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Q: What’s the most extravagant/coolest wedding you’ve ever worked?

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So if I asked you what kind of wedding would you throw? If you could throw any kind of wedding you could possibly imagine, what would you say? Well, we had a client that came to us and said joe, we could have 1000 people at our wedding and spend bookoo bucks or we could spend that same budget and only have 21 of the most special people in our lives. That’s exactly what they did. And this is why it was one of my most special weddings that I’ve ever been lucky enough have to produce. Cocktails started off in the living room of their really magnificent home. The bride wore this really spectacular black wedding gown just for the cocktail hour. And then she slipped into a ivory brocade couture wedding gown for the ceremony. Ceremony took place on the staircase of the grand ballroom of their home. Yes, grand ballroom of their home. We dressed that staircase with about 5000 orchids and about 7000 cabbage roses. That really captivated the whole area of the staircase and really made it very, very romantic. From there, the guests were taken to one long, dramatic table for dinner. The dinner was nine courses long and we were lucky enough to commission a wonderful musician in our area to create music for each of the nine courses that was serviced by 21 butlers that were servicing the 21 guests. So that was really magnificent. And it was just such an amazing experience for not only myself to be a part of it but definitely for the guests to be attending. Each of the guests were then, at the end of the evening, given a favor. But this favor was personally chosen by the bride and groom that then presented it to each of the guests as they were leaving the special evening just to let them know how important it was for them to be there. And obviously, they would always look at that very special gift and know that they were a part of a wonderful beginning of a wonderful marriage. So that was my favorite wedding. So interested to hear what yours might be?

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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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