Brides Up North on Wedding Photographers

Are you ready for your close up?

Is it just me, or are the days getting a little longer and lighter? Soon, the 60 denier tights will be off, The North West Wedding Fair will be here and then we’ll officially be in the thick of wedding season. Hurrah! It’s my very favourite time of the year! I love hearing from readers who have used my blog – Brides Up North – throughout the wedding planning process and who have finally made it down the aisle to their happy ever after.

As the editor of top UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North, one of the questions that I always get asked by newly engaged readers is who and what are the five most important things to book when planning a wedding. Which are the things to get sorted first? My answer is always this: ceremony, reception venue, dress, entertainment and photographer. The first two you can’t do without on the date of your choice, the dress because often your own styling will dictate the “look” of the whole day and the last two because the best of the bunch book up quickly!

Focusing on photographs, I can tell you that there is a real difference between a good professional wedding photographer and an amateur with a flashy camera.

This is one item in your budget that you shouldn’t look to penny pinch on. The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. For better or for worse. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share – with future children, grandchildren, family and friends. You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself, so take care to choose the very best professional that you can afford.
If there’s a wedding photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style.

Use blogs and magazines to get an idea of the look you like, ask for recommendations, take the time to meet your chosen photographer and build a rapport, check out samples of their work – look for consistently good images across one wedding, and examples of a number of weddings – and if you feel uncomfortable in front of the lens take up any offers of a pre-wedding shoot.

It’s a big ballpark, and very dependent on location, coverage and experience, but a wedding photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500. When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images? What sort of timescales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs?

Once the big day arrives, remember to relax. You’ve done your research and paid a fair price. Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. And that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Happy hunting and get ready for your close up!

Brides Up North is one of the top bridal blogs in the UK and the only wedding blog especially for brides in the North. Visit www.bridesupnorth.co.uk for a double daily dose of real weddings, bridal fashion features, local supplier showcases, giveaways, discounts and more.

 Images courtesy of Karen McGowran, Leeds Castle & Steve Gerrard Photography.