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5 Nontraditional Wedding Ideas

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Nowadays, it’s rare to find a couple who wants all the traditional elements of a wedding on their big day. Instead, couples are looking for ways to stand out from the bunch with nontraditional wedding ideas. Do you consider yourself a modern couple looking for out-of-the-box wedding concepts? Here are five ideas to consider when planning a nontraditional wedding.

  1. Keep the party going and host a cocktail-style reception. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, a cocktail-style wedding puts the focus on food, drink, and conversation. Choose hearty hors d’oeuvres to keep your guests’ appetite at bay, and don’t forget to include bite-sized desserts! This wedding reception style is ideal for the party crowd or if you’re planning to have a smaller wedding. If you take this route, make that clear on your invitation so your guests don’t come expecting a sit-down meal.
  1. Encourage your guests to take part in karaoke. If you’re worried about your guests having a good time at your wedding, karaoke is one way to ensure they’re having fun. Dedicate a portion of your cocktail hour or reception for guests to belt out their favorite songs. Choose from over 2,000 songs spanning every genre, including Motown, classic rock, R&B, pop, country, and more. Let your friends show off their hidden talents with the option of having the performances recorded and able to download as a wedding favor.
  1. Forgo the wedding cake for a more unique dessert. What better way to stand out from the crowd than nothaving a wedding cake? Instead, delight your guests with an unexpected dessert like cotton candy or a DIY ice cream sundae bar. Your guests will love the interactive element dessert brings and leave them talking about your nontraditional wedding for weeks to come.
  1. Incorporate fun andgames into your nontraditional wedding. Instead of the traditional photo booth, have casino or arcade games set up throughout your wedding reception. These activities will keep people of all ages entertained and is a unique way to give your guests a break from the dance floor. From dome hockey to classic arcade games like PacMan and even table games like Blackjack and Roulette, EBE offers dozens of wedding enhancements to entertain your crowd.
  1. Opt for a unique guestbook. Instead of having your guests sign their well wishes into a scrapbook, collect these memories in a nontraditional way. Whether it’s a photo matte you’ll use to frame a picture from your wedding or an audio guest book where guests can record their regards instead of writing them down, there are plenty of unique options available, allowing you to choose one that you and your partner will appreciate.

Incorporating nontraditional elements into your wedding does not make your day any less special. It enables you and your partner to celebrate how you want and not how you’re expected to. When you’re ready to plan all things wedding-related, EBE is here to help.

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Slow Dance Songs for Weddings 2022

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Slow songs aren’t just for the newlywed’s first dance — they’re a key component of any wedding reception. When you’re putting together the list of songs you want to hear on your big day, don’t skip out on the slow songs. Here are a few for inspiration, plus some tips and tricks for having slow songs played at your wedding.

Slow Songs to Play During Your Wedding Reception

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” — Aerosmith
  2. “You’re Still the One” — Shania Twain
  3. “A Whole New World” — from Disney’s Aladdin
  4. “God Bless the Broken Road” — Rascal Flatts
  5. “Keep on Loving You” — REO Speedwagon
  6. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — Frankie Valli
  7. “You Are the Best Thing” — Ray LaMontagne
  8. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — Various artists, including Elvis Presley and Ingrid Michaelson
  9. “Love on the Weekend” — John Mayer
  10. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” — James Taylor
  11. “The Furthest Thing” — Maren Morris
  12. “Anyone” — Justin Bieber

Incorporating slow songs into your wedding ensures all your guests will hear something they can relate to, no matter their musical tastes.

Tips for Playing Slow Songs at Your Wedding

When considering which slow songs to play at your wedding, consider these tips and tricks:

Too many slow songs can bring down the energy you want at your reception. A good rule of thumb is to play one slow song for every five upbeat songs. Eventually, guests want a chance to catch their breath or take a break. This ratio of 5:1 can provide that break every 20 minutes, allowing guests to slow down.

