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How To Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer (Guest Post)

 

This month's blog post is written by published and award-winning Edmonton photographer,  Emma Wood at Pretty as a Picture Photography in Canada. Thank you for contributing, Emma!

Emma Wood, Owner of Pretty as a Picture Photography

Emma Wood, Owner of Pretty as a Picture Photography

Choosing a wedding photographer can be tough! Yes, there are a million of us out there - but even though we all say we are all different, how do you choose a photographer who is right for you,  your partner and your special day?

Here are a few things to consider - and tips on how to choose a photographer that is the perfect fit for your day...

Style

Choosing the style of images you are wanting is going to be the first thing you decide. Each photographer will offer a unique style to the next, so deciding on the style will naturally narrow down the options available to you.

Many photographers can do a blend of styles - or even a mix of black & white and colour - but if there’s a specific style that you LOVE - make sure to focus on the photographers that specialize in that niche!

Not sure what style best suits you?? Have a think about these (to mention a few) . . . 

  • Soft and Dreamy
  • Vibrant and Fun
  • Edgy and Bold
  • Documentary / Candid
  • Candid / Posed
  • Fine Art

Personality

Photo: Pretty as a Picture Photography

Photo: Pretty as a Picture Photography

Your photographer will probably spend more time by your side than your own mother - so I would say personality is a pretty important factor when making your decision!

If you have fallen in love with someone’s style of work, make sure you have pretty much fallen in love with them too before you invite them along to spend the entire day with you! Ok, "love" might be a little extreme, but at least make sure your personalities click -- otherwise it may turn into a very LONG day!!

  • Do you want someone who is going to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera - and make you laugh throughout the day?
  • Do you want a photographer who is going to blend into the crowd and go unnoticed? Or someone who is going to take charge?
  • Does all of the above apply??

Also, don't go by just reviews -- schedule a meeting with them face-to-face. Try to meet with three photographers (or more). This is the best way to really get to know if you are all going to all get along for a whole day! Be prepared to chat about your love story and plans for your wedding, as well. Ask them about their experience, how they like to ‘operate’ on a wedding day, and ask about them and their interests outside of work!

 

Packages

There’s always a chance that you may just have found your new best friends! So now how do you choose?

Well, what do these photographers offer in their packages? 

  • Unlimited images vs. a limited number?
  • Digital files vs. prints only?
  • Colour only vs. black & white AND colour?
  • Two Photographers vs. going solo?

Think about which package speaks to you and your needs, and then let that factor into your decision.

Price

Once you have chosen a style and you have decided who your candidates are, the price of a the services and products may be a factor as well.

There is a huge range when it comes to price (usually based on experience). The more experience the photographer has to offer, the more you should be prepared to pay. 

On the other hand, if the price is relatively low, that may be great for your budget, but consider whether the photographer has enough experience to get you all through the day - and provide the images you are expecting?

Of course, this is not always the case - but please make sure to do your homework!

 

Photo: Pretty as a Picture Photography

Photo: Pretty as a Picture Photography

Location

Location may be another important - but most photographers will travel to any location. Find out if they charge a fee for travel. 

 

Weather

And of course, we all keep our fingers crossed for a beautiful sunny day - but every now and then we are going to get a wet day! Does the photographer have an indoor backup plan? Do they have a suitable studio?

 

Other Things to Consider

  • Does the photographer have a portfolio?
  • Can you get a referral from a friend?
  • Does the photographer have back-up equipment?
  • Do they provide a contract?
  • What is their standard attire?
  • Will they require dinner?
  • Do they charge to stay if the reception goes late?

 

As you go through this list, the ultimate thing to ask yourself, like anything else in life, is...what is important to you? If a photographer can provide it all, then you have found your perfect match -- right after your husband or wife, of course!

 

The Pretty as a Picture Photography team, led by published and award-winning Edmonton photographer, Emma Wood, is passionate about capturing love and beauty. We specialize in boudoir and wedding photography, capturing the real you with a 'hint' of glamour.

The team also includes our lovely assistants, Monica and Abigail, and our go-to glam-girl, Jess of Clean Slate Makeup and Beauty, who will have your hair and makeup picture-perfect for your shoot.

We want your dreams to come true – to come to life in images that you will treasure forever. Visit www.prettyasapicture.ca to learn more about us!

 

 

 

7 Love Quotes for Your Wedding Vows

 
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People have searched for years and years to find those perfect words to capture the essence of love. But that's the one thing about life-long partnership: the feeling is indescribable! 

If you have chosen to write your own vows for your wedding, we know that there is a chance you are tapping your pen on a piece of paper, trying to come up with the right words that don't include "um", "like" and cliches like "love from above". Well, The Perfect Wedding DJs have found 7 quotes about love that may jump-start your creative juices as you proclaim those life-long promises to your future-spouse. We hope that you can relate to them and they inspire you as you craft the most important words you will ever say, apart from "I do!"

 

The Perfect Love Quotes for Your Wedding Vows

 
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Love Quotes - The Perfect Wedding DJs
 
 
 
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Love Quotes - The Perfect Wedding DJs
 

Feel free to download these quotes and share them on your social media pages -- they are perfect for Instagram and giving a shout-out to the one you love!

What is your favorite love quote?

The Perfect Wedding DJs are professional wedding/party DJs with 10+ years experience in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you are having a destination wedding or any other celebration that needs DJs who are capable of making your event unforgettable, visit our Contact page to schedule a call with us!

