Not everything has to change with the times – take for example traditional weddings. These beautiful wedding celebrations honor past generations, preserving wedding traditions that have been around for centuries. Many couples use the wedding as a way to reinterpret old customs to the point where they evolve and change from their original intentions. This works well for some, but others prefer a wedding to similar to how it was for past generations.
Our San Diego wedding photography team is certainly experienced with capturing age-old wedding customs. So if you are planning a traditional wedding, let us know! We will have creative ideas and recommendations to bring your wedding to life.
Reasons For Traditional Weddings
There could be any number of reasons why a couple may prefer a traditional wedding. For example, it could be to honor a religious practice, which dictates the wedding be held a specific way. Or, the couple may have always dreamed of a classic storybook wedding, and now they want to see it come to life. Or, the couple may be traditional and conservative in their own life, and want a simple and unfussy ceremony. Whatever the reason, we have a photography solution to match.
Elements of A Traditional Wedding
The specific components of traditional weddings depend on the customs and culture of the wedding couple. Often, the bride wears a long floor-length gown and a veil, sometimes with sleeves for modesty. At the ceremony, there is a religious figure such as a minister or a Rabbi leading the proceedings. The wedding couple may drink from a special cup or chalice to signify the union of marriage. And typically, each member of the couple recites a vow to the other, as a pledge of everlasting love. These are just a few of the elements you may find at a traditional wedding, though there are many more.
Specifics Of Your Wedding
We have been wedding photographers for quite some time. We know that no two weddings are exactly alike! When we talk for the first time, we will want to learn all about you. For example: what are you like as a couple? What traditions would each of you like to see at your wedding? This will help us make recommendations about the kinds of photography services you will need most.
If you don't want to see each other before the wedding ceremony, for example, then we will plan our photography around your preferences. If men and women sit separately during the wedding reception, then we will make plans for a second photographer, so you have full coverage. Please don’t be shy or embarrassed about sharing your expectations for your traditional wedding. We want to understand everything in advance so we can be as accommodating as possible.
Traditional Wedding Photography Budget
The budget for a traditional wedding can be all over the spectrum. For example, some customs dictate that the entire community be invited to the wedding party! With a large group like this, you will want to have multiple photographers to capture the entirety of your wedding activity. Other traditional weddings are smaller and more modest, a couple of hours at most. So it is the details of your specific event that will help to dictate the budget for photography. This is why it is beneficial to talk early on in the process, so we can create an option that works well within budget.
With traditional weddings, the parents often play a role in helping with the financial aspect. This is one thing to consider as we are building out your traditional wedding photography package. If the parents are contributing funds, for example, you may be able to increase the number of services you can afford within your budget. Popular add on services include wedding videography, an engagement session, or a wedding album, to name a few.
If you have one or more sets of parents contributing to the wedding photography budget, let us know. This way, we can set up the billing in a way that works best for the whole family. In case we have billing questions, we will know exactly who to talk with.
Traditional Wedding Venues
There are many venues around town that cater to traditional weddings. These tend to be hotels around town that have been around for a long time. These types of venues produce a lot of weddings each year. So the chances that they have been involved with a traditional wedding similar to yours are very high.
Most of these venues have an in-house team that will help with the specifics of your traditional wedding. But if not, or if you want more assurance that your wedding will be to your specifications, be sure to hire a wedding coordinator or planner. This way, your wedding will be exactly as you envisioned it.