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ALL TOPICS | Planning Questions

Q: I have a gap of time between my ceremony and reception, do I need to fill this time for my guests? How?

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You’re not obligated to entertain your guests during this time. Sometimes the gap between ceremony and reception is just inevitable. I get it. What I would say, though, is you’re not obligated to entertain your guests during this time. So I’m going to lay out three options for three different budgets. If there are funds for you to maybe organize something, I would suggest maybe using this gap as an opportunity for your guests to visit a place that the two of you love in the city.

So, for example, you could arrange a bus or do a city tour that takes everyone to your favorite museum in the city. If maybe you have a little bit less, you could do something like transit Mission Everyone over to a different area for something like lawn games and lemonade. If you’re trying to think of an option that’s really budget friendly, doesn’t really cost a lot.

It’s 100% okay to put on your wedding website and remind people that here’s a list of our favorite spots along with how long it takes to get there and let people kind of go off on their own. A lot of our couples, after they get married, they tell us that most of their guests during that break, they actually looked at the list of their couples favorite places and just went and grabbed lunch or went and grabbed a drink or a snack or they went to cocktail hour.

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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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