Wedding Planner – Need one?

Too busy? Have no idea? Need a wedding planner?

You might have heard of people who have planned and executed magnificent weddings on their own; and if you feel capable and confident about following suit, then good for you. But there are times when employing a wedding planner can save you from a whole lot of stress and unnecessary expenses. Still, how do you know if you need to start considering hiring one?

Test to see if you need a wedding planner

Take a look at the list below. If you answer with more yesses than nos, you should definitely start looking for a wedding planner to help you out.

  • You are behind schedule on wedding preps.
  • You and your fiancé have busy workweeks.
  • You don’t have a team of family members and friends to help you out.
  • You haven’t found reliable supplier referrals.
  • You are thinking about getting married overseas.
  • You are thinking about a themed wedding.
  • The family of both parties, friends included, don’t really get along all too well.
  • You are getting anxious about all the planning requirements.
  • You are getting married in a few months’ time after getting engaged.
  • You have no idea how to start planning your special day.
  • You don’t have an idea of what you want for your big day.
  • Your online research is clearly not enough.

Pitfalls of going on your own

The difference that is lacking when not going through a dedicated wedding planner is that planning your own wedding can be quite a tedious task, especially for someone who’s not an expert in the field of wedding preparations. The problem is that most people see picking a wedding planner as a hefty expense that they’d be better off doing without.

What you have to understand is that although it does cost quite a sum of money to hire a professional, doing so can save you time and losses. Also, hiring a wedding planner can mean getting better deals from other vendors — not to mention access to non-mainstream suppliers.

The reputable wedding planner is very well-connected and they can help you avoid costly mistakes as you plan your big day. They can also save you from a whole lot of stress.

Since it’s the job of the wedding planner to deliver the perfect wedding for their clients, you can expect these professionals to have in-depth knowledge on weddings and the industry.

Full management on the day or just a wedding planner?

Some can even manage the ceremony all throughout, from the reception to the after-party. They are knowledgeable in all aspects of weddings, including and especially in budgeting.

Working with one can mean not having to worry suppliers, going to food tastings and not having to think about anything else afterward, getting access to amazing floral arrangements, sourcing talent for entertainment, and so on.

Honeymoon too?

There are times when a wedding planner will go the extra mile and even help plan the honeymoon. Depending on how good your wedding planner is, you might get special travel deals and one-of-a-kind bookings that you might not have been able to get yourself.

These are only some of the reasons why you should definitely consider getting a wedding planner to help you out. Remember that it’s your wedding. It should be happy, memorable, and exciting, not overly stressful and physically and mentally — not to mention financially — draining. What if your wedding planner saves you money in the long run? This is why it’s always worth having a reliable expert on your side.

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Perth's Wedding Planners

Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings

Phone: +61 8 9456 5992

Mobile: 0401 613 945

Email: info@cdweddings.com.au

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"Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings is well regarding as WAs authority on upmarket & traditional Wedding Planning. Frequently mentioned in media around Perth, and beyond Cathrin D-Entremont has also featured on Channel 9's Morning Program and been an international guest speaker.

Her website has incredible resources and information for any bride and her team is able to assist anywhere in Perth, Margaret River region and international." - Cyrus

- Lighthouse Recommended

wedstyle

163 Lord Street, Perth 6000

Tel No/Fax: +61 8 9228 4352

Email: enquire@wedstyle.com.au

~ TESTIMONIAL ~

"Craig and Glen are incredibly talented stylists and wedding planners. They amazed 150 of our guests at a fantastic charity Christmas party we ran a few years ago. Most of the crowd were seasoned wedding professionals so we were glad we pick an excellent team to wow everyone.

Creatively & elegant flare comes so naturally with Graig and Glen." - Cyrus

Bridal Guide

Chapter 1 - Financials

How Much Do Weddings Cost

Getting Married Soon? So Who Pays for What?

Chapter 2 - Planning & mindset

Do You Need a Wedding Planner

Soon-To-Be-Brides Gearing Up For A Rollercoaster Ride Of Emotions

Chapter 3 - History of Wedding Traditions & Fun Facts

Chapter 4 - Picking Suppliers

How to Shop for Wedding Bands

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

How to Choose a Wedding Caterer

So You're in the Market for a Wedding Dress

Wedding Attires 101

Chapter 5 - Wedding Photography

How to Choose a Photographer for Your Wedding

How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer

Wedding Posing Tips from a Photographer

Important Photos You Don’t want to Miss on Your Wedding

Wedding Photos Looking Back On The Big Day

How To Look Your Best In Wedding Photos

Chapter 6 - Ceremony

Importance of the Kiss

Chapter 7 - Reception

Dancing To Forever The Wedding Waltz

Chapter 8 - Honeymoon

Top Ten Destinations

How Much Do Weddings Cost?

