Planning your Wedding

What To Think about

Planning a wedding can be an exciting, albeit overwhelming, journey. There’s so much to consider – the venue, the guest list, the decor, and of course, capturing the precious moments of the day. The first step in this journey is determining your vision. What kind of wedding do you envision? Rustic, modern, beach-themed, or perhaps a fairytale castle? Do you prefer a small, intimate gathering or a grand celebration? This clarity will guide you through all subsequent decisions.

Planning Your Wedding Day - A Guide​

Questions you didn’t know to ask, with answers from wedding vendors. 

Planning Your Wedding Day - A Starting Guide

Questions you didn’t know to ask, with answers from wedding vendors. 

Photographers FAQ

Your wedding photos are the timeless keepsakes of your special day, so choosing the right photographer is crucial. Here’s what you need to consider with thoughts from a bendigo wedding planner.


Every photographer has their unique style and believe it or not that can really make your wedding experience a good one to remember.
A photographer’s style can be broken down even further by describing their shooting style and editing style 

Shooting Style

The manner in which a photographer approaches documenting your wedding is known as their shooting style. This approach greatly shapes the atmosphere of your celebration, affecting not only the captured images but also the interactions between you, your guests, and your photographer.

The main to bear in mind when considering the shooting style is the balance between a relaxed experience and the desire for an extensive, glamorous photo collection.

The more images you desire and the greater the glamour quotient you aspire for in these photos, the more investment of time and effort you’ll need to make. This could involve posing for multiple shots, changing locations or outfits, and spending a significant part of your wedding day on photography. Therefore, it’s essential to align your expectations with the shooting style of your chosen photographer.

To help even further, here is a difficulty level to understand how much effort you need to put to get the shoots you might be looking for. 

Photojournalistic / Candid / Documentary

The least amount of effort, but the most enjoyable 

In this approach, the photographer acts as an observer, capturing candid moments as they happen naturally. They don’t interfere with the events but instead, try to document the raw emotions and genuine interactions. This can make your photos feel more personal and dynamic.

Traditional / Posed / Guided 

 This style involves more direction from the photographer to ensure they capture all the important moments and people. The photographer would guide you and your guests into poses for group shots, portraits, and key moments like cutting the cake or first dance.

In most cases, a combination of documentary and posed styles is the way to go. A professional photographer will know when to uses both at the right times. 

Fine Art / Modelling / 

This style gives the photographer creative freedom to turn each shot into a piece of art. They focus on creating visually stunning images, often using unique angles, creative lighting, or interesting compositions. This style is often the most aggressive, and it has been known to wear out brides and grooms who weren’t ready to put in the extra hours and effort in front of the camera. It can also cut into time spent with family and friends often making the day pass like a blur without really getting to sit down, look around and enjoy the moment. 

Editing Style

The post-production phase, where a photographer edits the images, plays a significant role in defining their style. This editing process can dramatically alter the ambience and emotional impact of the photos. While it may be challenging to describe editing styles due to the broad range of options, it’s a crucial aspect of a photographer’s craft.

Perusing the photographer’s portfolio is a great way to understand their editing style and see if it aligns with your vision for your wedding.

Remember, you do have an opportunity to discuss the editing style even after the wedding day has passed. Many photographers provide a sneak peek of your wedding photos, sharing a selection of 10 to 30 highlight images in the days following the event. This preview allows you to evaluate the editing style and put forward any specific requests. However, once the photographer begins the task of editing the entire gallery – potentially consisting of hundreds or even thousands of images – it becomes significantly more challenging to accommodate changes. Thus, it’s important to communicate your preferences early in the process.



This style aims to mimic the look of film photography with its characteristic color tones and grain. Images edited in this style often have a nostalgic, timeless feel.

Clean / Classic 

This editing style is more minimalistic, aiming to keep colors accurate and vibrant. The goal is to create photos that are beautiful yet realistic.


 This style typically involves heavier editing to create images with high contrast, less saturation, and a focus on darker tones. It can create a dramatic and emotional feel to your images.

When it comes to typical wedding photography, especially those set in outdoor, natural settings or rustic venues, certain editing styles are more commonly used to complement the surroundings and evoke a certain mood. Among these, the sepia tone colour palette, the “light and airy”, and the “desaturated and moody” are particularly popular.

The sepia tone color palette is a modern choice that gives photographs a timeless, vintage appeal. This editing style is marked by warm brown hues that remind one of old-world photographs, imparting a nostalgic charm to the images.

The “light and airy” style is often favored for daytime, outdoor weddings, where the abundant natural light is leveraged to create dreamy, ethereal images. This style is characterized by soft, pastel colors, gentle shadows, and a general emphasis on light, lending a romantic, almost fairy-tale-like quality to the pictures.

The “desaturated and moody” editing style, on the other hand, is all about drama and depth. It involves reducing color intensity and playing with shadows to bring out the intensity of emotions and the richness of details. It’s especially suited for rustic weddings or those with a bohemian or unconventional theme, where the desaturated colors can beautifully highlight the textures and mood of the setting.



We have lots more to talk about, so stay tuned for some more discussions with wedding day planners, or check out the Bendigo Wedding Directory for info about vendors.