I know, I know it feels like there is so much to do and not enough hours in a day to do them in but we will share with you the most important pros to start with:
- Wedding planner- she/he is the one you want to help alleviate a majority of your stress with little to no worries. A wedding planner will sit down with you and your fiancé and lay out a plan from start to finish with your vision in mind. We see event planners as robots boosted to the highest level. Their energy is great and the drive is amazing. When you have a meeting with the right wedding planner you will know they are what you’re looking for. A minimum to book a wedding planner 12 months.
- Venue- whether your wedding is large or intimate, having the perfect venue is always recommended to accommodate your needs. There are so many to choose from but when to choose is key. The farther out you reserve your venue the better chance you have them for the date requested. At minimum 12 months out is recommended to secure the location you prefer. Make sure to meet the location and browse around and ask questions to see if they fit your visual as well as budget.
- Photographer- We can stress enough how important it is to have an experienced, creative photographer. Don’t depend on family and friends to capture your day. Treat them as the guest you invited them to be. Let the individual or team you hired tell your story. Inquiry with as many or as few as you would like and ask questions. Look at their work and set a meeting if time permits. Therefore you can see touch and feel their products. Never go off price! Go off of quality, style and experience. Find the right photographer that fits your budget. A minimum time to book a photographer at least 6 months out.
- Video/Cinema- With every photographer is a great cinema or video team. Make the investment they can give you the video or cinema quality for your story. Schedule a meeting with one and again ask questions. Remember they will be working to fulfill your vision so leave no question unanswered. See their products too and get to know them. You will know if they are the right fit for you and your vision. Trust us you will know if they are what you are looking for based off of the whole package. A minimum time to book a video/cinema team at least 6 months out.
When you book these professionals first and far in advance you are ahead of many other brides and that much closer to finding the right fit for your day. Price should never be the main factor on booking these professionals. Remember quality over quantity any day. There is a reason most professionals come at a higher price than the rest. The number one reason is value just because they love what they do and you will see it in all that they do to bring your vision to life.
When networking and building your preferred vendors it is crucial to do a little research on the ones you are interested in. Whether you read reviews or see their work it is always good to know a little about them. Once you have found out all you need to know to make the decision if they are the right fit for partnership, reaching out is the next step. Now I know sometimes you have vendors that don’t get back with you because they may be busy so give them the benefit of the doubt. But if you have reached out over 3 times in a 7 day period or more, red flag! I truly beleive that communication is key.If they are not being proactive and giving you an acknowledgement of your email or message then make that decision and move on.
There are so many talented professionals out there undiscovered or well discovered you are garanteed to find the right fit! Don’t forget schedule that meeting so both parties and get well aquainted and see if this vendor would likely be on your team. What I look for when having a first meeting: Clean and neatly dressed. I like to be causally dressed to a meeting not so much a suit and tie. Very professional and not cursing like a sailor or saying inapproiate things. Has personality. That says a lot about who you will be working besides in the future. The quality of work and products they produce.
Taking a risk and investing in your business is one of the best things you could do. It will speak for itself. All of these things I take into account and gives me a peace of mind knowing whether I have picked the right partner(s). So pay attention to the red flags and do a little research it will make a big difference in your decision process.
I can’t count on one hand how many times I have heard brides say “I have a friend that is doing my photography!” That quote drives me wild! Why hire a person with 0 experience and holds no knowledge in what goes into photographing one of the most important, special and intimate moments in your life? I can’t stress enough the importance of investing your money into a professional that knows exactly what he or she is doing and a bride would consider us to be a trusted advisor for her photographs. It saddens me to hear the horror stories from some brides that didn’t consider photography important enough to invest and end up sharing bad reviews online. So here is something to remember: 1. when searching for a great photographer take into consideration their experience and expertise 2. take the time to get a free consult in with a photographer to get to see touch and feel their products 3.ask questions 4. if the quality matches the quantity make the investment 5. see their reviews and make the best decision for you
Remember when everything is over and the day has ended all you have are the photos in a photo album (not just CD). So make the investment with the right photographer, you will be glad you did!
We like to please our brides with our amazing quality. We think its key to brightening their day. We also like our brides to be appreciative of the services we provide. There is a lot of thought and detail that comes with our products. How important are photographers for your wedding day?
I have realized today a lot of brides are turning to the DIY thing and wanting to save money. As a photography service we want our brides to understand the investment they make with us but I’m not sure many understand. Are there any other businesses in the wedding industry that feel the same way? Share your thoughts.
We just wrapped up another shoot for a Senior. She was a little silly but made me laugh. It is days like this when I love what I do.