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What happens if it rains on your wedding day. a guide to wedding day disasters.

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The question of whether it will rain on your wedding day undoubtedly gets asked by every couple, and the answer usually from a well meaning mum or aunt is that it’s good luck.

It may be good luck, but that doesn’t answer what you need to do in case it rains.

This is even more detrimental if you are planning an outdoor ceremony and what about the photography.

Well the short answer to this and any other disasters that may happen on your special day is.

Things are not always going to go to plan, but just know that everything will turn out ok in the end. and it will.

I have worked on many weddings over the years and what strikes me the most is that no wedding, however meticulously planned ever goes exactly the way it’s suppose too. And like rain on your wedding day, it is most usually out of your control.

What i’ve noticed working on many weddings over the years is that no matter the problem. everyone comes together to make it work.

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That includes all the vendors, the photographer and video, and the venue itself.

They have all seen enough weddings and most have ready made back-up plans ready to go in just that emergency.

If it does rain on your wedding day, The venue will have a back-up plan of having an indoor wedding somewhere on the premises.

The photographer should have checked the weather beforehand and put umbrellas in the car just in case.

And in case you are worried about the quality of images you’ll be able to get on the day. Rain makes for some of the most stunning wedding photography that i’ve seen.

You get these wonderful compositions of stormy backgrounds with droplets foreshadowing the focus of you as a couple in your stunning attire that you can’t just recreate.

This can even be enhanced with some simple props like umbrellas and boots for some fun.

So the key message to take away from this video is that, stuff happens precisely when you don’t need it too. But don’t let that get in the way of having the best day ever. People, your family, friends and even the people you hire are genuinely invested in making it the best day you could experience and it will offer solutions if something does happen.

You just need to go with it.

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The average cost of a wedding has risen in recent years for a number of reasons.

Yet couples trying to figure out how to budget for such an event that is meant to be once in a lifetime all to commonly underestimate and blow out their costs.

From the outset, you need to know what you are working with, so essentially you need to have those awkward conversations with your spouse and family to see exactly who will kick in for what.

Some families are traditional where the brides family pay for the whole affair, yet it’s more common for both sides of the couple to come together to pay for certain elements of the day.

The Venue and Catering (50% of your Budget)

The biggest expense without a doubt will be the reception and the overall price can depend on different packages you have included.

You should expect to set aside at least 50% of your total budget for the locations and food covering both the ceremony and the reception.

Limiting your guest list can help with lowering costs and therefore being able to afford pricier food and bar options including your cake.

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Rentals, Decor and Flowers (10% of your budget)

It’s becoming more common for couples to create their own decor or centrepieces to match the style their wedding including buying and decorating mason jars and candles. However, if the furniture, chairs and seating doesn’t match you may need to hire, which can add a bit to the bottom line – especially if you want that lovely decorated arch or large letters spelling

LOVE.

Photography and Video (10% of your budget)

Photography and Video are the only lasting elements that you will have after your big day.

Also, not only is it for you but your children and your children’s children will one day look at these. when it comes to capturing a wedding you undoubtedly get what you pay for. where you might be able to save costs is by requesting digital copies instead of prints and getting photo’s printed yourself or producing your own album. There are many websites that offer tools to do this and print them as well.

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Wedding Attire and Beauty (10% of your budget)

The Dress is usually one of the most important details of the day and like the suit, hair and make-up they all need to be budgeted for to get an accurate idea of the overall cost of the wedding.

Entertainment (between 5%)

This is for all your musical needs, from the DJ, Live Band, and also any ceremony music you might want as well as during cocktail hour. The costs of hiring musicians can vary greatly and this is where costs can blow out a little. But if you want that acoustic duo as your walking down the aisle you might have to cut somewhere else.

Invitations: (5% of budget)

Printing can be expensive, add the cost of hiring a designer to design your invitations and stamps. This can be easily overlooked as an expense.

An emergency Fund (10 % of budget)

In planning your wedding, no doubt as most couples do. There will be a cost that was forgotten about or not realised. Items such as vendor meals, late shuttle buses etc get forgotten about. An inevitably something will not go completely as planned and it’s always better to have a back-up fund to deal with it.

