This week I’ve been staying in Belfast with Dina and we’ve been working on our wedding plans – focussing on getting the Florist & the Photogapher sorted out. As you’ll have read previously, we’ve sorted the venue and the videographer out, so these next two will mean we’ve got quite a bit of the big stuff finalised.
On Wednesday evening, we headed down to Dungannon to visit a photographer recommended to us by a colleague of Dina’s. He was very forthright in his views about what he likes & what he does not like… which was quite interesting. His offering seemed pretty generous given some of the prices we’ve seen in the recent past too which works in his favour.
I guess the main impression we took away was that whilst he was professional and to the point, his bluntness will probably work to our favour on the day… he’s got to get the right people in the right place for the photos (with the help of the Ushers) so a bit of an authoritarian streak won’t hurt.
Yesterday evening we visited two Florists – one in Belfast city centre & the Florist who did my brother’s wedding in 2009. It was really quite good fun to be honest… probably helped by the fact that Dina had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted… so we were able to push through at a decent pace. We went through all the options that the Florist had & ‘yea’ed’ or ‘nay’ed’ them pretty quickly. We had an added bonus of Dina having discovered this Florist at a Wedding Fair in Belfast, so we got a 20% discount on the price at the end!
Following this we jumped in the car & headed straight to Dromore, Co. Down, to meet the second Florist. Armed with the experience in Belfast we were able to walk through pretty much the same details in about half the time. The second Florist was much cheaper on the end price, but obviously there was no discount, however the feel of the two was quite different…
The first Florist was a young lady, with contemporary ideas, but because she was working from a shop in the city centre it had a touch of ‘this is what we do’, whereas the second lady came across much more along the lines of ‘I’ll try to make this work’. That’s a really important thing for me, and it was one of the reasons why we went for our wedding venue in the first place!
Tonight we’ve seen a second Photographer near Maghaberry in Co. Antrim. This guy was recommended by an university friend of mine. He hasn’t been in the business as long as the other photographer we saw, but he did offer Lindt chocolates… The difference in offering was quite marked… in terms of what you end up with in your hand at the end of the process, as well as how long it takes to get the finished work in to your hands.
So we’ve seen some options, it’s now time to make the decisions… and pay the deposits… but it’s still all good fun!