Chris Chang Photography Blog | Singapore Wedding Photography And Videography
Welcome to our Wedding Photography & Videography blog. Here is where we will share with you our favorite wedding photos as well as some behind the scenes look at how we work on a wedding day and other random things which happen to us during the course of our work!
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
— Leo Buscaglia
Congratulations! You got engaged! Now that you’re on the path to getting married, don’t get right into the wedding planning. Getting engaged is a big deal! So make the most out of this engagement period to celebrate and enjoy. Once you are done with that, then we can get onto the wedding planning.
We understand that it can be overwhelming, to say the least but Hey! you gotta do what you gotta do! But it doesn’t have to be all stressful and pressurising. It can be a fun journey, to plan on what would probably be one of the most important days of your life.
You know what’s to come, so buckle up because we’ve got your back like always, this time with the Wedding Planning Timeline for 2019.
10 - 12 months before The Day!
Visualise your wedding day, and set up a budget
Assemble your planning team! Maybe consider a wedding planner if the budget allows
Set the wedding date
Draft out a guest list (Tricky one!) Don’t make it a social obligation but as a time being surrounded by loved ones
Book a florist (side tip: add more greenery and sticking to one or two seasoned flowers, which will save you a ton of money)
4 - 6 months before The Day!
Plan your honeymoon. (One of the most exciting parts!). It may feel far but you always need time for travel plans
Secure your transportation. Vintage car or a luxury one, depending on your budget
Hire make-up artists and hair stylist, and book a trial session. Unless you have a friend who’s a pro & willing to do you a favour :)
Book your rehearsal dinner dates with the hotel
Reserve any rentals required for the wedding
Order your wedding stationery
2 - 4 months before The Day!
Have a discussion with the hotel or caterer on the menu. Depending on the budget you can skip straight to the wedding cake instead of a separate dessert
Mail out your invitations
Run through the ceremony and service plans with the officiant
Organise the wedding day planning with the wedding planners or the planning team
Decide on the seating arrangement (Why am I not seated at the table in front?). Be careful and try to consider all perspectives. You can’t make everyone happy.
Order gifts for your wedding party
Start preparing your vows (Very Important!)
1 - 2 months before The Day!
Confirm the final guest list to your vendors
Dress fitting! (After all the dieting and exercising)
Don’t forget to break into your wedding shoes
Finalise on the speeches and itinerary
Buy a guest book
Create a wedding program to hand out to the guests
Confirm the schedule and people in charge
Bachelors and bachelorette party!
1 week before The Day!
Pedicure and manicure. Even the men can get some
Prepare hongbao for the helpers
Double check on the transportation for the ceremony and reception
Ensure all the items are ready to be delivered on time
Give a call to all the parties involved in the planning and check with them on their deliverables
Try to have a good beauty sleep throughout the week
While all this might look stressful, just try to follow our timeline and you’ll be on the road to your happily ever after. Your monumental day will go by very quickly, so make sure to enjoy every bit of it with your loved ones.
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
— When Harry Met Sally
Nothing says once-in-a-lifetime like a wedding in an amazing hotel. We are sure most of the couples if not all have come to this taxing question of, "Where should we get married?”.
Hotels have long been venues for bride and groom planning weddings. But now it’s not just about the ballroom that makes the cut, but so many other factors that come along to decide on the best venue for the wedding. We totally understand that this can be stressful. On a side note, wondering why the word “stress” appears in every wedding topic. We should write a blog on that.
Anyway, so to make it easier and help the couples out there planning their wedding, here are 5 popular hotels for weddings in lovely Singapore.
Singapore’s largest post office and the 71st National Monument, it doesn’t get better than this (Ok, it depends). The contemporary elegance mixed with the old charm makes it a unique venue for weddings, not to forget the amazing photos you’ll get to have.
We love the windows all around the venue bringing in the natural lights for the perfect shot. Her World awarded Fullerton Hotel as the winner for Venue Awards for 2016 and 2017. They have 5 variations of venues ranging from 50 all the way to 600 quests. The food is just amazing with Cantonese, Italian and French classics to offer.