The added bonus is that whatever, is still in the fund by the end of the wedding can go towards your honeymoon or other goal like a deposit on a house.

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Why we meet with all our couples before booking..

The simple answer is “every wedding is different”.

The number one reason why i want to meet with any client before booking a wedding is that over the last 10 years of capturing weddings I have not shot two wedding that were exactly the same. Even working the same venue, gone to the same locations, no two weddings have ever been the same.

Just as no two couples are the same.

You see every couple have a unique perspective of how they want to celebrate their day. They also have very unique stories and personalities that I want to consider when capturing the wedding.

If the bride is wearing a one hundred year old heirloom that’s been passed down from generation to generation, i’m going make sure that i capture that the best way i know how.

If the groom has planned to release doves on the day, I want to know when and where, so

that i’m in exactly the right position with the right camera to capture that.

You see when i work for a wedding couple in capturing their wedding, it’s more than just a job for me it’s a huge honour. I am heavily invested in capturing the wedding in the best way i know possible.

Not only to get great fantastic shots, but to also help make the act of having your picture taken a little fun and easy.

Capturing weddings to me is more than just taking great photo’s, although that is a prerequisite. It is working well with others and making it fun all at the same time.

A big part of that is building a rapport with you from the very first meeting, hearing the story of how you first met, or the anxiousness you felt when you were about to propose, questioning whether they would say yes, despite the fact you were hundred percent sure they would.

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I also get excited at hearing how your planning your unique wedding day and what new and interesting things you are planning to express your love to one another. whether it’s a special dance or a traditional ceremony. I love hearing about it and imagining what way can i capture this to best highlight it.

To me it’s also very important that you feel 100 percent comfortable and confident in us as well. In the end if you walk away with great photo’s yet still have a knot in your stomach from working with us. Then we have only half succeeded.

So if you want to book a meeting with us please contact us and we’ll be in touch with some dates that we can meet.

As with all our meetings with potential clients they are always absolutely obligation free.

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Using a drone on your wedding day. Things to know beforehand.

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Technology has given us all a lot of things drones being one of them. It was only a matter of time before they became common place and photographers start using them to get great new perspectives that previously were impossible .

However, there are a few things to remember and to think about when you are planning to have a drone shoot footage or photographs at your wedding.

Drones are not suitable for every type of location or occasion.

For instance, the last thing you and your guests will want to hear is the buzzing of a drone overhead whilst you say your vowels.

Whilst the shot can look absolutely awesome, drones are very noisy and will be a massive distraction. Creating a situation where your guests look up into the sky when the focus should be only on you.

Secondly drones are only really suited for large open area’s. If you are getting married in a city, then in all likelihood it would be very difficult to be able to get permission to have a drone fly at your wedding.

There are many safety concerns that must be adhered to, flying in highly populated area’s or where there is obstructions such as buildings, roads and wires can cause damage and possibly injure someone.

And of course there is the situation when the weather is not suitable. Drones can not be flown in high wind or rain. Even the most powerful drone becomes unstable and unpredictable when faced with harsh elements. Unfortunately, we can’t plan what the weather will do, that costs extra!

So it has to be left to the judgement of the drone operator on the day.

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However, if you are planning to have a wedding at an open outdoor venue with a fair amount of space. Then having a drone capture part of your day can result in some magnificent shots.

Because of the noise and the availability of light, it is best to use the drone during the location shots, after the ceremony, but just before the reception. More often than not this will coincide with magic hour.

The hour in the day where the light is just magical for photography and video and would be perfect for getting wide sweeping shots of you both

just before the sun sets for the evening.

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So you’ve decided that you want to get a video of your wedding day. You have come to the conclusion as a couple that the future benefits of getting a wedding video outweigh the cost.

As you start your research in looking at wedding reels that you like and hitting submit on the inquiry forms. You soon see that the average cost of a wedding video is around four thousand dollars. You knew it was expensive but how can you justify four thousand dollars for a days work, and the photographer was a fraction of that.

The simple answer is, that is a bargain for what you get.

A wedding video often has a number of camera people needed to capture the event often 2 or 3. and sometimes even a drone.

The equipment including cameras, sound recording, hard drives and high end computers and software needed to edit the footage is a huge expense.

