11 Things to do before your Wedding Day

 

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Our blog post today comes from Beverly, the owner of Arbor Massage in South Hadley. She had the great opportunity to plan three of her children’s weddings in the same year. In this blog post she gives you 11 things to do before your Wedding Day.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to help plan three of our four children’s weddings within in the same year. It was an exciting time with much to do and schedule according to the “lists” that so many wedding professionals offer up. However, I am writing to inform you of some things that you may not have thought of as you plan this once in a life-time event, that you want to have as perfect as possible.

 

1. Photographer – when choosing this person, make sure you see photos of all his/her work throughout the wedding day, before hand. These photos and the experience with this person, during your day, will last long after your guests have left your party. The woman I chose showed up to our church ceremony wearing hiking clothes and sporting a backpack. She was very obtrusive as she knelt down right in front of the pastor near the alter and took her photos.

Western Mass Wedding Photography

Western Mass Wedding Photography

2. Getting the family covered for photography at the wedding – Make sure you appoint someone to be in charge of who gets into the photos for the formal wedding shots (not the bride’s mother). In fact, make a list that you can give to the photographer before hand to forewarn him/her that these people need to be in photos. This is a big part of the preparation. Your photographer is not a mind reader and doesn’t know your family. And you will be far away, mentally, from this planning on our wedding day.

3. Make sure clutter is picked up inside and outside before your wedding day – It is a very chaotic day and people will be popping in and out making it next to impossible to see the whole picture of what is really happening. The photographer will be taking “get ready” shots in lots of areas that you might not have thought of. The yard too, if it’s a nice day, will sometimes be used to take large group shots. So as clean up as much as possible.
4. Tent and party rental – make sure you see this person’s equipment before you contract with them and make a clause in the agreement that if the equipment is not as they say, some compensation would transpire afterwards. I guess there may or may not be a way to make sure all the plates and utensils come clean and the rented grill is working. But heads up to this as I contracted with two different but very well known rental companies and both times there were problems. Thank goodness we had a caterer who was staffed to handle all the dishwashing, beforehand, for 150 guests.

Western Mass Tent Rentals

Western Mass Tent Rentals

5. Make sure you oversee who is speaking at the reception and for how long they plan on speaking. This is not a time for open mic. The guest you invited do not want to sit and listen to long speeches from people. These long speeches are for another time, like the dress rehearsal where it is more informal. Your wedding should be as you and your fiancé planned. What you don’t think of before hand can go awry. Also make sure the persons speaking can be heard by the guests.
6. Make sure there is a point person at the wedding, again not the bride’s mother – If you don’t have a wedding planner, make sure the person that is in charge understands his/her responsibilities, like when to tell the bridesmaids to walk down the isle.
7. Don’t assume that the venue you choose is going to remember your special requests for your wedding – Call them a few days before to go over those requests like gluten free wedding cake or special appetizers you want. Most of these reception places promise you anything to get you to come to them and they need to be reminded of what they said. Get it in writing in your contract with them.

Log Cabin Wedding Photography

Log Cabin Wedding Photography

8. Make sure you understand who is picking up the flowers or if they are being delivered – You need to assign someone to pin flowers on the wedding party, and distribute the other flowers. It is a smaller task but important. You are honoring these recipients with flowers and it should not go overlooked as a nothing task. Most people don’t know how to pin on a boutonnière. So, make sure the person in charge can do this important job.
9. Make sure the now bride and groom eat during the day – They day is so busy and hectic that this goes pushed to the side. The excitement of the reception can carry them off in another direction and food is the last thing on their minds. They need to have strength to have this day. Good food during the day is very important to satiate them.
10. Make sure someone coordinates the music (usually DJ), with the day as YOU planned it and with the music you planned – Some DJs like to run on their timeline and think they know best. Make it clear to them when you want them to play and what will be happening when the eating takes place at the reception.
11. Make sure you plan on the ride for the bride and groom to their next location, after the reception – They will most likely arrive with a limo or other means besides their car, especially if they don’t live in the area they are marrying in. This faux-paux can prove embarrassing and put a damper on the end of a perfectly planned wedding day.
Which reminds me, that as much as you try, there is going to be something you didn’t foresee and plan for. Hopefully these 11 things will be ones that you will remember to put in place for your perfect wedding day.
Weddings are stressful times. Don’t forget your health and remember to get regular massages as part of your distressing routine.
Beverly from Arbor Massage , 607 Newton Street. South Hadley, Ma