Don’t play slow songs off the bat. The best wedding DJs and wedding bands in Philadelphia know that to kick off a wedding reception, you want to get everyone on the dance floor. Starting with a slow song can single out those who come to your wedding without a plus one. It also won’t help get the fun started. Have a designated time for slow songs or mix them into the other songs on your must-hear list for balance.

Don’t skip out on slow dances! As the newlyweds, you should make it a point to try and get to the dance floor every time the entertainment plays a slow song. Sure, you get your first dance together, but your entire wedding day should be one memorable moment after another. Make time to enjoy each and every second of it.

Are you looking for a wedding DJ or wedding band that knows how to strike the perfect balance between slow and fun upbeat songs? EBE is here to help. When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, contact us to see which band, DJ, or ensemble is right for you.

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Planning Your Wedding Guest List and Entertainment

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Before you begin looking for venues, you and your partner need to determine how many people to invite to your wedding. Your guest list will be an unofficial guide for every decision you make after deciding on the number, from entertainment to food choices. Numbers can quickly skyrocket if you and your partner aren’t on the same page, meaning your budget will also grow.

According to The Knot’s Real Weddings survey, nearly 50% of couples reduced their guest count in 2021, making the overall average for the year 105 guests. And RSVPify reports that 83% of people invited to weddings reply yes, while 17% decline. As you plan your guest list, you can keep these statistics in mind.

Here are some tips on how to plan your wedding guest list:

  • Decide what kind of affair you want to host. Do you want your wedding to be a lavish party, small and intimate, or somewhere in between? Knowing the type of event you want your wedding to be will help you start creating your guest list.
  • Determine your budget. What amount can you comfortably spend on the wedding? How much help are you getting from other parties? These factors will come into play when looking at venues and seeing the cost per plate.
  • Figure out who must be invited. Have an honest conversation with your partner about who you both want attending your nuptials. Immediate family and your closest friends may make the “must invite” list. But how do you both feel about extended family, coworkers, and kids?
  • Think about the past and the future. Have you and your partner both met and spent time with the people on your guest list? If only one of you knows them, you might be able to leave them off the list. You can also ask yourself if this person will still be in your life down the road.

There is no magic number for how many people you should invite to your wedding. It all comes down to how big or small you want your special day to be and what you can afford.

After you have a solid guest list and a venue booked, you can start thinking about the entertainment you will hire for your wedding.


Hiring Wedding Entertainment Based on How Many People are Invited

For weddings with under 50 people:

Bring in a single musician or DJ. From an acoustic guitar player to a violinist or harpist, single musicians can help amplify the feeling of romance at your micro wedding. Since it’s only a single performer, you’re not taking up a lot of space, and you’re saving more money than you would be hiring an entire ensemble. You can also have a wedding DJ in this instance, as they’ll be able to play to your crowd and set up shop in smaller venues.

 For weddings with 50-100 people:

Hire a boutique micro wedding band instead of a complete ensemble. If you’re having a small wedding, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice live entertainment. EBE now offers Boutique Micro Bands with expandable sizes, 2-9 pieces, and it won’t expand your budget! Whether you’re looking for a four to nine-piece band with a violin, saxophone, and integrated DJ or a six to nine-piece band with a violin and saxophone, we have several options available when it comes to micro bands.

Consider a duo or trio. Another cost-effective way of entertaining guests at your wedding is to hire a duo or trio to play live music. Depending on your musical preferences, you can choose anything from a vocal jazz trio to a guitar and vocal duo, string duo, or piano, flute and violin. In some cases, you can also use the same duo or trio you hire for your reception to play the music at your ceremony.

For weddings with over 150 people:

Go with a full band. When you have a lot of people at your wedding, you want to ensure they’re having a good time. There’s no better way to do that than with the best wedding bands in Philadelphia. EBE has over 15 bands ready to start your party and keep your guests on the dance floor all night long. Each band has its own sound, so you’ll be able to choose the right one for you and your partner.

