What is a same day wedding edit?

The same day edit is when you see your wedding photos or wedding video edited on the same day. When a photographer does this it can either be displayed on a laptop, TV, iPad, or my favorite a projection screen. 

I have personally done same day edits when I started photographing weddings in 2004. I love the fact that people are shocked that the photos are edited. They laugh, cry, ooh and aah when they see the photos. People are complimenting the bride and groom all night long on how great the photos where. 

I personally love watching people's faces light up when the wedding guests see it on the projector. It is one of the best times of the wedding for myself to sit back and see how people react to the photos I have been taking all day. You can view more images from the same day edit on the Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographers page. 

The entertainment value of a same day edit

The 80 inch projection screen gets everyone's attention. Everyone is clapping for the couple by the end. It is just another piece of entertainment for your wedding guests and you get to see the 60 best images we took that day. 

  • See your wedding photos after dinner on the wedding day
  • View the 60 of the best photos on a projection screen
  • Entertainment for your guests 
  • Everyone claps for the couple by the end

Photographers wondering my process on the same day edit

As soon as I get to the reception I take the detail photos of the room then put my card in my laptop. I have been shooting RAW with small Jpg at the same time. I download all the jpeg photos into a folder with PhotoMechanic. I go through the 3000 images as fast as I can and select 60-100 images. I then drop the images into Lightroom with a preset. I adjust exposure, white-balance, vignette, and a lot of other minor adjustments. I then put the couples name on the first slide and my logo at the end. I then take out the portable projection screen, projector, HDMI cable, and plug my laptop in after dinner. I tell the DJ to announce the slideshow and play soft music. I hit play and see everyone's reaction!

  • See your wedding photos after dinner on the wedding day
  • View the 60 of the best photos on a projection screen
  • Entertainment for your guests 
  • Everyone claps for the couple by the end

Here is a video that shows what is looks like.

Skip to 40 seconds to see it in action.

Why should you have a first look?

The first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. People said it was bad luck not to see each other before the ceremony but the truth is that this was used in arranged marriages so the groom would not back out. 

• When you do a first look you can have all the creative photos and family photos done ahead of time. This leads to less stress on the wedding day. You don't have to rush around getting all the photos done between the ceremony and reception missing cocktail hour. If you do the first look you will be able to spend more time with your friends and family before the reception at cocktail hour. 

• Will this ruin the moment? No, you are simply trading one moment for another. I personally have seen better reactions from the groom when couples have their first look. It is just the two of them and not a crowed of people staring. lol

• Where should the first look be? This is completely up to you. I recommend you pick the ceremony site or a pleasant area outside with decent backgrounds with some shade.

• Who should be around? I think it should only be the two of you, the two photographers, and videographer. I recommend two photographers because you need to capture both reactions (bride and groom). We typically take about 3 minutes of photos and leave you alone to talk. This is a precious moment and I don't want to interfere. I always tell the couple wave at me when you are ready to take photos. I never want to rush you. 

• How is it done? You simply have the groom's back turned and the bride taps him on the shoulder. This is so the photographers don't miss the reaction and you get the full effect rather than seeing each other from a distance. 

• When do you get to see the first look photos? You can view them after dinner at the reception when I show the same day edit

Below are just a few photos from first looks we have done in the past. You should check out our full portfolio of work here Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographers. I just love these moments so much! I am so glad and privileged to have the opertunity to capture these images.


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How to make a seating chart for your wedding?


There are several ways to make a seating chart. I found a few techniques that will save you time and stress of putting one together. Also remember it is okay to have an empty chair every once in a while. 

The one thing to remember is to not overthink it. Most tables seat eight to ten people. You probably want your parents and immediate family next to the dance floor so they can see people dance. This also helps the photographer capture some moments if the parents get a little teary-eyed. 

Other guests you should have close to the dance floor are grandparents so they can watch as well. Friends with kids you can put closer to the door just incase they have a screaming kid and make a quick escape during a speech. You can also put all your friends you see all the time and will be on the dance floor anyway toward the back. Comment below if you want to add to this article.

Here is a link for wedding table visual templates.

Here is a link to a helpful google spreadsheet

This might the most clever and easiest. Basically get post it notes in different colors, cut them into thirds starting on the sticky side, write the guest name on strip, draw circles on paper, stick and re-stick their names to the tables. You can also use paper plates to visualize the tables. Here is the link. 

  • Don't overthink it
  • Seat parents, grandparents, and immediate family close to dance floor
  • Put screaming kids close to an exit ;)
  • Buy post-it notes and use the technique above

If you are having a very casual wedding you can also make a quick sign saying, “Pick a seat not a side” ;) People like to make this sign for the ceremony if the couple knows that there is one family that is much larger than the other. 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Columbus, Ohio wedding photographer portfolio to get more ideas for your wedding day. Comment below or message me if you have any other ideas to make table arangements.

Why have an engagement session?

The engagement session is one of the best ways to connect with your photographer. This is taken months before the wedding. You get to know how your photographer poses you as a couple before the big day.

This will lead to less stress on the wedding day. Most of the interaction is with you and your significant other not the camera. Most of my direction is “Hold hands and walk this direction”.

I want to capture the moments where he or she makes you laugh, picks you up, putting your foreheads together, or a kiss that was not planned. This is a time for you to have fun and jump into the air, see a sunset together and dress up a little. It does not hurt to get your hair done, buy a new outfit, and look your best. He could even put on a nice suit and have a romantic dinner afterwards.

You are only engaged this short period of time and you are going to be married for 50+ years.

My goal is to make it a great experience and capture moments that you can remember for a lifetime. 

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