Bewildered Bride

Questions to Ask Before Booking your Wedding Photographer

To me, choosing your wedding photographer is one of the biggest and hardest parts of  planning a wedding. Your wedding photo’s will be a lasting memory of your big day and something that is totally irreplaceable. They will be viewed by many people and something to show your kids and grand-kids.


It’s very important to carry out careful research into any photographer that you’re interested in hiring. I recommend you start to look for a photographer from the minute you start planning. A lot of good photographers can get booked up 2 or 3 years in advance and if it is a popular date it may be even further in advance.

Look at past weddings they have shot, do you like the style they used? If so, are they within your budget? If they are, set up an appointment to meet them so you can get the feel of their personality and whether you can work with them. Your MUST like your photographer and feel relaxed around them…..if not your wedding photographs aren’t going to be what you dream of.

Now you have a shortlist of potential photographers, I have put together a list of questions for you to ask to make sure they are definitely the right photographer for you!


  • What style do you tend to shoot in?
  • Do you use colour, black and white or both?
  • Do you edit the photos before we see them?

Wedding Photographer 2


  • What does your price/package include? Albums, prints, USB
  • If an album or prints are not included, how much are these?
  • How many hours do you cover? i.e. preparations to first dance
  • Is an engagement shoot included in the price?
  • What deposit do you take?
  • When is the final balance due?

Wedding Photographer and Videographer


  • How many images will I receive?
  • Can I request certain photos?
  • Will you photograph me getting ready?
  • What are the terms for image rights and how can the images be used?
  • How will you use our images?
  • How long after the wedding will we receive the photos?

Wedding Photographer


  • How many hours do you cover?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Are you insured?
  • Do you have backup equipment in case your camera fails on the day?
  • How many photographers will there be on the day? Do you have an assistant?
  • Will you, personally, be there on the day?
  • Have you photographed our venue before? If not, will you visit the venue before the wedding?
  • Which videographers do you work well with?
  • What is your contingency for illness or any other unforeseen circumstances?
  • How many weddings do you shoot per year?
  • How many wedding have you shot in your career?
  • Can we see a complete set of photographs from a recent wedding? (These may be available on the photographers website prior to your meeting)

If you ask all the right questions you should find the perfect photographer for you and have amazing wedding photographs!

Wedding Photo


February 24, 2015

Simply Stunning Evening Wedding Reception in Sheffield: Rachael & Phil

Meet Rachael and Phil Kay. They got engaged on holiday in Mexico in October 2011.   Phil proposed in the hotel room before they headed out for the evening.  Rachael said “it was very understated but his words were perfect”.
They were married on 25 August 2014 at the Balcony Hotel in Zante. After they returned they held a reception at the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield on 12 September 2014.
Rachael’s piece of advice would be not have any regrets, if you think you might want something in your wedding have it!!  She thinks Phil’s would be if the bride to be likes something then the groom likes it too!!  And enjoy every single minute of it because the day goes itself goes so quickly.
Rachael’s dress was by Suzanne Neville which she bought from The White Rooms in Sheffield.  Her shoes were from John Lewis and her hair and make-up was by L’Beautique.
Rachel said that she wished they had more little personal touches and details at their reception. “But in terms of both our wedding day and reception, we were surrounded by wonderful family and great friends who made us feel very loved and we wouldn’t change that for the world!”
Photographer – Mylo Photography
Room decor – Decorative Chairs
Flowers – Sarah’s Florist
Shoes – John Lewis
Hair and make-up – L’Beautique
Phil’s suit – M&S
Shoes – Office

Bridesmaid Dresses 101

  • Pick the colour and fabric that you like, but consider letting your bridesmaids wear different styles that suit them. This way both the bride and the bridesmaids should be happy. Bridesmaid Dresses
  • When looking for dresses try to only go with one or two bridesmaids at first, once you have narrowed down the selection to 2 or 3 options, you can get everyone together to try them on. Trying on Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Ask the bridesmaids opinion, but make the final decision yourself….you’re never going to please everyone and your bridesmaids should be happy if you’re happy.
  • Place all bridesmaids orders at the same time and in the same place to make sure they are all made from the same roll of fabric.
  • Allow at least 3 months for delivery and alteration, you don’t want to panic about them arriving in time.
  • Don’t forget shoes, jewellery and handbags.Bridesmaid shoes
  • Flower girls don’t have to match the bridesmaids, but they should complement the overall look.Flowergirl
  • Pick age appropriate dresses for all.

