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Dogs & Weddings

Should you bring your dog to the wedding?

We love our pups, but should you bring your dog to the wedding? Here are a couple of ways to incorporate the other love of your life into the wedding day.

Have them with you during the getting ready portion of the day.

This gives us the opportunity to have your pup be a part of your wedding day photos but then he can stay safely home/at a hotel.

Assign a dog handler to bring them to a predetermined location for photos.

This person is 100% in charge of the dogs for the day and then can be ready and waiting for you (and me) when we are ready for them. No worries or hassle for you and a sweet moment during the day when you see your dogs.

If you are having an outdoor wedding and it is allowed by the venue, there is nothing cuter than a dog walking down the aisle as a flower girl/ring bearer. Again, the key is to let the dog have its moment… and then have the assigned person be in charge of taking care of the pup so all the focus can be on you.

Add them to your engagement photo shoot!

While we adore our dogs, busy wedding days and pristine white gowns are not always dog-friendly. The good news is that an engagement photo shoot is a perfect place and time to bring them into the wedding plans.⠀


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Q: Is there really a wedding mark up?

Do you feel like the industry charges more “because it’s a wedding” and they know it’s an emotional purchase?

Do companies think that they can charge more for weddings since the bride and groom may be willing to spend more on their dream wedding?

Hey wedding pros – is this higher price tag justified? Why? Do you charge more for your service if it is a wedding?

This is a taboo topic, whispered but not discussed… until now.

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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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