by: Lauren

PSA: Wedding Photography Pricing via TheELD.comPhoto by Kristen Weaver

It’s no secret that I’m all about helping brides, as well as awesome photography. And so, this is my Public Service Announcement to the world. I know I’ve written about photography, quality, and pricing quite a few times, but this has been weighing on my mind all week. So I’m just going to come out a say it, because it seems like no one else has.

 

If photography is an important aspect to you, be prepared to spend more than $3,000.

Chances are incredibly slim that you will find a quality, experienced photographer who is less than $3,000.

 

There, now someone has said it and put it out in the open. It’s no secret anymore. And so now I’m on a mission to spread the word about the true cost of quality photography. Because trust me, it’s not fun to be a shocked bride when you find out the cost of something that you really want and love (I’ve so been there). So help me in spreading the word- tell your friends, tell your parents, tell everyone- even if you’re not engaged! Let’s make this common knowledge!

 

If you would like more insight into photography, try these past posts:

Tips for Choosing Your Photographer- Part 1 Part 2

Do You Know What Photo Retouching Is?

I Took The Cheap Photographer Route

 



by: Lauren

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m all about decor and details. A huge part of what can make or break your wedding’s decor is lighting. A ballroom without lighting is just a ballroom. But add a wash of colored light, and you have an event! Today’s post is from one of our sponsors, MMD Events, and it’s all about using lighting in your decor. I figured I would let the experts speak for this aspect of weddings, and let me tell you- they know their stuff!

 

You can’t have a discussion about wedding décor these days without considering the power of lighting. It can create space, depth, unique shadowing, and of course light. It emphasizes the hard work one has put into designing their space, and gives an overall completeness to the style of your room. Giving it that “platinum wedding” feel a basic ballroom can be beautifully lit for around $500 – $1000.

 

{Thursday Tips} Lighting As Decor via TheELD.com
Photo by Limelight Photography

 

Another wonderful trait of lighting is that it will de-emphasize boring or unpleasant aspects of a room. For example, up-lights, ceiling patterns, and color washing on the dance floor can completely transform a wedding reception venue with putrid yellow walls and a horrific carpet into a completely dreamy venue.

 


{Thursday Tips} Lighting As Decor via TheELD.com
Photo by Limelight Photography

 

When shopping for your lighting package, be sure to choose a professional. Lately, I’ve witnessed more and more DJ’s providing lighting as an add-on to their jams. Now, I don’t want to knock any DJ’s, but lighting is a décor element. A lighting professional understands the aesthetic value of lighting and how it shapes the design of your wedding. A DJ or other non-professional may offer a bargain, but a lighting professional adds the value of understanding décor and the style you are trying to achieve.

 

{Thursday Tips} Lighting As Decor via TheELD.com


Photo by K&K Photography

 

Thoughtful design is the key here. It does not have to mean expensive. A bargain is only worth it if at the end of the day you got exactly what you wanted. Take my advice, make lighting a part of your budget and hire a professional lighting designer. Then you’ll be one step closer to having exactly what you want for your dream wedding.

 

So there you have it- you can add an awesome element into your decor with lighting, and it doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Thank you so much to MMD Events for sharing this information with {ELD}! Check out their website and blog to see more of their awesome, edgy work!

 



by: Lauren

There are so many things to love about this bright and cheery wedding from Genevieve Leiper! First and foremost, the bride’s dress is absolutely stunning. I’m pretty sure I spent a good amount of time staring at it when I first saw it. I love the green and pink color palette in the elegant museum setting- it’s such a great twist to a common elegant wedding. And the centerpieces are almost like something out of a fairy tale. Gorgeous!

 

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Beautiful work, right? I think my absolute favorite part of the whole wedding is the way Genevieve captures the emotion of everyone. Emotion and gorgeousness, all wrapped up into one! Thanks so much for sharing this wedding with {ELD} Genevieve!

 



by: Lauren

I apologize for all of the gray in my inspiration boards- I think I probably do like one or two a month. But what can I say? It’s such a chic and modern color! And when paired with white, it’s the absolute, ultimate chicness. So clean and crisp!

 

Inspiration Board: Chic Gray & White via TheELD.com

Row 1: Dress, Cake, Bouquet, Tablescape

Row 2: Table, Centerpiece, Lounge, Birch Wood Centerpiece, Tall Centerpiece

Row 3: Table, Place Setting

 

The best thing about white and gray is that it’s perfect for any season. It doesn’t matter if it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter- it’s a perfect color combination for a chic, modern wedding any time of the year!