Why you need to budget and hire a professional photographer for your wedding.

Why you need to budget and hire a professional photographer for your wedding.

Today we’re talking about something that is near and dear to my heart- hiring professionals for your wedding. One would think that hiring professionals would be a no-brainer, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes you just want to spend as little as possible, and so you resort to trying to find “alternatives” for the usual wedding services. And some of these “alternatives” usually end up involving having a friend or family member or friend of a friend or distant cousin do something instead of hiring a professional. In fact, there are even wedding planning sites out there that will tell you to not hire professionals in order to save money. Well friends, that is NOT the kind of wedding planning site PEP  is. If you ask me, not hiring professionals is a recipe for disaster! Hiring a friend would end up causing way more issues than paying for a professional would… and yes, you get what you pay for! 

Around here we have seen that last five weddings, where the couples shorted their budget, hired a friend or a pensioner for a couple hundred euros and tried to get away with saving.  They all lost, and lost big, precious memories, that you can’t go back and recapture.

The nightmare wedding in the night.  This couple did not think about a problem, taking photos outside in the dark, nor did their inexpensive photographer. The result was a nightmare. The photographer had trouble capturing photos, that were of any value to the couple.  Fortunately one of our staff was on site and began shooting photos with a high end smartphone.  With these were were able to piece something together for the newly wed, but the missed out on so many classic wedding photos.  What a shame.

Don’t just take it from me though.  This couple unfortunately found out the hard way when they decided to let a “budding photographer” friend take their wedding photos. The thing is though, this wasn’t a friend who had shot a few weddings and was trying to get into the industry. He just had a “nice camera” and so they asked him to capture their day. To make a long story short, this “photographer” lost the couple’s image card and now they have no wedding photos. Because he wasn’t a professional and didn’t know what he was doing. Yeah… that’s awful, isn’t it? Can you imagine?!

Here’s the thing- if it was the successful norm to have your friend who has a nice camera take your wedding photos, cater your wedding, or do your flowers, there wouldn’t be professionals doing it! And there most likely wouldn’t be amazing images like this one…

5 Reasons To Hire A Professional For Your Wedding, Not A Friend! via TheELD.com

In my experience having a friend do a professional’s job almost never works out… unless they ARE a professional who truly is your friend (in which case, you are one lucky gal!). So before we go any further, let’s just go over a few of the reasons for why you should hire a professional and not your friend…

1. A PROFESSIONAL IS COMMITTED TO YOU.

A professional will be committed to YOU and your wedding day. They are guaranteed to show up on your wedding day, no questions asked. I’ve seen “friends” commit to photographing a wedding and then flake out 2 months – even a few weeks- before the wedding, people not show up to help on the day-of when they said they would, and even people just not caring at all. When you hire and pay a professional, they are contractually obligated to carry out the duties that you hired them to perform!

2. A PROFESSIONAL WILL HAVE EXPERIENCE.

There’s nothing worse than having everyone standing around at your wedding not knowing what to do next. Hiring someone who has experience will most definitely help your stress level both before and during the wedding. A professional with experience will also have a specific way of doing things, so there won’t be too much guesswork for you while planning your wedding. The last thing you want to have to do while planning your wedding is figure out what your friend is supposed to be doing!

3. YOU WILL GET AWESOME RESULTS FROM A PROFESSIONAL.

Or in other words, you get what you PAY for! Hiring a professional will ensure that you get a great result. Whether it’s photos or flowers, or food or coordinating, having someone who does weddings for a living will certainly give you the best outcome. It may not always be the most ideal option to spend money on a professional, but really and truly, paying for a service makes SUCH a huge difference! Not to mention that yes, there’s a contract involved, and as I stated before, they are obligated to provide you with those awesome results.

4. YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT STRAINING YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

When working with a professional, if anything, you will build a relationship with them. Almost always, when hiring a friend the relationship gets strained in some way. Either they hold a grudge against you for making them work for free or less than normal, or you’re not happy with your results and you just can’t tell them. It’s not worth ruining a relationship with one of your friends!

5. YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO ENJOY YOUR WEDDING!!

If they truly are your friend, you’ll want to have them at your wedding and enjoy it, right? And if that’s not the case, then you don’t really want to even have them at your wedding.

 

Don’t get me wrong- there CAN be friends that help out with your wedding who will do a great job. But in my experience, it doesn’t always work out for the best.