Celebrate the Love & New Life

Weddings are celebrations of love and life but truth be told, they can be a tad expensive, too. How much do weddings cost is the age-old question. There are couples that really go all the way with their ceremonies & reception while others choose to take a more practical approach.

How Much do Weddings Cost - Averages

And when it comes to an average of how much do weddings cost in Australia, the Ibis World Wedding Report pegs it at around $33k.

You might be wondering where all the dollars go. Well, here are just some of the expenses that you can expect to incur if you opt for a traditional wedding setup:

  • Suits and gowns
  • Flowers
  • Venue and celebrant fees
  • Reception setup and catering
  • Gifts for the bridal party and key family members plus souvenirs for guests (aka Bonbonieres)
  • Visit the salon, hair, and makeup
  • Wedding invitations
  • Video and wedding photography
  • Wedding cake
  • Wedding bands and engagement ring
  • DJ/MC plus Sound and lighting
  • Transportation (limo)

How much do weddings cost?

If you feel that incurring these expenses is not reasonable, don’t fret — there are ways you can still have the wedding of your dreams without burning a hole in your wallet or wedding dress for that matter. It all starts with you saving for the big day right after you get engaged.

Budgeting

Considering that you and your groom-to-be are both working, you can set aside about a quarter of your monthly wages for the wedding. This may not seem like a big amount to start but it all adds up. Save more if you can — there’s no harm in that, so why not?

It’ll also help if you cut back on other daily costs like your morning cup of flat white (make coffee at home instead), fancy date nights, phone bills, shopping excursions (because it’s not just a simple trip for most women), and big holiday trips.

Wedding Dress

When it comes to your wedding dress, there’s always that perfect one that will suit your tastes without it having to be utterly expensive. As custom dresses can cost a lot of money these days, it’s actually a good thing that ready-to-wear, on-the-rack dresses are readily available. Bridal shops can alter these to fit your frame. They can also jazz up the dress if you wish, all without the hefty costs.

Reception

For the reception, narrowing down your guest list can help you manage costs. Remember that it’s your special day and it should be shared with those who really matter. So, not inviting your boss’ second cousin’s daughter whom you bumped into at the office party is a non-issue. Just think your savings from how much the wedding costs can be used on other components of the wedding, or better yet, for your honeymoon.

Honeymoon

Speaking of the honeymoon, this is another costly part of getting married but an expense that you should definitely not skimp on. All you have to do is be smarter with your choices when it comes to transport arrangements, accommodations, and the like. If you can save on the first two then you’ll have more funds to use for activities, food, and other stuff that you’ll remember for years on end.

Sacrifices

Weddings are usually expensive but if you take a closer look, they don’t really have to cost as much if you take a couple of things into consideration. Simple sacrifices can help you execute the wedding of your dreams and have leftover funds for an amazing honeymoon with your hubby.

Your Thoughts?

What are your saving tips and thoughts on how much do weddings cost? What would you definitely not skimp on? Email your thoughts directly to Cyrus, we would love to hear from you and we might include your invaluable tips on the next update.

Want to save money on your wedding?

Contact Cyrus and request a meeting, ask him how you can save on your wedding photography and more.

Bridal Guide

Chapter 1 - Financials

How Much Do Weddings Cost

Getting Married Soon? So Who Pays for What?

Chapter 2 - Planning & mindset

Do You Need a Wedding Planner

Soon-To-Be-Brides Gearing Up For A Rollercoaster Ride Of Emotions

Chapter 3 - History of Wedding Traditions & Fun Facts

Chapter 4 - Picking Suppliers

How to Shop for Wedding Bands

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

How to Choose a Wedding Caterer

So You're in the Market for a Wedding Dress

Wedding Attires 101

Chapter 5 - Wedding Photography

How to Choose a Photographer for Your Wedding

How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer

Wedding Posing Tips from a Photographer

Important Photos You Don’t want to Miss on Your Wedding

Wedding Photos Looking Back On The Big Day

How To Look Your Best In Wedding Photos

Chapter 6 - Ceremony

Importance of the Kiss

Chapter 7 - Reception

Dancing To Forever The Wedding Waltz

Chapter 8 - Honeymoon

Top Ten Destinations

Is the wedding soon? So, who is paying for the wedding?

