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Wiregrass Wedding Insider
Here at Wiregrass Wedding Insider we are looking to make one of the biggest chapters of your life one of the most enjoyable and as stress-free as possible! Not only do we personally offer photography services but we will also be going along this journey with a step by step wedding planning process from the moment you get engaged to the very big day!
Now that you have your date chosen lets talk about bridal party!! The bridal party can make or break your wedding day in my opinion, you want to be sure that your bridal party are those who love and support you and your fiancé while helping keep the mood of your entire wedding planning process fun and exciting! But, how exactly do you go about choosing your bridal party? Well, first your fiancé and you need to discuss how big of a bridal party you want. I have seen brides have a bridal party as big as sixteen bridesmaids and sixteen groomsmen but then brides have also had just a Maid/Matron of Honor and a Best Man. Honestly it's just personal preference for what you and your fiancé are looking for. I do try to let brides know the bigger the bridal party the more opinions you're going to have, it can be more expensive, and you have more opportunity for drama to occur. However, there are pros to having a bigger bridal party such as you won't feel as if you're excluding anyone, you will be able to include all of your important people. Secondly you are more apt to have more help with wedding planning and pre-wedding events such as bridal showers and the bachelorette weekend instead of it all falling on to just one person and overwhelming them. And finally you are going to be receiving tons of love and support from some of your most important people on your big day! Now let's say you decide to have a smaller bridal party you still have some great pros to go off of. Such as, it'll be more intimate. You are able to focus on your girls and take in a little more consideration as to their thoughts and opinions when it comes to their dresses and the bachelorette party! You are also able to make things more personalized, when it comes to having your bridal party it's tradition to give them some type of gift to say, "thank you for standing by us on our big day." So when doing these gifts you can do personalized water bottles, shirts for getting ready the morning of, jewelry of some type whether it be earrings or a necklace for them to wear. Now, I'm not saying that you can't personalize your bridal party gifts if you have a larger party because you absolutely can! What I'm saying is it'll feel a bit overwhelming and not as organized. However, there are cons to a smaller bridal party that you may want to consider. You may feel as if you are pushed to choose certain people based off relationship, friendship length, family versus non family. You then will feel as if you are leaving your important people out and feelings will be hurt because they weren't chosen to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen. There is a silver lining though! Just because someone isn't specifically a bridesmaid or groomsmen, Maid/Matron of Honor, or Best Man doesn't mean they can't play a big part in your day! For your girls who aren't bridesmaids give them specific jobs for the day of, whether that's helping fluff your dress for photos, carrying your dress across the grass or outside while you walk, or even opening and closing the doors during the actual ceremony as the procession is happening you can give them jobs that will help ease both parties in feeling that they are included and not missing out on your big day! And for your groomsmen, even though they are less likely to have their feelings hurt for not being a groomsmen you can still give them a job of being an attendant in helping people find their seats before the ceremony. This way all of your important people are still included in your big day and nobody is made to feel left out. I hope when it comes to choosing your bridal party and who you want to stand next to you on your special day that you consider some of the things written in this blog to help you make some decisions.
So now that everything has settled from the excitement of your engagement lets get down business! One of the first things you and your fiancé need to talk about are dates, you should try to nail down a date as soon as possible. The sooner you have a date figured out the sooner you can start contacting your vendors and searching for a venue! When it comes to picking a date many couples often don't discuss how long of an engagement they want. Do you want a longer engagement or a shorter engagement? Whichever your fiancé and you decide plays a factor in what months and dates you have to pick from and what kind of timeline you have to work with when it comes to the entire wedding planning process! Another factor to think about is what season you want to get married in. Whether you've always dreamed of getting married in a field with thousands of wildflowers surrounding you or a winter wonderland choosing the right day for your perfect day is a huge task and can come across to be very daunting! As someone who was a bride herself I found myself indulging in hours and hours of Pinterest searching for ideas and the "style" I was wanting and looking for. Let me encourage you to create a Pinterest board with all your ideas, find the "theme" you're looking for and then let that guide your way in picking a date! Obviously you wouldn't put sunflowers and wildflowers in your winter wonderland theme wedding but you would do white roses and light blues and soft pinks for your winter wonderland! Be sure to check out a few personal testimonies from Brides on how they went about choosing their date!
My fiancée and I thought about this long and hard. I wanted this to be a memory thing something we both could really cherish and to help make our day special.. My father passed away unfortunately in 2007 so he won’t be able to walk me down the aisle and just his presence is a blessing in its self. So we picked my fathers birthday for our wedding date. We get married next year!
April 09, 2021
-Demi Locke, Bride
Ryan and I got married on February 18th, 2012. The wedding was held in LaBelle Florida outside under huge oak trees at a historical home. Being in Southwest Florida I knew I absolutely could not have a summer wedding. My wedding dress was a tea length gown, that helped. The problem is the majority of the year in South Florida is summer. I had to choose a date that would have the possibility to be nice weather. I also, did not want any other birthdays or big holidays around our wedding. Out of the "winter" months in South Florida you have November with Thanksgiving, December with Christmas, and January is Ryan's birthday. We ended up choosing the, 18th because it was on President's day weekend so we would always have a long weekend around our anniversary. Just so happens it is near Valentine's day too. That surprisingly didn't play a huge part in choosing the date, but it's a perk now. My bridesmaids had light sweaters just in case something crazy happened and it was actually cold, but they didn't need them at all!
February 18, 2012
-Susan White, Bride
Okay so me and my fiancé set the date for in November because we both wanted a fall wedding. We chose the 28th because it’s my great grandmother’s birthday...who I’m named after...and she’s also the woman who adopted my mom and gave her a new life compared to how she would have been raised. It’s a special day for me and especially my mom (she was also wanting me and my fiancé to get married on the 28th)...so to make my mom think even for just a little bit that I’m going to be selfish for my wedding day that I “wanted” it to be my day, no holiday or anyone else’s day, etc....so I told her it was on the 21st it’s been VERY hard not to tell her but it’ll be worth it when I surprise her with it next week...everyone that already knows the real wedding date has kept it a secret from my mom so we could surprise her with the invitations when they come in my mom has never really had any kind of surprise birthday party so this I think is better than that. Also it’s the Saturday after thanksgiving so any family that’s already in town that’s from out of town could have a chance of coming to the wedding as well.
November 28, 2020
-Brently McClain, Bride
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