Photography RANT

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which wedding vendor do you hate working with most?
    Venues : (4 votes)
    19 %
    Photographers : (4 votes)
    19 %
    Caterers : (3 votes)
    14 %
    Florists : (1 votes)
    5 %
    DJ's : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Dress Galleries : (2 votes)
    10 %
    I can't stand any of them! : (0 votes)
    I love all of them! : (5 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    chickspartan:  I don’t think you’re being ridiculous at all! The most frustrating part of the planning process for me was trying to find videographers/photobooths. Very few posted their price online, and you have to give them a TON of personal info so that they can bombard you with phone calls or emails. I really did not want 5 different vendors to be calling me about pricing and meeting up, and the only reason I gave my info to so many was so that I might have options.

    My ONLY negative rant about my wedding was the lack of a “day of coordinator” that was promised by my venue. It’s clearly stated in their package (the venue does tons of weddings and has for over 30 years) and while there was a woman who kind of wandered around during the day, she claimed not to be the “coordinator” and was very rude to one of my bridesmaids who sought her out for help. She told her to talk to the DJ about it, and THANK GOD he was so wonderful that he essentially took over as our coordinator for the evening.

    I was a bit upset about this after the fact, but it dawned on me that when I met with our venue contact to go over our contract, she had asked me a lot of questions that a coordinator would normally answer. I’m a first time bride, in a venue I’m somewhat unfamiliar with, how do I know who will have a microphone or where speakers are going to go, etc? I was getting nervous with all of her questions and she kept telling me, “Oh ask your DJ, they will know.” I did ask my DJ and everything ended up fine, but I got to thinking that this must just be how the venue works. They claim to provide a coordinator, and then hope to god that the DJ can just do their job for them. I feel bad for brides who have terrible DJs!!

    Post # 3
    188 posts
    Blushing bee

    Ugh. That’s so frustrating! I feel your pain. My dad’s a (fairly pricey) pro photographer and I totally get their side, but that doesn’t mean your side isn’t painful, too! I think she may be trying to ‘educate you’ on what a photographer ‘really costs’. I personally can’t stand it when people expect fur coat quality with a Walmart budget when it comes to photography, but if you contact someone and tell them your budget and it’s not something you can work with, just TELL them and let them decide if the quality is worth the price!! Simple courtesy! You’re not a child and you can understand the concept of ‘you get what you pay for’ I’m sure. Totally feel your pain.

    As for my experiences, I’ve been pretty spoiled so far, no issues, but we JUST changed our date and location due to some family illnesses, so I’m dealing with a hotel that MAY end up being a nightmare. I have a feeling, but no stories just yet! OH! I just remembered. I bought my dress, and they were like ‘HEY this one off the rack fits you almost perfectly! Just take it and then you don’t have to wait!’ and being the ditz I am, I bought it and was so excited and then I got it home and realized that the hem is dirty and the hooks for the hook and eyes are a little loose and it’s just not pristine cause DUH it was the sample on the rack. That made me mad that they wouldn’t point that out and just order me one since I had a TON of time.

    Post # 5
    2051 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I wouldn’t go with a photographer you personally dislike. On our wedding day, out of all the people I spent time with, I probably spent the most with my DH and our photographer – said but true. And we didn’t even spend that long on photographs. No matter how great her photographs are, you don’t want to be feeling that kind of tension all day. 

    Post # 6
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I agree with making sure you love your photographer. I’ve already spent SO. MUCH. TIME. with ours. If we hated them, we’d be nuts by now, and we aren’t even to the wedding yet. You really need to get on with them personally, moreso than say, the florist, who can just show up with your flowers and peace out.

    I didn’t have any problems with photographers, but all the ones I communicated with had a “packages start at” price on their webpage so I knew what I was getting in to before I emailed them.

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