After seeing my friend Eric Hegwer mention the other day that he was a part of the Real Simple Guide to Wedding Planning, I couldn’t resist picking up my very own copy at the store today. (You know, it is sort of funny to look around the house of someone who has been married for four years and see all of the wedding magazines I have here!) I haven’t sat down yet to spend a lot of time with it, but from what I have read so far it is a great resource! And Real Simple always has great info online to go with their magazines – be sure to check out Questions to Ask Your Photographer, which I plan on writing an answer page to here on the blog this weekend.
I also recommend the Must-Have Wedding Shot List article – which really lists shots that most wedding photojournalist style photographers normally get. I know they are all shots that Elaine & I work together to get at all of our weddings. Be cautious with giving your photographer a shot list though. I was once an attendant at a wedding where the bride was so focused on getting everything on her must-have shot list of posed shots, she actually missed at least half of her reception! Your guests are there to have a great time with you, and as a photographer I always encourage people to spend time being the center of attention at the party. I promise, in the end you will treasure the real photos that happen capturing the reception so much more than the set-up shots you just had to have! Throughout the day, I’m looking for those natural, beautiful moments, all which mean more than anything else in the end.
Pick up your very own copy and enjoy!