When you’re planning your wedding it’s all about looking forwards to the big day, but there will be a time when it’s in the past and you’re heading off on your merry way into married life, and it will all be a distant memory…



I’m sure any married couple will tell you that the wedding day itself goes by very quickly. It’s almost cruel how time seems to speed up, just when you need it to slow right down. It’s well worth thinking beforehand about how you’ll remember it.

Here are some of our suggestions....

PHOTOS
Now you didn’t think of that one did you? Ok, perhaps you did.

Photos are the staple diet of the post-wedding memory monster. They have the power to transport you right back to the moment. Granted, that moment may be the one where Aunty Tarie is showing moves on the dance floor, but it still counts.

So what are the best option for capturing all these amazing moments? (as a hint, it’s not a bad idea to go with all these option if you can!).

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

If you’ve ever tried taking a ‘good’ photo, you’ll likely have experienced the disappointment when the photo you’ve just taken somehow comes bad. The lighting, the angles, the camera settings, your shaky hands. They all conspire to cock it up.

Well, the professional don’t cock it up – very much the opposite. They somehow bring out the best in people and the moment. The way they compose the shot to draw the eye, the way the light just softens the whole scene.

And it’s all in focus. And YOU didn’t have to do anything. Plus their kit probably cost more than your whole wedding.

That’s why it’s worth hiring a professional. A good one will be in the right place at the right time, and get the right photo so that you can enjoy it forever.

SOME TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to photographers, so take your time and take a good look around at all the options before making your decision

Think about the sort of style you want in your photos - are you looking for some dramatic staged shots, or a more relaxed vibe? Some photographers may suit your style better than others.

Check the details of what you actually get - some photographers will include a certain number of prints, and charge more for additional ones. Others will just give you a DVD with all the high resolution photos on so that you can then choose how to print and share them

HOW ABOUT VIDEO?
Whilst photos are a great way to remember lots of little moments, there’s no doubt that the best way to recreate the emotion of the day is with a video. Take some beautifully shot video, add some suitably epic music, and the end result can leave you in floods of tears (of happiness, hopefully).

Video isn’t for everyone of course – I suppose there’s nowhere to hide when the camera is rolling, but it’s the closest you’ll come to actually being right back there, waiting nervously/walking down the aisle/busting some  moves on the dance floor.

CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER (YES, THAT’S WHAT A VIDEO TAKER PERSON IS CALLED)

As with photos, it will take a professional to get it right. There will need to be a fair bit of planning to make sure the camera is in the right place at the right time, and because of the need to capture sound at key moments you may even end up wearing wireless microphones for the ceremony to make sure you can be heard over the coughing and crying babies! 

But in terms of bringing back the emotions, it’ll be hard to beat.

WHAT TO CONSIDER…

As with a photographer, check out the style of the videographer to make sure it fits in with your overall vibe

So, that covers memories, photos and video, but of course there are lots of other ways to savour your wedding 

Happy planning!