Hello! I'm Raymond, a photographer & videographer of Picrama. And that's Rainie my Wife next to me :3
Don't make these Wedding Planning Mistakes for your Wedding day!
... We got married on 23.2.23 earlier this year!
CREATE YOUR DREAM WEDDING
We know as a couple and as a full time Wedding Photographer and Videographer that planning a wedding can be a stressful task that can take a lot of time, effort and sometimes headaches.
In an ideal world, we could plan our dream wedding without a budget limit, and not worry about what others think about us. But it is also important to consider what is important to have during your wedding.
While wedding planning can be exciting, fun, tiring, time consuming and unpredictably hard, I have summed up my tips for you. To help you save time on your wedding planning, and prevent you from making wedding planning mistakes!
The Top 4 Things to consider when getting married!
Here are the mains things that you should be thinking about first!
1. Selecting a wedding date. This is very important as it will be your special date that you will remember forever. We like the look and meaning of numbers, and it so happened that our 5 year anniversary was on the 23.02.23, when I was thinking of the wedding date, it was a no brainer for me to pick this date as our wedding date.
2. Confirming your wedding venue. There are many beautiful venues in and around the Brisbane area. We are lucky to have mountains, hinterland, forest, inner city, rooftops, beach, cruises, and the list goes on as wedding venues. Pick the environment that you love, and stick with that. We love rooftops and the views that being on the highest floor brings, so we choose The Grove Rooftop, at the heart of Brisbane City.
3. Picking your Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer. I cannot stress how important this is, I know this is a little bit biased coming from me, but your wedding day will go so fast, that you won't be able to remember much after the big day. So this is when we have photo and video memories that we can look back on, and relive those moments. Hope you like the photos and videos below, I had to prioritise my other wedding clients before editing my own wedding album. That's how much I love my career XD
4. Wedding Dress & Wedding Suit. Do not cheap out of this part. Make sure what you are wearing suits your style of fashion, and also wear matching styles so you look like a couple on the day. We personally went for a classic black and white look, as we love the timeless and elegance that this look brings. Because I had to wear a tie during high school, I only wanted to wear a bow tie for my wedding day.
These are the top 4 things that I would highly recommend finalising first, all the other details can be planned later.
SETTING THE DATE
When it comes to setting the date and a timeline, there are no hard or fast rules, though keep in mind to be legally married you must give at least one month notice in the form of a Notice of Intended Marriage that will need to be lodged with the person who will marry you (celebrant/priest).
Here are some things to consider when it comes to setting your wedding date. Set your wedding date in the season you most want to be married. Look at important events that surround your wedding date. If you’re stressed by the busy season of Christmas, then steer clear of December and January and opt for months where you will feel calm.
Be realistic about your budget. If it’s important to you to splash out on your celebration, then allow yourself more time to save.
Ultimately your vendors, particularly your venue and photographer/videographer, will play a crucial role in setting your wedding date. Quality vendors will be booked out quite far in advance, so be prepared to move dates if you have your heart set on a certain wedding supplier or venue.
If you’re set on a venue and a time of year and they don’t have availability, consider shifting the date to a day other than Saturday. Thursday and Friday weddings are fabulous and magical mid-week weddings, which also gives you and your friends an extra day off work :)
The joy of wedding planning.
Investing in your Wedding
While it's exciting to aim high when planning your wedding, your budget ultimately shapes your reality. Be adventurous, be realistic and have an open mind about your wedding investment.
Break down your budget into major areas such as the ceremony, reception, clothing, decorations, entertainment, beauty, etc. Set a spending limit for each aspect and see which part of the day is worth saving for.
There is no right or wrong in this, as every couple has a different idea on how grand they want their wedding to be. In my opinion, it's better to invest into something beautiful, than regret it later in life, especially when it is your wedding day!
it's going to get teary...
Vows - one of the best parts of your wedding day
The truth is, you're tying the knot and making a lifelong promise to your special love. During your wedding planning, you'll need to write your wedding vows. Dedicate some relaxed, stress-free time for this. Here are a few pointers when it comes to writing your wedding vows:
Stay authentic. Don’t pen something that doesn’t resonate with you or reflect your love and character. There’s no definitive right or wrong. If you're inclined towards a lengthy love letter, go for it. If you're more direct, a few lines will be fine. Rely on your celebrants advice if you're stuck. Don’t hesitate to ask me for help; I have filmed and re-watched many wedding ceremonies. The biggest tip I can give, is say why he/she is the biggest love of your life, and why you want to spend the rest of your life with them.
Make it the best day of your life!
The Gold Standard - Wedding Photography & Videography Gear
What Gear Your Wedding Photographer/Videographer Should Use
No matter who is shooting your wedding, let me help you understand the industry standard on what Camera your artist should be using. The main reason why professional cameras captures better photos and videos, (not including skill level) is purely the sensor size of the camera. The larger the sensor size, the more data the camera will be able to capture. What I recommend is using a full frame camera for Wedding Photography, and using either a full frame, APC-H or APS-C camera for shooting Wedding Videography.
Wedding Videography - This is when is gets technical
For Wedding Videography, what is expected is that you will receive your wedding video in 4k video quality, captured in a 10bit colour space. In the past 2-3 years, HD video in 8 bit colour space was acceptable, now the quality is much much better. Why 10bit? If you look at the image on the right, 10 bit video contains a lot more colour, which means more realistic memories of your wedding day. To be exact, videos captures in 8bit colour contains 16,777,216 different colours, whereas videos captured in 10 bit contains 1,073,741,824 different colours! That's 64 times more colour information!