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So I hang around in lots of wedding-related Facebook groups, I often see posts come up asking how much fellow members spent on photography, flowers, etc. And if the prices they had been quotes were normal. I decided to gather up as much data as I could on what people had paid (in GBP £) and calculate the average costs of all of the main wedding items. Obviously, if you pay cheap you tend to get a lower quality item and if you have the money you can go as expensive as you like, for example, the average cost of a wedding photographer often lies between £600-900, on the cheaper end I see people offering their services for as low as £300-400, on the higher end it can be over £6,000 (and higher still!).

According to Hitched, in 2019 the average wedding came to a cost of £27,000  (according to 4,000 brides) and showed that venue hire was one of the greatest costs involved, followed closely by their honeymoon. My data shows a similar trend.

 

 

And without further ado, here is the data I collected…

Wedding Photographer – Average Cost £900

Video – Average Cost £1,000

Wedding Transport – Average Cost Is Between £300-600

Florist – Average Cost £500

Invites – Average Cost £120

 

 

Cake – Average Cost £500

Registry Office Hire – Average Cost £50

Church Hire – Average Cost  £500

Venue Cost – Average Cost £5,500

Food – Average Cost £13.50 per head

 

 

DJ – Average Cost £450

Band – Average Cost £1,100

Dress – Average Cost £1,300

Hair And Make – Average Cost £100 Per Person (Varied wildly from £50 per person  – £160 per person)

Engagement Ring – Average Cost £2,500

 

 

Wedding Planner – Between £400 – Several Thousand

Honeymoon – Average Cost £4,500

I have been doing candid wedding photography for around 8 years now, it’s becoming more and more the norm as opposed to old fashioned ‘posed’ wedding pictures. I decided to compile a list of my best candid wedding photography tips for you guys!

 

 

1. Don’t use flash. By using flash is a surefire way for your subject to instantly be aware you are taking a picture of them. By turning your flash off you will be substantially less noticeable to your subjects and able to achieve more candid images.

 

 

2. In addition, if you can have your shutter sound set to silent (or a quieter setting if this is available), not all cameras have this setting but if yours does it’s a good idea to utilize it. The less obvious it is that you are taking pictures the more of a likelihood you will achieve the candid images you desire.

 

 

3. Don’t interact with your subject matter, if you say something along the lines of ‘Say cheese!’ any authentic interaction that may have been taking place will be ruined, and instead, you will have a group shot of people artificially smiling at you… Not the vibe you were going for!

4. My number one rule is to have your shot lined up (composed, focused, etc.) and wait with my eye watching through the viewfinder. You simply then watch and wait… wait until that moment of laughter in the conversation or the hug you anticipated happens. As you photograph in this style for a while you start to develop a sense for when moments like these are about to happen.

 

 

5. Shoot in burst mode/continuous shot mode if the moment is particularly key (e.g the kiss during a wedding ceremony), by combining this tip with the previous one you are bound to capture the desired moment in an unobtrusive manner. By shooting in burst mode the likelihood of you achieving your shot increases tenfold. If you don’t know how to apply this setting on your camera Google it as its found in a different place on different cameras. Here is an example set of instructions for Nikon.

6. Using a zoom lens will help you be as unobtrusive as you can be, you could be standing photographing someone on the other side of the room without them noticing. However, there is a downside to using a zoom lens and that is that they often have a higher minimum aperture (around f/ 5) which directly affects your shutter speed and how quick it is (slower shutter speed = more blurry pictures) and when you are photographing weddings (as I do) you are often thrust into low light environments. I personally only use prime lenses (fixed length) which have a minimum aperture of around (f/ 1.8) which means my shutter speeds are over twice as fast as a zoom lens equivalent… Just a little food for thought!

