The task of planning a wedding is very overwhelming. From choosing a date, venue, dress all the way down to what type of favors, the decisions are endless. I always encourage brides and grooms to take some time to think about how one decision affects the other. This is particularly important in regards to photography. When choosing a date, a venue, and a time for the ceremony, couples are often concerned about jobs, families, convenience, and budget. While this is totally understandable, I would encourage anyone planning a wedding to also take into consideration how those decisions affect the photographs of the big day. If the wedding is during the late fall or winter and the ceremony is in the evening, are you OK with all of the post ceremony pictures being indoors or outside in he dark? If you are having the summer wedding, have you considered how wearing tuxes and dresses outdoors in the heat will affect not only you but your bridal party? If you love the inside of your ceremony venue but you aren’t crazy about the outdoors, will you leave time in the schedule to go somewhere else for a few pictures? Contacting an experienced photographer, even it doesn’t end up being the one you hire, before deciding on a date, venue, time for ceremony is a wonderful idea. More often than not, couples have already decided venue and date by the time that they meet with the photographer. At that point, time of ceremony is the only thing that may be flexible. And even that is sometimes not flexible. Hopefully a helpful tip for all of my Louisville, southern Indiana, and surrounding area brides from a Louisville, KY based wedding photographer!!