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A Wedding Photographer with an Ethical Pricing Policy (PLUS A 10% Discount for All Readers!)

It’s not that often that we’re able to give some love to our Canadian readers (or those of you having a destination wedding in Canada!) but today is that day. And I’m pretty darn thrilled to introduce you to Toronto wedding photographer, ByCalin, because not only is he passionate about wedding photography, he’s vehement about pricing his services ethically and passing any savings he makes in his business onto her clients!

All his prices and options are listed clearly on his website so there will be no tiresome back and forth trying to figure out how much your requirements for your wedding photography is going to cost.

Other important things to know about ByCalin’s ethical pricing policy are:

That there are no hidden fees. If your wedding is taking place in the greater Toronto area, the the prices quoted are the price you’ll pay. Period. He’s not going to swoop in and tell you you need to pay extra for travel, editing, or tax at the last minute. If you are having a destination wedding, or you’d like to fly him out to your location to shoot you, he’ll discuss all the associated costs upfront, before you have to make any decisions.

His pricing has been put together through extensive market research. ByCalin‘s packages cost from $2999 (CA) or you can hire him for $460 (CA) an hour if you’re having a short day, or you want less coverage. It’s important to Calin that his photography is ethically priced, and he’s worked really hard to keep his costs low (such as working from home to save studio costs, automating any non-creative part of his processes and focusing on quality, not quantity) so that he can pass those savings onto her clients.

There’s an automatic discount already included in all packages. He says, “One of the most common questions we are asked if we can provide a discount. The simple answer is no. As we are obsessed with cutting costs, our collections already include a discount and you will receive it even if you don’t ask for it! We do not aim to be the cheapest studio in the greater Toronto area but rather provide the best value to our clients.”

However he does have a referral program meaning you could get some money back! “We acknowledge the fact that every couple has a budget”, he explains, “and so we offer a referral program that allows you to receive a discounted rate should you refer us to a friend or family member for their wedding! If you refer someone else, and they book, we’ll reimburse 10% from the fee you’ve paid us. in the past we’ve had some clients pass us on to four friends meaning they got a massive 40% of the fee they paid back!”

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Enter a Magical Shoe Heaven Wonderland: Irregular Choice on Carnaby Street

“There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there
With shoes in their millions all under one roof…”

Seriously, Irregular Choice should totally steal the Toys ‘R Us theme tune because never has anything more accurate been written about how I felt walking into their flagship store. Last week I was invited by their head office to go visit the Carnaby Street shop and pick out some pretties to take home with me! Well, they didn’t have to ask me twice.

Lusting after Irregular Choice creations has become a bit of a rite of passage for Rock n Roll brides. If there was one brand that completely epitomises what our readers (and their weddings) are all about it would be Irregular Choice. With their huge and ever-expanding range of wacky, outlandish and often slightly ridiculous footwear, it’s no surprise that I see pictures of our readers wearing their shoes on a daily basis!

Swooning over the shoes on their website is one thing, but if you have your heart set on wearing a pair of Irregular Choice’s for your wedding then you HAVE to go visit one of their stores. The Carnaby Street branch has a friggin’ unicorn carousel horse in the middle of it for goodness sake.

But that’s not where the #homedecorgoals ends. Hanging from the ceiling are rows of faux flowers and foliage and if you look closely you’ll spot candy coloured teddy bears hidden between the leaves. The stairs incorporate a light up projection and more foliage with two miniature carousel horses embedded. The floor is covered in a psychedelic pattern and one wall is covered in baby pink glitter (perfect for using as a backdrop to take shoe photos!) while the other is bedazzled with mirror tiles, resembling a disco ball.

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Save Money + The Environment: Digital Invitations & Wedding Websites from Paperless Wedding

The guest list/ invitation/ RSVP process is arguably one of the most stress-inducing parts of planning a wedding. Whether its the costs involved, the general logistics or the fact that people seem incapable of RSVPing on time… its enough to turn the coolest cucumber of a bride into a raging monster.

But there is another option: Paperless Wedding.

This small, family run business based in the UK offers beautifully designed digital invitations which will not only cut out all the stress and costs associated with going down the paper route, is more environmentally friendly AND enables you to track your RSVPs online. In fact the process is so easy I’m a little bit bummed it wasn’t around when I got married ten years ago!

All their design themes are fully customisable meaning your digital invitations can be as unique as your wedding will be. Even if you’re not the most technically savvy person, their system is quick and easy to use. Choose your theme, pick a font, change the colours and layout, upload a photo and you’re good to go! You can even have multiple events and invitations at the same time meaning you can send different invites to your day and evening guests if needed.

After you’ve designed your digital invitations, simply upload your guest list with their emails then hit send and it will automatically email everyone! Then just wait for those those RSVPs roll in. All it takes is one click from the receiver on their phone, tablet or computer and they’ve confirmed their attendance. There’s literally no excuses for people to not RSVP promptly with this system! If someone is really not that technical (maybe your Nan or an older relative) they do offer the option for them to send you a paper reply and then you can manually go in and update their response online for them. 

