Wedding shows can be a great way to find out about trends, meet vendors and get free cake samples. But whether the fair is big or small, there's a lot to see and navigate so your favorite Boston wedding photographer has a couple of tips to make the most of a show.Read More
A big part of this series is about helping couples throw a great party for their guests, so I'd like to take a little diversion and talk about how guests can make the wedding a little easier on the couple. So without much preamble, here are a few ways that you can be a better guest at the next wedding from your humble Boston wedding photographer...Read More
Whether you've got a happy kitchen bear, a mischievous sandy sea slug, or just a good dog, more couples are considering including their furry friends as a part of their wedding. But what are the potential pitfalls that couples should consider before going shopping for a little dog tuxedo or bridal gown?
4. Pet Personalities: While all dogs go to heaven (well, except the ones that very clearly went to Dog Hell), not every dog has a place at your wedding. If your dog's discipline falls apart around a lot of strangers and distractions (or is aggressive) then giving them a role in your wedding probably won't work. Though you might consider setting up a time for a bridal photography session with your dog and your favorite Boston wedding photographer. If you're not too far from your wedding ceremony location (and they allow it) you might also consider taking your do there on a few occasions ahead of time to get them used to the new sights and smells. Rehearse with your dog often!
3. Your Venue: Some places do not allow dogs to just roam about. In a lot of cases the Venn Diagram of places that don't allow dogs and wedding venues is pretty much a circle, so keep that in mind if you're going to incorporate your pooch.
2. Care and Feeding: Dogs can take up a lot of care and consideration, and you might not have a lot of that to spare on your wedding day. So who will be responsible for keeping your pet entertained and out of trouble while you're focused on your wedding? Also consider what dogs might get into or eat if they're bored, some flowers and plants aren't great for dogs (nore are little beady bits from wedding dresses). A designated pet minder can be a great way to take care of your dog, someone that can whisk them in for the ceremony and whisk them back away for tummy rubs and treats (also to make sure they've pooped before the ceremony because aisle runners are a pain to wash).
1. Honored in Absence: If having your furry friend is too much for your wedding day, consider other ways to incorporate your love for them into your celebration. Perhaps some dog-themed favors? Name a specialty cocktail in their honor. Or as I mentioned before, bring your dog to your favorite Boston wedding photographer for your engagement session or bridals!
Are you planning on incorporating your pets into your wedding party? Do you have cute pictures of dogs, please share them in the comments.
Ryan Richardson is a wedding and engagement photographer serving Boston and beyond; including Cape Cod Weddings, New England Weddings, Massachusetts Weddings and Rhode Island Weddings.
So you've decided to get hitched. Maybe it was a romantic proposal under an endless blanket of stars, perhaps it was just a mutual realization while you were hiding under an actual blanket while listening to murder mystery podcasts - regardless of how you reached this point, it's now time to start planning your wedding.
But where do you start? There are seemingly endless options spilled out across the Internet and the choice paralysis feels like it will overwhelm you. Making it through wedding planning is about breaking down the process so you don't curl up into a ball because words have no more meaning after you've been staring at napkins for a week.
1. Start with the Big Picture: What is your planning timeline? What is your budget? What will your guest list look like? These are all questions that you should be able to answer without knowing anything else about weddings and will greatly inform the sort of event you're going to plan (these three question also feedback into one another: bigger guest lists tend to require bigger budgets and short engagements will make for smaller budgets). This is also a stage where you'll want to loop in all your wedding stakeholders - people that might want to have a say in the guest list or hand you some nice bricks of cash to help build that budget (but navigating those VIPs is for a different part of this guide).
2. Get Organized: Planning for a wedding is like preparing for a polar expedition, you need to have you maps and supplies ready before you step out onto the ice. For wedding planning that means finding the right combination of tools (apps, spreadsheets, binders, notebooks, corkboards with pushpins and red string that you have left over from when you were too into that murder mystery podcast)
The way some people describe it, creating your seating chart is like all the worst parts of logic puzzles and working out the Lament Configuration. For many couples figuring out where everyone is supposed to sit during the wedding is like trying to disarm a bomb, a tense game where it feels like your whole wedding will collapse around you with one wrong move. But it doesn't have to be that way, especially if you keep these four tips from your favorite Boston Wedding Photographer in mind.Read More