relax at the beach, have
The Groom Wedding Survival Guide So we often hear the groom proposed then took the backseat and let the bride takeover the wedding planning process. Nowadays I feel the trend is changing. More grooms are taking on a larger role and we think you should! Here’s our groom survival guide from the proposal to saying “I do” at the altar. Be involved. Be a part of the wedding planning process. It’s your wedding too. Share your inputs, and divide the work. Not only does this mean you get to spend more time with your favorite person, but you can let both your personalities shine from choosing the details to finding the right vendors. Invest in a Custom Suit Why rent a tux when you can spend towards a custom tailored suit that you can wear for years? With a rented tux, you have no idea how many times your suit has been worn or what it has gone through. Find something that is the perfect fit, comfortable, YOU and rock it! Don’t forget the details. No two weddings are the same, neither are you two! Forget social trends and norms and customize your wedding to reflect you two as a whole. Include a custom wedding playlist, cufflinks, hidden messages on your shoes, wedding favors geared towards your favorite movie themes. These are the details that are worthwhile and makes your wedding unique and memorable! Have a first look. We’ve all been there. The big day arrives but you feel the
Planning the Perfect Wedding Timeline We hear way to often, how stressful wedding planning can be. From finding the right vendors to coordinating your wedding vision, it is a lot on your plate. Thankfully planning your wedding timeline doesn’t have to seem like the end-of-the-world task. Does the perfect wedding timeline exist? Maybe? But we’ve got something close enough. When planning the details of your wedding day, it’s important to consider the following factors to ensure we make the most time for your portraits and capture all the essential moments. 1. Allow ample time for hair and makeup.One of the biggest delays starts at the beginning of your wedding day. Hair and makeup often times take quite some time, so plan at least 30 extra minutes on top of what your beauty team recommends. 2. Have a 30-minute buffer.Having a buffer for each event on your wedding day will mean more time for pictures and moments to be captured! This will take into account delays in makeup, traffic, family and wedding party arriving late or not ready. Often times, your time is taken out of your portrait time to accommodate for the delays. We know how important your couple’s session is and want to ensure you get the best without feeling rushed. With this crucial step, you’re on your way to a time-crunch resistant timeline.3. Expect things to go behind schedule.Real time and wedding time are never the same. Life happens. If everything went smoothly and according to plan, we
The Bridal Wedding Survival Guide Hello future bride-to-be! This is where everything finally comes together. Your one-stop shop to survive the wedding planning process and create a beautiful wedding day you’ll share with your grandchildren one day. Hire the right professionals. You don’t want to hire your cousin who has a camera. While he may take good pictures, having an experienced photography team will ensure you won’t have to worry about the changing light conditions, awkward posing, or moments that aren’t captured. The same principle applies to your other vendors as well. Hire a florist who specializes in wedding florals from the bride’s bouquet to the reception decor. A DJ who understands your wedding colors and can bring life to your hall with his lighting and move the crowd with great music. A planner will save your life! Trust me, you don’t need to wear 20 hats on your wedding day. The only thing going on that head should be a gorgeous veil. A wedding planner will take your vision for your wedding day and make it come to life. She’ll communicate with the other vendors to ensure everything is going according to plan. If something does go amiss, your planner will handle the situation well before it reaches your ears. You should be able to enjoy your wedding as a bride, not as a boss micromanaging his employees. Include a first look in your timeline. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re huge fans of the first look! Not
Choosing your bridal essentials Your wedding is one of the biggest milestones you’ll celebrate in life. Some have spent their whole lives planning for this moment. No matter where you are in the wedding planning process, don’t forget about the details. Let your personality shine and customize the look, colors, and style to what you and your fiance stand for together. Gather all the intimate essentials that hold dear, sentimental value to you. Get your grandmother’s brooch out and add it to your bridal bouquet, wear your father’s favorite color, have your fiance’s name stitched into your wedding dress. These are the key heirlooms you don’t want to forget. They add so much more meaning to your wedding day. Be sure to replace your plastic hanger with a custom-made hanger – something that will enhance and show off your bridal gown. It can have simple ribbons for elegance or have “Bride-to-Be” written on it. Have an emergency kit with the essentials: hair spray, hairpins, medicine, sewing kit, super glue, scissors, deodorant, mints, sunscreen, lipstick. You never know when you’ll need it! Keep it handing with your maid of honor. Get detailed! From the invitations to the table numbers, go full out. Put in the thought where it counts. Divide the tasks between you and your fiance and decide together. Use each other’s strengths and give each other options. Make sure your vendors are a good fit for you, your vision, and style. You only want the best team serving you.
Stress-free Wedding Day Keep calm, and bride on! It’s your wedding day. You’ve gone through the stressful phase of wedding planning and now is the time for you to sit back, champagne in hand, and relax. Here are 10 tips to make your wedding day as smooth as butter. Double check the timeline with your beauty team and vendors. Ensure they arrive on time and expect when to be done. Have your hair and makeup team work on the bride first then the bridesmaids and family. Let your beauty team start with your makeup then work on your hair. This will give your wedding photography and videography team a head start to capture your bridal preparation without having to wait. Have everyone photo ready (dressed, shoes on, touched up) 20 minutes before you get in your dress. Put on some fun tunes: tidy your getting ready space, pop some champagne, give your phone to your maid of honor. Girl…you can eat. Be sure to stuff your belly and hydrate yourself. Your smiles will be more authentic and you won’t worry about your stomach growling or passing out from hunger. Have an emergency wedding survival kit handy. This includes your hairspray, perfume, mints, lipstick. All the essentials for the just-in-case moments during the day. Soak up the first look. This is your private moment, hug it out, let your tears fall, and your emotions flow. Have a helper in charge of gathering all members for the wedding party portraits and family
To first look or not There’s a lot to consider when deciding to have a first look or not. A first look is an intimate time for you to see each other alone before the wedding. Most of our couples opt to do a first look. But we absolutely shoot weddings without first looks as well. Just wanted to let you know the options you have available and benefits of doing a first look. All that matters is you’re happy with which route you decide to go. Here are our top five reasons we recommend having a first look! 1. It’s your private moment! You might not realize but your first look might be the one and only moment you can enjoy alone, together. The rest of the wedding day will be filled with family, friends, the ceremony, and mingling with guests. Before you know it, the day will be over and you won’t truly get to enjoy those magical moments alone. Also, this is the moment we capture the best reactions and most candid moments. If you wait for the first look at the aisle moment, you have to wait until the end of the ceremony to react and tell each other how amazing you both look. At that point, the reaction isn’t the same as the first glance. 2. You get more photos! Generally, after a first look, we immediately dive into a couple’s session, which means more portraits to choose from later! You’re investing in your wedding
Congrats you just set your wedding date! Now what? It's your big day and it deserves to be announced in a grandeur manner. Often times couples want to make their own unique wedding website with a Save the Date that stands out, but are limited with standard templates and additional website fees.