Once all your RSVPs are in (early I hope!) you can then simply download the guest numbers, dietary requirements etc to share with the relevant suppliers.

But that’s not all! Their software can act as your ‘wedsite’ too. You can link your gift list, guest book and all the wedding information all in one place. If you want to be super fancy you can even create your own page from scratch including pictures, galleries, maps and videos.

The cost of Paperless Weddings is £119 which even includes a free Save the Date invite for you to test the system out. Considering the average cost of paper invites and postage in the UK is around £500 (cost of the invites themselves + postage) this could save you a ton of money and aggravation! If you’ve already gone down the paper invite route but want to use their website only package, it is a great way to share information with your guests and costs £79.

WIN A WEDDING WEBSITE & UNLIMITED DIGITAL INVITES!

To celebrate the launch of Paperless Wedding, we are giving away a full digital package (worth £119) to one lucky couple! This prize includes a wedding website with unlimited digital invites which you can design yourself.

To enter, simply follow @paperlesswed on Instagram and leave a comment on any of their photos with the hashtag #RnRollinvite in it. EASY!

You have a week to enter and the winner will be randomly selected and contacted via Instagram DM by @paperlesswed after this date.

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Five Regrets You’ll Have If You Don’t Have a Gift List

If you’re one of the growing number of couples that opt not to have a wedding gift list, did you know you’ll actually be missing out on more than just the ‘stuff’? I suspect most people that don’t have them either think they already have everything they need or they don’t want to appear ‘rude’. Now I don’t like to be a Negative Nancy, or the voice of impending doom, but I do think that if you forgo a gift list you will regret it. Here’s why:

You’ll be answering the same questions over and over

Even if you don’t really want anything, you’ll find that most people do still want to get you something as they feel it’s the right thing to do. And unless they’re given instructions as to the protocol at your wedding, they’ll be left confused (we’re simple creatures aren’t we?)

You’ll likely be answering the same questions over and over as soon as people start receiving their invitations: “What’s the deal with gifts?”, Oh, we don’t need anything, just bring yourselves”, “What, not even a card…?”, “I mean that would be lovely, but you really don’t have to…” etc etc.

Honestly, its exhausting.

Make sure you add some kind of simple instructions to your invitations about gifts.

You’ll miss out on getting some really fun things!

Gift lists have changed A LOT in the past few years, with companies like Prezola leading the way. In fact they’re more like a super cool interiors company than a traditional gift list. This is your opportunity to have some brilliant things bought for you that you’ll treasure for years to come. Your gift list doesn’t all have all to be boring toasters and ironing boards, there are lots of amazing things you could add such as artwork, furniture, lighting, vinyl, even personalised bottles of gin!

You’ll end up with lots of duplicates or things you don’t need

I don’t know about you but I agonise what to get people for birthdays and Christmas. If people had gift lists for those occasions it would make my life much less stressful! Your guests will want to get you something that you actually like and a gift list is the perfect way to make sure everyone’s happy.

We all have that person in our lives who we love dearly but is terrible at buying gifts. With wedding gifts its even worse if they get it wrong because you can’t very well just secretly toss that thing you hate in the trash right away! A wedding gift will likely have been expensive, or a real labour of love for whoever gave it to you.

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Find The Perfect Wedding Band Without Ever Leaving Your Sofa

Picking a wedding band that you know you’re going to love can be tricky. While all the experts recommend you do as much research as possible and try to go see your potential band play before you book them, we all know that’s not always practical for a busy bride and/ or groom-to-be!

Which is why I love websites like Bands For Hire, who not only list hundreds of bands and performers, but have their rates, the regions they cover and style very clearly listed as well as MP3s and videos of performances all in one place. So instead of having to find the time to go gigs of bands that might not even be what you’re looking for, you can find out all you need to know from the comfort of your sofa.

To get you started, here are some of my favourites!

If you like: The Jackson 5
Then you should book: The Oliver Soul Band

If you like: Elvis Presley
Then you should bookThe Flip Top Floozies

If you like: The Police
Then you should book: Life in Stereo

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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Playlist

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding go off more than anything else, its the right music. Hiring a killer band or fantastic DJ is a great idea, but if the entertainment budget is tight then a DIY playlist is the definitely the way to go! I’m sure many of you reading this are already planning to do that in fact which is why I’m thrilled to introduce you to My Wedding Songs today. Their aim is to make the job of compiling your perfect wedding playlist much easier – and it’s totally free to use!

Putting together your own wedding playlist can be a mammoth task, for an evening reception you’re probably going to need upward of 100 songs to keep the party going, but My Wedding Songs will make the process so much easier and quicker with their huge library of playlists.

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