ARTS AND FEATURES — 11 February 2014

Picture: Mary Hennessy

‘All you need is love’ sang The Beatles in the 60s – but, as we know good ole hard cash is what is essential for the all important –‘ONCE (hopefully) IN-A-LIFETIME’ event such as your wedding day! In days gone by it was far less pomp and ceremony than is expected today. A lot of parents have their input organizing the wedding if they are putting up the cash but often couple are having to pay for it themselves as they want to do it their way and their parents can’t no longer afford to fund their children’s wedding with dodgy pensions and they are still working themselves after being hit by tough times. So, regardless of the triple-by-pass credit crunch, brides and grooms and their parents want the best, at a bottom dollar price.

Picture: Mary Hennessy

Ok! So now you’re engaged and looking for your venue, the rings, the church – all to be booked and then comes the traditional requirement such as the all-important dress, menswear, cake, invitations, flowers and finally the recording of the big event, so you’ll be able to look back in years to come – something to warm the cockles of your hearts when you’re showing the kids and grandkids in years to come. Nowadays, the wedding industry has to offer bigger and better deals than ever to get your business – even M & S are competing with high street florists and cake makers. It’s about the consumer and getting what you want on the day – to be fair people will always look for a bargain and highly experienced photographers, cake makers, florists with a personal touch all come at a price .It comes down to what’s important to you in the end as this is one day that you want to be as perfect as can be. However, Some things can’t be haggled such as the registrar and often the bride and grooms attire chosen for the day.

Picture: Mary Hennessy

Photography and Videos of weddings are losing customers simply through the digital age whereby everyone in the family has at least someone they know that knows their f-stop from a bus-stop- but leaving this kind of skill to family or friends has it’s downside. A couple came to me recently and wanted some wedding portraits done after their big day, as they had left photographing and videoing to a friend – however the friend was a guest and busy having a good time therefore didn’t photograph or video much at all and certainly not a professional standard. So whether you have to compromise in some areas of your wedding to get what you really want  – or work ’eight days a week’ (also by The Beetles) – we at the Irish World wish you a Happy Ever After….

 

Picture: Mary Hennessy

For more information on Mary Hennessy Photography, go to: www.maryhennessy.co.uk   or call 0208 386 5723

Picture: Mary Hennessy

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