Opt for a DJ. Hiring a DJ for your Philadelphia wedding is a great way to pump up the party since they can play any song you and your guests desire. When your reception has over 150 people, there are many different musical tastes to satisfy. DJs can easily accommodate all of your and your guest’s music requests. Additionally, most wedding DJs can bring elements like lighting, customized dance floors, and props that can help make the night more special and fun.

Hiring the right entertainment sets the tone for your evening and can make the night much more memorable. With full bands, boutique micro bands, DJs, and solo artists available to perform, all you have to do is choose the option that matches the size of your guest list.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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5 Ways to Customize Your Dance Floor

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You may think having a DJ or band is enough to get the party started at your wedding reception, but we’re here to tell you how to turn it up another notch with customized dance floors. Custom dance floors can show your personality, complement your theme, and give your venue a club-like feel⁠—if that’s what you’re going for. Additionally, customized dance floors can help set the tone as your event unfolds.

Wedding event production companies in Philadelphia often offer a variety of ways to spice up the dance floor. Here are five of our favorites.

Over-the-pool dance floors. If your event space has a water feature like a pool, opt for an over-the-pool dance floor. With clear acrylic flooring, you can instantly transform the event space into an epic dance arena, giving your guests a memorable experience from the start.

Pattern wash your dance floor. Pattern washing is one of the easiest ways to transform any space. The right lighting can instantly transform your dance floor into a dramatic stage. From colorful lights to scenic designs and patterns, a pattern wash on your dance floor can capture the essence you want to evoke. At EBE, our knowledgeable event technology professionals are outstanding at on-site logistics, including CAD schematics, floor plans, equipment specifications as well as lighting, sound, video support, draping, and more. We can light up any dance floor anywhere.

Use area rugs to make anywhere a dance floor. If your event is outdoors, area rugs are a great way to designate where the dance floor is. Multiple throw rugs scattered on the ground can easily create the ideal dance floor for events with a rustic or bohemian theme. Make sure you try and find rugs in colors and patterns that complement the overall color scheme of your wedding.

Make the dance floor a destination. If you’re looking for a custom dance floor that’s going to encourage your guests to get out there and bust a move, add a must-see element to the dance floor. From neon signage to globe lights, disco balls, paper lanterns, and even indoor fireworks, these unique features incorporated into your dance floor will capture your guest’s attention throughout the entire event.

Purchase a custom floor wrap. Custom wraps are a viable option if you’re looking for a way to make your dance floor unique. You can have coverings made that depict anything, so the sky’s the limit! But it is best to choose something meaningful to you and your partner and ensure it matches the other elements of your big day.

When you are ready to decide on everything wedding-related, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to see how we can help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Videographer

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Once your wedding is over, that’s it — all you have to look back on are your memories! Preserve them with a wedding video captured by a professional videographer. And if having your special day preserved forever isn’t enough, here are five more reasons to hire a wedding videographer in Philadelphia.

  1. You’re creating a family heirloom. Whether it’s for your future kids or to pass down to another loved one someday, your wedding video instantly becomes something special for your family to treasure forever. Plus, you’ll have something to share with the people who may not have been able to make it that day.
  2. You’ll instantly have a wedding anniversary tradition. Flipping through a photo album of your wedding pictures is one way to celebrate your anniversary. But having a video to playback all of the special moments from that day is even better! This tradition can help you remember the little details of your day and may even inspire you to get up and recreate your first dance.
  3. You give your guests a chance to unplug. More couples have been asking their guests not to use cell phones during the wedding ceremony. If this is something you’d like to enforce, having a professional photographer and videographer at your wedding can alleviate the stress of trying to capture and preserve every moment. These professionals are trained to capture the moments every couple wants to look back on, like the first look and first kiss. Plus, you’ll be able to request certain shots to ensure nothing gets missed. Give your guests the freedom to relax and enjoy your wedding with you by hiring a professional videographer.
  4. You’ll get to see everything you might have missed. Your wedding day is a bustling affair with a lot going on. Sure, you’re present for the big things like walking down the aisle, saying your vows, and cutting the cake. But plenty is going on with your guests that you won’t get to see on the big day. Having a professional videographer capture those moments helps cement them in time and gives you something totally unique to look back on whenever you want to. Wedding videos are entirely customizable, so you can have the videographer capture any special moment you know you’re going to miss.
  5. Video captures more than photos ever could. Movement and sound — which there is a lot of at a wedding — are best captured in video. From the walk down to the aisle to significant speeches and important dances, you’ll want more than photos of those moments. Help preserve them forever with a wedding videographer.

