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Ali Phillips

Wedding Planner

Ali Phillips is the President and Lead Planner of Engaging Events by Ali, INC.
She has been named a top A-List Destination Planner by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine and has been named one of the Favorites Chicago Wedding Planners by Chicago Magazine and was named one of Chicago’s favorite wedding planners by Brides magazine.
She has planned over 350 weddings in Chicago and many more that have taken place all over the world, including Los Cabos, Turks and Caicos, Costa Rica, Napa, Fiji, England, Ireland and South Africa.
You can find Ali’s work featured in, The Knot, Modern Luxury Weddings, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, Brides Magazine and more!
Ali Phillips has also served on the National Board of Directors of Wish Upon a Wedding for 6 years. Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit organization that grants weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstance.
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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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