It shouldn’t really be an issue when the subject of who is paying for the wedding crops up. It’s normal for engaged couples to have several discussions about their wedding budget. Although there are couples that finance their ceremony themselves, there are occasions when the family of both parties gets involved. So, when it’s the latter, who should be putting up their hand when it comes to paying for the wedding and what?

Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but it can also be one of the most expensive days in your existence. The thing about money is that it remains to be an uncomfortable subject for most people and can cause strains on family relationships. Don’t let this deter you from planning your wedding your way. Clear up who's paying for the wedding sooner, rather than later.

When it comes to costs, this will depend on what type of wedding you decide to have. Apart from the ceremony itself, there’s the venue, food, setting, entertainment, and the number of guests. Given that there will surely be a significant expense involved, it’s ideal that you prep months, even a year or so before your chosen date — this will ensure that you get everything at the best prices.

Aside from the general costs of holding a wedding and reception, you also have to think about how extensively you and your groom will be covering the costs of your wedding party: the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and so on. By no means should you feel pressured to pay for everything here, but do be considerate of the costs that these people will incur by having a special role in your ceremony.

Traditional Setting - Paying for the Wedding

Traditionally, there are specific expenses that are covered by either the bride’s or groom’s side of the family. Here are some guidelines for paying for the wedding:

Bride and Family - Paying for the Wedding

  • Reception and invitations
  • Photographer and videographer
  • Wedding cake
  • Bridal gown and bridal entourage’s outfits
  • Gifts for the bridal entourage
  • Gift for the groom
  • Accommodations for the bridal entourage (if any)

Groom and Family - Paying for the Wedding

  • Engagement party
  • Wedding rings
  • Ceremony
  • Wedding flowers
  • Wedding car
  • Groom’s suit and outfits for the groom’s entourage
  • Gifts for the groom’s entourage
  • Gift for the bride
  • Honeymoon

A Modern Take

As mentioned, modern-minded couples usually save enough to cover their wedding expenses on their own and are fine paying for the wedding themselves.

In this case, it might be rarer for parents to have to shoulder any of the related expenses. If there’s any sharing to be done, it’s usually arranged between the bride and groom.

A modern take on splitting the wedding bill is sharing costs on a per-head basis. Basically, the bride and groom pay for the guests on their side or split everything halfway. Sounds like a fairer way of paying for the wedding. If parents insist on getting involved, they usually take care of part of the reception expenses as a gift to the couple.

Regardless of which approach you will decide to go with, try your best not to let the spending component cause rifts in your family and with your husband-to-be. Talk about what’s reasonable, affordable, and doable. The trick is to compromise and be flexible. All you really need is some rational thinking and a solid plan and you won’t have any large financial hurdles to worry about paying for the wedding.

 

Want to save money on your wedding?

Contact Cyrus and request a meeting, ask him how you can save on your wedding photography and more.

Bridal Guide

Chapter 1 - Financials

How Much Do Weddings Cost

Getting Married Soon? So Who Pays for What?

Chapter 2 - Planning & mindset

Do You Need a Wedding Planner

Soon-To-Be-Brides Gearing Up For A Rollercoaster Ride Of Emotions

Chapter 3 - History of Wedding Traditions & Fun Facts

Chapter 4 - Picking Suppliers

How to Shop for Wedding Bands

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

How to Choose a Wedding Caterer

So You're in the Market for a Wedding Dress

Wedding Attires 101

Chapter 5 - Wedding Photography

How to Choose a Photographer for Your Wedding

How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer

Wedding Posing Tips from a Photographer

Important Photos You Don’t want to Miss on Your Wedding

Wedding Photos Looking Back On The Big Day

How To Look Your Best In Wedding Photos

Chapter 6 - Ceremony

Importance of the Kiss

Chapter 7 - Reception

Dancing To Forever The Wedding Waltz

Chapter 8 - Honeymoon

Top Ten Destinations

“Wedding Iconic” Images

What's "Wedding Iconic" to You?

Wedding Iconic

Every couple deserves an incredible series of wedding iconic images.

What does iconic mean to you? What's the most important symbol of your connection with each other?

Maybe it's a sports team. How sentimental is the location you both meet in for the first time?

Finding personal meaning in wedding iconic images is sometimes subjective. Other times iconic images are universal because the power of the image is so clear and beautiful.

Make sure you educate your photographer with a personal list of what's important to you. No detail or idea is too small. After all if the meaning and value exists within you it's very important and worth taking pictures of.

