May 31, 2009

Must Take Wedding Pictures: Details, Fun Shots and Reception

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DETAILS

  • Exterior of Farmingtontimanddorywedding-0002timanddorywedding-0003
  • Interior of ceremony and reception site before guests arrive
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  • Still shots of:
    • Save the Dates
    • Invitations
    • Ceremony Programtimanddorywedding-0609
    • Signed Ketubahtimanddorywedding-0691
    • Seating Chart
    • Candy Buffettimanddorywedding-0636timanddorywedding-0637timanddorywedding-0888timanddorywedding-0890
    • Cakes (bride’s and groom’s)timanddorywedding-0869timanddorywedding-1083timanddorywedding-1084timanddorywedding-0952timanddorywedding-0949
    • Kid’s crayons and coloring bookstimanddorywedding-0852timanddorywedding-0855
  • Tables with table number and message marbles
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    • Gift tabletimanddorywedding-0891
    • Ring bowl with rings in themtimanddoryweddingkyle-0043
  • Ring detailstimanddorywedding-0588timanddorywedding-0589timanddorywedding-1072timanddorywedding-1074timanddorywedding-1076timanddorywedding-1077

FUN SHOTS

  • Wedding party in a circletimanddorywedding-0452timanddorywedding-0719
  • Rings on the day’s newspapertimanddoryweddingkyle-0040
  • Bride framed by the windowtimanddorywedding-0158timanddoryweddingkyle-0050
  • Groomsmen relaxingtimanddoryweddingkyle-0016
  • Bride and groom on stepstimanddorywedding-0902
  • Whole group shottimanddorywedding-1389
  • Dipping the bridetimanddorywedding-0585
  • Kissing under the parasoltimanddorywedding-0490
  • Playing footballtimanddorywedding-0292timanddorywedding-0297
  • Playing golftimanddorywedding-0574timanddorywedding-0569
  • Under the veiltimanddorywedding-0908

RECEPTION

  • Musicians
  • Dances
  • Food stations
  • Bouquet/garter tosses
  • Bride and groom’s perspective looking down at guests
  • Sparkler send-off
  • Exit on golf cart
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Must Take Wedding Pictures: Ceremony and Group Shots

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:07 pm by Dory

CEREMONY

  • Signing of the Ketubah pre-ceremonytimanddoryweddingkyle-0045timanddorywedding-0669timanddorywedding-0671
  • Typical picturestimanddorywedding-0692timanddorywedding-0724timanddorywedding-0726timanddorywedding-0759timanddorywedding-0773timanddorywedding-0792timanddorywedding-0811

GROUP SHOTS

  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride with bridesmaids (group and individual)
  • Bride with father
  • Bride with mother
  • Bride with both brothers
  • Bride and little brother competing heights
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with grandfather
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with father
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom with brother and sister
  • Groom with grandfather
  • Groom with both parents
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  • Bride and groom with entire wedding party

May 29, 2009

Must Take Wedding Pictures: Getting Ready / Things I Love: Cramer Photography)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:39 am by Dory

We hired an amazing photographer for our wedding, and I have never regretted it a day. She was well worth the money we spent, even after we received only the first 2 pictures. Her name is Sarah Cramer Shields (she got married 2 weeks after our wedding) of Cramer Photography. Not only was she our photographer, but she was our day-of guide for all things wedding. Throughout the day, she would grab either my husband or I and tell us little tricks or hints, like “Take down your bra straps so you don’t get red lines in the pictures.” Or “Eat something!” And she would make me eat. Not even my mom could do that.

Now, I knew how amazing she was, and I knew I didn’t need to worry a bit about our photography. That being said, I still had a few set pictures I wanted to take. After all, you don’t get hooked to The Knot message boards for almost a year and  a half and NOT have a list of Must Take Pictures.

Sarah was great. She memorized this list, knew when and where to take the pictures, got them done, and then took amazing other ones! This past weekend at the beach, we saw a bridal party take wedding pictures for almost 2 hours. And they were just the formal pictures. Our formals took all of 10 minutes, and we got them all! This is the mark of a true professional.