 

 

7. Which ties nicely into my next tip. Use a fast shutter speed (as fast as you can sacrifice with your ISO) when people are interacting, they tend to move a lot! When you have your camera set to shutter priority mode or ideally full manual mode you need to make sure your shutter speed is set to a MINIMUM of 1/60 (the more the merrier) if you are holding the camera in your hand otherwise you will have blurry images. If you are using a monopod of tripod you will have less of an issue with this…

8. Another option to think about is to invest in a smaller mirrorless camera, these are often a little bit on the pricey side but worth it as they are more lightweight and often a lot smaller than their DSLR counterparts (and thus less noticeable). An example being the Nikon Z6.

9. One of my favorite things to photograph is people laughing and interacting in groups. Because people in these groups will be focused on their conversation and the people within the group they will be far less focused on you taking their picture.

10. A short but key one! Know your equipment inside out! You do not want to miss the shot because you are too busy fiddling with the camera settings!

 

 

The main thing to draw from this is to have your camera ready to shoot at all times and wait, wait for those perfect and beautiful moments to come. Over time you will develop your sense of when these are about to arrive.

 

I see this question come up again and again on the forums and Facebook pages I’m a part of. Clearly this is something on people’s minds and it’s important! Often people have never hired a photographer before and we are given the responsibility of capturing the happiest and most important day of your life. So you want to know if you will gel, their process as well as safety aspects. Find your free printable questions to ask your wedding photographer at the bottom of the page! Here is what I have compiled for you guys (in no particular order):

  • How would you describe your photography style? –  This is important to see if it fits with your vision
  • What settings do you primarily photograph weddings with? – If they don’t know what this means, or they answer “auto”, you can end the meeting. This is extremely important, and shows the knowledge and skill your photographer has.
  • Do you carry backup equipment? – Needless to say, this is super important in case of equipment failure! Some cameras also have dual memory card slots, but not many!

 

 

  • How would you describe your working style? – Are they a “silent behind the scenes” or a “director, composing shots” photographer?-
  • How many photos will you receive? How long will it take to receive these? How will I receive these? – Most photographers average 20-50 shots per hour of coverage and take up to a month to deliver the images. Online albums seem to be the most common method of delivery now.
  • Do you use a flash or bring a tripod?
  • Are there any extra charges? – Often the cheaper photographers will charge you per image you would like so be wary!
  • How much is the deposit?
  • What does your X package contain? How much does it cost? Can I add extras later?
  • Do you provide a contract?

 

 

  • What if you are sick on the day?
  • Are you insured? – Some wedding venues require this
  • What is your photo plan if it rains?
  • Do you back up the images? If so, for how long do you hold these?
  • Can I see some references? – Most photographers should provide some testimonials on their website
  • How many weddings have you photographed? OR How long have you been a photographer? – This will give you a guide of how experienced they are. Ideally, they should be a wedding photographer and this should be their specialism and they shouldn’t be a general photographer. There isn’t anything wrong with the latter, but weddings are a different kind of beast to photograph!

 

 

  • What time do you usually arrive? How long will you be with us? Can you stay longer if something comes up? – By the end of the day events are normally an hour or so behind schedule I find!
  • Do you need a list of photos you would like from us? Is there any other information you will need from us?
  • How will you (& your second shooter) dress? – Professionally is the answer! They should blend into your wedding party.
  • Have you worked at my venue before? Do you have images you can show me from that location? – This isn’t particularly important, I shoot all over the country and rarely at the same venue twice. If they are a good photographer, they should be able to arrive and almost instantly know where the good light is, where to shoot, etc.
  • How often will we meet or talk prior to the wedding day?
  • Will you be my photographer? If not, can I meet the photographer who will be assigned to me before my wedding?
  • Do you have a full wedding that you can show me? How many of these images were done by a second or associate shooter?

 

 

I hope this list is of use to you, feel free to print this out with your FREE printable and take it with you to your initial meeting.

 

I know as well as any bride how daunting it can be to plan a wedding, instead of keeping a million handwritten notes around the place (and losing them!). What’s better than the FREE wedding planning checklist I have complied. This is a step by step planning timeline of all the main things you need to do to pull off an amazing day! Download your FREE PRINTABLE here!

