Should you bring a photographer with you for your destination wedding?
Despite countless hours spent dreaming and planning by couples – no wedding ever goes off without a hitch. The majority are minor yet some of those hitches are easier to swallow than others. This is magnified when you’re doing a destination wedding where you’ll be placing your faith in the resort to handle all of your vendors and set up for the most part. If your flowers aren’t an exact match, you can roll with it… if your cake has a groovy lean to it, you can nickname it Pisa and eat it straight. But if you end up disappointed with your wedding photos, that’s a no-fix scenerio – you’re stuck with them. No do-overs… these are the photos you’ll have as your ticket back to that stitch in time. They’re the photos your kids and grand kids will carry with them into their lives.
How do you want to remember your day?
Bringing your own photographer to your destination wedding offers you assurance of being able to research and select the exact photographer you want based on style, personality, experience etc. Oftentimes resort photographers are assigned to you and you’ll have no prior knowledge or experience with them. Will their style and personality jive with you and your guests? By bringing your own photographer to your destination wedding you’re able to do your homework, interview them either in person or via video chat. This part of your destination wedding planning provides you with the confidence that your day will be as memorable as you hope it to be.
Your photographer will spend more time with you on your wedding day than anyone else. This is especially true with a destination wedding where many photographers you bring with you will offer an uninterrupted full days coverage (not so with most resort photo packages). Spending that much time with a photographer makes it so important that your personalities jive and that you’re 100% comfortable with them throughout the day. The more comfortable and confident you are with your wedding vendors, the better able you are to let go and simply enjoy your day without irritations and stress.
The amazing Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This has served me well in my photography business often referring to a cool phenomenon from many of my weddings where couples and guests approach me throughout the day saying things like “amazing job”… etc. when they haven’t seen a single photo yet. A photographer’s priorities begin with the quality of their work however the experience of the Bride, Groom and guests is every bit as important. It’s difficult to predict this experience with a vendor you haven’t yet met or worked with.
As with any wedding pro that travels with you, you’ll have additional costs to cover with respect to travel and such. Pricing from photographers can vary quite a bit with each doing it a little different from the next. Some charge a flat rate for travel and wedding package, others will break it out separately and some newer photographers will shoot your wedding for the cost of the trip alone (more for the experience and for portfolio building). For me, I’m often able to book multiple weddings at popular wedding resorts during the same trip and therefore my travel costs can be shared among couples… win-win. During my peak destination wedding season at my most popular wedding resorts I’m even able to waive my travel costs due to volume… big win-win.
QUICK TIP: Many resorts offer a free trip when you book a minimum number of rooms, Brides have taken advantage of this by using that free trip to offset my travel.
Above all, your wedding is a major milestone. It’s also a major investment of time, money and your futures as husband and wife. It only makes sense to invest those efforts in the memory of it for you and your future generations. A destination wedding requires a great deal of thought and planning to pull off, it makes good sense to have professionals around you that you can rely on and trust. The cake, flowers, DJ etc. will be gone… but great photographs will always be there offering you a return ticket to that special time.
Getting married down south or over seas? Contact me for my all-inclusive Destination Wedding Collection. I’ll fly anywhere for an “I Do.”
In the meantime, here are a few destination wedding planning tips to help you get started:
– Tips for planning your destination wedding
– Destination Wedding Day Timelime – keep your schedule running smooth!
– Song ideas for your walk down the aisle
– Beach vs Garden Gazebo Ceremony
– Guest OOT Bag ideas
– Getting the best from your destination wedding photos