How to build your wedding dream team by Richard Murgatroyd Photography
When you look back at your wedding in years to come, you might recall the weather, the food and the styling, but I’m sure that what you remember most is the love and warmth from your new husband or wife, from your family, and from your friends. Choosing the perfect group of people to surround yourself with is often why narrowing down a guest list can be such a difficult task.
There is a second group of people that can have an equally important influence over your wedding day: your suppliers. In the age of search engines, wedding blogs, websites, social media and email it has never been easier to find, communicate with, and book suppliers without ever meeting them in person. But the personalities of the people you book are just as important as their technical prowess. Photographers, videographers, venue staff, and even dressmakers and florists all have the ability to make a huge difference to your wedding experience.
For me there are three great reasons why speaking to, and developing a rapport with, your wedding suppliers is just as important as the products they deliver. Not only that, visiting Most Curious 2019 this March is a great way of meeting some of the finest, and nicest(!) suppliers in the wedding industry, and help you select your wedding dream team…
1. Helping you be the best version of you:
As a wedding photographer, I spend a lot of time with my couples: from the excitement of the booking phase; to putting them at ease on a pre-wedding shoot; and the ten or more hours I spend with them on their special day. I’m present during the happy tears, the laughter, heartfelt speeches and the let-your-hair-down party afterwards. I have the best view in the house during the ceremony and have an intimate back-stage pass during the preparations. As a result I’m incredibly mindful of my presence and the privileged role I can play in ensuring a happy bride and groom.
When I reflect back on my own wedding I have never forgotten how there were certain moments when the venue and photographer took time and care to make us feel special.
Brides and Grooms book me not just because they love my photography, but because they get on well with me as a person. I let them be themselves, I’m there when they need me, and disappear into the background when they don’t, and ultimately I aim to bring out the very best in them when in front of the camera. For me this is half of the skill of not just a great photographer but any supplier: when choosing your team of highly-skilled professionals do they make you feel like your wedding is special to them?
2. Making use of their experience and contacts
You can get so much more out of your suppliers by picking up the phone or chatting over a coffee rather than the stop-start delay of emails and text messages. For most couples this will be your first foray into the wonderful world that is the wedding industry. However, your suppliers will have been a part of many different weddings and should be able offer different perspectives, options and supplier suggestions that can help you create a wedding that is totally personal to you.
3. Help them work better for you
One of the best things about my job is getting to know my couples: their story, why they booked a venue, and their hopes and dreams for the future. Not only are you building a rapport with me, I am with you too. I’ve lost count of the number of clients that have become friends, and I find I can photograph your wedding in a more informed and personal way.
Why Most Curious 19 is the place to be!
So what is better than speaking to a supplier face-to-face? Well, the answer is to speak to lots of them. Within just a few hours at A Most Curious Fair you will have the opportunity to speak to and compare some of the finest suppliers in the wedding industry. In addition to seeing some amazing talent on display, you will also get to find the best people to work for you.
Richard Murgatroyd is a London-based UK and Destination Wedding Photographer creating beautiful and evocative images that capture the unique nature of your wedding day. He is exhibiting at A Most Curious Fair at the Truman Brewery London from the 1st to the 3rd of March 2019. You can find out more about Richard over on our blog and his directory listing. You can find out more about his unique approach to story-telling photography on his website, facebook + instagram . Don’t forget to buy your tickets to meet him too!