Have an unplugged ceremony!! If there’s one recommendation we want you to take from this list, it’s this one! An unplugged ceremony is simply where you ask all your guests to put away their cell phones and cameras for the duration of the ceremony. Too often a friend or family member has gotten in the way of the perfect shot with their cell phone or camera. You hired us to capture your wedding, and the last thing you want is aunty standing in the way of your first kiss photos just for an Instagram story. An unplugged ceremony also lets all your gets be fully present and in the moment with you as you make the most important vows of your life. Typically the best man or officiant can ask your guests to keep their phones away before the ceremony starts. If you’d like, you can order a custom sign from Aloha Artisans.
Hire a wedding coordinator! Having the extra support on your wedding day is well worth the added cost (and many venues require them). A wedding coordinator will make sure everything runs smoothly on your big day. That way you can focus on your partner, friends, and family and not on where the flowers go or how the reception tables should be set up. We are personally using For the Good Hawaii for our wedding and have LOVED the service we’ve received from them so far.
We know that not everyone wants to have an evening wedding. While we LOVE every wedding and will of course capture all your moments, we encourage afternoon weddings. If you’re planning a morning ceremony, please be aware that the light will be harsher and we won’t be able to capture our signature sunset bridals.
This one seems like a no brainer, but often goes overlooked. Be sure you pack your favorite snacks! The chaos of the wedding day can mean you don’t eat for hours (many couples hardly have time to sit down and eat dinner). You’ll likely be drinking more, and eating less than you would typically. Similarly, ask your caterer to pack up a to-go bag for you.
Please keep in mind that we have NEVER been to a wedding that’s on time. Schedule an extra 15-30 minutes for late guests. The last thing we want to do is leave before the dances and speeches are made. If the event is running late, it’s best for us to know beforehand whether we should stay beyond the contracted time.
For pictures that feel personal and candid, forget the camera is even there! If we want you to smile or pose we’ll tell you. Just focus on your lover, and we’ll worry about the rest