3 things couples love about Fullerton Hotel:
1. Great food (Right on top!) 2. Generous discounts (You’ll be surprised!) 3. Gorgeous location (Duh!)
Another national monument, which dates back to 1854 gives a Gothic 19th-century chapel with unique charm. Couples wanting a chapel-feel wedding definitely won’t be disappointed. We love the high ceilings, the beautiful chandelier, and the detailed stained glass window.
We’ve had great experiences doing photography for a lot of weddings in Chijmes. Personally, we love the space that it offers (No human traffic!). A perfect venue to accommodate 300 guests with natural light pouring into the hall. It’s built in with all the techs needed from Wi-Fi system to a sophisticated AV system. Selection of food is from a range of modern, western and Chinese cuisines with high standards from the banquet dining.
3 things couples love about Chijmes:
1. Central location (Right smack in the city center!) 2. Beautiful infrastructure (We love the tiles!) 3. Budget-friendly. (Can we have an AMEN!)
Planning for a lavish wedding? Shangri-La might just be the one. Amazing indoor ballroom options and stunning outdoor beauty. Choose your pick! They have unique venues such as the outdoor Banyan Deck and the Dutch Pavilion bringing an old charm and elegant taste.
If you happen to have a lot of friends and family to invite, Shangri-La's got you covered. Its ballroom can accommodate up to massive 1000 guests. We just love to capture the beauty of the location with the beautiful couple here. The large space allows you to explore beautiful decorations and ideas.
3 things couples love about Shangri-La:
1. The flexibility (With all the changes that comes with a wedding!) 2. Lavish & classy style (Now who doesn’t like that!) 3. The massive space (I have a lot of friends!)
You had me at Hyatt! That’s what they say. You might just fall for Grand Hyatt for your wedding when you visit it. What we love about Grand Hyatt is the variations it offers in terms of having an intimate wedding with just 10 guests or have a big one with 700 guests, it’s got it all.
They are known for their detailed execution of weddings with a strong emphasis on customer service. The offering covers a range of different cuisines like Chinese, Western, Indian and Malay menus. It has everything to offer and appeals to a couple’s individual taste and style. Our aim is taking photos in each of its 16 individual venues. That’ll be cool!
3 things couple love about Grand Hyatt:
1. The customer service (I wanna be taken care of!) 2. Attention to detail (Need help with that!) 3. Offerings (Spoilt for choices!)
If you want the perfect march in, book Mandarin Oriental now! They have an amazing sound system with beautiful interiors. With their offering of four themes to choose from which includes cutlery, flowers, lenis etc. it has something for everyone.
Our favorite is the gorgeous model wedding cake they offer which makes up for a lot of gorgeous snaps. With great reviews on their food, your guests will be thoroughly satisfied.
3 things couples love about Mandarin Oriental:
1. Fan-shaped ballroom (Fan-shaped, that’s right!) 2. State-of-the-art sound system (I wanna hear them beats!) 3. Customer service (Can’t miss this out!)
So it’s time to take your pick and we’ll be there. We know the address!
Are you planning your wedding and feeling the weight of it all? We feel you.
At Chris Chang Photography, we’ve served countless engaged couples and shared in their wedding experiences. It’s easy to get all worked up. After all, it’s the single biggest day of our lives.
So here we’ve distilled a healthy list of advice and pointers that will hopefully help you and your partner take the stress off wedding planning.
1. Have your common objective in mind when the going gets tough
Wedding planning can be a full-time job on its own, on top of our day jobs. The reality truly sinks in when contracts are signed and commitments are made.
Be it time pressing financial decisions, or small decorative details - every element can be a source of conflict if you so choose it to be.
In these times, we would do well to ask ourselves and remind our partners what we are truly after:
A picture perfect wedding day or a happy healthy marriage? Focusing on a strong common goal helps every couple fight together versus fighting against each other.
2. Embracing each other's differences
“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
— Dave Meurer
Variety is the spice of life. When two unique individuals come together, it’s inevitable that both of you may oppose or even clash in opinions. What makes a marriage exciting is often when we are able to appreciate our partner’s differences over being shocked by it.
