What happens in a Bridal Consultation?

Bridal Consultation meetings are vitally important. In fact, my advice is not to book your wedding photographer before you’ve met them in person.

What happens in a Bridal Consultation?

The Bridal Consultation is a fancy name for an informal chat. It’s a good opportunity to meet and have a chat about your wedding, ask any questions you may have and see examples of my previous work. They usually last about an hour, maybe slightly longer if you have lots of questions.

There is no agenda as such. I usually stick to a simple format to find out what you really need and explain how my wedding photography service works. We’ll also have plenty of time for questions.

Why should I have a Bridal Consultation?

Think of it this way, would you buy a house without first looking around? Would you buy a car without test driving it? It’s the same with wedding photography. Most people kep their homes and cars for a few years at least. They’re also expensive items. Your wedding photos should last you a lifetime. They’re not as expensive as a home or a car but they are still an investment nevertheless.

Who needs to be there?

As a minimum, the bride to be and if at all possible the groom as well. You two are the most important people at your wedding and they’re your wedding photographs we’ll be making on the day. If the parents would like to join in they’re more than welcome too, especially if they’re going to be paying the bill.

Please remember though that the more peope that are present, the longer it will take.

How much does it cost?

My bridal consultation service is completely free of charge. I only cover local weddings, those taking place within a speific catchment area and offer this as a free service to all my prospective brides provided we can meet within that catchment area.

Where do you hold the Bridal Consultation?

In most instances, I come to you. We can arrange to meet elsewhere if that’s more convenient but on the whole I find my prospective clients are happiest in their own homes.

And when?

I usually hold bridal consultations in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. I also have slots available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We can arrange them at other times too if that’s more convenient but please give as much notice as possible as I will need to move my calendar around to accomodate you.

Will you be expecting me to book you as my wedding photographer?

I won’t deny that I will be delighted if you do but there is never that expectation. There is no obligation to book me on the night with my consultation sessions.

Can you hold the date for me?

Unfortunately no. I can only hold a date once the contract has been signed and the booking fee paid.

See also…

Wedding Photography Packages for 2013

Do I have to have a wedding album?

How to choose a wedding photographer?

10 questions to ask your wedding photographer



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