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Choosing A Wedding Photographer – Does Price Trump Everything Else?

Your wedding day ranks up there as one of those all important milestones next to your First Communion, Baptism, Bar Mitzvah and Graduation.

Who you eventually entrust the responsibility of documenting your special day will depend on your budget, your preference on the style i.e. traditional or the documentary style of wedding photography.

Chances are your search will start on the internet or through recommendations or word-of-mouth.

Though the internet is a great place to begin your search, you should resist the temptation to hire someone without meeting them in person unless you are getting married in Hawaii or a location where it is impractical for you to meet with them.

In that instance, you might consider contacting a local photographer and asking them if they do “destination weddings.”

If time is on your side, then you should meet with all your prospective photographers.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this is because the best photographer in the world with the worst attitude no matter how good a price, is a sure guarantee for a super stressful wedding day for everyone.

The interview is important to both sides because it allows both sides to gauge how they will get along.

That’s why a contract that spells out the details will prevent any misunderstanding.

So don’t base your decision on a hiring a photographer on a price quote over the phone . Your initial phone call should just be to see if they are available on your wedding date.

Once you’ve established that, you should keep an open mind and meet them.Most don’t charge for that consultation so you have nothing to lose.

If you can’t make the appointment, at least call the photographer to reschedule or tell them you changed your mind about meeting them. They are after all extending you the courtesy of a free consultation.

By looking at the bride’s pictures at the end of the evening, you should be able to see if she was a “trooper” or a “bride-zilla.”

It shouldn’t matter if the wedding was at the Edwards Mansion, the Mission Inn or someone’s backyard.

So there is no question your search should start online but you should be aware that the pictures on most photographer’s website are not necessarily a good representation of their true abilities.

What you’ll be seeing are their best images taken over mulitple weddings and over the length of time they’ve been in business. Keep in mind, that your needs are different, you’re hiring them to document your all-important day from “start to finish.”

So it is a good idea to ask to see pictures from several different weddings. from start to finish or as a “whole.”

What you are looking for is consistency in the imagery. Don’t confuse consistency with repetition. There should be consistency in how the photographer handles the light.

Are the images well exposed? Is there a lot of variety in their shots i.e. does it look like they moved around using different angles, lenses and shooting from different locations?

The skillful photographers and truly professional ones do all this. Some even set up lights of their own when the lighting conditions are bad. Examine the pictures of the brides. Are they all pretty, slim and slender?

This is important because it is far easier for a photographer to make good pictures of great-looking people than ones who aren’t so photogenic.

Similarly, it is easier for a photographer to make good pictures at a scenic place like the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel or the Mission Inn in Riverside than the local park or the Elks Lodge or just someone’s backyard.

Good wedding photography tells a story of how that day went for the bride and groom.

By looking at the bride’s pictures at the end of the evening you should be able to see if she was a “trooper” or a “bride-zilla.”

It shouldn’t matter if the wedding was at the Edwards Mansion, the Mission Inn or someone’s backyard.

The truly skillful photographer makes the most of the settings and makes the wedding couple look their best.

Also, the observant and creative wedding photographer recognizes little details like place settings, party favors and center pieces which you have painstakingly chosen.

If they have an appreciation for style, they will definitely include those pictures as backdrops or backgrounds for your photo albums or DVD menus.

Most photographers offer slideshows with music either on CDs or DVDs. It might be a good idea to borrow one or two of these to view at home instead of during the interview.

Just be a good sport and return those when you’re done. DVD samples are expensive to produce. On that subject, ask if they author those DVDs themselves or they outsource those.

Naturally the photographer who does their own is more skillful and probably cares more about their work than one who outsources that work.

Besides, how can someone else who wasn’t at the wedding do as good a job?And for all these reasons, in terms of cost, it is probably a good idea for brides-to-be to realize that after the cost of food, drinks and the banquet hall, the photographers fee should be next highest on the list.

When you consider all the vendors working on your big day, who will be there the longest? Does the photographer get to kick back and relax while everyone is having a good time?

He/she is charged with the responsibility of capturing and documenting the day. If you asked for their presence when you were getting ready, they will be there when your bridesmaid and you are dressing up.

In between they have to sneak in some pictures of your groom as well, not to mention the bantering before that stroll down the aisle for both of you as single people hopefully one last time.

And afterwards when the party is over, the photographer’s work is only beginning. Hundreds of pictures have to be edited and fixed for various flaws in post production. Portraits have to be re-touched, albums have to be designed, DVD slideshows have to be created and enlargements have to be ordered. The list goes on.

The post production can take as much as 20 hours or more depending on how elaborate a package a bride wants.

So remember the next time you get a quote from a wedding photographer and you think it is very high, consider what you’re paying for.

Unlike the other vendors you hire for the day, the caterers, disc jockeys, florists and wedding planners, the wedding photographer is not done at the end of the evening.

