Event Lighting: Best Lighting Techniques for Weddings

When in the midst of wedding planning, there are plenty of details to consider; bridal party, guest list, location, date, menu, colors, theme — the list goes on. But how about the lighting? Ever try to relive a special day by watching a home video, just to realize the lighting didn’t capture the moment?

This is why event lighting services are so important when preparing for your wedding. To make the most of your wedding venue, decor, and overall mood, consider these different lighting styles to find the one (or several) that will work the best for your needs.

Why Choose TDE Wedding for Your Wedding Photography and Video?


We’ve heard it said that sometimes selecting the perfect photographer is as stressful, if not more so, than selecting a wedding venue! Considering photography and editing style, photo albums, the service hours needed, engagement photo shoot locations, and the shooting list is a lot of stress on newly-engaged couples who have no idea where to start. Our wedding specialists do our best to simplify all of these choices rather than bombarding our clients with information and leaving them to process everything. We’re always a call or email away when Pinterest wedding inspirations hit you.


Our wedding photography team not only captures and documents your big day, but realizes our clients have trusted us with this once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s our responsibility to do it justice. Even before the wedding invitations go out, couples are welcome to choose their location for their engagement shoot to announce their nuptials to family and friends.

Of course living in or around San Francisco means there are several ideal locations for engagement and wedding photos. The Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park and City Hall are often frequented by our engaged couples and photographers. For couples who are looking for a specific location that has its own flair and style, our wedding specialists are here to help achieve the photography style you desire. We’re there every step of the way from the beginning stages of location suggestions, all the way to post-production.


As for the big day itself, our photographers will capture everything from the getting ready moments, such as the details of the dress, shoes, rings, etc. and those perfectly timed candid moments that are equally as cherished as the shots that take time to setup and perfect. TDE believes in the importance of meeting our clients’ needs, so to ensure this, we offer clients the option of creating a shooting list as a checklist for the photography team to capture those shots that you’re truly looking for.

Our Bay Area Wedding Planners Are Just a Call Away

If you’re looking for engagement or wedding photography in the Bay Area, browse our online photo gallery for inspiration. You may also want to check out our all-inclusive wedding packages to see our wedding planning options, too! Give us a call today at (415) 813-8900, or fill out our online contact form here.

More All-Inclusive Wedding Packages are Including Dress Rentals


Wedding planners have their work cut out for them; coordinating events, creating a timeline, securing the right vendors, and all the other necessities that make a wedding day perfect. But one thing they aren’t typically responsible for is the wedding dress. That responsibility lies solely on the bride, but it’s also one huge detail that cannot be overlooked.

One of the most stressful things about finding a wedding dress is the hefty price tag. Weighing in at thousands of dollars, a wedding dress can put a huge dent in a wedding budget and compete with other important factors, like inviting more guests. If you want to avoid racking up your credit card, you may consider renting a wedding dress. Not only does this save you tons of money, it gives you other benefits.

No Tedious After Wedding Care

Did your mom pull out her sacred (yet sadly outdated) wedding dress as soon as you broke the good news to her? Did the poofy shoulders, ruffles and gaudy sequins make you cringe? If you have visions of saving your dress for your future daughter, chances are, they’ll likely have the same reaction you did, since wedding dress trends can go out of style quickly. Instead of taking up a bunch of room in your closet, simply return the dress when the big day is over! Not only does this save you time, space and dry cleaning errands, it will also prevent an awkward conversation between you and your daughter years down the line.

Your Dress Will Fit

The extra stress of having to stay a certain size or lose weight to fit a dress can drive brides insane. Instead of worrying about every calorie consumed while you’re bogged down with wedding details, when you rent a dress it’s often available in multiple sizes. If you happen to lose or gain weight right before the wedding day, the solution is simple: Trade it in for a bigger size! This removes and prevents the headache of having to run back and forth to the seamstress to get the dress altered.

