Let’s Do The Damn Thing!
We are thrilled you have chosen Rad Red Creative to document your special day! And we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you as a new client. We have making wedding's RAD for 7+ years now and are confident that you have made the right choice in trusting Rad Red with your most special day yet.
Below is our Welcome Guide, which contains everything you will need to know from tips to your big day to preferred vendors to a engagement session style guide! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have or for advice as you read through the info below. We have shot hundreds of weddings and have so much information to share! Just remember, when planning your wedding always keep your love story as the main focus. Its the day to celebrate togetherness, love and family! Here is to creating amazing memories together.
Planning a wedding can be tricky...
But there is one very important thing to remember, this day is about your love story. There are so many fun decisions to be made! One of my favorite wedding blogs says:
1. This should be a really fun time together, so if things start to get a little too stressful, take a break + don’t talk wedding for a couple of days. After a little bit of time off, we have a feeling you’ll come back refreshed + ready to start at it again with a new perspective!
2. Your day should always represent the two of you! So while it’s fun to seek out creative ideas + dream about that elaborate DIY backdrop, it’s key to discuss what your priorities are and what feels like the best reflection of the two of you and your unique love!
Number 2 hits home to me so much! It's really important to really think about colors you love and themes that make you happy and showcase personalized and unique details that tell your story as a couple and as people. There are no rules or regulations and you want to do something out of the box or different that's okay!
We are pleased to recommend the following vendors based on their professionalism, highest standards of quality and many successful weddings completed together. There are some bad ones out there so make sure and get quotes from lots of people. We HIGHLY recommend every single person below:
If you have an engagement session with us, be sure to check out the style guide before you get started planning or booking.
Don't forget Save The Dates! If you want to send those out, they should be sent 6-8 months in advance; earlier for destination weddings. All they need to include is your name, date and location. They are less formal than invites but it gives your guests a first glance into your style and theme so make sure it matches everything else.
Should we do a "First Look"? It's a new age for weddings, so it's no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. Whats more, there are actually some advantages to a first look prior to the wedding. First, the bride, groom and bridal party are in top form! Hair and Makeup are fresh and the guys are still ok with being in the tux. Second, if you do decide to go with a first look we set aside 15 minutes of uninterrupted private time for the bride and groom before the ceremony so they can spend some quality time with each other before the I dos. This is the best time to calm your nerves, exchange gifts or prayers and think about all the moments that are to come. Because once the ball gets rolling at the ceremony, there is not much free to relaxing time until you get to your honeymoon suite. Finally, first look are almost required for people with a later/sunset ceremony time or who want to go to cocktail hour. But ultimately its your wedding and if a first look doesn't fit for you and your fiancé that's okay to!
Go UnPlugged. We live in the age of smart phones! So it's important to remember to be present. So we highly recommend having an "unplugged" ceremony where no cellphones or cameras are allowed. This will allow guests to be in the moment and keep our photos device free. I promise you'll be thankful later.
Weather. DO NOT over check the radar. Especially if you are getting married in Florida. The forecast is ever changing and Florida weather is so unpredictable. Its not worth the stress, again just trust us on this one!
For The Grooms
For most Grooms. Planning a wedding isn't their idea of a good time. But it's really important to be a part of the process. After all, it is your wedding too! Pick a few things that interest you: food, music or flowers? Pitch in for the BIG THREE: guest list, venue and date. Your fiancé will thank you for it.
Keep Dating Her. If you're fiancé is on borderline wedding overload give her a night to relax! Take her out to dinner, do the dishes or take her to a movie. Remind her why wedding planning is worth it!!
Honeymoon. Take the lead on planning the honeymoon - it's a WINNER! Unlike wedding planning, there is no formalities. Book way in advance and consider the half-n-half technique where honeymoon is half adventure and half relaxing.
Style Tip. Match your tux or suit to the theme or venue. You wouldn't wear a black on black high end tux on the beach right? Also consider buying a suit instead of renting so that you can have it for multiple uses. Every guys needs a perfectly tailored suit.
Accessorize. Think about unique pocket squares or tie pins. Colorful socks or unique shoes!
For the Brides
Go Pro. Hiring a professional hair and makeup artist will make the difference, trust us on this one!
Trial Run. Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial with your artist before the big day. Snap a few images after the session to make sure all the elements from makeup to dress to jewelry are a perfect match.
Timely Tending. Allow an extra hour for hair and makeup then you originally anticipated, this will ensure we do not run behind. We will work on a timeline and communicate with you what time hair and makeup should be complete so you can tell your artist.
More Can Be Better. Because you're likely to look washed out on camera, don't worry if you feel like you have too much makeup on. Especially if your not use to it! Professionals know how to make everyone look great on camera.
Falsies. Most makeup artist will swear on false lashes. Not only do they make your eyes pop, you will hardly even notice that they're there. We highly recommend them, and most professional artist offer them as an add on.
Keep it Clean. Make sure to take extra care of your skin and hands in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Drink lots and lots of water!