 

 

12 Months +

Browse Wedding Dress Styles

Browse, Design And Order Your Save The Dates

Create A Wedding Website?

Decide Formality/Theme Of Wedding

Determine Budget

Get Engagement Pictures Taken

Get Wedding Insurance

Hire A Wedding Planner

Make Guest List

Select Caterer

Select Venue

 

 

10-11 Months

Book Hotel Room Blocks For Guests

Book Officiant

Choose Bridal Party Wear

Choose Color Theme

Establish A Fitness And Beauty Routine

Hire Your Photographer, DJ, Band, Videographer, And Caterer

Post Your Save The Dates!

Purchase Wedding Dress, Veil, And Undergarments

Reserve Ceremony And Reception Venue

Start Looking At Invitations

 

 

8-9 Months

Begin Planning Honeymoon

Meet And Hire Florist

Refine/Finalize Guest List

Register For Gift Registries

Select The Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Schedule Fittings

 

 

6-7 Months

Book Transport To And From Venue (Yourself And Guests!)

Choose Cake Style And Schedule Tastings

Decide On Groomsmen’s Attire

Hire Wedding Musicians

Look Into Wedding Hair + Makeup Styles

Meet With Officiant To Discuss Plans

Order Thank You Cards!

Order Wedding Invite Sample

Purchase Wedding Bands

Reserve Rentals: Chairs, Linen, Lighting, Decor, Etc.

 

 

4-5 Months

Book Honeymoon

Book Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Book Room For Wedding Night

Buy Or Rent Groom’s Tuxedo

Hire Lighting Technician

Make Rehearsal Dinner Guest List

Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Order Wedding Cake

Prepare List Of Desired Music For DJ

 

 

3 Months

Book Photo Booth?

Create Or Plan Your Menu

Decide Your “Something Old, Borrowed, New, Blue”

Hair + Makeup Trial

Have Final Tasting With Caterer

Order Invites

Pick Up Your Marriage License

Plan Ceremony And Reception Seating

Select Readings

Start Crafting Any DIY Items

Write Vows

 

 

2 Months

Book Spa/Beauty Treatments For Bridal Party

Buy All Small Items (Table Numbers, Cake Topper, Etc.)

Buy Wedding-Party Gifts

Create Wedding Day Timeline And Send To: Your Vendors, Officiant And Wedding Party

Do Floral Mock Up With Florist

Finalize Readings And Readers

Finalize Reception Menu

Finalize Seating And Playlists

First Dress Fitting

Give The Song Selections To Your Ceremony Musician + DJ

Order Wedding Favours And Menu Cards

Review Ceremony Details With Officiant­­­­­

Send Out Invites!

Send Out Rehearsal-Dinner Invitations

 

 

1 Month

Assemble Gift Bags

Break-In Your Wedding Shoes

Call Vendors To Double Check Timings

Confirm Honeymoon Reservations

Create A Seating Chart

Final Dress Fitting

Have A Final Venue Walk Through

Order Wedding Programs

Order/Make Place Cards

Pack For Honeymoon

Pay Vendors In Full

Pick Up Rings

Write Thank You Notes As You Receive Gifts

 

 

Final Week

Any Edible Crafting

Chase Any RSVP Stragglers

Get A Mani/Pedi

Get A Massage

Get Hair / Eyebrows Done

Give Readers Their Scripts

Lay Out Wedding Clothes

Practice Vows Out Loud

Prepare Wedding Day Emergency Kit

 

 

The Day Before

Attend Wedding Rehearsal

Deliver Welcome Baskets

Get To Bed At A Decent Hour!

Pack A Clutch Of Personal Items

Put Any Boxes, Suitcases, Etc In The Car Ready For The Next Day!­­­

 

 

Afterward

Order Thank You Cards

Return Any Rentals

Take Wedding Dress To The Cleaners