One of the things that I’ve discovered about weddings is that it’s pretty common for “friends” who “do weddings” to pop up when you get engaged. What a coincidence that you have a friend who photographs weddings, coordinates, AND is a DJ, right?! At the time, it seems lucky and like you have all your bases covered, but please do your best to make an informed decision when friends offer to help with your wedding.

I would love to hear from you all on this. Do you have any friends who wanted to help you with your wedding? Did you decide to go with them, or go with a professional? And any former brides out there… did you have any experiences with “friends”?  Did you hire a retired photographer, who lost his grip and has a shake of unfocused photos? We would love to here from you about your experiences, they will definately help others decide.

Let’s talk about budget.

These days a regular  budget in a minimum of 1500 for photography which includes a few hours of photography, and a wedding photo book.  But this price comes without a backup photographer or two.  When you can spend 2500-3500 it  goes much further, you get more for your money and the photographer can afford backup photographers to cover his photos and behind the scenes photos.  Well spent, well invested.

By now you are probably thinking about budgeting a much more in your photography budget and that is a great thing.

Don’t forget about professional videography.  This is also a forgotten step and like photographers, many couples skim the budget and just have a family member or friend do some videos.  What we do is we ask you to provide us with some family members and friends that would be good with video, so they can help us capture moments we might not of thought about.  Then we can tailor a custom video package that includes the latest and greatest drone wedding photography.  Combined together with professional broadcast quality video moments, you wedding video will be like it was on a TV show.  Imagine with me for a moment, there are several video cameras, and one is stationed behind the minister pointed at you, the other in the center of the isle, pointed at the crowd, another behind the minister to get close up shots and another going around the audience taking something that is called “cut aways” where they capture the expressions and emotions of the audience.   When these are captured together, some thing you can’t see a tear in your mother’s eye as you say the “I Do’s ” and the look of your best friend laughing , when the ring bearer gets a little mis-behaved.  All these moments are usually talked about, but imagine you and your bride watching the video after your honeymoon and see the vantage point , the whole big picture.

That’s how important wedding videos are. It’s why one of our camera operators, is called upon when there are special events, and they want a close up camera man that can follow the action and not miss anything.

Budgeting for video can seem pricey, but it is worth the investment and spending anywhere from 1500, to 3500 more on video, can bring you and your loved ones, family and friends some magical moments and memories.

To sum it up, some of the most important investments in your wedding are

  1. Vintage wedding cars
  2. Professional photography
  3. Professional videography

When these are a priority, you will have memories you can never forget, and every anniversary have a look at how it all got started.

We hope to work with you on your next wedding, think about contacting us today.

A Look Back at 29 Secret Celebrity Weddings We Still Know Little About

A Look Back at 29 Secret Celebrity Weddings We Still Know Little About, in Honor of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ Anniversary

Not every celebrity couple dreams of magazine covers and big wedding-dress reveals. In fact, for many, keeping their wedding a secret is the ultimate goal. Jennifer Aniston, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Beyoncé are just some of the stars who have pulled off the almost impossible feat of getting hitched out of the public eye. And then of course there’s Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Five years ago today, the golden couple said “I do.” And despite the fact that their nuptials were covered by Martha Stewart Weddings, we still know very little about it. But considering the fact that Blake Lively, who wore custom Marchesa for the occasion, once ran the now-defunct lifestyle website Preserve, we can only guess just how rustic-chic it could have been. Here, a look 29 celebrity weddings we still know little about.

A Look Back at 29 Secret Celebrity Weddings We Still Know Little About, in Honor of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ Anniversary

Not every celebrity couple dreams of magazine covers and big wedding-dress reveals. In fact, for many, keeping their wedding a secret is the ultimate goal. Jennifer Aniston, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Beyoncé are just some of the stars who have pulled off the almost impossible feat of getting hitched out of the public eye. And then of course there’s Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Five years ago today, the golden couple said “I do.” And despite the fact that their nuptials were covered by Martha Stewart Weddings, we still know very little about it. But considering the fact that Blake Lively, who wore custom Marchesa for the occasion, once ran the now-defunct lifestyle website Preserve, we can only guess just how rustic-chic it could have been. Here, a look 29 celebrity weddings we still know little about.

