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Are the little party crashers invited?

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Kids at weddings are a touchy subject… a source of joy or anxiety? Let’s talk about the cute party crashers.

Having seen it all, Big City Bride’s wedding planners have strong opinions on whether couples should invite kids to their wedding. Some say no, others say that it’s okay as long as the parents set parameters beforehand. This could be, for example, having the kids go to the sitter after cocktail hour so that the adults can party.

What do you think of Claire’s idea of having them leave after cocktail hour so the parents can party (and you can keep all candles lit)?

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Kids at weddings are a touchy subject… a source of joy or anxiety? Let’s talk about the cute party crashers.

Having seen it all, Big City Bride’s wedding planners have strong opinions on whether couples should invite kids to their wedding. Some say no, others say that it’s okay as long as the parents set parameters beforehand.

This could be, for example, having the kids go to the sitter after cocktail hour so that the adults can party.

What do you think of Claire’s idea of having them leave after cocktail hour so the parents can party (and you can keep all candles lit)?

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I love the idea of only having kids come to the ceremony and maybe cocktail hour, but wonder how the logistics would work for the parents? I'm not sure the kids WANT to be at the ceremony... seems like they would rather be on the dance floor. What do you think about sending them home before the party starts?

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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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