Iconic Wedding

Wedding Kiss

Written by Chris

Importance of the Wedding Kiss

As an experienced wedding photographer (or perhaps an avid wedding attendee), the one defining moment from every ceremony stands out in our minds has to be the wedding kiss...right? What a magical moment.

Pop in a breath mint and get your Chapstick ready, we’re going to be talking about…you guessed it, the wedding kiss.

Perhaps the most important part of a couple’s ceremony is their first kiss.  Historically speaking, this is the moment Mr. and Mrs. Newlywed seal the deal on their new life together, much like a handshake...only with their lips!

This is truly a visual representation of the first moment that their lives have been joined together as one.  Because this moment is so important you will very much want to know that your chosen wedding photographer will have not just a good photo of you kiss, more like a dozen captures in that defining moment. And more importantly a real knack for making that moment as magical and beautiful as the kiss is significant.

The Wedding Kiss Must be Captured!

Always remember:  the kiss that takes place during the ceremony MUST be captured!  The wedding kiss is really a make or break for the successful wedding photo collection.

Enjoy this embrace. The Wedding kiss may literally last just a few seconds. Feel free to linger a little longer. Hold your embrace for a little while longer. You'll want to really connect with each other. Maybe you can forget that the whole world is looking at you both. Just Get lost in the moment and stop time. The photograph will do the same!

Here's a cute little challenge for you the bride...while the witnesses are signing hold your man close and sneak a candid kiss while no one is paying attention, these will turn out to be a nice addition to your collection of memories.  

After the wedding kiss the wedding coverage really fires up . A little more relaxed, a little less nerves. Once the ceremony is complete, the fun begins.  Bridesmaids, groomsmen, relatives, so many creative photo opportunities! 

Memories of the Wedding Kiss

Rarely will there be a moment more looked back with nostalgia than those first few moments sealing the marriage.  Time is a precious commodity as the ceremony winds down. With a talented photographer like Cyruis from Lighthouse there is no risk of a lost memory.

Did you know we keep every photo taken and worth keeping in at least 4 locations? For your grandkids sake.

The buildup before the kiss...

Here's a powerful love exercise you can explore with your partner. Powerful and healing, the perfect expression of happiness, contentment and love.

  • Stare into each others eyes for at least 20 seconds
  • Feel the love magnetically pull each of you towards the other until your lips meet.
  • Have the slowest & longest kiss of your lives. 

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The Wedding Kiss

Wedding Kiss

Creativity: Soul & Heart of Photography

Written by Chris

Creative Photography is The Soul and Heart

In the age of constant bombardment by social media, who among us hasn’t seen examples of a wedding photographer’s work?  In the past month, I have personally had 3 friends get married, and each was more than happy to share their pictures online!

However, does it seem as though something is missing from many of these photographs?  Some may call it ‘soul’ or ‘heart’; but in the eyes of someone in the business, the real answer is quite simple:

CREATIVITY! (Soul & Heart)

A creative photographer brings out the best moments in their clients, transforming otherwise mundane pictures of memorable gatherings into what can only be described as works of art.

When choosing a wedding photographer, it is vitally important for the clients to see examples of your past work.  They’ll want to get a feel for your personal style.  Make sure you choose a wide variety of samples that illustrate your array of talents. 

From the humorous.

To the beautiful.

And everything in between!

Finding out exactly what your clients want is of the utmost importance.  Make sure you know if the wedding you’ll be shooting is more traditional or laid-back, and what style of pictures they may want.  Remember, the clients aren’t just choosing you, you are choosing them as well.  Be honest about your ability to fulfill their needs, and if you feel you can’t, DO NOT accept the job.  You run the risk of not only ruining your reputation as a photographer, but, more importantly, their special day.

Good news: chances are, as an experienced wedding photographer, you are adaptable enough to work with almost any client!  And if you are just starting out, experience is the best teacher you can have.  Never be afraid to let your creativity show, and suggest your own ideas for different shots YOU feel will work best.  Trust me, the happy couple wants to hear your ideas!  Always balance your intuition behind the lens with your clients’ desires.

The collaboration between the photographer and clients are what gives pictures that intangible ‘spark’ that will help attract new business.  Have fun and keep snapping!

Creative Photography

Pros Creative Photography

Creativity Soul Heart

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Windy Wedding

Written by Lorraine

I love a windy wedding.

Why is a windy wedding better?

Maybe it’s because I grew up near the ocean and the air constantly moved; literally, from gentle breeze to hurricane.

Photographs, in which the wind is blowing, seem to bring the photos to life…more of a still video, if you will.

