When To Start Planning Your Wedding Day

by Pierre Richard Cadeau

After he had kneeled down on one knee, and he had shown you the ring, and you’ve said yes, you told your parents and your best friends. You have published the news on Instagram, twitter, facebook and all the other social media platforms; now is the time to come back to earth, get back to reality. Because your wedding day countdown has started. You have that big event of your life to plan.  

Everything starts with a simple single word YES, Congratulation!

Your wedding day is rapidly approaching, and it is a day in your life that you will never forget. If there are two things that you want to be perfect in your life, certainly, the execution of your wedding day is one of them. You and your fiancee will be at the center of that day.

But to put that day together you will have to talk to a lot of professional within the wedding industry, and I can assure that each one of them will try to convince that they are the best in what they do. As a result, you should select them as your vendors. At this point you hold the steering wheel of your wedding day, try your best to know precisely what you want and how you want it. 
Subscribe for the upcoming posts, I will give tips on our to plan your wedding day step by steps  

Five Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who is Getting Married

by Pierre Richard Cadeau

As a wedding photographer, I breathe and live wedding. During my 10 years in the wedding industry, I’ve heard and seen a lot of things. For that reason, I believe that I have enough experience to share some advice to all of my friends who happen to have a friend who is getting married. This is a list of 5 things I believe no one should ever say to a friend that announces that he or she is getting married.

  1. Finally. Never say to a bride-to-be that finally she is getting married. That will make her feel old, and assume that no one thought that one day she would get married.
  2. Can you afford it? Come on, how dare you? Never put your nose in the financial business of someone who is getting married if he or she does not invite you.
  3. I hope he is the right guy for you. I was shocked when I heard a guest said that to a bride on her wedding day as everybody was presenting wishes to the couple. Please do not say that to the bride.
  4. You just met him\her! Are you sure this is what you want? It is not your place to know what he/she wants. According to the US matrimonial laws only adults can get married, if they believe that they are ready, believe them.
  5. I’m not a big fan of weddings but I’m happy for you. If you are not a big fan of wedding how can you be happy for someone who is getting. That statement also means that you do not care. Just because you do not like something does not mean everybody does not like it.

Bride, vendor relationship

by Mirline F. Cadeau

The relationship that exists between the bride and the wedding photographer is the longest relationship that the bride will have with any of her vendors, as a result, I always encourage the new wedding photographers to develop a relationship that will last even longer than that. The job of all the vendors ends on the wedding day except for the photographer and videographer.

Keeping a good relation with the bride is the key to success for a wedding photographer. Always treat the client with respect. Do not assume anything make sure you understand what she wants. Do not wait for the wedding day to make her feel comfortable, make her feel at ease from the very first phone conversation.

There is nothing wrong to make her your friend, a relaxed bride poses better, great pose equal better pictures.

How To Reduce Stress While Planning Your Wedding Day

by Mirline F. Cadeau

                    I am not a wedding planner but as a wedding photographer a lot of time my clients always turn to me for advice. Last week during a conversation with one of my brides, she asked me “ What can I do to minimize my stress level.... during the wedding planning process?” Without thinking for a second I said to her, be organized. To fully explain to her and make sure that she understood what I was trying to tell her, I drew for her the difference between a sprinter and a marathon runner. I am neither a sprinter or a marathoner, but my profession as a wedding photographer helps me to understand the differences between the two.

The task of a sprinter is to prove that he or she is the fastest, on the other hand, the task of the marathon runner is to prove that he or she is the one with the most endurance. I took that example not because she did not know the difference, in contrast, I took that example because she was a marathon runner herself. She knew the difference between speed and endurance.

What can I do to minimize my stress level... during the wedding planning process?
— Jane

Planning a wedding is a mixture of both speed and endurance; it is all about endurance and it is all about speed, you must know when to rely on endurance and when to rely on speed. Trying to speed up the process at 100% will not help it. There are moments to accelerate and moments to take your time. Trying to book everything in one shot is not the right move. Be organized is the solution. You must arrange your calendar in a way that you have time to talk to you vendors. Be organized. Knowing which tasks is complete, and which one is next will help you reduce your stress level tremendously. Keeping track of your tasks will give you peace of mind. Once again be organized.

The New Year resolution of a wedding photographer

by Pierre Richard Cadeau

One of my many new year resolutions for 2015 was to start a blog, a wedding photography blog. Since I already had one, I had in mind to relaunch it, and I vowed to post more frequently. Based on the knowledge that I have acquired during my fifteen years of experience in the wedding industry as a wedding photographer, I wanted to write more to advise the brides-to-be and not to my fellow photographers. I wanted to do a blog different from the other wedding photography blogs.

The wedding couples are the motor of the wedding industry. Unfortunately, although the soul of that industry the majority of them are the least informed on how the industryworks.

The reason I decided to direct my blog towards the couples who are about to get married instead of other groups within the wedding industry, is because I believe that the wedding couples are the motor of the industry. However, Unfortunately, although they are the soul of that industry, the majority of them are the least informed on how the industry works.

But, today's blog post is for my fellow wedding bloggers, especially my fellow wedding photographers. Based on an incident that happened between me and one of my brides, I decided to share the experience and share some advice.

A few days ago I posted a blog post to share my opinion on an article that I read in the New York Times a few days earlier titled "The Dress Is Temporary, the Memories Forever" by Rebecca R. Ruiz. In the blog post, I explained to the brides-to-be how they should put the photography of their precious wedding day at the same level of their wedding dress. The error that I made and that would put in trouble with that particular bride, is the fact that I posted the picture of her wedding dress on that blog post, and she got really mad. At first, did not understand why she was upset, but it was only yesterday I came to my senses and started to understand her reaction and what I have done. Since her wedding dress was on blog post I am assuming that probably she believed that I was making reference to her personally. I want my fellow wedding photographers to take a lesson from that experience.