First 4 steps in your Wedding Planning

First 4 steps in your Wedding Planning

Cork Wedding Photographer Sean Clarke offers up 4 simple tips on getting your big Wedding Plans underway

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Budget

 Sorry to take the romance out of it girls and guys but this will make many decisions easier for you! By knowing your Wedding Budget it will makes things a lot clearer. A small budget wedding doesn’t mean a "downsized wedding" so to speak in face as a Wedding Photograspher some of the most beautful Weddings I have shot have been smaller, simplied and stripped back. This approach lends itself towards a beautifully initmate day. There are many venues willing to negotiate on price mid week and thats only the beginning.  Have a look at your savings accounts , do a rough plan of how much you could save over a year or so and also how much you are willing to spend on your big day.
From Christmas to Valentines is peak engagement session.  You are still getting used to your sparkly new ring and already getting fed up with the same old questions. "Have you set the date"?  "Have you looked at venues"?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the excitement, however stick to the below 4 steps to planning the day and they will help you on the way

Guest List

A quick role call will highlight the size of venue you will need for your big day. Check with both sets of parents to ensure you are a wear of any requests for neighbours and old family friends to attend. These requests can and will add up. Be willing to compromise - both you and your fiancé. For example do work colleagues need to bring dates? Will "first-cousins-only" be making the cut?
 

Venue
Now you have a rough idea of the guest list and budget.This info will be help you eliminate unsuitable venues pretty lively .This will also highlight the venues that suit your needs. I would make my day as Bride and Groom as easy as possible. Less travel between locations will ensure more time for photos and more time chilling out with guests. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with the venue, if you don’t want to use their table cloths can they reduce the corkage fee?  
 
Date
When is the venue available? Do you have wedding guests that will have to travel from over seas? Are any dates sentimental to you and your partner? The date you both chose can influence the style of your wedding and your dress! 

Go forth and plan!

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5 “MUST DO EARLY” tips for Planning your 2017 Wedding

5 “MUST DO EARLY” tips for Planning your 2017 Wedding

Planning your Wedding is a huge job there is no denying it. It’s also an exciting mission meeting many different experts in the Wedding industry from florists and car hire to wedding photographers and venues it can be a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be though – remember to keep it simple, follow your heart and do your research.

Here are 5 tips that will help you plan your Wedding this year and give you things to think about. If you are 10-12 months away from your Wedding date these are the things you need to organise and get lined up and booked as options will become slimmer the later you leave booking the big stuff!

THE VENUE

Don’t leave this long at all. You probably already have an idea as to the surroundings and Wedding style you are after from seeing pictures online, attending Weddings and hearing stories from your married friends. Meet venue owners, work out your budget, number of guests and get it booked! If you don’t your date may be booked and you will have to look elsewhere – get in early on this booking!

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MAKE UP

There are some amazing make-up artists in Cork and Kerry and throughout Ireland and they are in high demand when it comes to Weddings. Often the Make Up artist is one of the first people to be booked for the Wedding so it’s important to get in quick in order to get the artist you are after! Don’t delay here.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Now here is a topic I know about! Once again there is a group of very talented Photographers in Cork and Kerry and we are always receiving inquiries for dates and meeting with brides and grooms to share information, offer advice and show albums that are available. Good Wedding Photography is absolutely crucial as the photos you receive will be your memories for life. To get first dibs on your favourite Wedding Photographer get in quick as spaces get booked at least a year in advance usually and you don’t want to be left disappointed with your Uncle and an old pocket camera taking blurry images of your special day!!

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THE DRESS & SUITS

I would recommend getting in a year before and then holding off for any adjustments until a few months before the Wedding as to give you time to get in shape or whatever it is you may want to achieve. Having said that shopping around is important to get a feel for what style you are looking for. There are so many options - the only way is to get organised and shop around nice and early so there is no last minute rush.

Good luck with your planning and if I can help in any way get in touch on 0851227243 or check out my website on http://www.seanclarkephotography.com/ for more handy tips!

Merry Xmas 2016 Brides & Grooms & Thank You!!

Here are some of the best Weddings of the year! Its been an amazing year for me and it's all thanks to you beautiful guys & gals for choosing me as your Wedding Photographer. I have had a blast working with you all and the experiences have been, fast, fabulous & full of fun and I cannot wait to do it all again next year! May you enjoy your first married Christmas together and many many more to come - Thank you from the bottom of my heart! xxoo Sean Clarke Photography   

Cork City Street Wedding Photography is a Winner!

