The Directory is where you'll find the perfect venue, photographer, dress, suit and so much more for your wedding. Just mouse over the menu tab to see the full range of categories.
Every category is packed with beautiful high resolution images, videos, a detailed business description of what they offer and full contact details including social media links. Shortlist those you love to keep track of notes about them, and use the enquiry form to quickly fire out requests for quotes.
You'll find that your enquiry details will autofill so you can easily request more information from many different vendors with a minimum of effort.
Our Wedding Showcase is a beautifully curated showcase of real Wellington weddings, designed to inspire you as well as giving you a first-hand look at what various venues, photographers and other suppliers can do.
We update the Wedding Showcase quarterly with the city's most beautiful weddings. Every showcase features 50 - 80 gorgeous professionally shot photographs, as well as comprehensive details on every aspect of each wedding - How We Met, Our Wedding Style, The Dress, Hair & Makeup, The Ceremony, The Reception and Advice for Brides To Be.
At the bottom of each showcase, you'll find contact details for all Wellington Weddings vendors featured.
Our Wedding Blog features expert advice from Wellington wedding vendors, such as the best time to have your wedding photo shoot, how to pick your first dance song, tips for bridesmaids much more. All articles are written by Wellington wedding experts for Wellington brides.
We update the blog at least once a week with articles covering everything from budgeting tips, top 10 lists, promotion of upcoming wedding events, competitions and recent trends as well as tips and secrets from the best in the business.
Use the Shortlist to keep all your favourite vendors in one place, and to record all your email and phone conversations with them for easy reference.
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To review your shortlist, add notes and prices, and record who you have booked for your wedding, just click on My Shortlist, which appears in the menu when you are logged in.
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By WE DO Photography & Design Esther Dawson
You've searched Google. You've picked up a wedding magazine or two. You've browsed the directory on wellingtonweddings.co.nz. It can feel overwhelming – there are so many options! So many different photographers. How do you make sure you select the best photographer for your big day?
It all comes down to these 3 things: Style. Personality. Price. Simple, huh?
Every photographer has a unique and individual style. Look through their blog. Study their recent weddings. See how they capture an entire wedding day.
Look at the way they capture moments. Are they simply lining up a pretty shot, or are they pressing the shutter at the right moment too? Does their work show plenty of smiles & laughter? The odd tear?
Look at the way they use locations. Are they creative with their surroundings? Are they using the light in a flattering, beautiful, way? Look at the way they collate and present images, are they telling a comprehensive, emotive story? Your wedding day is a story.
Ask yourself: can you see yourself in these photos?
You’ll spend a lot of time in the presence of your wedding photographer - one bride once mentioned she realised she’ll spend more time with us than her husband on her wedding day!
The best compliment we can receive after a wedding is, “It felt like we were being photographed by our friends”. Ensuring your photographer’s personality is a fit for you, and your guests, is vital to ensuring you enjoy your entire wedding day. And your photos will always be better if you’re enjoying yourself!
Meet your favourite photographers, have a coffee with them, visit their studio. Don’t be afraid to meet a few. Spending an hour in the presence of a photographer will give you a great indication of what it might be like to spend 10hrs with them.
Every couple has a budget. As with many things in life, photographer’s prices are quite often supply & demand. The price you’ll pay for a particular photographer is the cost of stopping them shooting someone else’s wedding (i.e. if you don’t pay their price, someone else will).
There might be a lot of expenses on your wedding day; only you know how much you want to allocate towards your photography budget. Some couples allocate 5%, some allocate 25%.
Decide on the importance of a photographer. These are future memories, memories to be shared with children and grandchildren. Only you can decide on the importance of these.
Bonus tip: Referrals
Whether word-of-mouth or word-of-mouse, suggestions and referrals are such a good clue to a great photographer. The best photographers will constantly be referred by others, and will photograph brother’s and sister’s and groomsmen's and bridesmaid’s weddings.
Sometimes we’ve seen the same family 3 or 4 times over the years! It’s an honour to be asked back to photograph a sibling or cousin.
Seen a photographer in action at your friend’s wedding? Had a recommendation? Someone given you a tip? Follow it. It might just lead to a great photographer!
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