Couples often think twice–maybe even thrice– about what type of wedding photography package they should avail. Aside from the day-of wedding photos, is it worth booking your photographer for other wedding events like a welcome dinner or engagement session, perhaps? Let’s take a look at the usual items that most of our couples include in their package.
If you’re a low-key and camera-shy couple, maybe you should add an engagement session to your wedding photography package. Why? An engagement session allows your photographer to have you in front of the cameras before you get married. Your photographer will help you relax, laugh, and have fun in front of the camera! Thereby you’ll feel comfortable come your wedding day. And besides, you’re only engaged for a short period. Why not immortalize that moment when you’re so full of love?
Another pre-wedding event, a welcome dinner or rehearsal dinner (held after the rehearsal, if there’s any), is held the night before the wedding. The goal is for the couple to thank everyone who helped in the wedding preparations by presenting small gifts. It’s also a laid-back event with only close family and friends, allowing everyone to bond, and share heartfelt toasts, stories, advice, etc. I love to take many detail photos, which set the scene and mood of the event, aside from pictures of the couple and their loved ones.
All Day Wedding
Of course, the highlight of it all is the wedding day! This is usually a full day of wedding photography, a minimum of eight hours, and sometimes up to 14 hours of coverage. It starts with getting ready photos, first look and couple portraits, and wedding party portraits. Then comes the critical part: the wedding ceremony, followed by family portraits, sunset photos, and cocktail hour. Afterward, there’s the grand entrance, the first dance, reception, cake cutting, party time, and finally, the grand exit. And the photographer takes shots of small details (e.g., invitation, wedding bands, wedding dress, reception details, etc.) in between.
Couples host a day-after brunch, especially those having a destination or a weekend wedding. They include this in the wedding photography package to capture a relaxed post-wedding event. It is where they say their goodbyes to people close to their hearts, who they might not get a chance to see again for a long time.
It’s always better to flip through a physical wedding album than to scan your devices. It could be because there’s something special about the experience of seeing and feeling your photos on printed paper. In our studio, we offer hardcover coffee table album and fine art heirloom album. Our coffee table album comprises 100 pages of high-quality, matte, premium archival paper. In comparison, our heirloom fine art wedding album is exquisitely made of giclée prints on 100% cotton paper imported from Europe for our most luxurious clients. Do you think images on flash drives will still exist years down the road? We’re not sure about that! A tangible wedding album will last a lifetime and can be handed down for generations to come. It’s quite an excellent investment.
Wedding albums are great gifts to parents or even close family members and friends. Our couples usually include parent albums in their wedding photography package. Specifically, they give their parents a duplicate copy of the wedding album.
With an engagement album, you can forever relive that moment when both of you are so in love. Moreover, you can also use the engagement album as a centerpiece at your wedding welcome table. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
Lastly, showcasing your photos in your home by displaying wall art will allow you to maximize your wedding photography investment.
To sum up, adding other wedding events to the package ensures you’ll immortalize the whole wedding experience beautifully. And if you get your wedding albums/prints from your photographer, you’re sure to get the best albums to cherish for a lifetime.