Posts Tagged 'wedding planning'

January 12, 2015
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Wonderful Wedding Reception Service

FOUR: This is our fourth and final posting related to the biggest wedding day decision you have to make—your reception venue selection.  Most wedding reception venues will offer a package of wedding services or a selection of packages to choose from. These are well worth the time to consider in detail on the basis of price alone. But don’t stop there.

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Some of the packaged services come bundled in such a way that your flexibility to customize your wedding becomes limited. In other cases, the bundled food and/or liquor may not fit your vision. Check the liquor service hours. Get it into the details—like “do the bars stay open during dinner?” “Can my fiance’s Aunt have a table for the Groom’s Cake she is going to bake?”, “Is there a cake cutting charge?” And so on.

The point is that the details will end up making a difference. It is impossible to list all the exception cases we have seen. But keep your antennas up for extra charges for customization that you want to do for your reception—even subtracting a service  or changing your schedule can result in extra charges. You simply cannot ask too many questions when it comes to your reception venue service package. So have your questions ready and get some sense of how flexible your venue is going to be when the inevitable changes to the plan are necessary.

The previous post in this series is HERE.

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January 07, 2015
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Wedding Shopping With A Plan.  There are good reasons to shop for some wedding day services before others! Read on…

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

From the first moment you sit down to plan your big day, you realize that the availability of your church and reception venue is the biggest factor in selecting your wedding date (see our blog post on date selection here: http://ovationimages.com/helpful-wedding-ideas/the-best-date-for-your-wedding/). Well, okay—once you have your church and reception venue locked up, now what? Go dress shopping, right? Wait! Give it some more thought…

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–that would be us–OvationImages.com– 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 usually do serve 4, 5 or more weddings on a given Saturday. So you can still get the ones you want later.  There is no need to be in a big rush to lock in those vendors.

Going back to our blog post about selecting a date, remember that from May through October, competition for the best services on a Saturday will be significant. Your timing can make all the difference between getting exactly what you want or 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 including Ovation Images offer discounts for non-Saturday and off-season weddings for that very reason.

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Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Please join us on PhotoBurrito.com

 

January 06, 2015
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Smart Romantic Wedding Planning

A good wedding planner is not free. But she saves you SO much that a good planner is worth her weight in gold. And we’re not just talking about money!

You're Engaged!

Once you’re engaged, we recommend that you talk with local wedding planners and get a sense about whether a planner would work for you. Wedding planners are the absolute experts. And like any expert, you must pay for their expertise. They will assemble the right package of services for your wedding, select the best vendors for those services, secure discounts for you on many services and make sure that your wedding day will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Best of all, a professional wedding planner can save your romance!  Face it—pricing chair covers and deciding the exact make-up of the 120 dozen cookies that you need are not the most intimate parts of your wedding! In fact, when you add up all these “little” tasks, with their associated quotes, confirmations, payments, delivery schedules and checking to see that what you paid for is what you got, the romance of the day can easily get buried in detail–and all those details come with constant daily reminders of the cost of a wedding. Don’t let planning overload make romance into the last word you think of on your wedding day. OTOH, if you have the time, are a detail person and love this kind of thing, then go for it—you probably wouldn’t want a planner involved. Otherwise, consider your wedding planning options—meet with a few planners and look closely to see if a professional wedding planner would be a good fit for your wedding.

Here at Ovation Images, one planner we think you will like is SHAYLA HAWKINS at SHAYLA HAWKINS EVENTS {SHE}
PHONE: 412.339.9122 | E-MAIL: SHAYLA@SHAYLAHAWKINSEVENTS.COM 

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Shayla Hawkins Events

Follow Ovation Images on our blog or on facebook for many more Ovation Images wedding candid photo ideas!

Want to see a complete wedding? You can see an entire Ovation Images wedding gallery HERE.

Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Please join us on PhotoBurrito.com

 

April 25, 2012
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Here at Ovation Images we are more than just wedding photographers, we are here to help you make your wedding day picture perfect! We have been Pittsburgh’s premier wedding photographers for over ten years, so we can give you advice on anything from picking a venue to how to turn rain into a good thing on your wedding day. We have also seen many creative ideas from DIY brides and we want to start sharing them with you! Over the next few weeks, Ovation Images will be doing  a series of blog posts on how to add some flare to many standard wedding traditions and staples. Be sure to follow the blog to get some creative ideas for your big day! Don’t be shy either- be sure to add your own unique ideas on how to update an old standard in the comment section on each blog post!

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Planning a wedding takes a lot of work! You and your fiance will need to work together and stay organized to make the process go smoothly and your wedding day flawless. Just in case you need a little bit of extra help, here are some of Ovation Images, Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers, best wedding planning tips:

  • Stay organized. Create a binder or album where you can keep your accumulation of information, pictures and inspiration. This will help you avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. It will also become a cherished keepsake!
  • Do all of your planning as early as possible. Otherwise, it piles up and becomes work. Early planning also gives you some time to work out budget issues.
  • Don’t make wedding planning into work. Do what you can when it is fun and then take a break from it. Go out on the town with the girls. Take your fiancé to a place he loves– maybe it’s a sports event, a favorite restaurant, or even just home with a good movie and good cuddling

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