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10 Tips for an Orange County Wedding

10 Tips for an Orange County Wedding

18 November 2021 / Caius Symboll®

10 Tips for Brides Planning an Orange County Wedding

Here are the best 10 tips you will need to plan your Orange County Wedding

18 November 2021 / Caius Symboll®

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event for any bride. It may be the first time that you’ll have to plan an  wedding, and it can be daunting! You want everything to go smoothly so you can enjoy your day without worrying about anything going wrong. Here are some tips from a professional wedding photographer team, Symboll on how to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch! We’ll touch on Orange County wedding venues, photographers, and all the sort. Whether you’re a week away or just getting starting to plan your wedding day, you are sure to learn something new from these ten tips. If not, you will be affirmed on what you already know, thus contributing to a stress free day.


Orange County Wedding Tips

Tip #1: If at all possible, book an Orange County wedding venues that is not located near busy freeways! Sitting in traffic before your ceremony starts is no way to start off what should be one of the happiest days of your life. Your wedding venue will shape your whole day. Places to consider: San Clemente, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Lake Forrest, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach. There are so many venues in orange county to choose from!

Tip #2: Ask anyone who has an Orange California beach wedding what their favorite part was – I bet it’s not remembering sitting around waiting while family took hundreds if not thousands of pictures of the Orange California wedding couple. Plan your timeline so there is enough time for portraits while your favorite guests munch on hor d’oeuvres. Our personal favorite beach is Newport Beach or San Clemente – the wedding venues there are terrific.

Tip #3: Make sure that you have a good variety of pictures from different angles. Don’t just take pictures standing up – try getting down on one knee, too! And make sure there aren’t any trash cans or other obstacles anywhere they shouldn’t be. You don’t want anything distracting from those memories. At Symbol, we focus on a documentary-style approach and a side-serving of innovative posing when needed. Check out a full gallery here


More Orange County Wedding Tips

Tip #4: When choosing between two Orange county wedding venues/venues, visit both and write down the pros and cons for each. Then, sit down with your photographer or wedding planner to see if they can help you make a decision based on those factors. Additionally, your  wedding photographer can offer wise insight on which venue to choose. Since they will be looking at everything from a creative eye, make sure to ask them too.

Tip #5: It’s best not to hire a photographer who just recently started their business as it may be too early for them. Ideally, they should have at least five years of experience under their belt before considering them trustworthy enough to capture your dream wedding.

Tip #6: A good Wedding Photographer knows how to take pictures at sunrise or sunset when light is softest which creates romantic images unlike any other lighting conditions during the rest of the day. Make sure to ask your wedding photographers about natural light. Natural light will make it look like a fairy tale wedding!


Places and Wedding Venues to consider:

Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, the Sand Resort Laguna Beach, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, the Monarch Beach Resort, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Garden Grove, San Clemente, Fountain Valley, Anaheim Hills Golf course, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point Yacht Club.

What a perfect place for an intimate gathering. The wedding of your dreams!


Orange County Wedding Tips Continued

Tip #7: If you’re trying to decide on who the best wedding photographers are ask around and find out which couples were happy with their choice after their big day has passed & go from there. It’s important that all Brides feel confident in ordering enough photographs at ordering time because sometimes they need extras printed down the line for Orange County albums or other projects. Plus if you ask around, brides can give you the inside scoop on wedding venues.

Tip #8: Make sure you meet with any wedding photographers at least twice so they can get a feel for what makes you laugh etc… because if things don’t go as planned and you’re not having a fun time together this will come across in your  wedding pictures!

Tip #9: If you choose an indoor location as your preferred wedding venue make sure it large enough so everyone can fit comfortably. Wedding venues come in all different shapes & sizes so choose wisely to make sure you get the wedding venue of your dreams! Southern California wedding venues are the best in all of California, or dare I say, the USA! The pacific ocean is to die for.  (make sure to include San Clemente on your list).



Tip #10: Get all the wedding vendors to meet to discuss any issues that might crop up before the big day. Everyone will know what is expected of them, and there’ll be less chance of misunderstanding or miscommunication on your wedding day. Plus it’s fun!

Bonus Tip: Remember that weddings are supposed to be fun – most of all, enjoy yourself. Breath and have the best day of your life. Relaxation leads to the best wedding photos and wedding video.


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Thank you so much for reading. We hope this helps you on your wedding day. If you’d like more help with planning your wedding, check out our blog, Finding the Right Orange County Wedding Photographer.

Here at Symboll, we are a unique wedding photography team with Los Angeles and San Francisco roots. We are for couples who want to create a piece of art that can be passed down for generations. Learn more about our wedding packages here. And contact us below.



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