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

Leon & Stephanie

We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both.

From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for. 


Thank you! 
5.0
2017-08-11T09:47:28+00:00
We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both. From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for.  Thank you! 

Sam & Emma

It was Beautiful. On our special day, Rob made sure our day went perfect, and it really was. Our food was BEAUTIFUL!! All our guest's thoroughly enjoyed it. The Spanish Tunas made our day special too. Everything was Perfect!! We want to do it all again!!!!!! Maybe we'll return in 10 years for our renewal of our vows!!!!!!
5.0
2017-08-11T11:56:57+00:00
It was Beautiful. On our special day, Rob made sure our day went perfect, and it really was. Our food was BEAUTIFUL!! All our guest's thoroughly enjoyed it. The Spanish Tunas made our day special too. Everything was Perfect!! We want to do it all again!!!!!! Maybe we'll return in 10 years for our renewal of our vows!!!!!!

Family of Ricardo

We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.
5.0
2016-10-09T10:33:38+00:00
We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.

Richard & Kathryn

Hi Paradise Event Productions,

Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for helping us to have the best day we could possibly have hoped for! We really enjoyed the whole week but of course most of all our wedding day. We have lots of very happy memories and can’t stop talking about it to whoever will listen!! Thanks again for helping us to make it happen.


 Love & best wishes,


Richard & Kathryn
5.0
2017-08-11T11:34:41+00:00
Hi Paradise Event Productions, Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for helping us to have the best day we could possibly have hoped for! We really enjoyed the whole week but of course most of all our wedding day. We have lots of very happy memories and can’t stop talking about it to whoever will listen!! Thanks again for helping us to make it happen.  Love & best wishes, Richard & Kathryn

Adam & Louise

Hi guys,
I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day...


Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 
5.0
2017-08-11T10:33:10+00:00
Hi guys, I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day... Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 

Brad & Jen

I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.
5.0
2015-05-09T11:34:42+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.

Karen and Martin

I would highly recommend Paradise Event Planner as a service. All our questions were answered promptly and honestly during the planning. We always felt in control of our own decisions and yet appreciated the experienced advice provided. The attention to small details really made the day special. Your calm approach to a potentially stressful time helped to keep the nerves at bay. I was pleased that you allowed us lots of flexibility in our choices and didn't try to persuade us into anything we didn't want/need but appreciated your opinion when requested.
5.0
2017-08-10T11:55:45+00:00
I would highly recommend Paradise Event Planner as a service. All our questions were answered promptly and honestly during the planning. We always felt in control of our own decisions and yet appreciated the experienced advice provided. The attention to small details really made the day special. Your calm approach to a potentially stressful time helped to keep the nerves at bay. I was pleased that you allowed us lots of flexibility in our choices and didn't try to persuade us into anything we didn't want/need but appreciated your opinion when requested.

Bart & Frank

Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you.
As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08
5.0
2017-06-09T10:32:11+00:00
Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you. As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08

Victor & Cathy

We were so happy how the day went and that all ran so smoothly.  We and our guests enjoyed everything about the day,the music at the ceremony, entertainment for the evening, the food, the priest, the photographer,hairdresser etc.  And all of this was made possible by you so we would like to sincerely thank you for making this such an enjoyable day for us that we will cherish in all of our days.
5.0
2017-08-11T11:54:15+00:00
We were so happy how the day went and that all ran so smoothly.  We and our guests enjoyed everything about the day,the music at the ceremony, entertainment for the evening, the food, the priest, the photographer,hairdresser etc.  And all of this was made possible by you so we would like to sincerely thank you for making this such an enjoyable day for us that we will cherish in all of our days.

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.
5.0
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.

Michael & Claire

I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.
5.0
2016-09-09T09:25:47+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.

Graham & Lynda

Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!!

We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite!

Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:10:37+00:00
Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!! We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite! Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.

Oliver & Alexandra

Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!

They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J

We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally.

All the very best for the future and take care.
5.0
2016-11-01T11:51:25+00:00
Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!! They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally. All the very best for the future and take care.

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.

Kevin

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