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ALL TOPICS | Wedding Party Questions

Q: Do I really need ushers? Is it worth the extra hassle organizing? What do they do?


All right, let’s talk wedding ushers. I’m a wedding officiant, so my role when I deal with wedding ushers is they usually help seat the guests when walking down the aisle, which is really nice. So some older folks, they expect that it’s nice to have them there to offer directions to where the restroom is, to help folks as needed. I would say limit the number of ushers that you have. One or two is plenty, especially if you’ve got, like, family members where you don’t really know what to do with them, but you need to give them a role. Being an usher is great. However, what I would say is let’s not put the rules down where they’re going to seat every single guest, they’re just going to give directions on, like here. The ceremony is this way. Please seat yourself except for the first row where immediate family is sitting, because when your ushers seat every single guest, it slows down folks getting to their seats and can back up your whole entire ceremony timeline, which happens all the time. So just adjust the way that your ushers are working for you. Think of them as your extended family or your friends who you didn’t really have a role for, but now you’ve put them in the role and you’re going to give them a job. And their job is to get to the ceremony site early to help seat guests and give them directions. So we’re only seating older folks who may need an extra arm. Give directions to the bathroom and give directions to the aisle way. Which seats are reserved, which ones aren’t. Give them a list of specific people that you want sat in the front row and say, oh, even a picture if you have one, so they know who those folks are. Oh, Aunt Martha. So glad you’re here. You’re seated in the front row. Let me show you where that is, that type of role. Otherwise, they’re just kind of giving general directions. Again, the ceremony is displayed. Please seat yourself.

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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