Your wedding is a major investment in terms of time, money, and emotions, so it's important to make choices that you'll love in 10 or 20 years as much as you love today. It can be easy to get carried away with trends, but the planning tip out there is to infuse your day with bits and pieces of your personality and just touch on those popular ideas you're seeing everywhere. While that particular bit of advice largely applies to the overall look and feel of your wedding, it's also a good tip to keep in mind when it comes to big-day photography.
Like anything else related to weddings, trends in photography come and go, but timeless, beautiful photos will be something you'll treasure forever. That's why it's so important to find a photographer whose style you love through and through. Since you'll want to show off your treasured wedding album for countless anniversaries and special occasions to come, we put together our five best tips for big-day photography that will stand the test of time. From where to snap your pictures to who to hire to take them, the following pieces of advice will make it easy to love your images for years (and decades!) to come.
Skip the Trends
As much as you'll be tempted to embrace every current wedding trend, try to resist! Like fashion or design trends, what's popular in weddings right now may not be popular for years to come. Instead of planning the most on-trend celebration you can dream up, keep your wedding true to your personal style and choose to bring in one or two popular ideas. You'll look back on your photos and think, "That was so us," instead of, "I would never have picked those centerpieces now." The same can be said about your wedding photographs themselves. Anything heavily-filtered or over-exposed is on its way out.
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Incorporate Your Personalities and Stories
The experts at GATHER Events suggest sticking to "your personalities and stories" to make a wedding timeless and unique. "No matter what styles you love, colors you choose, or songs you dance to, if they reflect you and your love story, they'll be remembered fondly and stand the test of time," they say.
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Make Choices You're Thrilled About, Not That You Feel Obligated to Make
It's important to be selfish during wedding planning. You'll look back at your photos happily when you know you it was everything you wanted! The GATHER Events team adds, "The more you showcase the details of yourselves as individuals and as a couple, the more included and celebratory your guests will feel."
Find a photographer whose personality you vibe with and whose portfolio showcases the type of photos you'll want to look at forever. With so many different photography styles out there, it's important to think about what will capture your day the best and what you love to look at. There's no one right choice, only the right choice for you. Some couples may prefer light, bright, and airy while others will prefer more dark, gritty, and moody photography. Figure out what you love and find a photographer who can deliver that look.
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Go for Traditional Fashion
This goes for your wedding dress and your entire wedding party! Pick traditional silhouettes and colors since these classic looks will never go out of style. Plus, they photograph beautifully.