MetroStyle Studios - A Boutique service for contemporary urban couples
FAQ's About our upcoming planning meeting:
The meetings are held by phone to make life easier on my clients.
Both partners are invited, but not required to be on the line. The one who is most knowledgeable about all the minute details of the wedding day should attend.
Meetings last from 45 to 60 minutes, depending on how well you have your details nailed down in advance. To help in that regard, please read over the following before the meeting and have your answers in mind:
I will insure that I have the correct wedding date, names & phone numbers.
I will ask if you will have a new address after the wedding for my records.
I will ask if either or both of you are changing your name after the wedding.
I will ask for the following names:
Your wedding planner
Your Venue Coordinator
Your gown provider
I will ask if you have a hashtag for the wedding for Twitter, Instagram, FB, etc.
I will ask about the date of a planned honeymoon
I will want to discuss directions to the venues (though usually those details are available on the internet.)
I will mention that you do not have to provide me with a meal!
Step 2: Details of the wedding party
Number of brides attendants and the colors they will wear
Number of grooms attendants and the colors they will wear
Number and age(s) of flower girls/ring bearers
Please provide any other details of the wedding party?
I shoot everything digitally in color but convert to black & white where it seems appropriate (I usually provide both a color and B&W image in those cases). What is your preference for B&W (do you love it, like it, hate it?)
Step 3: Details of the families
I will ask about family dynamics - is there any drama in the families that I should be made aware of?
Besides the parents and grandparents, how many family groups do you anticipate shooting? This would include aunts, uncles, godparents, cousins, etc., who are NOT in the wedding party.
THE TIMELINE DISCUSSION WILL BE NEXT:
I'll start by reminding you that weddings are made for Murphy's Law!
Buttons will fall off of vests, zippers on dresses will get stuck, you'll forget an item or two, and the day will be full of little one- and two-minute delays. The past year has been a project for you, and for me the event will be something of a precision operation, but for everyone in attendance, it's a party! You've no doubt heard the phrase, "it's like herding cats." Don't let delays get you nervous and upset... they are bound to happen!
I'll start this part of the discussion asking about hair and makeup details (when and where and if you need me to shoot any of it.)
Will you want getting ready shots?
Will you want to shoot the First Look? (Almost everyone wants "The Reveal.")
Next will come a discussion of the timing for the primary photography portion of the day - shooting the bride, the groom, the couple, and the wedding party. Following that we will shoot the parents & grandparents.
Next will come extended family groupings.
We will want to conclude that primary photography 30 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony.
I will ask the number of Guests at the ceremony.
Next, I will want to discuss the receiving line, and/or if you plan a formal exit from the venue (almost no one does this any more - no throwing rice or bubbles or flower petals, etc., but I'll want to know if you plan on it!)
I will ask about travel plans to the reception. Will you employ a party bus or limo?
I will ask about details & timing of the following phases of the evening:
-Social hour/cocktail party
-Grand entrance (do you have a band or DJ? If so, who?)