Wedding Video Gone Bad

This video knocked our socks off. You’ll take a look momentarily. First, what’s the lesson? Well there are two big ones.

1.    Choose your vendors carefully. 

It takes more than a meeting and deciding you “vibe” with a photographer.  You have to ask questions, find out their work style, and how you feel about it.  Maybe with some more questions, this couple would have learned these guys specialized in up close and personal ceremony shots and could have adjusted accordingly.

2.    The pastor is right – your wedding is not a photo shoot.  

Nor is it

-a runway show

-a botanical exhibition

-Dancing With The Stars,

-a gourmet dining experience

– a night at ‘da club.

Your big day may include elements of all those things, but at its heart, you’re getting married, and the ceremony deserves your attention and respect.

Amen.

Be well and love well.

-Dinah

When A Wedding Vendor’s Reputation Precedes Them

Our fearless leaders Greg and Alan were in LA recently, and stayed at the Biltmore, a legendary and elegant hotel in the heart of downtown.  The Biltmore is a popular wedding venue, and has beautiful ballrooms that, should you visit them, would probably look familiar due to the number of films and television shows that have been shot there.

The service Greg and Al received was, to say the least, sub-par.  Thankfully, they’d gotten an internet deal and weren’t paying the normal rate of between $300-600 a night.  But, it proves a point.  You can check in to a world famous hotel, and get well below world-class service.

The wide aisles at the LA Flower Mart

Don’t hire vendors, or choose a venue because of their “legendary” reputation, or because they did a certain celebrity’s wedding.  In fact, if someone is billing themselves with a list of celebrity clients, you should ask for three non-celebrity references to make sure they received the same level of service.  Appearances (and sales people) can be deceiving, so make sure you’re getting service that lives up to your expectations.

Did I mention why the boys were at the Biltmore? So they could be close to the LA Flower Mart when they woke up at 1:00am to source peonies (out of season) for a bride who loved them.  They need to watch it with the super-attentive, every-bride-is-special thing.  They’re going to develop a reputation.

Flowers - beautiful even just arranged by accident in buckets at the Flower Mart!

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