Getting married in Cork City? Cork Wedding Photographer Sean Clarke shares some tips on places to go to get a variety of Streetscape or Urban style Wedding Photographs.

Sometimes couples get married right here in the City of Cork or any City in Ireland for that matter, as opposed to a Country side or sea side venue. This calls for some thinking outside of the box and getting creative. Rather than the classic beautiful Wedding shots that are taken at the seaside or on a beautiful hilltop or in a wide open field I am a big fan of streetscapes. I incorporate old buildings, doorways and pubs and even the street itself wherever I can in my Wedding Photography. This adds a certain fun flavour to your Wedding photos and can spice them up a bit!

I always try to capture some beautiful “nature style” shots with trees in a park which can be found in most cities too but don’t neglect the atmosphere of the street and especially in Cork or Kerry Weddings where there are old buildings, pubs and landmarks a plenty.

I have done City Church Weddings where we have headed out for a simple walk through Cork City to capture some great colourful shots using spray-painted walls with graffiti and also some of the small parks in Cork City. Not to mention some of the older spots in Cork like the street s in the Shandon area. I love the urban city landscape and am always keen to take my Brides and Grooms on a short walk to get some of those photos.

Remember get creative and think outside the box if you want your Wedding Photos to have that something a little different!

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Black and white Wedding Photography

As a Cork & Kerry Wedding Photographer I love working with vibrant colours to capture the spirit and emotion of your Wedding day. Brides and grooms who have worked with me and know my work know how much I love colourful photography. I also love black and white photography and use a mixture of both when I deliver your wedding photos.


Black and white Wedding Photography is a very powerful way of telling a story. A lot of the morning and casual shots that you don't notice throughout the day can be very strong in black and white. As well as this beautiful big portraits look lovely on your walls like pieces of art - there is just something very special and striking about the black and white medium.

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When I am photographing the bride in the morning as she is getting ready and is surrounded by her family, this is a very important part of the day for me. It is important to blend into the morning without fuss to capture natural moments and the mood of the day. This is documentary style Wedding Photography and requires a certain approach. If I was to be the center of attention and stage these moments, getting people to “act up” for the camera these pictures would not have the same relaxed story-telling aspect. When these images are then treated in black and white they become very special photographs and can tell a story in one image. This is generally my mission when photographing the natural surroundings and emotions of a wedding day.

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Mixing strong black and whites with beautiful colour shots is what I like to do and when you put the collection together it builds a beautiful and honest story of your day and looks amazing in your Wedding album!

How to prepare for the photographs on your wedding day

Sean Clarke is one of the finest Cork Wedding Photographers and shares some of his tips on preparing for the photo shoot on your big day. Here are 5 tips that will help you prepare:

1.       Have a small make-up bag handy for those all-important touch ups. In my time as a Wedding Photographer I have noticed many brides delegate this job to their Chiefs Bridesmaid to take care of the whereabouts of this bag on the day. An excellent tip that will free you up to just enjoy the moment.

2.       Always speak to your Photographer about any concerns you may have prior to the day. Remember as an experienced Wedding Photographer I have been in many different situations with rain, wind and yes – too much sun! I will be able to help put your mind at ease with any concerns about the photos as I have come across many scenarios and have many solutions – just ask – that’s what I’m here for

3.       Share your creative vision with me as often I can work with you to achieve great results and am open to discussing your ideas. I will always an abundance of ideas and creative wedding photography shots in mind but am very open to suggestions always. I can also advise of things I feel will not work for whatever reason so it is worth openly sharing ideas with me.

4.       Keep it simple when it comes to location. Often Wedding photos are planned offsite at a beautiful park or place, sometimes some great street shots in the city happen or at Castles. Either way - don’t forget the layout of your day and the fact that travel time and group organisation must be considered. The more simple the day – the more you will actually get out of it including wedding photography. I plan the day with you and will be able to help you make the right choices anyway.

5.       Relax and enjoy yourself – this is my main tip with any piece of advice – it’s your Wedding and it’s so important that you enjoy your day. As planning a Wedding is such a huge part of what I do – it is often easy to piece together a day that is both relaxed and allows you to have your photographs in an idealistic setting but most importantly think of yourself and what makes you happy. The happier you are the happier your photographs will be! 