Hiring a videographer for your wedding in Philadelphia is an investment worth making. You’ll be able to look back on your memories whenever you want to and get a look at the moments you weren’t present for, like your significant other getting ready for the day.

When you’re ready to decide on all the aspects of your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out how we can make your wedding day unforgettable!

Guide to Spring Wedding Trends 2022

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Planning a wedding can be a little chaotic if you don’t have any sense of direction. If you’re planning a spring 2022 wedding and are looking to be on-trend, we’re here to help! These are five of the most popular wedding trends for spring 2022, with tips on how you can incorporate them into your big day.

Use shades of green to dress your bridal party or decorate your reception hall. Spring has sprung, which means flowers are in bloom, and the trees are starting to grow back their leaves. Celebrate the renewal of greenery that comes with spring by incorporating shades of green into your big day. Some of the most popular shades of green for spring 2022 include seafoam, sage, eucalyptus, mint, and emerald.

Skip the buffet for your spring wedding. We’re certainly in a better place with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But out of an abundance of caution for your guests, keep everyone’s health and safety a priority and opt for individualized, plated meals. Check with your venue to see if you can do the same for your cocktail hour. Eliminating the buffet will help prevent people from crowding and create less of an opportunity to pass germs.

Formulate a wedding playlist with help from TikTok. TikTok is one of the most popular apps right now and can be helpful when planning your wedding, too! This app is a great place to discover new music and can help soon-to-be-married couples choose popular songs to add to a playlist for their wedding DJ or wedding band. Incorporating songs from TikTok into your wedding reception will help get all of your guests onto the dance floor, including the younger generations!

Incorporate crisp, clean style into your spring wedding. Despite what the HBO series Euphoria implies is popular, it’s not all about body crystals and jewel tones. Spring weddings are all about fresh, clean styles. Think neutral makeup palettes for brides and navy or canvas-colored suits for grooms. When it comes to flowers, ask your florist for seasonal suggestions like sweet peas and pansies.

Add some sparkle to your cocktail bar or dessert station. Weddings call for sparkles any time of the year, but especially in the spring. While we don’t suggest body glitter, edible glitter is a growing wedding trend that can quickly dress up the food and beverages served on your big day. Use it to rim your champagne glasses or sprinkle on your cake.

Allowing the season to dictate some of your wedding elements will make planning your special day that much easier! When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your spring wedding in Philadelphia, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our DJs and live bands!

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Unique Wedding Venues in Philadelphia

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Are you a big music fan looking for the perfect unique wedding venue in Philadelphia? You’re in luck! Philly is home to some of the most incredible music venues in the world, most of which can be transformed for your big day! Tying the knot at a music venue is especially ideal for those couples looking to have wedding bands perform. It’ll feel like you and your guests are at a special concert dedicated to you and your partner.

Discover four unique music venues in the city where you can host your wedding.

The Fillmore. Located in the Fishtown neighborhood, The Fillmore is modeled after the venue of the same name in San Francisco, a focal point of psychedelic music in the ’60s and ’70s. Philadelphia’s Fillmore is the perfect wedding location for the couple looking to capture the essence of early rock and roll. Because it’s a concert hall, the Fillmore can accommodate weddings of all sizes, ranging from 50 to 3,000 guests. Plus, it’s the perfect space for wedding bands and DJs to set up so you can throw the ultimate reception.

City Winery. For those couples looking for a more rustic, urban vibe, City Winery is the perfect wedding venue. The best part about City Winery is that floor plans are highly customizable, so the team there can adjust to the needs of your big day. You’ll be able to plan a wedding that showcases you and your partner’s personalities, and you’ll be able to have a full band or ensemble of your choice for your music needs.