I know, it sounds like an oxymoron…but look at the pictures I have chosen.

The Windy Wedding....

Movement & Flow 

although the landscape and the subjects are still, there is motion.

Numerous photos are taken at remote locations, quite a few at the beach, however, when it comes to choosing, it seems the most popular pics are those with the characters smiling at the camera, hair and clothing lying flat.

These examples show the skill of a photographer to work with nature, to connect his camera to the moment…and yes…to save that still video, forever.

Jacinta and Ben’s Engagement Session

Written by Lorraine

It is fascinating how in particular the engagement session photos can capture the sparks and excitement of young blossoming love.

In this particular session you can feel and almost touch the love and chemistry between soon to be husband and wife- Jacinta and Ben.

Below we look at some of the best poses for their engagement session (prewedding).

Black and white Engagement Session

There is something about black and a white photo that makes an engagement session a little more unique.

We captured these two love birds in a black and white portrait with a simple background. This photo is ageless.

Single portraits

Single Portraits are also critical for the complete engagement session.

We had separate single shots of a smiling Jacinta and Ben.

These photos capture their individuality and they are pieces they can cherish for a long time, to be cherished even by their kid's kids!

We also played around with single portraits on blank backgrounds.

Sitting by the roadside

In this engagement session photograph we have the couple sitting by the roadside with impeccable sunrays in the background.

It’s a beautiful shot that not only captures the couple’s chemistry but also the beauty of nature at the same time.

Engagement Session

Engagement Session

Between the trees

We got playful with nature by having a shot Jacinta and Ben pose between trees. It’s a unique shot that is sweet and celebrates nature too.

Walk in the park

This is a really romantic shot of Jacinta and Ben in the park. It’s a casual, more relaxed shot that celebrates young love.

Embracing the engagement session

This is a lovely shot of the two love birds holding each other. We have Ben holding Jacinta from behind as they smile at the camera. In another engagement session image we have them kissing slightly in a long shot.

Bench shot

We brought a unique twist to the bench shot. Capturing the couple from behind getting a candid genuine moment as they laugh and look lovingly at each other. What's more romantic?

Lying on the ground

Another romantic shot is this one. Having the couple lying on the ground laughing and looking at each other is just magical and romantic in a cute way.

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Candid vs Traditional

Written by Lorraine

Candid vs Traditional

Chances are, as a modern consumer of wedding images, you’ve seen many examples of what wedding photography SHOULD look like. The main question is Candid vs Traditional. Have times changed? Are we sure about what this should ABSOLUTELY NOT end up in a couple’s wedding album?

We exist in an exciting time for creativity in photography.  That being said, remember that so-called ‘traditional’ photography still has a place in many clients’ hearts.

The ‘Candid’ Approach:

Intimate.  Personal.  Compelling.  Or downright wacky.

This approach is meant to capture the essence of what this couple means to one another.  Perhaps they are rabid football fans who cheer for opposing teams…CAPTURE IT!  One couple I worked with wanted their pictures done on a baseball diamond, with the groomsmen and bridesmaids facing off against one another in a quick game.  Get these fun moments on film!  If the bride is an avid gardener, photograph her among her flowers, or a nearby scenic garden!  A good rule of thumb is that if the couple mentions a specific interest to you, or it is incorporated into their ceremony, elaborate on it.  If the happy couple decides to ride off on a motorcycle after their ceremony, chances are they will want more than a few pictures of themselves on their bike.  Find out during your interview process what interests them!

Always listen to your couple’s desires when it comes to taking their once-in-a-lifetime pictures!

Candid vs Traditional

A ‘Traditional’ Approach:

Weddings are nothing if not steeped heavily in tradition.  For this reason, for most shoots you’ll end up doing quite a few classic poses and themes.  The First Kiss.  The Wedding Party.  Family Portraits.  These are an incredibly vital part of any wedding and cannot be discounted.  Traditional photography can feel boring or even staged at times, but there’s a reason it’s a tradition: because it works!

Always pay homage to the tried and true!

A truly great wedding photographer incorporates both of these aspects into their pictures seamlessly.  Mix the fun themes that define your couple with the elements that make up the ceremony.  Think outside the box.  Find ways to pull beautiful scenery into static poses.  Change shooting angles to capture the unexpected.  Develop your individual style as a professional and showcase it to the best of your abilities.

Lastly, if you aren’t having fun, you are in the wrong business!  Photography is a passion, so much more than just pointing a camera and taking a picture.  So, as always, have fun and keep snapping!

Candid vs Traditional

Debbie and Hugh's Wedding