How To Choose a Wedding DJ

 
The Perfect Wedding DJs - Finding a DJ
 

The wedding ceremony is over, photos have been taken, toasts have been made and dinner has been served. The day has been perfect, and now all that is left is to dance the night away!

When choosing entertainment for your wedding reception, there are certain things you may want to keep in mind when interviewing DJs. How long have they been in business? How many weddings have they provided entertainment for? Have they performed in the venue? Are they familiar with certain musical genres and traditions?

With these questions rolling around in your head, what will make you ultimately say the words “Yes, you’re hired!”? Crichton Uale of The Perfect Wedding DJs discusses his opinion in an interview with Wedding Lovely:

“A couple should look for a DJ who embodies the kind of event they are looking for.  If you are wanting a fun, non-traditional, backyard-party-type of wedding, you’ll want your first impression of a DJ to be a fun, non-traditional kind of guy or girl when you first meet up with him/her. However, if you are looking to throw an elegant, classy, traditional wedding, then expect to meet with a DJ who is dressed nicely and carries himself/herself well.

Also, make sure your DJ is a good communicator.  Emails, texts or calls should be responded to promptly. Failure to do so could be a major red flag. More than anything, make sure you have a clear idea of what you want your wedding to be, and that your DJ, and all other vendors, buy into your vision.  If the DJ is trying to make you fit his/her mold, bail immediately.”

Check out this checklist for some more questions to consider when interviewing wedding DJs.

Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding DJ

  • Is my date available?
  • Have you played at my venue before?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many weddings have you done?
  • What sets you apart from your competition?
  • Do you provide any other services, such as lighting design?
  • What are the prices of your packages?
  • Does your pricing include set-up and tear down at the end of the night?
  • Do you have any other services, such as lighting design?
  • How far in advance do I need to book with you?
  • What do you charge if the event goes over the agreed upon time?
  • Do you have a refund policy?
  • Do you have any video sample of recent events?
  • Can I give you a list of requested songs we want to be played/don’t want to be played?
  • What equipment do you use to play/choose your music?
  • Will you require a wireless connection?
  • Are you open to guest requests?
  • What is your microphone situation?
  • May we use them for announcements and speeches?
  • How many people will be working the event?
  • Will you require dinner?
  • Do you have formal attire?
  • How large is your set up?
  • Will you provide music in between sets?

The Perfect Wedding DJs are professional wedding/party DJs with 10+ years experience in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you are having a destination wedding or any other celebration that needs DJs who are capable of making your event unforgettable, visit our Contact page to schedule a call with us!

 

See what Nicole has to say...

"The Perfect Wedding DJs were amazing! They definitely added their special touch to our wedding day! Our guests could not stop raving about the music selections during dinner and the dancing hour. They met my expectations and even went above and beyond. They also did a beautiful job with our lighting. Which added extra elegance and finesse to our venue."
 

5 Songs That Will Rock Your Wedding Reception

 
 

Choosing the right combination of songs for your wedding reception is the perfect way to drive the celebration’s energy and emotion so the party lasts all night long. However, between the dress-fittings, cake tastings, vow writing and seating arrangements, making time to agonize over Ed Shareen or Frank Sinatra is a task that often finds its way to back burner.

That’s where the professionals come in. The Perfect Wedding DJs have heard countless song requests since they started in the wedding industry in 2001. And even though music evolves over the years, there are still some oldies alongside the newbies that they have found ring tried and true alongside those church wedding bells.

Are you looking for song suggestions to make your reception a night to remember? Then sneak a peek at our recent guest-approved picks! These tunes are the most loved and most requested at our events. Just don’t forget to pass out the boogie shoes at the door. Your friends and family are going to need them!

Cupid Shuffle - Cupid ft DJ Unk

 
 

Guests of all ages will enjoy this song, which spawned a popular line-dance in 2007. So there will be no guess-work for your foot-work with this one! Plus, if people want more, you could also throw in DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide” to keep them movin’.

 

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars

 
 

With a touch of 1980s boogie, “Uptown Funk”’s killer bassline will have dancers getting’ down and groovin’ across the room, ready to dance the night away!

 

I Got a Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

 
 

The words to this song are symbolic to the newlywed couple, so join them in singing that “tonight’s gonna be a good night”, and mix it with your stellar dance moves.v

 

Twist & Shout - The Beatles

 
 

No one can go wrong with this moptop song. Everyone, no matter how old or young, knows how to twist, and this one will get the whole crowd out on the floor (Yes, that means you too, Grandma!).

 

Celebrate - Kool & The Gang

 
 

Wooo hoo! Everyone loves a little crowd interaction, and the notorious lyrics to this disco tune a great sing-a-long addition to your big night’s playlist.

 

The Perfect Wedding DJs are professional wedding/party DJs with 10+ years experience in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you are having a destination wedding or any other celebration that needs DJs who are capable of making your event unforgettable, visit our Contact page to schedule a call with us!

 

See what Loren has to say…

“The Perfect Wedding DJ's made our reception come together exactly how we wanted. They set the tone and pace for our program with no lulls. They kept us and our guest (300+) engaged and entertained throughout the evening; laughing, playing quick games, all accompanied with great music! We had SO many phone calls the next day complimenting our program. Chrichton made sure to make all our wants and needs accommodated to. Nothing we asked was him seemed to hard of a task, and he made us feel really comfortable reminding us that it was OUR wedding day and we could do things just how WE wanted to. They truly are the "Perfect Wedding DJ's" and I'd highly recommend them to friends and family. They're THE BEST!!!”