So here is my list of Must Take Pictures, along with the pictures Sarah took:

GETTING READY: GIRLS

  • Bride doing makeup/fixing hair in mirrortimanddorywedding-0067
  • Bride’s gown hanging in windowtimanddorywedding-0058
  • Something old, new, borrowed, bluetimanddorywedding-0026timanddorywedding-0025
  • Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquetstimanddorywedding-0598timanddoryweddingkyle-0039
  • Candid shots of the girls getting dressedtimanddorywedding-0096timanddoryweddingkyle-0048
  • Mother helping the bride with one last detail, such as the veiltimanddorywedding-0049
  • Father seeing bride in gowntimanddorywedding-0164
  • Bride with parents, siblings, grandfathertimanddorywedding-0126timanddoryweddingkyle-0027

GETTING READY: GUYS

  • Groom and groomsmen putting on boutonnierestimanddoryweddingkyle-0026
  • Groom and groomsmen clinking beers/drinkstimanddoryweddingkyle-0016

May 7, 2009

Things-I-Love Thursdays: Grooms Cakes

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:05 pm by Dory

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Things-I-Love Thursday, but I think it’s about time. I’m hoping this can bring us over the 3,000 hit mark!

As one of my surprises for my husband, I had a custom groom’s cake made for him of the Virginia Tech football stadium (Lane Stadium). I had first called Charm City Cakes, which is known for their TV show Ace of Cakes. As awesome as it was to get a response back from them, I was not going to pay the $2,000+delivery. I talked to the country club that was hosting our ceremony and reception, and their pastry chef would be able to do this for what seemed like a steal for what we got (let’s just say it was less than my dress).

Here is how Lane Stadium looks:

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Inside Lane

And this is how it turned out:

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I would say they did a pretty awesome job!

In honor of my love of groom’s cakes, I welcome you to send me your favorite pictures of a groom’s cake. I would like to devote a few posts to this, simply because there are so many amazing cakes out there. Send them to me at BrideSaverBlog@gmail.com.

Ok, since this blog is all about saving money, the cake only cost $400. Besides the photography, this is my favorite thing about the wedding. Well worth every single penny!

April 27, 2009

Blog Post Recommendations?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:16 pm by Dory

As I’m putting together my wedding pictures for your enjoyment, I would like for you to give your opinions on upcoming posts. What would you like to see me talk about? Any DIY tips you want to have? Best splurge on the wedding?

Leave your comments below!

And to make you happy, here are a few teaser pictures from my wedding:

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March 15, 2009

Buying Wedding Sparklers

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:55 pm by Dory

(Image from Julie Weaver Photography)

They are called the new trend for weddings: exiting under a tunnel of sparklers. I love this craze, but it’s a little daunting to realize how much it might cost. As always, I did quite a bit of research, and here is what I found:

Bamboo vs Wire

There are two different types of sparklers: bamboo and wire. Bamboo, while cheaper (and it is MUCH cheaper), can be extremely dangerous, especially when you’re talking about yards and yards of a beautiful white fabric known as a wedding dress. The bamboo sparklers are known to splinter and break when waved around (and who are we kidding, we all wave those sparklers around when they’re lit). So unless you want to have this happen at your wedding, don’t get bamboo sparklers. Spend a bit more and know you will not be a walking candle.

Sparkler Size

This is not as black-and-white an issue as the type of sparkler. The size you get really depends on your budget and preference. Obviously, the longer sparkler you get, the longer time you will have them lit and then can walk down through them. But the longer the sparkler, the more it costs.

In addition, you have to think that if you get the longest sparkler, then there may be more time for problems. The longest sparklers are 36″. That’s 3 feet! That means that you have to make sure the guests back up three feet more while they’re waving the sparklers around, or you may be a candle bride. Just something to keep in mind.

