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The Biggest Thing That Brides And Grooms Don’t Realise About Wedding Businesses!


The Biggest Thing That Brides And Grooms Don’t Realise About Wedding Businesses! A Wedding Espresso roundtable discussion with Wedding Industry Pros!

Listen toΒ Stuart, Kerry and Terry on the Wedding Espresso Awesome DIY Wedding Planning Podcast…


Stuart James Wedding Photographer

Kerry Ellis, EpicΒ Event Hire

Terry Hatfield from Terrific Cakes


Here’s the chat from our discussion, click the names to visit their Wedding Website! … except James, obvs!

Hayley Smith Hello, Hayley here from Zest Mixology.
Michelle Taylor hey
James Pearson Hey Hayley, lovely to see you πŸ™‚
James Pearson Hey Michelle!
Steve Varty hello Steve from V Studio
James Pearson Hiya Steve, welcome! πŸ™‚
Marta Demartini Hi! Marta from Demartini Weddings
Steve Varty Thanks James
Andrew Morgan Hello Folks
James Pearson Hey Marta, hey Andrew, great to see you both!!!
Yvonne Beck hi
James Pearson Morning Yvonne πŸ™‚
James Pearson Hey guys! πŸ™‚
Graham Baker Good morning. First time I’ve managed to watch live πŸ™‚
James Pearson Awesome! Welcome Graham, great to have you here!!!!
James Pearson oooh exciting!!! πŸ™‚
Marta Demartini Yep first time for me!
Graham Baker https://www.grahambakerphotography.co.uk/
Michelle Taylor I’m Michelle, wedding and family celebrant. My website is www.mtaylorcelebrant.co.uk
Katie McMillan Good morning everyone! I’m Katie and I run Alt Wedding Co! We just launched our new website www.altwedding.co.uk – we offer photography and videography
Andrew Morgan Andrew Morgan, Toastmaster and MC www.andrewdmorgan.com
James Pearson Hey Katie, great to see you again!
Marta Demartini Creative Wedding Photgrapher www.demartiniweddings.com
Vicky Myles First time for me too! x
Steve Varty www.v-studio.co.uk/wedding.html
Katherine Holt Hi everybody! I’m Katherine from Giftast Wedding & Event Stationery www.giftast.com
Hayley Smith Hayley – Pop up cocktail bars for Weddings https://www.zestmixology.co.uk/weddings
James Pearson Welcome Vicky πŸ™‚ Lovely to see you!
James Pearson Katherine πŸ™‚ Hi πŸ™‚
James Pearson @Vicky don’t forget to tell everyone what you do πŸ™‚
Lisa Bourne I’m Lisa, I am a humanist naming & wedding celebrant based in Leeds. Website lisabourne.wixsite.com/lisabourneceremonies
James Pearson Hey Lisa. welcome πŸ™‚
Dara Jet Rollins Hi everyone! I’m Dara from DJR Weddings & Events
Dara Jet Rollins https://www.facebook.com/DJR-Weddings-Events-1330299857112535/
Yvonne Beck Hi. Im. Yvonne a Bilingua. l Celebrant based in london and Berlin.Β www.celebrantinlondon.co.uk
James Pearson Terry from Terrific Cakes has joined the action
Tim Podesta Hi Toastmaster Tim Podesta here. https://www.facebook.com/toastmastertimpodesta/
James Pearson Oh hey Tim, great to see you again πŸ™‚
Michelle Taylor bucket list! Wedding on a boat!
James Pearson A pre soundtrack for the soundtrack….
Lisa Bourne pre soundtrack for the soundtrack haha love that
James Pearson Thanks Lisa, we did something similar for Xander’s Naming Day πŸ™‚
James Pearson Did any of you guys organise venue hire for your Weddings?
James Pearson I was going to say, yes, you need a video too πŸ™‚
Yvonne Beck absolutely right Stuart – my wedding 5 years ago was photographed by a friend who was a photographer, but she put so many shadows on us, and my husband’s eyes were closed most of the time. I really didn’t enjoy seeing them!
Dara Jet Rollins I agree, I really wish I’d had a videographer!
James Pearson Oh no! That’s really sad Yvonne
Yvonne Beck I was gutted. We relied so much on our friends and family photos in the end.
Yvonne Beck You can’t relive the day and I wish we had spent more/got someone who wasn’t just used to photographing in music venues!
James Pearson Well at least you had that I suppose… my poor Gramps, who is now 102 only has one photo from around the time. The camera failed on his Wedding Day and they didn’t get a single shot πŸ™
Dara Jet Rollins My wedding was over 3 days and our photographer camped with the rest of our guests, so we got a decent range of images of the whole thing.
Yvonne Beck aw bless – what a great age James!
James Pearson But you have the memories too Yvonne πŸ™‚
James Pearson Dara So you had a “festival” Wedding?
Yvonne Beck haha James i have the memory of a gnat!
Marta Demartini Totally agree with Stuart!
Dara Jet Rollins Yes we did James, it was great fun
Tim Podesta I find bride and bridegrooms don’t realise the benefit of having someone ready as a master of ceremonies for the important moments.Β  A Toastmaster is a professional who can act as Master of Ceremonies.
James Pearson So true Tim, as you know, our toastmaster came with the venue and was a complete surprise…. but he was AMAZING! We love toastmasters!!!
Yvonne Beck Are people wanting drones more nowadays Stuart?
James Pearson I’m going to go on record to say that some of our wedding pix couldn’t have been created without our lighting! So Kerry, that’s one for you! πŸ™‚
