Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive

When you book a photographer for your wedding day, many couples don’t realize that the time a photographer spends is a lot more than the 6-8 hours spent shooting your wedding.  A professional photographer does more than “just shoot and burn a disk.”

The wedding day is just the start.  The workflow after a wedding to process the 800 or more images can be extremely time consuming.  After performing duplicate backups, the photographer must select the best 800 or so images from over 1000s of images to remove duplicates and blinkers (those image having persons with closed eyes).  Then each image is adjusted for color balance, exposure, composition, cropping, and other enhancements as needed.  Finally, the photos are copied to a disk and a selection of images is made to place on the internet so family and friends can enjoy the photos.

A few months after the wedding, a review is scheduled with the couple to go over the initial image selection for inclusion into their album and to select prints.  A first album draft is made.  Revisions may be requested.  Plus, album covers and layouts need to be selected. All the appointments, lab expense, phone calls, and emails will add to the time required.

The bottom line – the 6 or 8 hours is usually over 40 hours of time.

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Wedding photos are a life time investment as they capture a new beginning in your life.  It’s the birth of a new family.  It records that day in your history.

Because a wedding as a whole is remarkably expensive, considering the preparation effort alone to become your most beautiful on your wedding day (with the cost of bridal gowns, shoes, undergarments, jewelry, hair, makeup and flowers), it would be foolish to not consider good photography to capture all of the beauty plus all of the events, all of the emotions, all of the memories of that day.  I can’t over emphasize the value that should be placed on your decision to choose great photography for this day.

One bride told my associate, “I’ve learned as a past bride, that you can’t really put a price on your wedding photography.  I spent about $1000 on my photos and wish that I had thought beforehand how I would feel about my wedding photos afterwards.  For the rest of my life I will regret that decision and my desire at the time to save a few bucks.”


Shoes and more Shoes!

You’ll spend hours looking at wedding gowns, trying them on and finally selecting the perfect one for you. So be selective about choosing the shoe that fits! And that’s the key word – fits. Wearing shoes that hurt is not something you want on your wedding day. Comfort is everything. Go with your heart’s desire! Today, anything goes. And that’s true for both brides and guys. Here are some images from “just seen” footwear from brides here in the St. Louis metro area.

Today is all 1s and 3s….1/31/13! Have a wonderful day.

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The Path to Wedded Bliss

The journey to your big day includes many memories as well as decisions to be made.  So we thought we would check just what you, our St. Louis Bride, are all about.  So get those fingers ready and send us a reply.  We will post conclusions and answers in a few weeks.

Give us your feedback to the 10 questions below:

  • When did you first say, “I Love You?”
  • How many months are between your engagement and the marriage?
  • How long were you dating before you met your fiancé’s parents?
  • How many hours per week do you spend planning your wedding? (Average)
  • What wedding colors did you choose?
  • Do you have a wedding theme?
  • What has been the most frustrating part about planning your wedding?
  • Who has the final say regarding the major decisions about your wedding?
  • What’s the most important part of your wedding?
  • Is money an issue in planning your wedding?







We are anxious to hear from you.  Don’t be shy.

Budget Tip #3 – FREE wedding catalogs with special offers

There are some wonderful on-line catalog companies for wedding planning.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • MagnetStreet.com – Wedding invitations, stationery, save the dates, programs, favors and more.  They are offering a 10% discount with the promo code “WCATALOG10” until 2/7/13.
  • BridesVillage.com – Wedding Accessories & Attendants’ gifts.  They offer free shipping on orders of $55 or more.
  • JessicasWeddings.com – Wedding gifts for groomsmen, bridesmaids and the entire wedding party.  They are offering 15% on orders of $95 or more until 2/1/13.
  • WrappedHersheys.com – Who doesn’t love chocolate!  They offer a great selection of chocolate Hershey bars with custom covers.  They are giving free shipping on orders of $99.00 or more until 1/31/13.
  • PersonalCreations.com – Here’s a great assortment of gift ideas.  Champagne Flutes, Personalized Afghans, Frames, Hurricane Candle Holders, Character Platters and lots and lots of goodies.
  • ExclusivelyWeddings.com – Just about anything you might desire can be found here.  Get a free 116 page catalog upon request.

What qualities does a good DJ have?

Bray_Wed_Fav-211The most important thing for a DJ at a wedding is to keep the music upbeat and keep the crowd interested.  And, it’s really hard to do when you consider the diversity of the guests at weddings.  An experienced DJ will have built up a collection of music that works for all ages and he tends to follow certain patterns, such as five fast songs, three slow songs, or perhaps using two or three songs from one genre at a time.  The best practice is to have the most popular music for multiple genres.

Your DJ should be very outgoing, well spoken, and have the ability to read the crowd.  How they present themselves to you is usually a good indication of how serious the DJ takes his business.  Look at their web site and see if it presents quality information in selecting your special music, scheduling the night, etc.  In most cases, the wedding couple will select about five to eight must have songs for the special events, perhaps provide a few songs in the do not play list, and then it is really the DJ’s job to select the remaining songs.  The DJ also must be able to communicate well with the photographer, keeping him/her informed in advance of events and activities.

Most DJs tell me that a typical wedding accommodates about 60-80 songs for the dance portion of the night.  Good communication between you and the DJ is the start of a great night.  Some couples do like to have songs from a unique genre such as all country – perhaps to accompany the theme of the wedding, but in most cases, you are best to leave it up to the DJ as he understands the crowd’s reaction and what songs to play to get the best results.

Have a sense of humor? Get a groom’s cake

The groom’s cake originated in the South, and although some see it as an unnecessary expense, the groom’s cake has made a big comeback.  Originally the groom’s cake was meant to be a gift from the bride to the groom and is typically representative of the groom’s hobbies or interests.  The groom’s cake should reflect the groom’s personality and/or sense of humor.  Brides tend to get creative from golf bags, to fish, to tractors, to cowboy boots, to airplanes, to the MU Stadium and just about anything you can imagine.  Each groom’s cake is very unique.  The whole idea of the groom’s cake is to give the groom something special for the big day as well.

Traditionally the groom’s cake is a smaller cake displayed next to the bride’s cake and is later cut into pieces for guests to take home.  Boxed slices of groom’s cake can serve as wedding favors as well.

Thanks to Laura Wright, Sugar & Spice Bakery, for these wonderful examples.

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