As for the burn times, each website claims different things. I haven’t tested each out, but this is the most common idea for burn time:

  • 8 inches: 30-40 seconds
  • 10 inches: 45 seconds
  • 12 inches: 60 seconds
  • 14 inches: 70 seconds
  • 18 inches: 100 seconds
  • 20 inches: 120 seconds
  • 24 inches: 150 seconds (over 2 minutes)
  • 36 inches: 180-240 seconds (3-4 minutes)

Where to Buy Sparklers

The number one rule for buying sparklers for your wedding: Never say it is for your wedding. They will cost more money. Don’t believe me? Look at BuySparklers.com. Their 20 inch regular sparklers are $24 for 48 sparklers. Their 20 inch wedding sparklers are $28 for 48 sparklers. Same sparklers, different packaging. I’d much rather get the 4th of July packaging and save a few bucks!

So here’s a breakdown of some online dealers and their prices. I have this as a nice chart, but unfortunately, I can’t post it here.

10 Inch Sparklers

  • Sparklersonline.com: $45/288 or $0.16 a piece
  • Buysparklers.com: bamboo sparklers only
  • Superior-celebrations.com: $7.98/96 or $0.09 a piece
  • Empiresupplies.com: $19.75/144 or $0.14 a piece

14-Inch Sparklers

  • Buysparklers.com: $16.99/72 or $0.24 a piece
  • Skylighter.com: $21.48/36 or $0.60 a piece

20-Inch Sparklers

  • Sparklersonline.com: $35/48 or $0.73 a piece
  • Buysparklers.com: $24/48 or $0.50 a piece
  • Eventwholesale.com: $2.25/6 or $0.38 a piece (minimum order 48 sleeves of 6 pieces)
  • Superior-celebrations.com: $12.20/24 or $0.51 a piece
  • Empiresupplies.com: $7.25/12 or $0.61 a piece
  • Skylighter.com: $63.78/96 or $0.66 a piece

36-Inch Sparklers

  • Sparklersonline.com: $60/48 or $1.25 a piece
  • Buysparklers.com: $27/24 or $1.13 a piece
  • Eventwholesale.com: $5.99/6 or $1.00 a piece
  • Superior-celebrations.com: $31.20/24 or $1.30 a piece
  • Empiresupplies.com: $13.45/12 or $1.12 a piece

Just to let you know what I did, we ended up buying our sparklers from EventWholesale.com. They were quick, great service, and we figured we’d enjoy the extra sparklers this summer, or we’d pass them on to another lucky bride.

(Image from Wild Bills Fireworks)

February 22, 2009

Must Take Pictures: The List

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 1:05 am by Dory

As a follow-up to the previous post, I also wanted to post my list of must-take pictures. It’s a little specific for me, but it may be a good jumping off place for anyone else. If you have anything to add, please leave it as a comment below.

I have been really excited about seeing so many of you respond to the posts. Keep them coming! In the future, good things will come to those who comment…

And the list:

GETTING READY: GIRLS

  • Bride doing makeup/fixing hair in mirror
  • Bride’s gown hanging in window
  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  • Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Candid shots of the girls getting dressed
  • Mother helping the bride with one last detail, such as the veil
  • Father seeing bride in gown
  • Bride with parents, siblings, grandfather

GETTING READY: GUYS

  • Groom and groomsmen putting on boutonnieres
  • Groom and groomsmen clinking beers/drinks

CEREMONY

  • Signing of the Ketubah pre-ceremony
  • Typical pictures

GROUP SHOTS

  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride with bridesmaids (group and individual)
  • Bride with father
  • Bride with mother
  • Bride with both brothers
  • Bride and little brother competing heights
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with grandfather
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Bride’s grandfather and twin brother
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with father
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom with brother and sister
  • Groom with grandfather
  • Groom with both parents
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  • Bride and groom with entire wedding party

DETAILS

  • Exterior of Farmington
  • Interior of ceremony and reception site before guests arrive
  • Still shots of:
    • Save the Dates
    • Invitations
    • Ceremony Program
    • Signed Ketubah
    • Seating Chart
    • Candy Buffet
    • Cakes (bride’s and groom’s)
    • Tables with table number and message marbles
    • Kid’s crayons and coloring books
    • Gift table
    • Ring bowl with rings in them
  • Ring details

