Here Come the Brides! Wedding Planning Tips for the Newly Engaged

Perhaps it is my status as a twenty-something.  Maybe it is a sign of an economy on the mend or just the magic of December. For one wonderful reason or another this holiday season was bright and shining like a diamond. Jewel after brightly shining jewel was broadcasting on social media announcing a myriad of new engagements. At closer range I viewed a sweet proposal under the Christmas tree, one on the way home from a Christmas party, an electrically charged popping of the question at midnight on New Years and yet another on a random evening in-between celebrations just to throw her off the scent. I love seeing these hymeneal moments write themselves one after the other on behalf of each deserving couple like a preamble to a contract for life-long happiness. I am excited thinking about each and every one of these girls in beautiful gowns one day in the not-so-far distance accepting the twist of fate that destiny shared with them.  

Photo of Dutchess Manor Wedding from the official website (

Next up for the happy couple a barrage of questions surrounding details of the big day. Contemporary approaches will encourage subscription to Bride magazine, (I sent that publication to my newly engaged sister as a holiday gift) purchase of a wedding guide book filled with checklists, guest lists and for-hire lists. Others will denounce tradition and reach for the antique white dress on consignment and hot-glue gun red roses to the bodice in alternative fashion sparked by an article in Rock-N-Roll Bride. A few may even become so disenchanted by the rigmarole of who, where, when and how they will begin to fantasize about elopement. If you are or know of someone who falls into that last category I'd like to encourage you to share this insightful couples solution to wedding planning proposed by the photographers at ND Pro Media.

On January 26, 2013 the award winning photography studio in downtown Monticello will open its doors to couples near and far. An officiant will be there to marry couples in a variety of settings and scenes made possible by the in-house state-of-the-art-system which allows them to frame their subjects everywhere from the Pacific Coast to the African Sahara. The ceremony with officiant is $250 the wedding video is an additional $300 (prints are extra). With the average wedding coming in at a whopping 25k - it is an alternative idea that some couples may consider in order to pocket that change and avoid the 18-month planning procession.

Bear Mountain Inn Wedding

For brides who relish the opportunity to plan and bask in the spotlight there are some wedding websites that can help you plan traditional and alternative weddings. You can start your free wedding website on My Wedding. Hand off the Knot to your bridesmaids - there are a ton of helpful tips and lists there that they can pull from in order to help you plan. Offbeat Bride is a great alternative wedding site for the non-conventional gal.

Hudson Valley brides should check out upcoming Bridal Shows and Expos that are happening this month and start visiting the picturesque locations in the area that make great wedding venues. As always send an email to if you want us to contact you for an interview about your Love Story -it's free! ND Pro Media serving New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Proud Member of: Hudson Valley Professional Photographers Society of New York, Professional Photographers Society of New York State and Professional Photographers of America.