In fact, depending on how many exposures they made at the wedding, their post production work can take as much as 30 hours or more.

Depending on their particular clients’ needs, they may have to fix blemishes on images in photoshop, convert images to black and white , design albums or author slideshows with music. They will probably have to meet with you, the client, to finalize layouts for albums and send your print orders out and deliver them when ready.

All in all, these hours need to be accounted for and included in their quote so that they can be profitable and remain in business.

In the end, like most things in life, the calibre of photographer you end up with depends on what you’re willing to pay. Just remember that the food and music is for your friends and family, but the pictures are for you. After all, that’s what you’ll be looking at years after when you reminisce…

Great Wedding Speech Quotes

A wedding is all about words… I mean at least literally. The clergy says their words and ask for the bride’s and the groom’s words. The bride’s father says his words in his wedding speech and the groom and the bride say theirs in their wedding speech. Then there are the welcome words, the words of gratitude, the words of praise, the words of wit and humour… the wedding vows and more wedding speeches. Quite a wordy affair! When it’s time for you to deliver a wedding speech at a wedding (even if it’s your own big day) some shivers are bound to run down your spine. The best speech would be the one that comes out confidently from the speaker’s mouth and expresses the feeling of his heart. You get all the guidance and help regarding how should go about your speech. Some sites on the web would even give you the speeches. But there is always the danger of ending up saying something that many others have said. So take guidance, take help, take advice but do not take someone else’s words. Imagine finding out that the speaker who speaks before you has got the same jokes as you… you borrowed from the same example speech!It’s best to have your own words to express your feelings. You might have to keep it simple but it will be original. And original is original. You can use some famous quotes and saying about love, wedding and marriage to make your speech sound interesting. If chosen and timed carefully, some sayings and quotes (though well known) would give a rich and witty flavour to your speech.Here are a few famous quotes that can definitely adorn your speech.

i. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

ii. May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

iii. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

iv. If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods, happy together, the gods themselves are helpless against them while they stand so.

v. Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

vi. Here’s to matrimony, the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented!

vii. Like good wine, marriage gets better with age – once you learn to keep a cork in it.

viii. It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

ix. Marriage is not a word – it is a sentence.

x As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change… I will always keep falling in love with you.

xi Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

xii. Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

xiii. To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.

xiv. The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.

xv. Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine.

Incorporate these into your speech with effect and relevance; and see your words cast a spell!

Using Wedding Quotes To Make Your Speech Sparkle

If you are in a position where you have to make a wedding speech, but you are not really sure what to say, then I have a bit of advice for you, which may help you out.

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding, are the wedding quotes and speeches. This is the part of the evening where the audience gets to hear the members of the wedding party speak and share their stories about the bride and groom.

The speeches at a wedding also serve as the entertainment for the evening, as they usually include a few humorous stories and about the new married couple.

If you are involved in the weddings speeches, then you are faced with the tricky task of having to make one of these speeches. The best advice I can give you is to try to find a great set of wedding quotes or speeches, which will help you create your very own speech.

A lot of people never really think of looking for great wedding quotes and speeches to use in their own speech. They will often try to write their speech on their own, but if you ask me, they are missing a big trick here, because if you can find some great wedding quotes, all you need to do then is work them into your own speech.

A couple of years ago I was asked to make a speech at a wedding. I found myself in the same position you probably are in right now if you’re reading this, in that I really didn’t have a clue what I should say and where to even start with creating my speech. Luckily, I did a bit of looking around online, and managed to get my hands on a wedding speech package which offered all sorts of best mans speeches, groom speeches, bride speeches etc., which all had some great wedding quotes in them which I could then pick out and add them into my own wedding speech.

I managed to create a great opening to my speech with a couple of classic wedding quotes that proved to go down really well with the audience. Everyone loves a funny opening to a speech as it breaks the ice and sets the mood.

I then was able to build a strong middle section of my speech which included a few of my own personal stories about the bride and groom, telling the audience how we all met, and a few of the memorable times we have shared together.

I again called on my wedding quotes package to create a great toast to the bridesmaids. This was almost the highlight of the speech as I used a great quote about their beauty and how they had been a real help in the wedding preparations.

Finally, I closed off my wedding speech by using a wedding quote which expressed my sincere well-wishes for the couple and mentioned that they would hopefully grow old together.

All in all, the wedding speech went down pretty well, and the audience seemed to love it. I had genuinely been really worried about knowing what to say during the speech, and if everyone would enjoy it or be bored to tears by it, but luckily for me they all seemed to love it.

The main key to my success was definitely getting my hands on some wedding quotes and speeches and doing a little research with these to build my own perfect speech.

If you are in the same position that I was, and are a little lost as to what you should say in your wedding speech, I would highly recommend you get your hands on a decent wedding quotes and speeches package which will help you create an outstanding wedding speech.