Wedding Planning Doesn’t Have to be Hard.

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be a full-time job. And when you’re already working a full-time job, that makes two full-time jobs. Nobody has time for that. That’s why we here at J. La Plante Photo have spent years writing informational articles chock-full of Colorado wedding planning tips to help guide you through the entire wedding planning process as efficiently and as painlessly as humanly possible.

Since we’re one of the first vendors couples tend to book after setting their wedding date, we’ve picked up a ton of knowledge over the years when it comes planning weddings. We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work and we’ve become proficient in helping guide our couples throughout the year-long (or more) process leading up to the big day.

While we photograph weddings all over the United States and abroad, we shoot the majority of our weddings right here in Colorado, so some of these articles are Colorado-centric. Tips for planning mountain weddings, lists of the best wedding venues in Colorado, figuring out contingency plans to cope with the unpredictable weather we have in the Rocky Mountains, that sort of thing.

But the vast majority of the information we’ve laid out below will apply weather you’re planning a wedding in Colorado or California or Italy or anywhere else. We answer questions such as “How much should we pay for wedding photography?” and “How many hours of coverage do we need?” We also provide ideas for unique wedding send offs that don’t involve sparklers, ideas for incorporating your pets into your wedding, and about a million other things. Take some time to peruse our archives of Colorado wedding planning tips. If you have any questions or comments for us or if you have an idea for a topic that we haven’t covered, please reach out to us via email, text, phone, carrier pigeon, Pony Express or any other preferred method of communication!

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How To Keep Your Guests Happy While You’re Taking Wedding Photos

Last time, we discussed how to encourage your guests to put their phones down during your wedding so they can be present and in the moment. But what about when you’re off taking photos with your photographer? In this post, we’ll provide you with some ideas for how to keep your guests happy while you’re…
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Should We Hire a Videographer for Our Wedding?

So, you’re planning your wedding and you’re wondering “should we hire a videographer or just a photographer to capture our big day?” To give you a frame of reference, we’ve photographed around 200 weddings over the years and I’d estimate that approximately 30-40 of those couples had a videographer. You certainly don’t need a videographer,…
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If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re either in the process of planning a wedding or you’ve already had your wedding and you’re super excited to see the photos. Either way, you’re likely wondering how long it takes to get your wedding photos back. The short answer? It depends on the photographer. There are countless…
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Which Wedding Vendors Should We Book First?

There are a seemingly endless number of different types of vendors to choose from for your wedding these days. From planners to caterers, photographers to videographers, DJs to lighting designers, and approximately 1,000 others, the entire wedding planning process can feel overwhelming. So, which are the most important wedding vendors to book first? There are…
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Should We Do a Post-Wedding Photoshoot?

Just when you thought you had a handle on all the options open to you for your wedding (and there are many), you hear this new term popping up. Now there’s yet another decision you have to make: should we do a post-wedding photoshoot? While we can’t answer that for you, we can at least give you some things to think about to determine if a post-wedding session is right for you.
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6 Unique Wedding Send Off Ideas

So, you’re planning your wedding and you want to do something cool and unique for your send off when you exit your reception. Sparklers have been the go-to for newlyweds for years, but you might be looking to shake things up a bit. Also, if you’re getting married in a dry climate, you probably don’t…
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How to Get Blue Hour Wedding Photos

A couple months ago, we wrote a post all about how to get epic sunset wedding photos. But what if it’s overcast on your wedding day and the sunset is kind of lame? Not to worry because blue hour you’re your back! We’ve been shooting in Colorado since 2008 and taking blue hour wedding photos…
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How Much do Wedding Photographers Cost?

So, you’re planning your wedding. You’ve set your date and you’ve booked your venue. Now it’s time to start thinking about hiring a photographer to capture your day. The first question on your mind is probably “How much do wedding photographers cost?” It’s a great question, but it’s one that takes a little time to…
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