Designer Options

In the age of Pinterest-inspired fantasy weddings, most brides have a taste that far exceeds their budget. Their favorite dress may be a designer “special” that’s $7,500. If you want the designer look without having to worry about payments, you’ll likely be able to afford a couple-hundred-dollars daily rental fee, instead of a whopping $7,500. When you cut down on gown prices, you can invest your money in more important areas like wedding vendors, the guest list and the honeymoon.

Here at TDE Wedding, we organize the gowns by mermaid style, ball gowns, and A-line gowns. The rental is for 3 days (pick up day before, use the day of the engagement shoot or wedding, and return the day after). Our rental fee (about $400) also includes standard cleaning fees. We also rent veils, evening gowns and Chinese gowns (kwas and qipaos).


A lot of brides like to wear a wedding dress in their engagement photo shoots, but most don’t want to have to clean the dress before the big day, or risk wear and tear on the dress. Renting a wedding dress ensures that you can wear one dress for the engagement photo shoot and another for the wedding day–all without the hassle of cleaning and proper storage!

Ready to Make a Budget-Friendly Wedding Decision? Contact TDE Wedding Today

Renting a wedding dress can be a safe, smart and budget-friendly wedding option. If you are looking for all-inclusive wedding packages or additional planning tips, contact TDE Wedding and speak to a professional wedding planner today at (415) 813-8900. You can also contact us online through our contact form here.

Wedding Photography Styles to Try on Your Big Day


You know what’s worst than a nightmare? Actually living one. That’s exactly what happens when newlyweds are suddenly shocked with mediocre wedding photography. Weddings are one of the most important events you will ever experience, so making sure you hire wedding photographers who can capture the style, tone and feeling of this day is imperative.

Details to Remember When Planning Your Big Day

Wedding planning can be overwhelming. Whether you’re expecting 300 guests or 30, money, time, reservations, resources, meetings and more are all necessary to host a successful wedding. With the flurry of tasks brides need to complete, it’s so easy to forget about small, yet important details. It’s common to find brides running around the last minute, trying to make those final adjustments. To cut out the possibility of added stress that comes from poor planning, think ahead and don’t forget these small, little details.

Bring Your Marriage License

Think having the perfect wedding makes the marriage official? It might seem like it emotionally, but from a legal standpoint, you’ll need the marriage license in order to sport the “Mrs.” title. Check the jurisdiction of where your ceremony is located and take note of the deadlines way before the event takes place. Sometimes blood tests and special documents are required to complete the application. Gather your documents beforehand and plan enough for the process to be complete before the ceremony.

Feed Your Vendors

It’s important your guests feel comfortable and have a good time, but don’t forget about the wedding vendors and professionals you’ve hired to work your wedding. Well-fed workers will have the energy they need to run your important, all-day event. In some cases caterers will charge half price for the vendors meals. When you give the headcount to the caterer, don’t forget the band members, photographers, videographers and anyone else you’ve hired.

Guestbook & Pens

Give guests the chance to leave their congratulatory notes. You could encourage people to leave their favorite recipe ideas, marriage tips, etc. If you’re in danger of doing this last minute, run to your local book store to pick up a book that is characteristic of the theme of your wedding. Spend a little extra to pick up beautiful pens that match the theme, too.

Don’t Forget to Say Thank you

You might want to sign-off on the wedding tasks after the ceremony, but not quite yet. A simple thank you note goes a long way, and it’s the same for special events like weddings. Your thank you notes should be sent out no later than two months after your wedding. To keep this task from overwhelming you, carve out a few minutes each day to create personalized notes. This will help you manage the workload and keep the process less overwhelming. Tip: make a list of the gifts and gift-givers as you open them so you don’t forget who gifted what.

Our Bay Area Wedding Planning Team is Here to Help

These are just a few ideas that will help your wedding day go smoother. If you’re about to plan a wedding and want to avoid the burden of doing all the work yourself, contact our professional wedding coordinators who will guide you through the entire process. Call TDE Wedding today at 415-813-8900 to learn about our all-inclusive wedding packages, or fill out our online contact form right here on our website.