We have some exciting new things going on with our website this week.  First, we’ve added a nifty new tool that helps you calculate your wedding costs and another that will let you know what the average wedding costs where you live. Find them at: http://www.whatsupmag.com/weddings/wedding-guide.aspx.

Next, we’ve made our What’s Up? Weddings Workbook available, in a printable version, on our website as well. The workbook includes sheets for calculating your wedding budget, keeping track of your guests, selecting your music, establishing your gift registry, choosing your flowers and decor, and arranging your reception seating, as well as a photography checklist and a wedding day checklist for the bride and groom. It’s very cool and will help you with achieve the number one thing you need to plan a  successful wedding: organization. (Well, that, and patience. Oh, and some cash.) Check it out at: http://whatsupmag.com/images/2008/10/weddings/fw08wuwwbk.pdf.

Another helpful tool you will find on our website is our Ultimate Wedding Guide, a comprehensive guide to venues, caterers, hotels, and restaurants in the Annapolis and Eastern Shore areas. We’ve done all of the research for you here. Use it! http://www.whatsupmag.com/weddings/wedding-guide.aspx.

Finally, one of our interns, Monserrat Urena,  was very busy collecting info on wedding photography this week. So much so that we had extra to share with you here. (Love her!) Below, find all of the points that you will want to be sure are covered when signing a contract with your wedding photographer. Enjoy!

 

Wedding Photography Contract Must-Haves

You’ve done your homework, made appointments, and looked at dozens of photographer’s portfolios and websites. Finally, you’ve found a wedding photographer whose work dazzles you—and the prices is right. Hooray!

 But wait—before you move on to the next step in your planning process, you must first agree upon and sign a written contract. Here’s what it should include:

  • The names and contact information for you and your photographer
  • The correct date(s) and exact hours that the photographer’s services will be needed from starting time to end (specify locations where your photographer will shoot with the exact addresses)
  • Name of person who will shoot your wedding and assistants (if applicable)
  • Number and type(s) of cameras that will be used
  • If using film: The number, type, and cost of rolls of film to be used including a clause for the inclusion and cost of any additional rolls used (if needed)
  • Package details, including the number of proofs you’ll receive  
  • The date your proofs will be ready for viewing and how long they can be in your possession
  • The time when and means by which you will receive your full order once it has placed, and any other delivery details
  • The duration of time that the photographer will retain control of your negatives
  • Total cost (itemized is advisable)
  • Overtime fee (if applicable)
  • Reorder price for additional prints
  • Deposit amount that is due
  • Balance and its due date
  • A cancellation and refund policy
  • Name of an acceptable substitute in case of emergency
  • Guarantee of a backup camera/equipment should there be equipment failure
  • Photographer’s signature

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The cooler weather has arrived, bringing with it some of my fall favorites: changing leaves, gourds, pumpkins, apples, eggplant, and butternut squash. Then there are amazing fall flowers in dreamy colors such as golden yellow, burnt orange, ruby red, rich purple, and chocolate brown.  If you are planning a fall or winter wedding, it’s likely that you will be using seasonal flowers in your bouquets, centerpieces, and decor. (Seasonal flowers are usually more affordable and a more eco-friendly choice, to boot!) Below, is a list of some of those flowers, their meanings, and a few decorating ideas.

Autumn

Amaryllis: splendid beauty, pride

Daisies: Innocence

Grape ivy: fidelity, friendship

China aster: love, daintiness

Fuchsia: taste

Zinnia: thoughts of friends

  • Magenta zinnia: Lasting affection
  • Scarlet zinnia: constancy
  • White zinnia: goodness

Yarrow: healing

 

Chrysanthemums: cheerfulness, optimism, and “You’re a wonderful friend.” These flowers transition from summer to autumn in shades of yellow, bronze, and orange.

*Decor ideas for fall weddings*

  • Arrange sheaths of wheat or corn at the reception site’s entrance.
  • Integrate pumpkins, cornucopias, acorns, leaves, or gourds into your theme.
  • Use hollowed-out mini pumpkins with votive candles, elegantly carved pumpkins with beautiful designs or monograms, or paper bag luminaries to create a warm, seasonal atmosphere.
  • Place flowers in gourds or pumpkins instead of vases.

Winter

Baby’s Breath: festivity

Carnations: fascination, divine love, bonds of affection, health and energy

  • Pink carnation: remembrance, “I’ll never forget you,” a mother’s love
  • Red carnation: admiration, my heart aches for you
  • White carnation: innocence, faithfulness, sweet and lovely

Eucalyptus berries: protection

Juniper pine gardenias: “You’re lovely,” sweet love, good luck

Holly: goodwill, domestic happiness, foresight

Poinsettia: “Be of good cheer”

Snowball mums: cheerfulness, optimism

Tip: You can personalize a bouquet for the season by adding pinecones, evergreen, or berries.

*Decor ideas for winter weddings*

Group different varieties of poinsettias around the reception site.

Use pine branches and white candles in clear glass candle holders to create beautiful, fragrant centerpieces.

Another centerpiece idea is to fill a pretty bowl with water, cranberries, and floating candles (consider star- or snowflake-shaped candles).

Other elements to consider adding to a winter wedding theme: sparkly white lights, miniature gingerbread houses (or gingerbread couples as favors), miniature evergreens, candy cane pillars, snow globe centerpieces, mistletoe, and shiny ornaments.

*Note: Many flowers, especially favorites like roses and lilies, are available all year.

Did you use a seasonal theme at your wedding? Send your photo or ideas to: stephanie@whatsupmag.com.

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For more on seasonal flowers and other ideas for bouquets and centerpieces, see our article, Petal Power:

http://www.whatsupmag.com/weddings/wedding-features/0308-petal-power.aspx.

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