Developing an acceptance of who each other enables a healthy environment for communication without judgement or disrespect. While this can take considerable time and effort initially, figuring this out in the early stage will set the both of you up for success in the long run.
3. Even with heavy discussions, remember to love each other.
Let’s face it: we’ve seen our fair share of couples parting ways even in the wedding planning stage. Granted, every context is different. But it doesn’t change the fact that loving marriages are defined by just that - loving.
It’s easy to let loose when we are not our best selves. That’s when heavy discussions have the potential to lead to destructive conflict. Some words once spoken will leave scars even if forgiven. This is when it’s often wise to be quick to listen, slow to anger.
Being able to make decisions and problem solve as a couple peaceably is a key foundation of every successful marital relationship.
5. Pro-tip for the men from the ladies: be involved and be generous with assurance
Let’s face it: regardless of the task, wedding planning definitely isn’t a one-party affair. While it is easy to leave the all the decision making to one party, it is more memorable to build towards a glorious wedding together hand in hand.
Even for decisions that seem like it should automatically be made by the bride, it can still be pressurising. As some of our brides would concur, body language plays a big part in assuring our partners we are involved. Maintaining eye contact in conversation makes a huge difference. On top of that, speaking our minds freely (especially for guys) helps to communicate honesty.
And most importantly, remember to give plenty of assurance that your engaged and want to be involved even if you start to sound like a broken record.
6. Being realistic and prioritise needs
Wedding planning - often the first major test of a couple’s relationship, can be a stressful process.
Even romantic K-dramas are made possible only with a squad of production crew and good processes. Furthermore, when it comes to managing inter-family relationships and expectations, even experienced professional project managers may falter.
This is when it is essential to lay down all the cards when it comes to practical needs. We recommend leaving no ground untouched so you and your partner have a practical assessment of the situation as part of your game plan.
Because no one should start their marriage in debt. Economic conditions and social trends have evolved in our day and age. While a great celebration leaves beautiful memories, healthy savings will help the both of you get to life and family goals with lesser stress, and in turn a happier marriage.
Spending within your means is sound advice. Financial prudence can take precedence over fanfare to please all the relatives and friends. It can also make the difference between a happy DAY and happy DAYS.
8. Keeping a checklist of to-dos
Digitally or in a notebook, a good checklist is going to be a key piece of your wedding planning game plan. Sync it to a calendar.
If you are reading this, I am pretty sure you are on a quest to find the right wedding photographer. I totally understand! How can one get to that stage of making a sure decision on a wedding photographer - someone whom you will entrust in capturing your most significant moments? Here are some guiding tips for you.
Step 1: Research, research, research
Not all of us are confident in how we want our pre wedding or actual day photographs to look like. Rustic? Classy? Airy? Moody? However that aside, I am sure that all of us have some sort of image in our heads of how we desire for it to be.
This is where you will have to do some homework. Grab a cup of coffee, open your laptop, and start researching the types of photographs you want to remember. Take screenshots of them and make a collage.
Show them to your potential wedding photographers to search for a suitable fit between what you want and what they can offer. After all, we - as much as we want to - cannot read your mind. Making clear your expectations from the start will help you ease the whole process. For this, you will first need to nail down the type of shots you want.
Step 2: Compare wedding packages
Typically, a wedding held in Singapore can range from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on how extravagant of an event the couple decides to plan for. One tip to note when comparing wedding packages is not to cross off a package based on price-point first, but determine what is included in the package.
From there, you are able to shortlist or add on what is necessary for you. Things like the number of hours, hi-res JPGs, albums, pre wedding shoot, can either be included in the package or might cost you extra money.
Go into the details and decide what is of more value to you! Some people prefer to cut down on the photo albums and go for additional hours of shoot, while others prefer having a video instead. You can also check out some of our wedding videography here!
Step 3: Get to know the photographer
After you have shortlisted a list of potential wedding photographers that are able to meet your expectations, it is time to get to know them for them. Think about it. This will be the person who captures your precious and intimate moments with your partner, your family, and your loved ones. It is only right if you find a photographer you are comfortable with.
Take time out with your partner to get to know each of them, look at more of their work, and discuss the direction of your wedding. Assess whether your personalities mesh.
