Wedding Alphabet – B is for …

B is for buttonhole

A boutonnière  is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonnière is the French word for buttonhole.

Wedding button holes

The tradition of flower buttonholes originated from the ancient Greeks when the male members of the wedding party wore a small bunch of fragrant flowers attached to their clothing near the heart. It was believed to ward off evil spirits who could turn the Groom’s heart against his new Bride.

During the knights of the realm the wearing of the buttonhole came to England , replacing the ribbons that used to be worn in a lady’s colours upon their chest that signified their everlasting love.

When deciding on the Groom’s buttonhole it is traditional for him to have a different one from the other male members of the wedding party, ensuring he stands out from the crowd.

The best man’s buttonhole can be similar but not as full as the Groom’s and the remaining males such as ushers, page boys and any close family members are usually made up of a single flower with a leaf or two.

Buttonholes are traditionally worn on the left lapel pinned to the back of the buttonhole of the man’s suit jacket with the flowers facing upwards and the ones worn by the male members of the wedding party normally match the Bride’s bouquet and/or the bridesmaids’ dresses.

As a wedding photographers we are regularly asked to help the wedding party put their button holes on, so here’s some tips:-

Attaching and wearing a Buttonhole:
The buttonhole is worn on the left hand side (because its above your heart!) and should be pinned on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, rather than in the button hole.

It is usually secured by placing a pin from the back of the lapel. 
The pin will then be invisible from the front.

Ensure that you and your groomsmen, all wear their buttonholes on the same side.

The stems of the buttonholes point down.

attaching wedding buttonholes

The video clip below will show you exactly how to pin your wedding buttonhole

Wedding day tips

As wedding photographers we have picked up lots of wedding day tips over the years so thought we would run a series of tips to help ensure your wedding day runs as smoothly and is as stress free as possible

Tip 1 – Make sure the groom and groomsmen know how to tie a cravat

Grooms preparation - how to tie a cravat

A lot of men don’t regularly wear ties and most certainly don’t often have cause to wear cravats.  On numerous occasions when we have been photographing the groom and groomsmen getting ready on the morning of their wedding day, they all begin getting dressed and suddenly realise they have to try and negotiate an alien item of clothing the cravat!

Everyone begins trying to tie the perfect cravat and soon discovers that nobody in the room has a clue what to do – it must be easy right?  Well whilst it’s probably not the most difficult skill to learn if you haven’t ever tied a cravat before, the morning of your wedding probably isn’t the best time to learn!

Tip – make sure at least of one the groomsmen, maybe your best man practices tying a cravat before the morning of your wedding.

Here is short guide so there is no excuse and hopefully will remove the need to Google the instructions in a panic on your day!

Remember preparation is key to a stress free wedding day.

Tips for choosing a wedding photographer

Have you or any of your friends/family recently got engaged Choosing a wedding photographerand are starting to plan your wedding day? 

Do they need help choosing a wedding photographer?

Of all the wedding suppliers used to create a perfect wedding the wedding photographer is one of the suppliers who will spend the most time with you on wedding day.  It is therefore important you choose a wedding photographer who you like and feel comfortable with.  If you feel uncomfortable and tense this will show in your wedding photographs.

We have been running our Kent based, wedding photography business since 2008; we thought we would put together a few tips on how to choose the right wedding photographer for you.

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tips for choosing a wedding photographer

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8 Tips For Booking A Wedding Photographer

Wedding photographerHave you or any of your friends/family recently got engaged and are starting to plan the big day?

Choosing a photographer to cover your special day may seem a simple task, but time should be taken to decide on what you really want.  This can mean the difference between having a set of mediocre photographs gathering dust or set of photographs accurately reflect your big day and can be treasured forever.

Here are a few tips and pointers on booking a wedding photographer to help you choose wisely.

1. Decide on the style of photography that’s suits you
There are a variety of different photographic styles on offer:

Traditional – this includes groups of family & friends, signing the register and the cutting of the cake etc. in staged poses.

Reportage – records and tells the story of your big day in a more relaxed way, capturing candid shots covering the real events of your wedding rather than staging everything.

Contemporary – captures the important poses/moments during the day with a modern twist

You can usually have a mixture of styles to suit your preferences.  Have a look a selection of wedding images on the internet or in wedding magazines to get an idea of the sort of images you would like

2. Arrange to see several photographers before you make your choice
When looking for a photographer, arrange an appointment to see them  and view their work. Ask them if their display albums show complete weddings; this way you can ascertain if the quality of their photography is consistent throughout the day. It is important that you have a good rapport with your photographer.

3. When visiting a photographer, make sure the samples and albums you are shown are actually taken by the photographer who will be covering your wedding?
This may seem an obvious point, but some companies have a few photographers on their books or may even use freelance photographers. The chemistry has to be right.

4. Check how many weddings the photographer will cover on your required date.
It is preferable to choose a photographer who covers only one wedding a day this ensures that all his effort and attention will be with you and not on looking at his watch.

5. Is the studio / photographer full insured?
Check to see that the photographer has professional indemnity insurance (this offers protection in unfortunate event that the photographer is negligent) and public liability insurance (offers cover if someone is accidentally injured by the photographer whilst carrying out his business service.)

6. Does the photographer studio carry back up camera and lighting equipment?  
It is always advisable to carry at a back up camera at every wedding in the event of mechanical failure or an emergency.   A professional photographer will bend over backwards to ensure everything runs smoothly, but unforeseen circumstances do arise. What contingency plans do they have in place in the event of an emergency?

7. How much should I invest in my photography?
Work to your budget.  As a general rule, the more the photography costs you, the higher the quality and the skill level of the studio / photographer. You can find photographers offering full wedding day coverage for under £300 – but the old adage “you get what you pay for” should be borne in mind.  You should pay as much as your budget allows, but bear in mind once all the cake is eaten and the honeymoon is over your wedding photographs will be the only record of your day to treasure forever.  It is therefore important to book a photographer who will record your wedding with the versatility and skills required to produce an excellent set of artistic wedding photographs.  Make sure you are clear what images you will be provided with – is a copy of all your images included in your package or only a selected number with the option to purchases additional images?

8. When should I book my photographer?
As soon as you have your wedding date and reception confirmed. The most sort after photographers take bookings 12 to 24 months in advance of a wedding date and will cover only one wedding a day, so to avoid disappointment start looking as soon as you can.

Stuart Blackledge of Bay Images Photography would be happy to discuss your wedding photography requirements with you.

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