Fashions, Fads & Filters
Pardon me for saying this, but I am hoping the willy-nilly use of inappropriate filters, over-saturation, tints and blurring will fade into 2012 along with the soft focus of the 80s and stiff formal line-ups of the 60s.
Don't get me wrong I am an avid follower of photography styles and technical advances but I would caution any bride & groom from having a whole wedding portfolio that was 'of the moment' because it will stay there.
Just ask your mum & dad to have a look at their album, if it is gathering dust in the attic with the Christmas decorations chances are it hasn't stood the test of time.
When I meet couples to go through the detail of the images they want to achieve and the overall look of their wedding day I will always advise getting a classic and timeless blend of images woven in. I hope they'll thank me for it later. I do appreciate that a bride and groom wandering in a cornfield at sunset with a warm filter will look romantic and ethereal... but so would a subtle, more natural style of filter that reflects the reality of the day and I know that it would still look great in twenty years time. I worry that the Instagram style and the next big thing on the horizon that will undoubtedly replace it are like puff ball skirts and massive Dallas-esque shoulder pads - they make you cringe and should never be seen in public again.
Aside from the venue and possibly the bride's dress the photography bill is one of the biggest you'll have to budget for. The portfolio, album and framed shots are the lasting image you'll have of your day long after your bouquet has faded and cake been eaten. As such I think a set of images including black & white, stolen moments only the camera sees, a reportage of the day and some private moments are the ones you'll go back to for years to come.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.