If you’re under the impression that your wedding photographer is going to come and take pretty pictures of your wedding and then leave, this post is for you. You see, some popular bloggers want couples who are planning weddings to think that the best way to save money on your wedding is to cut out the professionals who are trained to do what it is you hire them to do. You may have seen the articles I’m talking about, they suggest you can save a ton of money by simply asking your cousin with the nice camera to take your wedding pictures. But before you go asking that cousin to be the one who captures your beautiful day, I want to share with you just a few of the things other than photography that you can count on your professional photographer to do on your wedding day.
Expert Boutonniere Pinner
If there is one thing I have realized after numerous weddings, its that no one other than the florist knows how to properly pin a boutonniere. Well, no one except you photographer. One of the (many) things that I do at just about every wedding is pin (or re-pin) a gentleman’s bout. Chances are, your florist dropped off flowers hours before even the bridal party arrived, and its probable that the florist didn’t give anyone who you know Boutonniere Planning 101 before leaving. Now if you have a full service wedding planner, you defintiely have an expert pinner already on your team. But what if your planner isn’t at your getting ready location, what do you do? Stumble to do it yourself? Ask one of your Groomsmen to help? Maybe Mom? Lucky for you, your photographer saw the look of panic on your face about 30 seconds before you had to do any of those and is already helping you (and your 8 groomsmen, father, grandfather, ushers, and ring bearer) get your lapels perfectly pinned.
Wardobe malfunctions are rarely on the guest list at any wedding, but inevitably they show up in some way or another. Mostly in the way of bridal gown bustling issues. Gown bustling is to brides what boutonniere pinning is to grooms. At one point the mother of the bride or maid of honor watched a seamstress quickly give instructions that went something like, “this button to this hook, and then tie this ribbon to this ribbon. Then, hook this to that and loop this on this.” Its enough to make your head spin, and your head probably will spin… right off its axis if you don’t have a professional close by who can take care of your 16 point underpinned Victorian bustle with out breaking a sweat and get you to the ballroom for your first dance on time.
Unless you have hired full service wedding planning, you’ll need to designate someone as the time keeper on your big day. You’d be surprised at how quickly time passes from the time you have your first kiss to the end of the evening. If you don’t have someone keeping your timeline on track, you may never cut the cake, have your toasts, or toss a bouquet. And while your DJ will most likely have a timeline and MC the reception, its your professional wedding photographer who will be checking in with you at key times during the night gently reminding you that its time to eat, toast, and dance with grandma to her favorite song. Your professional Photographer is probably one of the only people other than you and your closest family member who is personally invested in making sure your day goes off exactly the way you have planned it. Documenting you day as you have planned it is our job, so making sure you stay on time is something we do naturally.
Friend for Life
When you trust your day with a professional wedding photographer, you aren’t only investing in beautiful pictures or a day of photography. Our job starts long before your wedding day, and continues well past the time you return from your honeymoon. For me, knowing that a couple in love is trusting me with their memories is an honor, and by the time I greet you with a big hug on your wedding day, we have already laughed and maybe even cried together. I show up to your wedding as your friend which is why when there are boutonniere mishaps, bustle troubles, and time crunches, I am there with a smile and a solution. And why you should let Uncle Joey (you know the one with the nice camera who takes great pictures of his pet hedgehog for social media) come to your wedding as a guest, not the photographer.