National Gay Wedding Show Manchester

National Gay Wedding Show – Manchester 2015

National Gay Wedding Show 2015

Had a great day at the National Gay Wedding Show in Manchester on January 10th. There were over a hundred and twenty exhibitors and after a slow start the event quickly picked up and numbers felt good from late morning onward.

Here’s the video I made for event organisers UKFE

[Event photography by grrlAlex]

Gay Wedding Show

Your chance to meet and commission LGBT friendly wedding vendors

The show presented a good selection of wedding vendors covering everything you’d need for your wedding. Importantly, all the vendors had chosen to specifically attend a gay wedding show, showing their commitment to supporting marriage equality and providing a good service to same-sex couples. (If you check out my twitter feed you’ll see I have a long history of campaigning for LGBT equality issues).

gay photographer grrlAlex

National Gay Wedding Show: Manchester 2015 highlights

Here’s my facebook album from the event:

Gay Wedding Shows: A good way to find LGBT friendly vendors:

This link will take you to the exhibitor list for the National Gay Wedding Show 2015

When choosing a supplier for your big day it’s important to feel a good rapport with them. This is especially so when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer. I’m surprised at how many people book a wedding photographer on the strength of images on a website and won’t have met the actual person until the big day. To me, that would feel like a big risk to take, not least because you might not actually like them. And, more worryingly, Offbeat bride website reports some photographers are stealing images to put on their websites, in a trend they call fraudography. Every professional photographer will have developed a ‘style’ that will distinguish their work, the images on their website should carry that clear style, and it’s worth asking to see other work they have done to be really confident that the person you commission really can deliver the quality you are expecting.

I certainly prefer to meet couples in advance of the big day, either in person or via skype. For me, it’s nice to get to know you a little, and it gives us a chance to properly discuss the arrangements. Many couples like to have a pre-wedding shoot which is a great chance to get confident with the photographer and to have some beautiful images to use for the invites and on the day.

Given that you’ll be comparing photographers while at the show, here’s a few pointers to look out for:

Did you like them?
Do you like their work?
Are they available?
Does their price-point match your budget?

*Read more on my “how to choose a wedding photographer” page*

Wedding Photography Cost – how much should you pay?

Gay Wedding Photography - quality is worth extra

There’s an old addage – buy cheap, get cheap. And this is very true of wedding photography. Good quality wedding photography should typically cost £200-£300 per hour, and whilst there are people out there doing shoot-and-burn for peanuts, you simply won’t get good quality images. In my article “Wedding Photography Prices” I explain some of the factors that make up a wedding photography package price.

A good rule of thumb, is to budget 10-15% of the total cost for the wedding photography

National Gay Wedding Show: Special Offer

I don’t often do wedding fairs but I’ve made an exception for the National Gay Wedding Show and was offering show-deals on wedding photography packages. For those of you that came to see me on the day or who took one of the flyers the special offers will still hold so contact me here and I’ll be happy to quote for your wedding photography.