Top 3 reasons to attend bridal shows

It’s that time of year again, and we're not talking about resolutions. It’s bridal show season! Vendors have been preparing for months, wanting to show the brides their absolute best work and the latest trends in the bridal industry. Some of you may wonder why you should attend these shows. There are many reasons to attend a bridal show, but you have a wedding to plan so we narrowed it down to the top 3 reasons. 


Trends & Inspiration


Looking at Pinterest and in Magazines will get you a long way when it comes to trends and ideas, but what could be better than seeing it in person? We weren't kidding when we said that vendors plan and work for months on their booths for wedding shows. They research the latest trends and the best ways to showcase them in weddings. The booths all feature stunning elements and ideas to help you form a theme or fill in those annoying décor blanks spots in your wedding. Short of crashing a lot of weddings (which we do not recommend), it is the best way to see those trends brought to life.


Show Specials


Vendors at shows provide brides deep discounts, also called show specials. The specials could easily save you hundreds of dollars! We have seen vendors that rarely offer any discounts in services offer show specials that are the equivalent to 25-30% off their services. Weddings can be expensive, and the savings from show specials add up quickly. 


Prizes and Freebies


Speaking of show specials, several vendors offer prizes.  Some of these prizes are big. The Southern bridal show offers a chance for one couple to win a honeymoon. The Homewood Bridal show gives away a Diamonds Direct gift card! Smaller vendors may offer a chance to win designer purses, or even chances to win their services for your wedding.  If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, you won’t leave emptied handed. So many vendors will have free swag, and we're not talking just pens and business cards. You will also have a chance to sample some of the best food, drinks, and cake from vendors all over Central Alabama, so come hungry!


Bridal shows are a lot of fun, despite being a bit hectic. Once you arrive you will find you and your friends having a lot more fun than you expected and getting to leave with some awesome swag (maybe even a big prize!). So don’t miss out!


Please Join us Saturday, January 14th at the Gabrella Manor for their Annual Wedding Showcase. 

The show begins at 4pm and goes until 7. Find more information on Facebook


The Unplugged Wedding

Many brides have a love/hate relationship with social media on their big day. You want every possible moment captured, even the silly shots of everyone getting ready and rushing around. You may not want those photos shared on social media before the ceremony, so you have to put a lock down on your wedding party and hope they respect your wishes. They just want to share photos of themselves and the person they love on one of the biggest days of their lives.  This is totally understandable, but you want to keep a little mystery so you can show off all your hard work. What about your guests taking photos during the ceremony? This might be a great option for shots your photographers miss, but what if they are being more of a distraction? Their arms may be blocking someone else’s view or worse.  What if they block one of your professional’s shots?

 Enter the unplugged wedding. So many brides have decided to ask their guests to please hold their photography during the wedding. Some of the signs they put up politely ask for their guest’s full attention on their big day. None of that is too much to ask, but people are still upset when asked to refrain. So let's discuss a few of the reasons behind why the couple may choose to make that decision.

It's their day

You know that it's their day and you are there to support them. You love them and would never do anything to detract from their day! These phone photography fiends are often very well meaning. You just want to share in the happiness for the couple and the way to do that is to snap a photo and share i. But if you are watching the wedding through the screen of your phone, you will miss the true beauty and love of the couple your celebrating. Your phone may also be blocking someone else’s view of the couple, which causes them to miss out. Well intentioned photography can be a big distraction, so just sit back and enjoy the overwhelming feeling of love around you.

Photographers and Videographers are an investment

No matter what your wedding budget, photography and videography will be a big part of that, and for good reason. These professionals work tirelessly all day to preserve the special day for the couple. And after spending several hours capturing all of the priceless wedding moments, we go back to the office and begin the grueling editing process. We want everything to be absolutely perfect for our couples. One thing that makes that very hard to do is hands holding cellphones that appear out of nowhere. You can’t prepare for it and its very hard to work around it, especially if you have 20-30 people snapping photos as the bride is walking down the aisle. A great example would be a wedding I shot a few months ago where the bride and groom asked their guests to not take pictures during the ceremony. As the bride was walking down the aisle one person, very discreetly, held their phone out in the aisle to take a photo. Even though they did their best to hide their actions, her arm went directly into my shot and there was no way to edit it out without losing part of the footage during one of the most anticipated moments of the wedding.


So the moral here is simple, you may mean well, you may want to share in the joy, and you may snap discreetly, but the chances of your floating arm or bright flash being caught by the photographer or videographer are high. So if the couple has asked you to put your phones away, love them enough to respect their wishes and enjoy their day exactly how they want you to. They spent a lot of time and money for you to enjoy this day with them.


Why & How To Hire A Videographer

Your wedding is a high point in your life, full of wonderful memories and moments to share. You will want to soak up the entire experience so you can hold on to it and remember it forever. It is easy to think that you will remember everything from your wedding day without a problem. You planned meticulously for months, and waited impatiently for it finally to arrive. But the saying that “your wedding day will be a whirlwind” could not be truer. It will be over before you know it and you will be struggling to remember those little details you worked so hard on. Your guests have time to mingle and notice the décor, ambience, and food.  However,  you will be shuffled from spot to spot following a timeline to make sure everything gets done. 


Your photographers will capture moments for you, including those little details you worked so hard on. They will help to immortalize the dress, flowers, families, smiles, tears, and laughter. But there are things that the photographers won’t catch. They won’t be able to capture the joy in your voice as you say “I do” or the sincerity in your partner’s as they recite their vows to you. The photographer can’t adequately capture the emotions on your guests faces as you walk down the aisle, or the first dance. These are precious memories you will want to keep. After all it’s those little moments that are so hard to capture on a still camera that can be so moving. Having a videographer at your wedding ensures that all of the moments will be captured. It will be like reliving that day, only this time you can stop and enjoy every aspect instead of worrying about what needs to be done next. 


How to choose a videographer


There are three things to consider when looking for a videographer: price point, examples, and reviews. 


Several couples will cut out the videographer to help save costs on the wedding thinking that a photographer will be enough. But as we talked about, a photographer can only capture so much, and your videographer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Most offer several types of packages in varying price ranges to work with your budget. 


Once you have chosen a few videographers with packages in your price point, go and look at their previous work. Do they have videos on their website or social media you can watch? If not, request some samples of their work. You want to make sure their style matches what you are looking for, and the quality is there.  Don't  book any vendor without seeing some of their work, but especially not those in charge of memories like photographers and videographers. 


Finally, check the reviews for the videographers you like. In the internet age it is easy to find reviews of businesses and harder for businesses to get away with mistreating their customers. Go over the reviews and read more than one or two. Try to take an objective look at the review and look out for those customers that don’t seem to be pleased with anything. You don’t want a negative review from a chronically unhappy person to keep you from hiring your dream videographer. On the other hand, don’t ignore several negative complaints that all say the same thing. If more than one person experienced this issue. It’s likely a legitimate concern. 


Hiring a videographer doesn’t mean you have to stage your own Hollywood movie. The right videographer will capture the beauty of your wedding without the need for re-takes, stunt doubles, and special effects. You don’t have to make any special changes to your wedding to accommodate the videographer, they are there to film your wedding just as you planned it from all the right viewpoints so you can relive your special day for years to come. 


Remember pictures are worth a thousand words, but a video is priceless.