Wedding

5 Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding photographer and you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a photographer that understands your style or you’re trying to stick within your budget, you need to be sure you’re finding the perfect person for the job. While it may be hard at first, there are lots of tips and tricks you can pick up to ensure you’re doing exactly that. From setting yourself a budget to meeting them in person, the more you’re doing to help your search the better. With that in mind, here are 5 top tips for finding the perfect wedding photographer.

Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Set Yourself A Budget

One of the first things you need to do when finding the perfect wedding photographer for your big day is to ensure you’re setting yourself a budget, as this will help you stick within the budget you have set. Whether you have a small budget or you want to splash out on a higher-end photographer, having a clear idea of what you want to spend before you start your planning can definitely help. For tips and tricks when it comes to setting a wedding budget, you can visit this site here. 

Do Your Research And Look At Their Work

As you’re starting to look at photographers that are within your price range, you need to think about whether or not they are worth the price they have set. A lot of photographers are just starting out and finding their bearings, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at their work before you shortlist them. Wedding photographers can cost between £1,500-£2,000, so it’s important you’re doing your research. 

Think About The Styles Of Photography You Like

Another important thing to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding photographer is the style of photography that you like. Not all photographers are the same and chances are, you’re going to be drawn to one particular style more than others. If you’re unsure, it’s definitely worth doing a little bit of research first. For a guide to wedding photography styles, you can visit this site here. 

Ask To Meet Them In Person

Once you have a shortlist of people in mind, you may want to meet each of them in person. It’s important you have a good relationship with your photographer and meeting them is the best way to see that before your big day. 

Don’t Forget Videography

Finally, you may also want to think about whether or not you need videography too. Not everyone wants a video of their special day but if you’ve got the money in the budget, it’s definitely worth it. 

With lots of great tips and tricks to follow, you can be sure you’re finding the perfect wedding photographer for your special day. What else can you do? Did we miss anything important off of the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

6 Money-Saving Tips for Planning a Wedding on a Budget

The average cost of a wedding in the UK is more than £30,000. For young couples in love, this is an eye-watering figure. A wedding is about expressing your undying love and beginning the rest of your lives together. You shouldn’t need to fork out well over a year’s salary to do that.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

If you have the money, there is nothing wrong with hiring a luxury wedding planner and creating the most extravagant ceremony, but this isn’t an option for most couples. A magnificent wedding is always going to cost money, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are looking to get married on a budget, here are some tips to help you save money on your special day.

Choose the right date

Everyone wants to get married on the weekend in summer. It’s no surprise then that this tends to be the most expensive time to get married. By being flexible with your dates and marrying out of season, you can save thousands of pounds. Your marriage won’t be any less special just because you got hitched on a Wednesday in March.

Pick a cheap venue

The wedding venue is usually one of the most substantial costs when planning your big day. Rather than opting for an extravagant location, you could consider a much more budget-friendly option such as hiring out a pub, a library or even having your reception at home.

Negotiate

When dealing with wedding caterers and suppliers, you may be able to haggle the price down to a more manageable figure. If they are unwilling to negotiate, see if they will throw in anything for free. It can’t hurt to ask.

Find a cheap wedding dress

Why spend thousands of pounds on a dress you are only going to wear once? There are plenty of high street wedding dress options that look just as good as designer. And if you don’t mind wearing a second-hand one you could save a tremendous amount of money.

Enlist help from loved ones

There are plenty of aspects of a wedding that can be easily done yourself, or with the help of family and friends. Perhaps make the decorations and invitations yourself rather than paying to have them done. Do you know a keen chef who could help bake the wedding cake or prepare the food? Perhaps you have a friend in a band who wouldn’t mind providing the entertainment for a discounted rate. Ask around for favours before outsourcing help.