The Latest British Royal Wedding Has Swept Through Spain, and the Pictures Are Stunning

Image Source: Getty / Daniel Perez

 

Lady Charlotte Wellesley is married! The British royal tied the knot with financier Alejandro Santo Domingo on Saturday in Illora, Spain. The bride — who’s the daughter of the duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley, and Princess Maria Antonia of Prussia — was positively beaming in her custom-made Emilia Wickstead gown. The grand affair featured an impressive roster of guests as well, with a wealth of other royals and notable figures in attendance, including Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles. Keep reading for all the gorgeous snapshots from the big day!

 

        

 

Testimonials

Joe & Claire

Thank you so much for making our wedding so stress free and easy. It was an amazing venue and everyone really enjoyed themselves, we couldn't have asked for more!
You made our day run so smoothly and thought of everything!
We are already looking forward to visiting next year.
5.0
2017-08-10T11:14:38+00:00
Thank you so much for making our wedding so stress free and easy. It was an amazing venue and everyone really enjoyed themselves, we couldn't have asked for more! You made our day run so smoothly and thought of everything! We are already looking forward to visiting next year.

Paul & Alison

Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!!

Thanks again & Take Care,
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2017-05-09T10:27:08+00:00
Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!! Thanks again & Take Care,

Stuart & Lynne

Excellent support both before and on the day!
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2017-08-10T12:02:00+00:00
Excellent support both before and on the day!

Dominic & Zoe

Hi Jennifer,

Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing.

The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces.
Like you said it gives you goose pimples.

You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.
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2017-08-11T09:57:07+00:00
Hi Jennifer, Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing. The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces. Like you said it gives you goose pimples. You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.

John & Jenna

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys,

Hope ye are both well!!!
Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!!
I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!!

Lots of Love XxXx
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2013-02-09T11:55:57+00:00
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys, Hope ye are both well!!! Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!! I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!! Lots of Love XxXx

Kevin

5.0
2017-08-11T07:44:05+00:00
I have been to many weddings and this is by far the best ever!

Gavin & Sarah

Thank you again!

We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had.

Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.
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2014-09-09T10:50:54+00:00
Thank you again! We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had. Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.

Joey & Joanne

We cannot recommend Paradise Event Productions enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Event Productions thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx
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2017-08-10T11:51:50+00:00
We cannot recommend Paradise Event Productions enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Event Productions thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx

 Conor & Diane

"We had the best day, our guests have been raving about it since and have complimented you on numerous occasions for how smoothly the whole day ran. 

Thanks so much for all your help over the last 18 months. Our wedding day could not have been any more perfect!"
5.0
2017-08-11T11:50:50+00:00
"We had the best day, our guests have been raving about it since and have complimented you on numerous occasions for how smoothly the whole day ran.  Thanks so much for all your help over the last 18 months. Our wedding day could not have been any more perfect!"

Andy & Suzanne

A massive thank you to Paradise Event Productions.  From day one they were both so friendly and helpful, and they were able to make our day as special as we always hoped it would be, even on a relatively low budget.  When we decided to change our venue with 2 months to go they worked very hard to find us the most perfect replacement. All of our guests had a wonderful time, all said it was one of the most special wedding's they'd been to.  At times planning a wedding abroad might seem daunting but the team really made sure that everything ran smoothly both leading up to and throughout our special day.
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2017-08-10T11:24:00+00:00
A massive thank you to Paradise Event Productions.  From day one they were both so friendly and helpful, and they were able to make our day as special as we always hoped it would be, even on a relatively low budget.  When we decided to change our venue with 2 months to go they worked very hard to find us the most perfect replacement. All of our guests had a wonderful time, all said it was one of the most special wedding's they'd been to.  At times planning a wedding abroad might seem daunting but the team really made sure that everything ran smoothly both leading up to and throughout our special day.

Ellen & Kathy

So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 
5.0
2017-08-09T10:39:10+00:00
So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 

Roy & Anne

Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now.

The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂
5.0
2017-08-09T10:37:53+00:00
Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now. The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂

Simon & Claire

5.0
2017-08-11T07:54:27+00:00
We've just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted to thank you very much for all your hard work and professionalism arranging our wedding. It was exactly as we'd hoped and more - we loved everything.

Daniel & Sarah

We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.
5.0
2017-08-11T11:46:07+00:00
We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.

Stephan & Marta

Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Marta
5.0
2013-08-10T06:54:01+00:00
Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Marta
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