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Table Plans - ideas and tips to help you get it right

 

The wedding meal lasts for about 2-3 hours and is a huge part of your Wedding day. Seating plans and decorations are two important aspects of this meal to add atmosphere and give your Wedding that little extra personal stamp. Cork Wedding Photographer Sean Clarke shares some tips that will help:

Having a seating plan and preferably an interesting table plan at your wedding helps everything to run smoothly and can add a bit of character to your overall Wedding experience. Make sure you help your guests avoid the mad panic of trying to find a seat.

It’s always good to start organising your seating plan as soon as possible to avoid too much stress. Don’t wait for all the RSVPs to come in before you start planning as it may become too much of a rush before the big day when there are other important things to sort out. You can always edit your seating plan nearer the time according to your RSVPs.

Knowing how any people fir into your chosen venue is key. Talk with your venue Wedding Coordinator for ideas on layouts and seating arrangements to make sure you don’t come up short on seats too!

Mix it up

This part of Wedding planning can be lots of fun. Rather than keeping all your family’s separate why not mix the tables up a little to encourage conversation and allow them to mingle. Be aware of age groups and interests or what characters might suit each other. I wouldn’t worry too much about whether everyone knows each other inside out a few drinks and a beautiful meal tends to change all that pretty quickly.

Always use a clear seating arrrangement so your guests can find their seats easily and quickly. The plan should be easy to read and understand. As a Cork and Kerry Wedding Photographer I have seen so many great ideas at Weddings. Naming tables after countries you have both visited together, films you love, your favourite bands, love songs, or albums. The list goes on….get creative!

Make sure you have a good mix of men and women, boys and girls at each table. This will lighten the mood and make conversation easier also.

 

You can always break tradition and assign guests to tables rather than allocated seats, giving them the choice of who they sit next to during the reception. I saw this done recently and it worked a real treat! It probably cuts down on your planning time too!

Talk to your Venue Wedding Coordinator!

Sometimes these are the jobs that become tough. Don’t forget to speak with the professionals – that’s what they do for a living and should know what they are talking about and be happy to help you plan the seating arrangement. You could even delegate and give the job to your chief bridesmaid?

Don’t overthink it

Remember a Wedding takes so much care, planning and vision and this can occasionally become stressful. Don’t let it! Spending hours and days on a seating plan is not a good idea and will leave you baffled. Get the job done and move on to the next job. You can always make small last minute changes with little fuss and the help of your Wedding Venue.

Enjoy!

Winter Wedding Quick Tips!

Weddings no longer just take place in the warmer months – lots of people opt for the Winter Wedding option which can make for a great atmosphere and some moody photography too! There are of course things that are essential to consider and here is a list of 10 quick tips to bear in mind when planning your Winter Wedding!

Create a Cozy Reception!

As a Cork Wedding Photographer here in Ireland we always prepare for rain. Even in summer! This does not suggest that it will rain on the day but you never know and it pays to be prepared. Think fires, hot drinks, and hot whiskeys even? Warmth for your guests is essential so speak with your venue or Wedding Coordinator in regards to creating a lovely warm atmosphere.

Consider your greeting line

Remember not to leave guests hanging around outside in the cold maybe encourage them to move on to the reception and enjoy a hot cup of tea or whatever you have prepared – you could even suggest the Priest or Master of Ceremonies to mention this.

Throw a funky coat or fur style coat into your Wedding Dress

Not only will it look fantastic but obviously it will keep you warm – essential in surviving a colder day.

Umbrellas and Coats for Photos

As a Cork and Wedding Photographer it is essential to have your bride and groom enjoying themselves. Obviously in winter we have the risk of rain and obviously cold. Bring coats and umbrellas. I often ask the bride and groom to choose their own to suit their style – you might want something nice and colourful to brighten up that grey sky. It’s not always raining or grey but be prepared!

Colour is my best friend when it comes to Winter Wedding Photography

Those who have worked with me or viewed my Weddings in Cork and Kerry will know I am a big fan of beautiful colour in my work. If you have planned a Winter Wedding think about adding lots and lots of colour to your reception, ceremony, Wedding Dress, Grooms Suits, wherever you can. It adds warmth and fun to your day and creates a lovely atmosphere.