10 Things Every Bride Should Have.

  1. A dress with WOW. Your dress should reflect your personality, make your feel confident and give you butterflies everytime you see it.
    Mori Lee Style 1910

    Mori Lee Style 1910

  2. The perfect shoe. Make sure they are comfortable as well as stylish….you have to wear them all day. Don’t choose something you can’t dance in, if you kick your shoes off later on, your lovely dress is going to drag on the floor.
    Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Embellished Shoes

    Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Embellished Shoes

  3. Jewellery. You should choose something that compliments your dress but doesn’t take the attention away from it. Swarovski crystals and pearls are always timeless classics.
    Valentine Necklace by Caradan Designs

    Valentine Necklace by Caradan Designs

  4. Flowers. Pick flowers you love, not what you think you should have.
    Bouquet by The Design Studio

    Bouquet by The Design Studio

  5. Something old, new,borrowed and blue. Try and find items that mean something to you and you can keep.
    Something old, new, borrowed and blue by Betty's Glamour Box

    Something old, new, borrowed and blue by Betty’s Glamour Box

  6. Time with your husband/wife to be. Spend time together and ban the subject of the wedding….don’t let it take over. Go to the cinema, bowling or for a meal. Spend time remembering why you are marrying each other. Couple
  7. Quirkiness. Incorporate something you and your partner love into the wedding that is unique to you.Dog at Wedding
  8. A selfish moment. Remember that this is you and your partners wedding. Don’t do things because someone said you should, do things the way you both want and don’t worry about everyone else. You are entitled to one Bridezilla moment! Bridezilla
  9. Pamper time. Whether you book in for a spa day or just relax in  your PJ’s with a face pack and a soppy film…make sure you have time to relax and look after yourself. Pamper
  10. Fun. Planning your wedding should be a fun experience. If you start to feel stressed, do something fun and remember you only get to do this once, so enjoy every last moment of it! Bewildered Bride
November 21, 2014

How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring – A Guide by Dubai Rocks

Choosing your dream diamond ring is an event that you’ll want to cherish and remember. Slipping the ring onto your finger for the first time and showing friends and family is all part of the magic. Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love for each other, so you’ll want it to sparkle for a whole lifetime. But there’s so much to consider when making one of the most important purchases of your life. Dubai Rocks have come up with some useful tips to help you find the perfect engagement ring.


Choose your perfect diamond shape

Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional round diamonds to princess, cushion, emerald and oval designs. Think about which shape you instinctively fall in love with, and which best suits your style and personality. Round diamonds are by far the most popular, so there is a wider selection available. A round diamond will appear larger than some other shapes too.


Guarantee the quality of your diamond ring

Sqare Cut

Engagement rings aren’t cheap, so you’ll want some guarantee that the sparkle you fall in love with is here to stay. Before you start shopping for your diamond ring, it’s well worth doing your research on certification. Certification takes place when the rock is examined and is given a set of graded qualities. It’s widely thought that the best standard for certification comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). So when shopping for your dream ring, you can ask if the diamonds on sale are certified by the GIA for a guarantee of high quality.


Does size matter when it comes to choosing your diamond ring?

Diamond Carat Guide

One of the best known considerations when choosing a diamond ring is deciding on the carat, or weight of the diamond. Some weight differences are so small that they are barely noticeable, but the size of the carat holds a great deal of sway when it comes to showing your ring off to friends. 1 carat diamond rings are still a status symbol and carry a much higher price tag for the same reason. But big isn’t necessarily always the most beautiful. You need to consider the “cut” of the rock alongside the carat, as it’s the quality of the cut that will make the diamond sparkle. So a smaller carat with a better quality cut can look even more impressive as it stands out so well.

Round Cut

Finding the perfect engagement ring is a magical time. There is a lot to consider and it can be daunting to make a final decision on such an important purchase. Understanding how to recognise the best quality diamonds will help make sure that your ring will sparkle for a lifetime. But let your instinct guide you, too. You’ll know your dream ring when you simply can’t take your eyes off it for a moment. Good luck with your search for the perfect ring, and enjoy every moment.