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Finding a Wedding Photographer, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Beyond a wedding planner, a wedding photographer should be one of the first vendors you secure for your wedding day.  Think about it: at the end of the day, a great photographer is going to capture images that will stand the test of time and capture memories from your beautiful day.  If you spend time on Wedding Wire or other sites that list photographers, you will find the list to be expansive and maybe overwhelming.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to help with 4 things to consider when trying to decide on your wedding photographer.

Couple Photo Stairs

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

  1. The Photographer’s Style and Vision
    • In the digital world, most photographers have websites.  I strongly suggest spending time on a photographer’s website and search their galleries/portfolios.  Just like you have a theme and vision for your wedding day, you want to find a photographer whose eye matches your theme and vision.  You want them to tell your story and capture your personality.  This is also a great time to analyze the photographer’s background like how long they have been shooting weddings and have they worked with your particular venue before.
  2. The Photographer’s Availability
    • Another vital component of choosing a photographer is their availability of your wedding date.  You want to make sure that the photographer that you desire to capture your wedding is not already booked for your specific date.  Some photographers work for companies, so also making sure that when you are securing them to shoot your wedding, they are the specific photographer that will be there.  If not, making sure to meet with the actual photographer before signing a contract would be helpful.
  3. The Photographer’s Investment and Packages
    • Photographers are a vital investment in your wedding day.  Spending time comparing photographer’s style and vision should be coupled with spending time comparing investments and packages will be helpful in narrowing down your list.  What is included in their base package?  What add ons can be included?  How many hours will they be available on your wedding day?  These are all questions to consider when choosing and budgeting for your photographer.  You also will want to consider print releases and the photographer’s preferred method of ordering prints after the wedding.  This will help you not have any surprises post-wedding as well.
  4. The Photographer’s Logistics
    • Wedding planning has many logistics to think through and plan for on your big day.  Photographers also have several variables and logistics to consider.  Second shooters, food, travel, liability insurance, preferred vendors, etc. are all things that need to be considered when securing your photographer. This is where a wedding planner, like Knots ‘N Such, can help you think through logistics that you might not have thought through before and what questions to consider when building a contract with a photographer.
Egyptian wedding ceremony in Raleigh NC, bride & groom with bouquet

Photography by Brian Mullins Photography

When choosing a wedding photographer, there are many factors to consider.  It is okay to spend some time looking through websites, setting up initial meetings, and comparing investment packages.  Remember two of the most important vendors to contract first will be your wedding planner and your photographer.  If you need help in choosing vendors and knowing which photographer is right for you, contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today.  Look forward to hearing from you soon!

XOXO,

Amy

 

Summer Wedding: 9 Ways to Beat the Heat, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J.P. Lord Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Guess what? It’s summer. And in case you haven’t stepped outside in the past few weeks (lucky you), in the Raleigh world that means it’s HOT, complete with that sticky, walking-through-water feel that only a North Carolina summer can bring.  Just wait until you step into all five layers of that gorgeous princess ball gown of a wedding dress!

Everyone loves summer weddings, including me, but in the heat of summer, doing anything outside can be tough and outdoor weddings that much more so. Here are a few things to think about to beat the heat on your big day.

Outdoor Ceremony Entrance

Photography by J Parker Photography

  1. Avoid the heat

This one sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s an easy one to forget. If you know you’re going to get married on a hot day (read any time June thru August), try going for a later or earlier ceremony time to avoid the heat of the day. You may not be able to escape the temperatures for the whole event, but this way you at least won’t have guests sitting for the ceremony, baking in the hot sun at its peak.

  1. Attire

Especially with an outdoor ceremony, take extra time to consider what your wedding party will wear on the day of. Trade the full tux and jacket for a nice vest, bowtie, or suspenders to class up the guys’ outfits without adding undo layers. For the wedding dress, try to pick something light and loose.

  1. Hydrate!

I can’t stress this one enough. Especially if you’re wearing a traditional wedding dress, you are going to be hot, hot, hot. Both you and your new hubby will be up on your feet, bouncing from friend to family member and back again. It will be all you can do to get a bite to eat (a pet peeve of mine—please be sure to get food!), but in hot weather definitely do NOT skimp on water. And don’t pass on water right to the beer. Trust me, you’ll regret it later. This goes for your guests, as well. You know how much quicker a cold beer or glass of wine can go to your head on a hot day. Make sure to have cool, non-alcoholic drinks available—and some cocktail hour snacks wouldn’t hurt, either.