Be strict with the guest list

The more guests you invite to your wedding, the more it will set you back. Don’t feel you have to have an enormous ceremony featuring everyone you’ve ever met. Your old work colleague you haven’t seen in five years won’t hold a grudge if they don’t get their invite. Look after your budget by restricting your guest list to close friends and immediate family. It is your special day after all, so who you invite is entirely up to you 

On your wedding day, what really matters is that you get married, and everyone has a good time. You don’t have to spend vast sums of money on things that aren’t that important. 

Designing the perfect engagement ring with Durham Rose

When you find the love of your life, they are perfect for you, support you, love you for you, make you laugh and you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with them. For some it’s an instant connection for others it take time to build on that connection but finding that one person you love with all of your heart is something that dreams are made of and therefore something you want to keep for the rest of your lives together.

Durham Rose designing the perfect engagement ring

As your relationship progresses marriage is for me is the goal. I always knew I wanted to get married, I’m not saying I had my dream wedding planned out from the age of 6 but marriage was something I wanted.

When you find your true love and you decide the next step is marriage, then starts making plans for the most important question you will ever ask. Will you marry me? Along with the question comes finding the perfect ring. Yes you could head to the high street and find just about the same ring in every shop, which is wonderful. However does it really depict the women you are wanting to marry? does it show their personally? all their likes and dislikes? My guess is it doesn’t. Have you thought about designing that special ring with the help of some design experts?

Designing the perfect engagement ring

Well Durham Rose can help you out with that. Durham Rose is a family ran company owned by Manu and Pip. It was set up in 2011, when Manu couldn’t find the perfect ring for his now wife. Manu found jewellers who would design him a ring, however they could only sketch the designs. Manu wanted to be able to really see how the ring would look and make adjustments to it, the jewellers said that he ideas were unachievable. There was a few jewellers in the UK who offered 3D design programmes, but the price of this service, was expensive and wouldn’t be achievable for most budgets.

So, Manu used his engineering background and his knowledge of using a design software called CAD, to design and create the engagement ring of Pip’s dreams. Then took his unique design to a jeweller to make, before popping the question to Pip.

Durham Rose

Manu and Pip decided to start their very own bespoke jewellery company Durham Rose, to help people to design the perfect ring. They have build the business up and now have a highly experience team of creatives working with them to design and produce unique one off items of jewellery for you to treasure. Durham Rose specialises in engagement and wedding rings, but they are also happy to create a ring or an item of jewellery that you would like.

durham rose design process

What could be better then designing the engagement ring of dreams for your loved one. Durham Rose will be with your every step of the way, sending you 3D CAD designs so you can see just how the finished ring will look. Also by using CAD you can adjust things so it is just perfect.

With Durham Rose they will also send you a details invoice of your ring, the metal, the stones, they will also give you options of the different stones, the carat of the metal you choice. This then allows you to ensure that your design comes within your budget. Durham Rose really go all out to help you design your ring and to work within you budgets, however if your budget is under £950 they advise you to look to the high street.

durham rose engagement ring design

Sometimes you have to think about the experience you will be getting, the designers with years of experience, bespoke design to have the item of dreams, not just the cost.

Once you are 100% happy with your design, then will just 50% deposit they will begin to bring your design to life. It then take 4-6 weeks for your ring to be ready, however should you want it that bit quicker they do offer a fast track service.

After Care

durham rose re-sizing

Once you have created your ring, Durham Rose offer a 12 month warranty, which gives you peace of mind. Also Durham Rose know that before your big day you want to have your ring cleaned, so they also offer a free ring cleaning service.

Plus just encase you opt for the wrong size they offer free re-sizing by 2 sizes. My advise tho, is to try your best to find out their ring size, ask a best friend or use your imagination. There is nothing more upsetting for someone who has just got engaged to have to send the off the ring to be resized, when all you want to do is show off that gorgeous ring.

Finding your forever

So, you have found the love of your life, designed an engagement ring to make all of her friends envious now you have to plan how to propose. Whatever you have planed make sure its something they would love and try to keep it a surprise. Oh and the traditional side of me thinks you should ask her Dad or Mum for their permission. Believe me it means a lot to the parents.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Durham Rose.*