Frequently Asked Questions
Photography ~ Keith Cephus
How do I choose a photographer?
Photographers are responsible for documenting every detail of your special day. All of your hard work deserves to be captured in the only tangible memory you will have…photos. An experienced photographer will be able to seamlessly encapsulate all of the emotions and beautiful moments of your wedding. Ensure your photographer is reputable, credible, has name recognition in the industry, is trustworthy and has great testimonials from his clients. Is your photographer busy? If the answer is yes, that's what you want. A busy photographer means he's in demand and people are seeking his services. That's a great thing!
Why is it important to do an engagement and/or bridal session?
It allows you build chemistry with the photographer and it's a great time to do a trial run of your hair and makeup for your wedding day.
What time will you arrive and how long will you stay?
Our policy is to arrive 1.5 hours prior to the start of your ceremony. How long we stay depends on the package that you have chosen. Our packages range from 6–8 hours of wedding day coverage.
How long will it take to see my images from the wedding?
On average, you will be able to see your photos 2–3 weeks after your wedding day. The photos will be posted to an online gallery that you will access through your e-mail address and a password. After you have viewed your photos, you will be able to share the gallery with friends and family, if you choose.
My wedding is outside of Hampton Roads. Do you travel? What costs am I responsible for?
If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding in another state, yes, we travel! Costs include airline tickets or a travel fee, hotel accommodations, transportation to/from the airport or a rental car. Specifics will be discussed and agreed upon prior to signing the contract.
Flowers ~ Char Wallace
How much do flowers cost?
Flower cost varies depending on varieties and season, the complexity of the designs, and how much travel and set up design is involved. You should allow 8-10% of your overall budget for your flowers. Char's floral designs can help you by suggesting varieties and styles to keep you within your budget.
What are the most popular wedding flowers?
Some of the most popular wedding flowers are Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas, Roses, Orchids and Gerbera Daisies. There are so many other flowers that are also available; don't be afraid to think "outside the box" with flower varieties.
How far in advance should I book my wedding flowers?
Typically you should book your florist four to six months in advance. But if you are planning to get married on a holiday weekend or during peak season, six months is the absolute minimum.
How many weddings do you book per weekend?
Here at Char's Floral Designs, we book our weddings on a case-by-case basis, contingent on how large the events are for that day and travel time. We pride ourselves on not overbooking so we can pay attention to our individual brides' needs for their special day.
What should I bring to my floral consultations?
When coming to your consultation, the following things are very helpful: Any pictures of flower arrangements that you have seen that you like, picture and description of your wedding gown, the color swatches of your bridal party wear, Information pertaining to the wedding and reception site and an idea of your flower budget.
Wedding Planning ~ Jennifer La Londe
I'm engaged! What do I need to do first?
The three top things you should do in your wedding planning process is:
- 1. Determine your budget
- 2. Determine your guest list
- 3. Determine your venue/date of your event
*Your budget needs to be realistic to cover the number of guests you have attending. Your venue needs to be able to hold the number of guests you are inviting. And, all of your attire and décor should be appropriate for the venue you have chose for your event.
What is the average cost of a wedding in the US today?
The cost of a wedding in the US today varies per region. Reuters reported in March, 2012 that the average cost of a wedding for 150 guests in the United States was $27,021. It is important that you know how this $27k should be spent per category of your wedding. For instance, you should allocate a minimum of 50% of your budget to cover the costs of your venue, food, bar and rentals. The Bridal Dish is happy to assist you with how your wedding budget should be allocated and such a resource is included in your complimentary consultation.
Why do I need assistance planning my wedding? Can't I do it on my own? Isn't it expensive?
Of course all of my clients and their families are more than capable of planning their own wedding. The issue is having the time to plan. Working brides and grooms, even working parents, are not able to handle the task of planning every little detail in the fashion they would like. Furthermore, a planner has tried and true resources, vendors, and design ideas that will make your wedding even more special than you imagined. The cost for full service event planning through Jennifer La Londe Events or a DIY planning membership through The Bridal Dish is worth every penny. Overall, assistance from an event planner will save you not only time, but reduce your overall costs by planning things right the first time around. Your stress level is reduced, and you can enjoy the planning process feeling secure in the selections and decisions you have made for your big day.
What are the most common things that are overlooked when planning a wedding?
- Orchestration of the ceremony: Who will line everyone up and tell them when to walk down the aisle to the appropriate music? Is there a church coordinator provided? Does your venue have a coordinator?
- Misunderstanding the role of the venue's Event Manager: Venue coordinators are often just that ~ they are only responsible for the set up and execution of things related to catering and the event venue itself. Be very certain of what the event manager's role will be regarding set up of your additional décor items (i.e. family photos) as well as if they will assist with the facilitation of your ceremony. More often than not, this is not part of their job description.
- Forgoing a seating chart: The seating chart is one of the most difficult tasks of your event. But, for groups over 100 guests, it is a must. Guests need to feel like they have a place to put their drink, purse and camera. It is human nature to leave a space between you and someone you don't know. That said, if you don't have a seating chart, you will spend more money purchasing additional tables, chairs and centerpieces to account for these "empty seats."
- Wedding survival kit: Be prepared with items like a needle and thread, a first aid kit, two way stick tape, a lint roller, breath mints, scissors, bobby pins, hair spray, deodorant and safety pins, just to name a few. Always better to be prepared than sorry!
How far in advance do I have to start planning my wedding?
Ideally, I like my clients to have one year to plan their wedding. The main reason for this is so that they are able to secure the venue and date of their choice. I highly recommend no less than 9 months. This is not to say it can't be done in less time, if need be, but ideally, 12 months is the most adequate timeframe for the preparation of nuptials and the reception.