  1. Flowers

Your blooms won’t like the heat any more than you do—and they also need to hydrate. As soon as you can after the ceremony, plop those bouquets in a glass of water. Your florist should take care of the centerpieces or other floral pieces, but just in case have your planner keep on eye on them to maybe top them off with water before dinner if they begin to wilt. (Bonus if your coordinator is also your florist!) What flowers you choose can help save the day, as well.  In-season blooms that don’t have to travel far will last longer, and the hardier summer varieties will stand up to the warmth better than more fragile ones.

  1. Cake or other desserts

Icing also doesn’t hold up well in the heat. While the sweet treats will taste just as delicious with dripping frosting as not, they won’t make for the best pictures, and you’re bound to get extremely sticky if you go for a cake cutting. Have your baker deliver during cocktail hour, so the cake doesn’t stay out long before the cake cutting. You may even want to cut the cake before dinner, so the cake is at its freshest for the pictures.  And then guests don’t have to wait long for dessert.

  1. Protecting guests

If you plan on spending most of the day in the sun, help guests prepare! Have sunscreen available—in cute little baskets or bins—somewhere near the entrance so they can lather up when they get there. If you plan on using metal chairs for the ceremony, invest in covers so no one burns her bottom. Also try to scope out or create shady areas for people to escape, especially during the cocktail hour.

  1. Indoor options

Remember the heat takes the biggest toll on the old and the young. If you have grandparents making the trip, make sure there is somewhere for them to go sit and cool off. If there’s an indoor element to the venue—even if not big enough for the entire party—think about making it available for those who really need it. The same goes for small children.

  1. Think waterpark!

Maybe not quite that extreme, but if temperatures are really getting up there, it might not be a bad idea to get some fans and misters to go on the tent. I heard of a bride who had a fan underneath the head table to blow under her skirt and help her cool off! Or go with the amusement park theme and get everyone those little squirt bottle fans as favors. If the venue has a hose, hook a fan up to the water source and create your own cooling station. Any way that you have to help your guests cool off will go a long way.

  1. Have some fun

Use the heat as a way to introduce some more casual aspects to your wedding. Give your programs a second purpose by having them printed as fans, so your guests can fan themselves during the ceremony.  Have a late-night snack of popsicles (Lunapops, anyone?), and have frozen drinks at the bar.  Ask your caterer to be sure and bring double the amount of water so you don’t run out.

Summer Heat Infographic

Photography by
Joe Payne Photography
Thirteenth Moon Photography
J.P. Lord Photography
Jamie Blow Photography
Azul Photography

Take it from your Raleigh wedding planner, if you have an outdoor wedding in June, July, or August, your chances of having excessive heat are great.  So plan to pamper yourself and your guests to beat the heat!  Be creative, have fun, and stay safe!

XOXO,

Amy

Simplicity is Key: Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

Everyone knows that old phrase “less is more”, right? Well this old phrase is one of the hot new wedding themes of the year! Au naturel cakes, colors and crops make an understated pop this year that coolly declares, “enough said”.

                                                                                                                       

Millennial Pink

Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Photo by Jocelyn & Ryan Photography

This up and coming color is nothing new to the color wheel, but its popularity has grown dramatically in recent years. The beige beauty has been aptly named “millennial pink” because of its fan base, and has an understated elegance about it that has audiences raving. Consider adding this muted hue to your wedding’s color scheme with whimsical hot pink offset by pops of navy. If you want a more lustrous way to incorporate this lovely shade, rose gold flatware and candelabras can give your wedding a bold yet bashful look that epitomizes romance in every way.

 

 

 

Naked Cake

Photo by Krista Joy Photography

After years of being all clothed in fondant, the naked wedding cake trend has been taking it off! This rustic indulgence can come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors!

  • Tall, lean and elegant
  • Short stack for an intimate event
  • Adorned with its own bouquet
  • Skip the frosting and drizzle with caramel

Truly, the possibilities are endless! Pin a flavor that appeals to your season and your taste buds (if you can pick just one!) and try out the deliciously daring cake that has everyone saying “ooh,” and “ahh.”

 

 

 

Green Envy

Photo by Krista Joy Photography

 

Adding more greenery and less blooms to your décor can cut down costs and provide an air of simplicity to your wedding.

Work a garland of green through tall candles on a banquet table to create a centerpiece full of natural beauty that will also allow your guests to talk to one another across the table!

Or have it hanging elegantly from the ceiling to create a dramatically romantic look! From flower crowns to chair décor, you can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

 

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