The Kimmel Center. If you’re looking to get married in the heart of the city, the Kimmel Center is the perfect reception hall. What’s more, there are four venues to choose from! Hamilton Rooftop Garden is one of the most popular venues for weddings, boasting a glass rooftop atrium with spectacular views. The Academy of Music Ballroom is a popular option for couples looking for a more elegant vibe. Meanwhile, Commonwealth Plaza is a dramatic indoor space with a stunning vaulted glass roof. Finally, the Perelman Theater features a turntable stage perfect for those theater-loving couples. No matter which Kimmel Center venue you choose, Garces Events is their exclusive caterer, which means your reception will feature a menu curated by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

The Met Philadelphia. Another gorgeous and historic wedding venue in Philadelphia is The Met, a historic opera house built in 1908. This property once hosted theater performances, but today is a popular concert venue that could become your reception space! With an open-plan lobby and ample seating for up to 3,500 people, The Met is the ideal venue option for those couples who have booked wedding bands, DJs, and other forms of entertainment.

Although Philadelphia has many beautiful wedding venues if you’re a couple whose first date was at a concert or you bonded over a particular band or music artist, getting married at one of the city’s music venues is a no-brainer. Each space comes with its own vibe—edgy, rustic, artsy, and historical—so you can choose the one that speaks most to your relationship.

When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding DJs and live bands!

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Your Guide to Choosing Wedding Ceremony Music

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When it comes to wedding music, most couples spend their time focused on what will play at the reception. But the music that plays at your ceremony is equally as important! From the prelude (while guests are entering) to the processional songs, interludes, and recessional (after you’re married), you’ll want to choose music that speaks to you and sets the tone for your special day.

Here are three things to consider when selecting your wedding ceremony music.

  1. Choose between live or recorded music.If you’re having a DJ or Philadelphia wedding band play at your reception, there’s a good chance they’ll be available to perform during your ceremony, too. Typically, couples opt for a DJ to play the reception, which is more of a party vibe, and live musicians are a better fit to play the ceremony portion of your wedding. Plus, live musicians can adapt as events transpire — think the flower girl or ring bearer delaying your walk down the aisle — whereas recorded music has a specific cadence.
  1. Estimate your budget. If you hire someone to play music at your ceremony, it will be an additional cost to whoever will play your reception. With that in mind, know that the price can vary for live musicians depending on what they play, the size of the group, the location of your ceremony, and the time of year. Having a realistic budget in mind can help when you start researching musicians to play your wedding ceremony.
  1. Think about your interests. Sticking to what you like is the most important aspect of any wedding planning you do! The type of music you want to hear at your wedding ceremony should have the most significant influence on who you hire to play it. For example, you may love acoustic guitar sets and want someone to perform the song of your choice as you walk down the aisle. Or, maybe you want a pianist to play an instrumental version of your favorite love song during the wedding party processional. Go with what you love.

Hire a Live Band for Your Wedding Ceremony

If you decide you want a live band to play at your wedding ceremony, here are some more specific considerations to think about:

  • Venue — the size of your venue will help you determine whether you can fit a single guitarist or an entire string quartet at your wedding ceremony.
  • Guest list — if you’re only having 50 people at your wedding, a full band might be a bit much, but for a wedding of 300 people, a full band would be appropriate.
  • Style — the kind of wedding band or musicians you hire should fit the vibe of your wedding, so string ensembles pair well with formal events, whereas guitarists or keyboardists are appropriate for more casual weddings.

When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your wedding ceremony in Philadelphia, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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What to Do Between Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

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Are you planning a wedding with some downtime between the nuptials and the reception? On average, there’s usually a block of 60 to 90-minutes between a wedding ceremony and the party. While this is extremely common, it’s essential to have something for your guests to do so they’re not worrying about how they’re going to spend that gap of time.

