There's still a few months before the wedding season is in full swing, but most engagements happen in the winter, so there's a lot of couples out there starting the search for their perfect wedding vendors - florist, DJ, and of course, the photographer. In the next few weeks we'll be featuring a series of wedding related blog posts highlighting our products, and today, discussing our packages and options for wedding photography.
A photographer's wedding packages are usually pretty cut and dry: tiers of services/products with corresponding price points. Our Wedding Collections follow the same design, and our price sheet is pretty descriptive, so this post won't be a detailed explanation of each package. Instead, we're focusing on why we structured our collections they way we did, and the option of building a custom collection.
On our Weddings page on our website, or on any materials we hand out to prospective couples, we include this statement as an introduction to our services:
We offer a variety of packages, all carefully designed to give you a complete photography experience. All of our collections feature two photographers, a pre-wedding consultation, engagement session, online gallery, product credit and a showcase album, and then vary by time frame and additional products. If you can’t find a collection to fit your specific needs, we’re more than happy to customize a package just for you!
Our pre-designed wedding packages come with LOTS of stuff. Obviously we're there to provide a service, but we also want you to have beautiful products, ones that you can actually hold in your hands, hang on your walls, or take to grandma's house. That's why we include a showcase album of your wedding pictures, an engagement book, and a print credit with every collection. It's the digital age, so of course we have online galleries, and offer discs and USBs as well.
As mentioned, you get both of us as photographers at your wedding. There's so many reasons why that works for us (and you). The biggest benefits being:
1) We can be in two places at once - this cuts down on shooting time, and helps to guarantee we'll capture all the important moments.
2) We have similar yet different photography styles - Chad is awesome at candids, capturing details, and off camera lighting, while Tara's strengths are posing, keeping things organized and on schedule, and she incorporates a more traditional style.
The purpose of the engagement session and pre-wedding consultation are so we can meet you both in person, get to know you, and talk about your wedding day and photography expectations. We also have samples of our products for you to look at, and we go over boring stuff like contracts. Our communication will continue up to your wedding day so everyone's on the same page.
Our collections start at $1200, and increase in price with shooting time and additional products, up to our Diamond Collection at $2500. We know that one person might look at the collections and say, "that's exactly what I'm looking for", while the next could look at the list and think, "I really just want wedding photography and a few products". We don't want that second person to disregard us as an option, which is why we also offer custom collections.
Let's say Susie and Joe are considering us for their wedding photography. They know they need 8 hours of photography, so our Platinum Collection is the most likely choice for them.
However, Susie only wants the 8 hours, an engagement session, and discs for both, because she's pretty artsy and wants to make her own photo gifts. In this case, we would give Susie and Joe a quote of $1650 for their custom package (8 hours of wedding photography, e-session, e-session disc, and wedding disc). All custom packages still include the pre-wedding consultation, reception cards and online gallery. During their consultation, they would get to view the products we offer and always have the option to purchase them at a later date.
Of course, you do save some money going with a collection versus building your own. For example, the total value of all the services and products in the Platinum Collection above is $2375. You save $275 by booking the Platinum Collection.
Hopefully this gives a little more insight into our Wedding Collections. Keep checking back in the next few weeks for more posts on the awesome wedding products we offer!
Download the link below to view all of our Wedding Collections, or contact us with any questions or for more information!