Check out their website at arbormassage.net and give them a call at 413 374 2525

Also check out our site at jaysonsphotography.com for your Greenwich NY Wedding Photography. Call us at 413 537 9553 or e-mail at jayson@jaysonsphootgraphy.com

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Spring is in the Air

Here is a picture I captured of a Robin in the snow. I’m hoping that Spring is right around the corner. This is an image to make you hopeful for Spring. The weather is supposed to be nice this next coming week so be patient. Spring will be here before we know it so hang in there, not to sound like a cat poster. I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the winter together. Remember to drink a bunch of tea. Also, if you are having trouble sleeping try eating oatmeal a half an hour before bed.

A picture of a Sprng Robin in the snow.

A picture of a Spring Robin in the snow.

If you are looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding, be sure to check out our website at jaysonsphotography.com

Cheers!

J

Jayson Lecuyer

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The Log Cabin Wedding Photography

Here at Jayson’s Photography we offer Log Cabin Wedding Photography. One of the first weddings I ever photographed was at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. Since then, I have photographed there numerous times. It is one of my favorite places to shoot in the Western Mass area, not just because of the breathtaking view but because of their amazing friendly staff. I am deeply honored that they are featuring one of our images that we shot at The Delaney House (Which is also owned by them) on their beautiful website under Photo Galleries. Check it out by clicking here.

This is the beautiful image that they are featuring.

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If you are looking for Log Cabin Wedding Photography or Delaney House Wedding Photography, be sure to give us a call at or text at 413 537 9553. Email us at jayson@jaysonsphotography.com

And check out more amazing images at our website jaysonsphotography.com

Cheers!

J

Jayson Lecuyer

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Chicopee Wedding Photography

As many of you know I photograph a lot of engagement sessions and weddings outside of Western Mass but every time I return home I take the Chicopee exit on the Mass Pike. As much as I love photographing weddings and engagement sessions in Boston and New York, there is no place like home. I guess you can say we do offer Chicopee Wedding Photography because it is so close to home. I love to travel to destination weddings but there is something nice about shooting a close wedding that is at The Log Cabin or Look Park. These places are like home to me because I’ve photographed there so many times before.

Chicopee Wedding Photography
Chicopee Wedding Photographer

Chicopee Wedding Photography
Chicopee Wedding Photographer
Chicopee Wedding Photographer
Chicopee Wedding Photographer
Chicopee Wedding Photographer
Chicopee Wedding Photography

If you are looking for Chicopee Wedding Photography, be sure to give us a call or text at 413 537 9553. E-mail also works at jayson@jaysonsphotography.com Check out our website at jaysonsphotography.com for more amazing wedding moments.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

J

Jayson Lecuyer

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Rat Bite Fever

The last couple weeks have been extremely long and stressful for me. I’m writing this post to educate those out there about a very rare disease called rat bite fever or Streptobacillus moniliformis. Some might think that rats are very cute and cuddly and can even help you become a better chef.

 

rat bite fever

But this is not the case. As adorable as Disney and Pixar have made their rats appear in Ratatouille, their fever is not. This past Wednesday my niece came down with Rat Bite Fever. Her fever lasted for 3 days and she could not walk. The disease gets into the blood stream and stiffens the joints which makes it hurt when you move your legs, arms and neck. On Saturday she was admitted to the hospital and it took the doctors two days to diagnose this fatal disease. I cannot say the same for this family which took the doctors a month to diagnose their child. Through our prayers they were able to diagnose it as Rat Bite Fever. This disease is extremely rare as there are only around 200 reported cases of it in North America, but it is becoming more and more common with families owning pet rats. There has been a ton of prayer to help heal my beautiful niece. She is still in the healing stages as she can only move her left arm and left leg without pain. I saw her today and was filled with so much joy just to see her move her arm and leg up and down. All I want for Christmas this year is to see my niece healthy again. In my mind children always come before anything that can harm them in any way. If you have animals that are harming your kids and carry a deadly disease, get rid of them. It’s not worth it to lose your child over an animal or rodent. If you don’t have children and love animals or rodents, knock yourself out, literally, like this guy did.

I am so thankful for the prayers from around the world for my niece. Through your prayers she is healing and I’m hoping that she will become healthy enough to attend Thanksgiving this year. I am thankful for the doctors and nurses who are tending to her and helping her get better. God bless all of you.

J

Jayson Lecuyer

 

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