RECEPTION

  • Musicians
  • Dances
  • Food stations
  • Bouquet/garter tosses
  • Bride and groom’s perspective looking down at guests
  • Sparkler send-off
  • Exit on golf cart

February 21, 2009

Must-Take Pictures: The Pictures

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 9:17 am by Dory

It’s no secret that I love photography. I love taking pictures. I love looking at pictures. I love being in pictures. Photographs are a wonderful way to not only document an event, but to remember who people are and find the small details about them. That’s why, when it comes to my own wedding, I wanted the best. And I’m SO excited to have her photographing our wedding: Sarah Cramer. I have her blog linked to the right. Go check it out. And while you’re there, go to her website as well. She has been featured all over the place, and her weddings are truly fabulous.

Now with a photographer this experienced, I know I don’t need to have a “must-take” list, but in looking around at photographs, there were some pictures that I absolutely loved and wanted to recreate, even if it meant we weren’t being original.

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guys-and-beer

bridal-party-playing-football

holding-hands

bride-groom-dip

bride-and-groom-veil

bride-and-groom-playing-golf

bride-and-groom-bouquet

bride-and-groom-archway

bride-window

parasol-kiss

shoes

rings-newspaper

rings-date

dress-flying-around

cake-toppers-wearing-rings

February 16, 2009

Alphabet Photography

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 5:12 pm by Dory

Some call it “alphabet photography,” some call it art-letters, and some just say, “What is that?” It is becoming an ever-growing popular gift, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try it.

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Everyone has seen the poster of the alphabet made with butterfly wings, like the one from ButterflyAlphabet.com. Maybe that’s why I always wanted to be a teacher: I loved that poster! I just never thought of taking that idea one step further.

Now, you can go to a number of online sites where you can purchase prints of “found” letters in nature and the industrial world. Here are some examples:

As an amateur photographer myself, I knew that I wanted to somehow incorporate this into our wedding. I decided to then take some pictures and put together the last names of our ushers. Here’s an example of how it turned out:

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As part of this, I started a collection of other lettes, which I would be happy to put together for anyone else as well.

February 15, 2009

Thank You Parasols

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:48 pm by Dory

I’ve been busy lately! Although I haven’t posted very often, I’ve been staying busy with many wedding DIY projects.

The first I’d like to post about is my Thank You parasol. I saw these in some wedding pictures and instantly fell in love with them. I can’t wait for our guests to get a picture of us holding the parasol along with their thank you note.

Here’s the finished product:

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And here’s how I did it:

  • Open a new Microsoft Publisher document. The page size should be the size of your parasol. For instance, our parasol had a 32-inch diameter, so I made a page that was 33×33 inches. I then made a circle on the page (32-inch diameter, like the parasol).
  • Pick which font you would like to use. I chose “English,” which matched all of our invitations and programs. We then blew it up to a HUGE size (depending on the font, it could be as big as size 600).
  • Print preview to decide which pages to print (you won’t want to print them all), and print the ones you’ll need.
  • Tape each line together. For ours, I taped “Thank” and “You” separately.
  • Gently tape the paper to the FRONT of the parasol (it probably won’t stay fixed to the back). Take a thin Sharpie and sketch an outline of the letters on the underside of the parasol.
  • Remove the paper, but don’t throw it away yet.
  • Take a paintbrush and paint on the front side using acrylic paint, following the outline you sketched with the Sharpie. It won’t be exact yet, but this is just so that you can get an idea of the size and shape of the letters.
  • Once this is done, use the large paper of the letters to help guide the thicker and thinner parts of the letters. Note: You will want to use a VERY thin, fine paintbrush. Do not skimp for this. It will only cost a few dollars for a good paintbrush, and it is soooo worth it. It doesn’t have to be perfect or exact (remember it is going to be photographed from far away), but the thin paintbrush will help.
  • Enjoy, and be careful with the finished product.

Here’s what the underside looks like (notice the Sharpie outline):

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