Then the associated costs of running a business, you quickly understand that the profit margins on producing wedding films is very low.

But most importantly to be able to produce quality wedding video’s you need to wear many hat’s.

Firstly:

You need to be able to shoot great images, as they happen in real time. This is a skill that can not be taught. Whereas in filmmaking, you have the ability to do another take if the first one doesn’t work.

If you don’t get it the first time, you’ve missed it.

It’s not like, you can stop mid ceremony, and ask the couple “can you just have your first kiss, just one more time”.

Secondly:

George Lucas once said that sound makes for at least fifty percent of any film. Capturing quality sound live is a set of skills unto itself.

It is nowhere near enough to capture sound through the camera, in fact in wedding video it is rare that the sound captured through the camera is used at all.

You need a whole set of microphones and recording devices to be able to get quality audio of a wedding and most importantly they must remain hidden from view of the camera.

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and Lastly.

You need to be able to tell a story of the day.

There are some wedding video suppliers who mix their favourite images of the day to music. This is nice, but a quality wedding video is a mix of nuanced images with sound and music to tell a story of the couple. That’s the hidden art behind producing a quality wedding video.

It takes a talented editor time editing and refining the video to it’s final product.

A movie studio will hire many different people to fulfil these roles at a massive cost.

Whereas when you hire a small team to do your wedding video you get all that value for a fraction.

But the real value to you, is that a quality wedding video is a timeless document of your wedding day.

Not only a memory for you both to enjoy but a legacy to be viewed and enjoyed for

generations to come, and when it comes to that, what is that really worth to you?

 

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Is it Worth Getting a Wedding Video?

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As most wedding planning goes, couples have booked the venue, hired the photographer, chosen the flowers, dress and cars and are about to write their vowels when the question of whether to get a wedding video starts to creep in .

The argument goes that “it’s too expensive” or “how often will we watch it” .

I have been filming and photographing weddings approximately ten years and the single biggest regret i hear from couples that chose to only have professional wedding photography is that they wish they had opted for a professional wedding video as well. Take it from from someone who not only films weddings but has been married.

Your wedding video is a priority.

The day of your wedding is fun and exciting. It is one of the most momentous days in your entire life,. The day is a whirlwind of excitement and it feels like it is over in a flash. By the time you settle you are heading back to your hotel room for the night, you are already wanting to relive the day and wonder at some of the things you might have missed.

Immediately after the wedding you begin to strain to remember certain parts of the day. What that funny joke your best man said in his speech or how your father teared up at seeing you in your dress.

From there it is an eager wait to see what was captured on the day, whilst the wedding video is being edited into it’s final forms.

Once that first initial trailer or highlights reel drops you will watch, rewatch and watch some more, at the same times your friends and family will feel inspired and share the short video and leave glowing comments congratulating you.

It is true that after some time that the two of you as a couple, will stop watching it. It might become something that you break every anniversary. In the mean time, time will pass by and you might even forget about it until…

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You have a child that starts to ask about your wedding day. I can tell you that there was no greater satisfaction than being able to pull out my own wedding video and show my child the wedding day and the love that was expressed to each other that day as we began our union.

The wedding video therefore takes on a new life, not just as a sentimental memento of the day for you, but as a captured slice of history that can be shared with your children and their children’s children. Something they can laugh at as fashions change.

The second most important thing that occurs all too often is that a wedding video often captures more than just you but also the people who attended. Uncles, grandparents, friends who were there, happy to help celebrate the day with you in their most candid moments.

As time passes, so will certain people that were a big part of your life who just happen to be captured in some small form in your wedding video. Happy and full of life.

In conclusion, getting a wedding video is no doubt a big expense to consider in preparing for your big day. However, in the bigger picture of life, the value you receive from it now and into the future cannot be overstated.

It is a gift to future generations, the ones left behind and to yourselves. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

 

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Weddings are expensive, there is just no way to break the news to you lightly. It also explains why more and more couples are choosing not to get married and it is understandable when you have the choice between a dream wedding day or a deposit for a house.

