Posts Tagged 'Pittsburgh Engagement Wedding Photographer Photography'

February 13, 2012
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You’re Engaged! Now What? Part 5 of 30: Your Reception (Venue) Rules!  Choosing your reception venue is not as hard as choosing a mate—but it might seem that way!

You're Engaged! Now What? Part 5 of The Ovation Images Series

Choosing a reception venue for your wedding is BIG. Everything other choice you make will build on your choice of venue. There are a variety of considerations and we will go through them all in the nest several posts. They are: 1) Proximity to your church, 2) Reception and ceremony in one? 3) indoor or outdoor? 4) the number of guests you are expecting and where they are coming from, and 5) pricing and the total service package you want. Let’s dive in!

ONE: Proximity To Your Church. It is a hard fact that  the location of your church will limit your reception venue choices. The heart of this issue is the driving time for you and your guests after your wedding ceremony. 45 minutes is a long drive at that particular moment. The drive time will take time away from other things you may want to do like traditional pictures in front of the altar, intimate pictures with just the two of you together for the first time as husband and wife, a receiving line, or even just being able to attend your own cocktail hour! Drive time also adds to your expenses—like limousine service and anyone else who is being paid hourly.

So the first reception venue decision you have to make is “How far away from my church am I willing to drive?” — unless of course, your reception venue and your “church” are one and the same! We’ll look at that option in our next article.

Copyright 2012 OvationImages.com, may not be reproduced in any form. These articles condense and combine all that our brides have shared with us over the years. OvationImages.com is Pittsburgh’s source for elite wedding photography:  2012 Pick: The Knot Best of Weddings, and  2012 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice, featured in the 2012 Whirl Wedding Guide. 

February 11, 2012
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You’re Engaged! Now What? Part 4 of 30: Shopping With A Plan.  There are good reasons to shop for some vendors before others!

You're Engaged! Now What? Part 4 of 30

At this point, you realize that the availability of your church and reception venue is a big factor in selecting your wedding date (see Part 1 here: http://ovationimages.com/2012/02/08/youre-engaged-now-what-part-1-of-30-its-all-about-the-date/). Well, okay—once you have your church and reception venue locked up, now what? Go dress shopping, right? WRONG!

Some wedding vendors can only do one wedding on the date you select. So if you love the photographer who did your best friend’s wedding pictures, call them now! If someone else gets there first, then you have to go shopping for photographers because they can only do one wedding on any given day. This is also true for good DJs, bands and videographers. On any given day, your favorite band can only play one gig. So if your band is high on your priority list, call them the very next minute after you sign the contract with your reception venue!

What about caterer, cake, florist and so forth? Well, actually they can and at the height of wedding season, they usually do serve 4, 5 or more weddings on a given day. So you can still get the ones you want later.  There is no need to be in a big rush.

Going back to our very first posting in this series about selecting a date, remember that from May through October, competition for the best services on a Saturday will be an issue. Your timing can make all the difference between getting exactly what you want and settling for less.  From November through April and on Fridays and Sundays, there are fewer weddings, so there is less competition for quality wedding services. In fact. Many vendors offer discounts for non-Saturday and off-season weddings for that very reason.

Copyright 2012 OvationImages.com, may not be reproduced in any form. These articles condense and combine all that our brides have shared with us over the years. OvationImages.com is Pittsburgh’s source for elite wedding photography:  2012 Pick: The Knot Best of Weddings, and  2012  Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice.

February 09, 2012
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Pittsburgh’s most rockin’ party photographer? Check out this video and let us know if you would vote for us by commenting on this post!

February 09, 2012
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You’re Engaged! Now What? Part 2 of 30: The B-Word.

Once you get engaged, the B-word is likely to become a familiar part of your wedding planning process. B is for BUDGET.

You're Engaged!

After you have considered your date carefully (read Part 1 here: http://ovationimages.com/2012/02/08/youre-engaged-now-what-part-1-of-30-its-all-about-the-date/), your next thought might be “I don’t want to spend more than $X”. If you want it all and can afford it all—awesome! Go for it! Otherwise, WAIT! Set your wedding day priorities first. Reception venue selection will be covered in the next four parts of this series—that’s a biggie. After  your reception venue, rank your other purchases like photography, DJ or Band, Videographer, food, cake, liquor, photo booth, ice sculptures, and…..your dress (why the dress is last on OUR list is explained in Part 10!).  Re-rank your list until you have it in the priority order that fits your vision of your wedding day. Then comes the hard part—keeping your priorities straight as the amount left in the budget dwindles!

At one of our weddings last year, the bride’s family was from the old country and the groom’s family were just Pittsburgh folks. The bride wanted an exciting and fun reception for both families. So one of her top priorities was TWO bands—one to play classic old country ethnic songs in the best tradition, and another to rock the house. Her other priorities?  To her the dress was not as important as her families, and she got a relatively inexpensive gown from David’s.  She looked gorgeous.  THAT is the bride knowing her priorities and sticking to them. And her wedding day? To die for! That is what prioritization can do for you. You can see our video of how her wedding turned out here: http://ovationimages.com/2011/05/16/engagement-and-wedding-at-fox-chapel-golf-club/.

Copyright 2012 OvationImages.com, may not be reproduced in any form. These articles condense and combine all that our brides have shared with us over the years. OvationImages.com is Pittsburgh’s source for elite wedding photography:  2012 Pick: The Knot Best of Weddings, and 2012  Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice.