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…
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…
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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