There are many reasons, why weddings including photography are expensive and it’s not because there is a so – called “wedding tax” on couples getting married. In fact, suppliers offer great value compared to what they would normally charge. The fact remains that weddings and the type of wedding you have is a choice. If it was simply a matter of saying your vowels and getting a piece of paper. Then a wedding at a marriage registry office will only set you back around five hundred dollars.

However, for the majority of couples, this is not what they want. Most couples are looking for a luxurious type wedding. A venue with great food, fantastic hair and makeup, dress, suits and the flowers to match. This type of affair does not come cheap. It of course goes without saying that a professional wedding photographer, who knows how to get the best images they will not be cheap either.

The truth of the matter is that after the wedding you’ll wash off the make-up, the flowers will wilt and the dress will be taken off and stored, never to be worn again. Apart of the marriage itself, the only enduring piece of the wedding day will be the photography and video.

The advancement of technology has meant that we all now have phones that do a pretty good job of capturing images and this has played a part in the perception that Photography is overpriced.

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The perception that “Uncle Bob” can take my wedding photos because he has an expensive camera is like saying that a good knife set means you could cook like Jamie Oliver. It helps, but wedding photographers have honed in on their craft, they spent time and money to build up those skills.

If I delved into the costs of running a wedding photography business you would see that a wedding photographer performs their craft out of a passion of wedding photography and getting great images for their client.

How much you spend on a wedding photographer again comes down to choice. At the cheap end, you could always get uncle Bob with his new DSLR to get the pictures. But the saying is true that you get exactly what you pay for.

Wedding Photographers charge accordingly, and there is a difference between someone who charges at the lower end of the scale as opposed to a photographer at the higher end.

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You’ve picked a date, chosen the venue and tried on the dress. You know that you want to document the day. But how do you go about choosing a photographer or videographer especially when there are so many. The short answer is that it is a process of elimination.

The first rule i would say is to not take others word for it. Undoubtedly you will be presented with recommendations from friends and relatives who can’t recommend highly enough. The truth is it is a rare thing that a person doesn’t like their wedding photo’s, but what might have been right for them might be totally wrong for you. Sure check out their work, however you should leave yourself open to choosing someone else if it doesn’t feel right for you. and importantly you might be missing out on someone that is perfect for you and your day.

 

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The key to choosing your perfect photographer or videographer i believe depends on where you are getting married and what type of shots you are hoping to get. The best decision you can make in choosing a wedding photographer or videographer is to choose someone who is local to the area.

There are a multitude of reason’s why this is a good decision, but the main one is that they know all the best spots to go to (some being secret to locals). The truth of the matter is local knowledge of the area will help you on the day get the best shots of you and your spouse.

They know how to get there quickly, travel times, where the sun will be at certain times of the day for the best light and exactly what is available to shoot at any given location around that area.

 

This certainly trumps hiring people to travel to a given location, paying travel fees and wasting time while the photographer scouts around trying to find great shots. Another plus is that more than likely they will have a relationship with the vendors working on the day. If you want that aerial drone shot, the vendors are more than likely to say yes to someone they work with often rather than someone from out of town.

And the locals will be able to tell you beforehand what they can and can’t do before the day in any case. Now that you’ve narrowed down your choice, you need to do some research by looking at the pictures that you like most. Today with instagram and facebook this makes it easy. you can search hashtags of venues and local photographers.

As you come across pictures that you like, save them for future reference. This will come in handy when you meet with photographers to show them exactly what you are after. Doing this exercise you will be able to get an idea of exactly the type of pictures you would like to get on the day.

Make a list of your top 5 photographers and inquire via their website to get prices. Look at their portfolio online and compare it to their price list and your budget. You could narrow your list down to 2 or 3 and arrange to meet with them at a given time and place.

Meeting with a photographer or videographer is probably the most important part of hiring someone that is going to give you a fantastic experience on the day. So don’t take it for granted that you’ve seen their work and that’s enough.

You have to be able to see if they feel right for you and will work for what you are planing for your day. Remember, your photographer and videographer will be with you for most of the day, you want to make sure you don’t have a personality clash. It also allows the photographer or videographer to judge whether they can deliver exactly what you want.