James Pearson Drones make fantastic shots, but they also sound like angry wasps πŸ™‚
Tim Podesta Our wedding album had the traditional champagne glass shots.Β  For visual effect we were given glasses with ginger ale –Β  apparently better for the pictures but we missed out on the taste.
James Pearson Love Ginger Ale Tim πŸ™‚
Tim Podesta I can see a drone doing a big group and setting shot – but otherwise a distraction.
Yvonne Beck Thanks Stuart, interesting – I agree with the comments and that they’re good for certain establishing shots but noisy.
James Pearson Yes for the photographer, everyone is just looking up at the sky
James Pearson We’ve been up in a Cherry Picker! πŸ™‚
Yvonne Beck Stuart do you go round the venue beforehand and check out the best places for shots etc?
Stuart James always Yvonne πŸ™‚
Yvonne Beck great thanks!
James Pearson Oh no! The Icing Story!!!!
James Pearson Don’t do this at your Wedding folks!!!
Andrew Morgan This is a reat example as how us all as wedding professionals can help brides and grooms remove as much stress from their day as possible
James Pearson That’s where experience counts Terry!
James Pearson Totally agree Andrew πŸ™‚
Tim Podesta I was MC for a wedding where they had a cake of cheeses.Β  It was stunning but during the day the brie layer started to melt, so we had to advance the cake cutting before it fell over.
Yvonne Beck is that edible – thats awesome!
Marta Demartini Oh lovely Terry!
Dara Jet Rollins that’s amazing Terry!
Terry Hatfield thanks dara
James Pearson What will Brie, will Brie!
Terry Hatfield thanks yvonne
Yvonne Beck I think thats amazing – the “something Blue” ??!!
Andrew Morgan Oh gosh Tim!
Terry Hatfield thanks marta
James Pearson Hey, that’s good Yvonne πŸ™‚
Michelle Taylor sounds awesome
James Pearson Who wouldn’t!!!! The Castle Cake!!! πŸ™‚
James Pearson The great British bake off!
James Pearson We ended up with a cheese board, freakin’ love cheese!!!
James Pearson Oh sorry! Table πŸ™‚
Tim Podesta A cake of cheeses is great in providing the after dinner cheese.
James Pearson Yeah, we’ve seen it where the wedding cake and cheese cakes have equal footing!
Yvonne Beck We had lots of cake at our wedding, as it was English Afternoon Tea themed – so our wedding cake was an actual cheesecake with profiteroles on the top, lol, very, very sweet!
James Pearson Ooooh Yvonne, I’d happily get stuck into that!
Yvonne Beck My husband loves chocolate and caramel so it had that on top too.Β  But we loved it!
Tim Podesta Great tip – keeping samples.Β  We did that for our daughter and still have the small top layer in the freezer for a future special occasion….
James Pearson Somehow, yes, we ALWAYS end up talking about cake πŸ™‚
Andrew Morgan Getting hungry with this conversation!!
James Pearson I still have a piece of my Christening cake in the freezer… I’m not sure what to do with it now πŸ™‚
Dara Jet Rollins I massively overestimated how much cake i needed. I was sending the bar staff away with cake for their whole family
Michelle Taylor we had such a small wedding (15 of us in total) we did everything for less than Β£1500. M&S cake and cheese and wine buffet.. loved it!
Yvonne Beck thats interesting – zero waste is important!
James Pearson Buffet’s, yes, we did that too Michelle, such a money saver and it’s really relaxed πŸ™‚
Yvonne Beck James we can always re baptize you lol
James Pearson I think I need to get “named” next Yvonne!
James Pearson Dara – Can you ever truly have “too much” Wedding Cake?
Yvonne Beck lol
Dara Jet Rollins James – I happily ate it for a week!
Andrew Morgan People’s principal questions are great clues to their personalities and motivations
Tim Podesta I am surprised about the cost being top – but cost is the final question when a bride and bridegroom are happy with the offer.
Yvonne Beck Cost is only one factor, i think couples need to find people who really understand and “get” them.
Marta Demartini I actually had a bride asking me if I can wear a dress at her wedding and no black! (I am a wedding photographer)
James Pearson Yes, price always comes up, but “weducation” is most important! So you can get exactly WHAT you want πŸ™‚
James Pearson That’s interesting Marta!
Yvonne Beck Expectations are so much higher at a wedding, so costs will reflect that.
James Pearson Budget is always tough, but what is the cost of regret?
Yvonne Beck We all have regrets and have learned the hard way
Yvonne Beck What a confession!!
James Pearson Thanks for joining us everyone! Bye for now!

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  • Reply Kerry Ellis March 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    It was great chatting with everyone! Thank you for having me along πŸ™‚

    • Reply James Pearson March 27, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Lovely to have you join us Kerry! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences… we’re looking forward to next time!!!

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