We all know that music is one of the essential components of a wedding celebration. A fantastic DJ or band can leave your guests with smiling faces and happy feet after hours of getting down on the dance floor. However, we realize that deciding on a live band or a DJ is often a difficult decision, and sometimes requires endless amounts of online surfing and research. There are tons of factors that go into deciding your wedding entertainment like personality, budget and space… so to take the stress out of finding the perfect entertainer for your big day we have compiled a list of some of the pros & cons of hiring a DJ or a band!
Enjoy! xx, Calluna
The Band: A live wedding band most definitely has some perks and can add a level of excitement and sophistication to your wedding reception. Not only will the crowd feed off of the bands energy, but a good bandleader can also excite and keep the crowd dancing all night long!
The DJ: Wedding DJ’s can play all of your favorite songs by all of your favorite artists while simultaneously amping up the crowd! If you want to keep the party going all night long, a DJ can be the perfect option to keep the music coming and the crowd dancing.
Vendor Love: Steve Stanton Photography || Matthew Speck Photography || James Christianson Photography || Jenna Walker Photographyy
Featured Image:: Jessica Christie Photography
Sadly your big day is only ONE day, but luckily there are some amazing wedding photographers out there that can capture all of the beautiful moments of laughter and happiness! Choosing a wedding photographer may seem like a daunting task but don’t be instantly overwhelmed. We have compiled a list of five tips & tricks on how to pick the best photographer for you and your future hubby.
Enjoy! xx, Calluna
1. Start The Search Early
It is often the case that wedding photographers have their schedules booked fairly early so we suggest starting your research in the beginning of the planning so you can score the perfect photographer for the big day. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the perfect fit right away, there are an endless amount of talented photographers out there!
Photography Credit: Kate Holstein Photography || Dawn Sparks Photography
2. Utilize Social Media
To get the full feel of your potential photographer utilize social media. While browsing the photographers website is most definitely useful, check out other platforms like Facebook to see past reviews from former clients. Most photography websites also include a testimonial section that will give you some useful info!
Photography Credit: Jenna Walker Photography
3. Decide on a style
Wedding photographers each have their own styles, ranging from photojournalism to fine art to portraiture. It is crucial to have an idea of how you want your photos to look before you start meeting with potential photographers. If you have specific photos that you want, make sure your photographer is willing to go that way.
Photography Credit: James Christianson || The Willinghams
4. Pay Attention to Personality
You and your photographer will be spending alot of time together. Don’t underestimate the importance of a great relationship, it will contribute largely to the day running smoothly. Setting up and interview to meet and get to know the photographer is a great way to see if your personalities mesh well together. Make sure that you trust the photographer to be assertive enough while also appealing to you and your guests.
Photography Credit: Alison Vagnini
5. Don’t Ignore the Fine Print
Pick a photographer that has a clear contract and make sure you discuss what will be included in your wedding package. Determine which parts of the wedding you would like photographed as well as hours and any additional staff joining the primary photographer. Clear communication about budget and logistics from the start will contribute to a hassle free planning process.
Photography Credit: Steve Stanton Photography
Featured image || Dawn Sparks
Jamesy & Alex were married in late September on a picture perfect day at Jamey’s parents home in Niwot, CO. Please enjoy these sneak peek photos from the lovely and oh-so-talented Katie Thurmes from Jenna Walker Photography.
We were honored to work alongside some of our favorite vendors for Jamey & Alex’s day: Cori Cook provided the stunning florals, innovative food stations by Catering by Design, Lana Frankel of Lana’s Shop designed the stationery suite down to their menus and more. Stay tuned for our full post of this gorgeous wedding!