With over 20 years in the wedding photography industry I have experienced my fair share of Bridal Expos. More than any bride would ever want to see! So here are my insider tips for survival.
Next to actually hearing Entertainers in person, recommendations from friends and family can be quite helpful. Just be a bit skeptical, if a friend, of a friend, of a friend, has a brother-in-law, that sometimes plays the tuba (or whatever). Ask how long they have been performing, and request names of recent performance venues. Also ask for a video or audio file of their work.
Now I may be a bit biased, but there is nothing more inviting, than soothing music as one enters a room…it creates a certain, welcoming, ambiance. It sets the mood. It says to your guests, “yes, come on in, there is a celebration happening in here”!
Wedding Cocktail Hours are usually given the least thought regarding music planning. Why? Well first of all, you (the Bridal Party) are typically not there (for most of it anyway). This time (just after the Wedding Ceremony) is usually allotted for Picture taking with the essex wedding photographer….most often in a different area. That is all fine for the Bridal Party, but don’t forget about your guests!
Another common question is, Do I feed a photographer for weddings? This is a pretty cut and dry in most cases. However, there are variables that can change this cut and dry subject. Typically, yes you are responsible for feeding a photographer for weddings.
Do not neglect asking any of the question above. You will be amazed at the differences in answers and will soon see why there is a huge difference in pricing. I have known many couples who were surprised to find someone else at their wedding as the photographer because they forgot to ask question 7. Do not assume anything and get everything in writing.
The best way to keep the wedding reception cost down is to keep the amount of guests to a minimum. Be aware of how much each guest is going to cost and consider who you could do without. A wedding reception with your closest friends and family is going to be a more pleasurable event than a room full of strangers and you will save a fortune. Just think how nice it will be when you are looking through your wedding photos in 20 years and you still know the people in them. Having no children at the wedding reception can also greatly reduce the numbers and save you a fortune.
There is no better way to capture the special memories of a wedding than through photographs. Pictures are keepsakes that will bring joy for many years to come. With a little research, quality wedding pictures can become a reality on your wedding day.