Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 96)

Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas HOT TOPIC PLANNING SOS I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the planning process. What are your top tips for creating a stress-free wedding? Most couples can feel these emotions when planning their wedding; so here are two helpful key points to focus on! Concentrate on what makes you both happy when planning the wedding, and remember the day is for you both to enjoy. Take time away from everyone else during the wedding to reflect on the special moments together. Try to be organised by making a list, setting up a joint email or even creating a spreadsheet to stay on track. It never hurts to have another set of eyes check everything, so ask for help from a professional, a friend or a family member. Let them see your list to double-check you’ve covered everything. Mickayla Lawrie | Sal Majik Events | CAPTURING MEMORIES We’re considering booking a videographer for our wedding; do you have any tips when searching for a company? A videographer can help capture special memories on the day, so picking the right company is essential. Here are my tips to help you find the perfect videographer for your wedding.  Look for a company that has experience shooting weddings; this will ensure they know how to capture the important moments and tell the story of your special day.  Check out the videographer’s portfolio to see if their editing style aligns with what you’re after.  Read reviews from previous clients to get an idea of the supplier’s quality of work and customer service.  Discuss your vision for the video with the company. Ensure they understand what you’re looking for and that they can deliver on your expectations.  Set a budget for the videographer and discuss pricing upfront. Ensure you understand what’s included in the price and any additional costs that may be added. Matt Fochs | Forever Captured Wedding Films Scan to view video THROUGH THE LENS We’re not the best posers, but we would love a few snaps in the venue’s wintry grounds. What should we do? Finding a photographer you feel comfortable around on your wedding day is essential. If you’re super relaxed in front of the camera or are looking for natural-style photos, then search for photographers with that type of style. Ask for a consultation with prospective suppliers and ask plenty of questions to help put your mind at ease. You’ll also see how well you connect with each photographer, which is essential as they’ll be with you throughout the day. It’s important to have a fun and light-hearted relationship, which is something I have with my couples. I discuss and establish how intimate clients what this to be during their engagement session, which I include in my wedding packages. Most of what I do is natural but directed to ensure my couples don’t feel awkward in front of the camera – this allows me to capture authentic, beautiful moments. Nikki Legg | Nikki Legg Photography 78