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Should Couple Have a First Look?

Do “first looks” ruin the moment of walking down the aisle?
And is that the most significant question you should be considering?
What if we told you a first look could simplify your timeline and give you more time with your fiancé? This way, all the ‘photo work’ is done before the ceremony, so you can party it up afterwards.
Still on the fence? Anthony Navarro, Liven It Up Events, reveals it’s a sure-fire way to kill those jitters on your wedding day.

Who's in this video?

Who's in this video?

This video is not what it seems. Get your Kleenex ready, it’s a tearjerker.
It’s the dreaded question… “can my kids come?”
In our “Should Couples” series, our planning experts, Anthony Navarro and Jeff Miller of Liven It Up Events, provide their professional and PERSONAL advice on whether or not kids should be invited to weddings.
Hearing their response might even make you reconsider inviting children to your wedding.
Jeff’s story about losing so many loved ones right after their wedding hit home for us- especially when he said we tend to gather for “weddings and funerals”.

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    As a former wedding photographer I vote yes. You will get better photos. We have more time for portraits of the two of you immediately after the first look when you are very emotional and happy (= great photos!), it gives you more time together on the wedding day, takes the pressure off the ceremony moment... there are so many reasons.
    I tried to talk all my clients into having a first look. What do you think?

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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?

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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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