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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & Wilts Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourgloswilts.wedding

Hot topic: Big-day tips

Our talented photographers share their big-day tips

The finer details

The finer details

Q. We are looking to book our wedding photographer. Please can you advise us what to ask them before we confirm the booking?

A. Carissa & Father says: Carissa says: There are a few vital questions to ask your chosen wedding photographer before booking them and paying a deposit. Here are my top five:
❤ Can I request certain photographs? Most photographers will have a standard list that they use to create family and group shots, but if there's any specific group photos you would like taken, make sure you request them prior to the wedding day.
❤ When do you start and finish? This is a really good question because photographers will differ. Some will state an eight-hour day, while others, like us, will arrive to photograph the bridal party getting ready and stay up until the first dance takes place. You really do need to know what time the photographer will arrive and what time they plan to leave.
❤ How many photographers will be attending the wedding? Some work solo, while others will hire a second shooter or, like us at Capture Every Moment, two experienced, talented photographers will always attend the wedding.
❤ How do I receive my images? Ask the photographer to confirm how you will receive your pictures. For example, will they be prints, downloads or will a USB be included with the full selection on?
❤ What happens if you're ill on the morning of my wedding day? Ask them about a back-up plan incase they fall ill or are unable to attend the wedding. We have many years of experience and have a list of photographers we could call upon if one of us is unable to attend.

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q. How do we select the right wedding photographer for us?

A. Daniella Marinos says: Daniella says: The part that a photographer plays in your wedding is huge, often being one of coordinator, children's entertainer and stylist – as well as a photographer. So not being experienced and flexible will result in those precious moments going unseen. Here's what to consider when choosing the right one:
Do you like what you see?
The quality of a photographer's work should be the first thing that grabs your eye. If you're drawn to the style of one in particular, then make sure that you request to see more of their images. Ideally you want to see a full wedding to give you an idea of consistency. Most couples have a photography style they prefer in mind, whether that's a relaxed, natural feel or a flamboyant, creative look. You need to decide what you want the images to portray. They should say something about you both as a couple and how you want to remember your special day in years to come. Personality is important
You will be with your photographer for most of the day, so if your personalities clash, you will not get the best out of the images because you won't feel relaxed – and neither will your photographer. As the happy couple, you put all your trust and faith in your wedding photographer to allow them to get the best pictures and document the most important day of your life, so it's very important that you all feel comfortable and relaxed in one another's company. They usually organise the shots, whether they are natural, formal or orchestrated group pictures, and remember, in most cases, they don't know your family and friends, so it's a challenge if they don't have the ability to create a rapport with your guests. They will need to blend in and capture the day as it naturally unfolds, so meeting your photographer in person wherever possible (or over FaceTime) is a must.
Consider your budget
Money is, and always will be, a deciding factor for many couples, but it should not be the basis for your final decision. Usually, the best photographers charge a higher price. This is typically based on experience but doesn't always offer flexibility. Paying more doesn't necessarily get you what you want, but choosing the cheapest photographer might result in a quick turnaround with less focus on the day's events. Ask the photographer to explain what you get for your money and whether there are any hidden extras. Usually they will have a selection of packages to suit all and would be flexible with pricing and what's included within each package. They are providing a service, and each couple will have different expectations and requirements, so make sure that your chosen photographer can tailor a package to suit your needs.

View from far

View from far

Q. We are interested in booking some aerial photography for our special day. Can you tell us a little bit more about it and any practical advice that we should be more aware of?

A. Whirlybird Imaging says: John says: Aerial or drone photography can offer a different perspective on your wedding day. Video footage can also be included to help to tell the story and provide a more immersive experience to the viewer, with wide angles showing off the features of the venue and location. Most wedding locations are suitable for flying drones – only those within the confines of towns where special permission may be required are problematic. It's important to use an operator with a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority. Without this, it's unlikely that any flying would be covered by the necessary public liability insurance, which every venue will need.