Apr 5, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Taking the Best Wedding Photos


An important element to think about when planning your wedding is the photographs. Your actual wedding is only a day long; but your wedding photos capture the moments that will inevitably last a lifetime. You deserve to have photos that make you smile, laugh, and even cry when you look back on them.

So where do you start?

Read on to find out our biggest tips and tricks for acquiring a wedding photographer and getting the best photos out of the occasion.

Finding the right photographer can be a daunting task! Here are a few tips to make it a breeze.

Finding a Photographer

Finding the right photographer is possibly the most difficult aspect of planning your wedding. Whether you’re having a destination wedding or a wedding at home, finding a photographer can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It's important to consider the following: what type of “style” do you want your wedding photos to be--elegant, casual, quirky or would you like it to resonate a theme? Think about what type of shots you’ll want out of the wedding--some photographers will provide you with a digital copy of all the shots, while others will only provide you with a set number of edited shots they’ve selected at the end.

One of the best things to do is look at as many portfolios as you can so you can get an idea of a photographer's style and pick one that is closely aligned with your own. Ask potential photographers to see a wedding album from beginning to end versus just the best shots they’ve selected. Anyone can take a few good shots at a wedding, but you’ll really see the skill of the photographer when you see every photo they took. Another important thing to do is check out testimonials from other couples about the photographer. If the photographer consistently gets rave reviews, chances are they are good at what they do.

For destination weddings, many of the resorts already have wedding photographers available to you with your wedding package. It’s also highly likely there are wedding photographers available in the area, off the resort. Do your research as you would with an at-home wedding. This is also something to check out when you do a trial visit to the resort in advance of your wedding.

Building a great rapport with your photographer will allow you to be more comfortable during intimate moments!

Get to Know Your Photographer

Once you’ve finalized the contract and booked a wedding photographer, it’s a good idea to get to know them. You want this person to be someone you’re comfortable with at the wedding. If you wouldn’t normally want this person around your friends and family, you probably won't want them at your wedding either! Of course, you don’t have to become best friends, but you want someone you have rapport with.

One of the ways to do this is to book an engagement photo session with the photographer several months before your big day. The engagement shoot will allow you to be comfortable having a photographer around taking your photo. It will also give the photographer a chance to get used to shooting you, and get to know what type of shots you and your fiance are OK (or not-so-OK!)  with. Going over these photos will also give your photographer a good indication of your favorite style and type of shots. They're also good photos to display at your wedding reception!

Creating a rough guideline will allow your photographer to capture those awe-inspiring moments!

Make a Schedule of the Big Day

It’s very important to come up with a schedule of your big day. It doesn't have to be EXACT down to the second, but rather a guideline that will give you and your photographer a good idea of what photo opportunities will arise. For example, noting the times you plan to be getting ready and with whom. This could be a good opportunity for some candid shots with you and your bridesmaids. This schedule will also allow your photographer to allocate certain amounts of time to certain photos.

With all our advice aside, make sure you have FUN and enjoy! This is your moment!

The bottom line… have fun. It’s your day!

There are a lot of minutiae to attend to when it comes to planning a wedding. It is important to plan in advance and consider all aspects. At the same time however, remember that your day is meant to be beautiful and special, not nerve-wracking and stressful!

At Weddings By Escapes, we have a wealth of wedding experts and professionals ready to help you with all aspects of planning your wedding, so that you can leave the details to us and focus on enjoying yourself. For more information and help planning the destination wedding of your dreams, speak to one of our Destination Wedding Specialists at 1-866-685-6008 or email us at


Mar 29, 2017

Ten Wedding Destinations with Private Beaches


Whether you’ve always dreamed of getting married in Mexico, Cuba, or the Caribbean, chances are your daydreams have also included a gorgeous beach wedding under the sun and beside crystal clear turquoise waters.

There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your beach wedding - Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make is, where? In making your decision, a resort with a private beach can be a large deciding factor. A private beach means you don’t have to worry about having a lot of strangers in your wedding shots (can someone say, “photobomb!”) or having your ceremony rudely interrupted.

Here are some stunning resorts that offer the closest thing to a private beach wedding!


Mar 22, 2017

Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

With tons of gorgeous tropical destinations to choose from, it's hard not to want your wedding day to be on a sunny beach somewhere in paradise.

As beautiful as the pictures are and how tempting it is to think beach weddings are a breeze, there is some necessary planning that needs to go into your day on the sand. Here are some tips for successfully planning the perfect beach wedding. We’ve got you covered!

Looking to host a beach wedding? Here are a few tips to make your planning easier.


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