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Kara Maureen

Wedding Planner

As a bridal life coach, Kara Maureen dissolves the drama in the wedding process. With her guidance you can navigate the unexpected ickiness of your relationship with your fiancé, your families, and your girlfriends in order to come out closer and stronger.

She works with clients nationwide through consultation calls. You can also listen to her podcast, Whispers to a Bride, and enroll in her Bridal Prep Academy for insightful advice.

You’re not just having a wedding, you’re navigating all the family drama, identity issues, emotional challenges and mental transformations that come with getting married. Nothing will send you to therapy like planning a wedding! Kara helps you find meaning in the madness and transforms the stress and pressure of wedding planning into the foundation for your beautiful marriage.

 While ‘love is patient and love is kind,’  love is also complicated and disorienting. Nothing brings out this dark side like planning a wedding. As you have noticed by now, weddings bring up a lot of things for a lot of people and brides get caught right in the middle of it all.

With a masters in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania and Life Coaching Certification from Martha Beck Inc. (Oprah’s Life Coach), Kara combines her passion for helping smart, savvy women with her childhood love of weddings to carve out her own category in the industry. Based in Bethesda MD, Kara serves clients all over the country.

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Featured Question

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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2 comments

    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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