The last thing you want is to hire a photographer and on the day find out that they are only half invested in photographing your special day. Take your saved images and show them your favourites and allow the photographer to explain what they will be able to do and the limitations in getting certain shots.

Ask questions about your concerns, they should welcome questions as it gives them an opportunity to explain how they can best capture your day. After meeting with the different photographers, and talking with your spouse. You should be able to narrow down a clear winner that fits exactly what you want captured and your budget.

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When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the first things you should do is a make a list of all the people who you might invite.

Undoubtedly, other people will want to weight in one who gets to come. However, when choosing people to invite it is essentially a process of elimination.

The most efficient way is to create a list of everyone, by everyone i don’t mean everyone that your friends with on Facebook.

But everyone who you think you and your spouse would like to invite if budget and room were of no consideration.

Then i would show the parents.

Now, i know this is essentially your wedding and your day. But the parents in most cases will want to have a say on who gets to come.

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This doesn’t mean that the people they include, will finally get an invite. However, in a lot of cases the parents are at least helping to fund the wedding. Allowing them to have input or at least the illusion of input, early on can prevent arguments when it comes down to culling that list down.

The first on your list that you will have to invite is family. This includes parents, siblings, and grandparents. When it comes to extended family, there is no obligation really to invite them.

Start by asking the question, do you even know them. If you haven’t had contact with them for years, that’s a clear sign that they could end up on the cull list.

When it comes to coworkers, you only need to invite the people that you are essentially friends with. There is no need to invite the entire office because of some sense of obligation.

If you spend time with them outside of work then that would be worthy of consideration. Then there is the question of inviting kids. Having children at your wedding is i think a personal choice. Having bouncy castles to entertain the kids at weddings is now becoming a trend.

But you also have to weight up what sort of affair do you want to have. If having kids running around during the reception is not going to do it for you. Then it’s perfectly ok to have an age limit on the event.

Just keep in mind that some couples you invite might have really young or newborn babies.

In cases like these it would be hard for them to be separated for the night – so allowances might be made.

Then there is the issue of plus ones.

Having plus ones for single friends is the easiest way to blow out your guest list. Similar questions apply, have you met them? is your friend committed to them? And if at all your friend will not know anybody else that will be there, only then is it worth consideration.

If some of these become a sticking point and you need to keep numbers down for the reception. You could always invite them to the ceremony, and not to the reception.

Explain, that you would love for them to be apart of the day if they chose to come, however you need to keep the numbers down for the reception.

More often than not, they should understand.

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So you just got engaged, they put a ring on it. and you’ve posted the picture of the ring to announce to friends and family.

So what’s next.

Well the first question you need to answer is when do you want to get married.

The answer might also have to do with what type of wedding you want, and really that is a binary choice between Sun or Snow.

The typical engagement for couples is usually 18 months and that is exactly when you should at least start planning for the big day.

Vendors can book out certain dates 18 – 12 months in advance, so it is important to start the process as early as possible.

Once you’ve looked at enough wedding inspiration and you’ve settled for a style whether it be Rustic, Bohemian or White. You need to settle on an overall budget to work with.

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No-one likes to discuss money, but you need to have those conversations with your spouse and family members to lock down exactly what they can kick in for your big day.

The average cost for a wedding can range between $30,000 to around $70,000.

Remember you are not selling tickets to an event despite how fantastic it might be so i would advise not expecting cash endowments from guests to fund your wedding.

It is the surest way to loose friends and you will find that your guest list will shrink

considerably. What you should do next is to figure out who your wedding party is going to be. People will be wanting to know after you announce your engagement.

And then work out a basic guest list database with columns for contact details, RSVP’s, gifts, etc.

The cost per guest at a wedding venue can range between $40 to around $600 and the easiest way to cut costs is to limit your guest list.

Once those details are sorted the single most important thing to lock down next is thenvenue.

Are you going to have the ceremony and reception all in one place or separately taking into account travel times between the two.

Make appointments to tour different venues and make sure they have availability for your wedding date.

Essentially, once those details are locked down you can fit most things around it. There is still a lot to do such as organising photographers, video, flowers, Dress, officiant etc. But you’ve essentially nailed down when – the wedding will be, who is invited and where it’s going to be.

It’s a good place to start.

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