Even if you don’t provide the entertainment for them, you should at least point your guests in the right direction of how to keep themselves busy in between your ceremony and reception.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Set up a group activity. If your wedding budget allows, look into setting up a group activity for your wedding guests to keep them busy between your ceremony and reception. From local trolley tours of the city to museum tickets, plan entertainment that speaks to you as a couple and the location of your wedding.

Book a music act in between ceremony and reception. If you’re booking a band or DJ to play your wedding, they may be able to provide entertainment in the hour or so leading up to your reception. Or you can opt for an ensemble performance, like a soloist playing an acoustic guitar, piano, or harp to keep your guests entertained and tease the entertainment that’s to come. Hiring additional entertainment is a fun way to keep guests engaged and kick-start the party vibe you’re looking to capture for the rest of the night.

Create a local hotspot guide. If you’re not planning to have entertainment set up before the reception, or you can’t get into your venue until a specific time, tell your guests about popular (or hidden gem) local bars and restaurants so they can hang out there in the meantime. Make sure the locations you recommend are close in proximity to your reception hall to prevent your guests from getting lost—and preventing them from having to rush back to the venue or getting stuck in traffic. This guide will be especially useful to those who are traveling from out of town.

Include your wedding guests in your photo opp. Typically, the time gap between a ceremony and a reception allows the newlyweds to get their photos taken. If your wedding party is small enough or you have the space to accommodate a large group, include all of your guests in your formal wedding photos. This idea is an excellent way to kill time and prevents you from getting held up taking pictures with your guests during the reception.

Don’t stress about the amount of time in between your wedding ceremony and reception. Most guests expect there to be some kind of lull and will plan accordingly. Guiding them in the right direction or providing entertainment will only enhance their experience attending your special day.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

Must-Have Photos to Take at Your Weddings

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Photos are one of the most important components of any wedding. After the day is over, the pictures from your wedding are some of the only keepsakes you’ll have to look back and remember the big day! As such, you’ll want to hire a professional photographer to capture the momentous occasion. But more importantly, you’ll want to provide your photographer with a list of must-have photos to take on your big day. Consider this must-have shot list for your wedding.

Close friends and family. Keep a running list of friends and family you want to have photos taken with on your big day. At a minimum, provide your photographer with their names so they can ensure they’re capturing pictures of you with the right people. If you happen to know what colors your friends and family are planning to wear to your wedding, even better! Providing your photographer with as much detail about the people on your must-have photos list will help them do their job with ease.

Small group shots. Aside from solo shots with your mom, dad, and best friend, group photos are also something to be considered. Do you want to get a picture with your extended family on your mom’s side? How about a photo with all of your college friends? Maybe you even reunited with a group of friends you took a vacation with and want to capture the reunion at your wedding. Whatever small group photos you want, make sure you tell the photographer and possibly even your wedding DJ. Your DJ can make an announcement when and where everyone from that crew needs to gather.

Your colleagues. If you’re inviting your co-workers to your wedding and want to mark the occasion, make sure to include a “colleagues shot” on your list of must-have photos. Have your photographer pull the people you work with to a designated area for a quick group photo at some point throughout the wedding reception to capture this memento.

The minute details. After months of planning, the minute details of your wedding tend to get lost in the sauce. Make sure you don’t forget any of the attention to detail you put into making your wedding special by having your photographer capture photos of every little accent! From the table centerpieces to the details in the wedding dress, bridesmaid gowns, groomsmen’s suits, flowers, and beyond, having photos of these details will help you feel like you’re reliving the big day when you look back on them.

Reception moments. These photos are going to be part of your photographer’s game plan. But make sure they’re capturing the moments you’ll want to look back on! Must-have reception photos include your grand entrance, reactions from your guests during the speeches and toasts, and shots of your wedding cake details. But don’t forget little moments like your guests mingling and interacting with each other — those often make for some of the best wedding memories.

We hope this wedding photo shot list inspires you to start your own list for your upcoming nuptials! Want to learn more about our EBE Team Members? Vendors We Love? New Products? Contact us today!