In addition, go online and read reviews about them. See what other customers are saying about them. Studies have shown that we trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and we encourage you to do so. This will aid you in making a more informed decision.
Step 4: Delivery and post-production
After all the wedding emotions, vibes, and excitement has calmed, it is only normal to be eager to see how the memories were documented. Thus, you can manage expectations by asking your wedding photographer about their delivery turnaround time during your pre wedding meetups.
Commonly, it can range from 6 - 9 weeks. Some wedding photographers require a longer time, but that does not necessarily mean that they are incompetent. Faster do not equate to better photos. Often, these are talented photographers who are able to deliver quality work and are highly packed with other wedding shoots as well.
Some potential questions you could ask are:
Does the coverage need to be continuous?
What rights does your photographer have over the images?
Will you be getting hi-res JPGs?
How many images should you expect?
Are albums part of the package?
Now with all of these in mind, go out there and choose someone suitable for you and your future spouse. Ultimately, remember to enjoy the process and have fun!
After compiling various shared experiences with other wedding photographers and videographers - including myself, here are some pointers we would appreciate you not to do.
1. Expecting us to mind read
We wish we could. But we are unable to. Figuring out what you want before hiring a wedding photographer would definitely allow us to work together on a better level. You can always tell us the type of shots you would like to see, such as candid shots, family portraits, or even close-ups. Let us know what kind of photograph holds significance to you - because your wedding photographer will never know until you tell them so.
2. Insisting on replicating certain poses
Styled poses take a deliberate attempt, which often takes away the magic. Every couple and their body movement have their natural beauty. Your pre wedding photographer might not tell you, but he would have studied your facial features and contours.
Lighting, location, or simply height difference and natural body interaction between the couple makes some poses rather unflattering. So trust your photographer’s professional eye to know well what best compliments your partner and you.
Furthermore, styled poses look amazing, breathtaking, and picture-perfect – often possible of the professional modelling. We’ve realised wedding couples much prefer their shoots to natural and intimate while having fun in a casual laid back setting.
Part of why we (and couples) prefer overseas shoots is simply because couples are often too distracted by the beauty of the destination to pay attention to us or our shutter clicks. Shots from these locations are often natural and candidly beautiful.
4. Requesting for heavily Photoshopped images
Oh the wonders, and limitations, of Photoshop. I have come across a good number of people requesting for flawless images of themselves. Some common ones include bleaching of teeth, removal of bald spots, and tucking of tummy. Others went to the extent of asking non-present people to be photoshopped into the photo. There is a difference between tweaks and total manipulation.
We are for slight adjustments such as skin imperfections, hair frizz, or even ‘exit’ signs in the background. As much as we do understand your desire for perfection, especially for your wedding photographs, we want you to feel comfortable with yourself more. These photographs will follow you for a lifetime, and we want to capture images with true and raw emotions that you can look back on.
This is another famous request. Throughout my wedding photography journey, I have lost count of how many clients asking for me to give them every single image that was taken during the shoot. Though it might seem reasonable for wanting RAW and unedited versions of your photographs, it simply should not be the case.
“Asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images is akin to asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format: unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn’t make it.” - Daniela Bowker.
You are paying for the finished product of your wedding photo package which includes the photographer applying all of his/her skills. And if you are thinking that unedited images will reduce your cost, we are afraid that that is not the case.
BONUS! Here are some tips that we, your wedding photographer, would love for you to do.
1. Share your expectations with your wedding photographer
Beauty is very subjective. One might like a certain shot while another might not. As your wedding photographer, we want to capture images that you would love to see. Thus, we would love for you to share your expectations with us before proceeding with the shoot. You can show us photos of yourself that you like and those that you do not. You can also tell us that you prefer smiling shots over wide-angle close-ups.
2. Enjoy the shoot!
Ultimately, the best photos are the ones where it captures you having fun. Be silly, get cake on your face, share laughter with your loved ones, have a good rest the day before. The more you are enjoying yourself and having a great time, the more your pictures will capture those emotions. Do not stress over the small details, it is one of the best days of your life. Cherish it and enjoy yourself!