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Welcome to Weddings By Ardenian, we are a full service wedding floral & decor company.

We also have a second family business called Nordello
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. OUR BEST TIPS & TRICKS FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Where to Find the Best Wedding Photographers

Choosing the right wedding photographer in Toronto can seem like a big task especially for young couples who haven’t been to a lot of weddings in the past, however, if you follow the tips we discuss in this article, you will know exactly how to find the best wedding photographers in Toronto and know the right questions to ask them during your consultation.

 

So, let’s get started.

 

The best place to find a wedding photographer in Toronto is going to be on Google or referrals from your friends and family members. Simply search for the keyword “wedding photographers Toronto” or your preferred city and you will end up with a page full of the best photographers in the city. One of the most important ways to separate photographers on the first page of Google is to see reviews, typically photographers that have been in the industry for a long time will have anywhere between 50-100 Google reviews, don’t be surprised if you don’t see thousands of reviews, couples simply don’t have the time to leave reviews.

 

Happy clients are usually busy, while upset customers will almost always leave bad reviews. The next thing you want to keep an eye on is bad reviews and their legitimacy. If you see that your Toronto wedding photographer has 50 Google reviews in total and 2 negative reviews, chances are they are a safe bet to hire for your wedding. However, you want to take the time to actually read the review and see if it’s legitimate. Sometimes local competitors can leave bad reviews and it’s almost impossible to have them removed. Check to see the wording of the review, if there is a detailed explanation of how the photographer did not show up to the event, or simply delivered bad photos, the next best thing you can do is to see if the owners of that photography studio responded back to the review.

 

Toronto photographers that truly care about their business will almost always respond to their public reviews, especially the negative ones. See if you can read their side of the story to see what happened. If they haven’t responded, chances are they don’t know about it and it might be a good idea to bring this up during your consultation to hear their side of the story. On the flip side, if you come across a wedding photography studio in Toronto that has 10-20 bad reviews, you may want to choose another photographer altogether, again you want to check and see if these bad reviews sound legitimate.

 

How to Interview A Wedding Photographer?

If you are spending thousands of dollars on your Toronto wedding photographer, you should at least have 1 consultation with them. The purpose of the consultation is to come up with a solid style of wedding photography that will work best with your chosen style of wedding decorations and the interior design of your wedding venue. Some styles of photography will be a better fit for your specific venue and décor while other styles may not work best with your space

 

Choose A Wedding Photographer You Get Along With

On the day of your wedding, your wedding photographer is someone that’s going to be with you from morning to the end of your wedding, you want to choose a wedding photographer that you get along with and you feel very comfortable with them. Both couples should feel at ease with their chosen wedding photographer since they will be taking photos of you the entire day. You want to look happy and cheerful in your wedding photos. Just because their website showed up first on Google it does not mean they are necessarily perfect. Some people just naturally get along with certain people better.

Having a wedding photographer with you the whole day that you feel comfortable with will help minimize your stress levels on the day of your wedding and keep you smiling ear to ear in your wedding photos.

 

Pay attention to how to photographer communicates with you during the early stages of your wedding planning phase, you want to keep an eye and make sure they don’t have hidden signs of a bad attitude, and you definitely want someone that works with your ideas and wants to make sure you are happy with your photos. Make an effort to leverage their knowledge and experience and let them lead and suggest things when it is appropriate, however, if you feel like all of your ideas and thoughts are being turned down or ignored, you may want to reconsider hiring that specific wedding photographer. The chances of you coming across a “bad wedding photographer” are very very low. Most wedding photographers naturally have a passion for what they do and they want to be in a position where they can do their best work and keep clients happy. If on the day of your wedding you find something that bothers you, make sure you have a conversation with your wedding photographer. The majority of them will be more than happy to accommodate.

 

 

Tips to Make Your Photos Look Amazing

Choosing your wedding flowers, décor and your venue can actually play an important role in making your wedding photos turn out stunning, so it’s important to be strategic on how you choose your venue and your décor. There are so many venues to choose from with all kinds of price ranges. You can choose local Manor venues, banquet hall, hotel venues, outdoor tents, wineries, distillery districts, art galleries and the list goes on. While you have hundreds of banquet halls to choose from, some of them have more eye-catching interior design and ceremony grounds that will help serve as a great backdrop for your wedding photos. For example, if you want a fairy tale grand-looking wedding, Casa Loma, Graydon Hall and Sunnybrook estates might be the best fit for your wedding. If you have a large guest size and you need to have a banquet hall, you have tons of options to choose from, however, some banquet halls in Toronto are brand new, while some of them have done some brand-new renovations. Banquet halls, for example, can include Arlington Estate or Liberty Grand. If you have a lot of guests coming from out of town, you may want to go to a hotel wedding. Some of the best hotels that look amazing in wedding photos are King Edward Hotel, Omni King, Four Seasons and Shangri La Hotel.

 

Home Based Wedding Photographers or Studio Based

The majority of wedding photographers in the city are family-owned businesses or small companies with very few staff that take on a limited amount of weddings per year. You will come across wedding photographers in Toronto that has fancy offices in downtown Toronto while some wedding photographers work from home and meet clients at coffee shops or home offices. Both options are equally good, provided that the wedding photographer in both scenarios have good portfolios and good reviews. There is no major skill difference between a wedding photographer working from home vs a wedding photographer that has actual office space.

 

However, if you’ll find that there will be a slight price difference between these two options for logical reasons. Wedding photography is not one of those businesses that require retail spaces since this is a mobile service. Having a retail space can cost a photographer anywhere between 3k-5k per month, plus their equipment costs and additional photographer costs, payroll and taxes, advertising and marketing costs as well.  For that reason, you’ll find that there will be a slight contrast in pricing between both photographers most of the time. If you happen to like the portfolio of a certain photographer then by all means go and hire them.

 

Remembering Loved Ones at Your Wedding

No matter how great weddings are, unfortunately, some of us aren’t lucky enough to have all of our family members present on the day of our weddings. However, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have them a part of our wedding day. We can still find ways to creatively honour their memories during our most special day. Here a few ideas on ways you can remember loved ones at your wedding.