Master of Ceremonies - Pal or Pro?

In our culture it’s common to ask one of your guests perform this role; usually the loud one with the ‘gift of the gab’!

Often they do a very good job. However, if in your case none of your inner circle are particularly skilled or comfortable performing the role, or if you’d rather have that pressure fall on a professional, then I may be able to help. My role as your Master of Ceremonies includes but is not limited to…

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Wedding Photographer

For many couples, one of the biggest decisions regarding your wedding (besides having an amazing celebrant!) is choosing the photographer.

I've been to a lot of weddings and seen a lot of photographers in action. Here's what I've learned:

1. Many couples decide to 'go with a good friend with a nice camera': In my experience (UNLESS the friend has shot several weddings before) this doesn't result in great photos. Wedding photography is a niche skill, someone who's never done it before can really struggle to be creative and capture the day effectively. Friends who have shot weddings before get better results, but I'd always ask to see their previous wedding shots before booking them in.

2. How much to pay a professional photographer? Good question! there are some great photographers out there and from what I've seen the best aren't always the most expensive and the most expensive aren't always the best. I recommend browsing the internet, looking at their website gallery and if you like their photos enquire about the price. Only consider those who give you a prompt, polite and helpful response. From the results, I'd either select my photographer or establish a short-list of a few to speak with or visit.

There are lots of great photographers out there but if you're interested, my favourite wedding photographer can be found at...

Well Meaning Advisors

As soon as you start to plan your big day you'll often start to receive 'advice' from all directions. Every man and his dog will probably have an opinion on everything from the budget, location, and guest list, right through to the invitations, bridal party and seating plan. It's great to take recommendations on board and you'll often get some great ideas from family and friends but remember that it's your day. That's not being selfish, it's just a fact. If you love your day, everyone who cares about you will too.