To Feed or Not to Feed…That is the Question…

I have seen several articles online written about whether or not a wedding couple should provide their vendors with a meal or not.  Personally, I don’t understand where the confusion lies when it comes to this matter.  I feel it’s pretty simple and sort of a common-sense matter, but nevertheless, there are still many articles that continue to debate this.  Some say yes, you should feed your vendors, some say no, you are paying them, you shouldn’t have to feed them too.

Since I have seen so many of these articles lately and the responses, beliefs and practices all seem to differ, I felt it important enough for me to chime-in with what I feel is the only correct answer to these questions that are so eluding to everyone.  For me, it’s just a common sense thing…if you put yourself in the vendor’s perspective.  Here is how we answer the questions:

Do you require a meal break?  If yes, do you require that the wedding couple provide your meal?

Yes, we do require a meal break.  Although we do not require you to provide us with a meal, we would greatly appreciate it if you did.  We really LIKE food!  Especially during a long day of working.  At most every wedding reception we work, we are each provided with a vendor meal.  This is the norm at  most reception venues.

If you do not plan to provide us with a meal, we just need to know this prior to your wedding day, so we can plan accordingly and bring our own food.  Our team works incredibly hard throughout your wedding day.  We can get pretty hungry during an 8 – 12 hour day of shooting.  You wouldn’t want to work all day long without eating would you??  So, all we ask is that you let us know whether you plan to provide each of us with a meal, or not.

How many breaks do you usually take throughout the day?

We may rest briefly at times during the day if there is downtime, or during dinner time, but otherwise, we are continuously working throughout the day and evening.

Plain and simple – right?  It’s a simple matter of communication.  If you are going to provide us with a meal, let us know.  If you are not going to provide us with a meal, let us know.  That way we will know what to expect and what to do.

So that should answer these questions for anyone and everyone who keeps wondering what they should do.   Communicate with your vendors and also with your reception venue, so that they know exactly how many vendor meals to provide, if you have chosen to feed your vendors during your wedding reception.  And if you have chosen to feed us….thank you very much in advance! 🙂

I often hear “Photography is the most important thing to us!”

bride and bridesmaidsWhen I meet with couples about their wedding day, they often tell me that Professional Photography is the most important thing to them!  That is, until they find out what it costs.  So, then I wonder if what they said is really true.

Let’s examine this for a moment and do some comparisons to see what you (personally) feel would be the most important thing to you on your wedding day.

I feel that whatever the most important item on your wedding day checklist is, should go at the top of the list and whatever is the least important to you should go on the bottom.  You should pay for the most important item first and then you have the remainder of your wedding budget to spread out for everything else, right?  Makes sense to me.  (Every item and detail of your wedding is important, but some more than others.)

More often than not, when I meet with couples, they have already bought their Wedding Dress, booked their Location, DJ, Cake, Limo and sometimes even Flowers.  So, by the time they meet with me, more than half of their wedding budget has been spent, or promised…but photography is the most important thing to them. (Hmmm)

If you want to know how important professional photography REALLY is to you, ask yourself these questions:  (Would you pay / Did you pay)

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Dress than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Bridal Party Gifts than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Shoes than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Will you pay / Did you pay more for your DJ or Band than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Limo (or Limos) than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Flowers than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Cake than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Reception Venue location than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Dinner Selections than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Rings than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

If you answered Yes to more than one of these, then really…how important is professional photography to you?

Using the above Ten examples, on a scale from 1 – 10 (1 being the highest importance), where do you have Photography on that list?

If it’s not in the top three, then perhaps photography is not really that important to you…or perhaps you may need to reevaluate your list, or your budget.

Every person is different and will have this list in a different order, which is perfectly fine and that’s what makes us all unique.  Where did you place professional photography on your list?

An experienced, talented, professional photographer that can capture all of the amazing images that will be your fondest memories forever…for some people is Priceless!

Are you one of these people?  If so, then invest more in your Professional Photography and have amazing and beautiful memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

After all, Professional Photography is the most important thing to you…right?  🙂

Book Your 2013 or 2014 Wedding Photography and Videography at our 2012 Prices!

Book us for your Wedding Photography & Video – Then do your Happy Dance!

 

This Sunday, October 7th we will be at The Original Wedding Expo, Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA.  (11:00AM – 3:30PM)

Come see us at Booth #52 and you can book your 2013 or 2014 Wedding Photography and Videography packages at our current 2012 prices!  That’s right, you can lock in these prices now and if we raise our prices next year or the year after, you are safe!  You can do your Happy Dance!

As usual, we will also be offering some Expo Only Deals that are for a limited time only, as well as taking part in the giveaway that take place at this event.  You surely don’t want to miss out on any of those prizes!

We are a Certified Professional Photography studio and we specialize in Weddings.  With our long list of extremely happy couples who have entrusted us to capture their wedding celebration, you can’t go wrong by choosing us.

Do you know someone who is recently engaged and searching for Photography or Videography services?  Share this information with them!  In fact, if you are one of our previous wedding clients, take advantage of our referral bonus system and send your friends to us.  It’s perfectly okay that there’s something in it for you too.   LOL

Besides, your friend will thank you for it for years to come!

This is our last wedding expo in 2012, so stop by, ask us your questions and talk with us about your special day.   Let us help you take “PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO” off your To Do List.

Don’t miss out on the huge savings and LOCK-IN your wedding photography at our current rates before they go up!

Hope to see you at the Expo!

Wedding Reception Entertainment Idea

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We recently had the opportunity to photograph a very beautiful and unique wedding and reception at the Leicester Country Club in Leicester MA.  The decorations were unique, the wedding cake was unique and the entertainment during the reception was also unique.  I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing performer Julie C. Myers, professionally known as “Nearly Nicks”. she is a Stevie Nicks impersonator and does a fantastic job!  Both visually and audibly, she has everything down to the very gestures spot on.  It was a pleasure to be in the audience during this wonderful performance and to be able to capture some great images of this performer. it’s always great.  It’s always great when there’s something unique during the wedding celebration.  Big thanks again to Diane and Sonia Geer for entrusting me with photographing their wedding celebration and creating many memories for them that will last a lifetime.

For anyone looking for something a little different for their wedding reception entertainment, I highly recommend you contact her if you’re a fan of Steve Nicks.  You will indeed be starstruck. 🙂

You may reach Nearly Nick’s by way of her website: http://www.nearlynicks.com