Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wedding Checklist and Commonly asked Questions for Venues in Pigeon Forge

Leslie is always telling me that we don't say enough about everything our brides have at Honeysuckle Hills that they don't have to buy on their own, add on to a wedding package, or haul the great distance they're traveling to be with us.  I guess I take her wedding planning skills for granted sometimes.

First, we get a LOT of questions like, "Do you have dressing rooms?"  This is usually the very first thing our couples only wedding clients will ask when they're planning their elopement to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.  Sounds like a no-brainer, right?  You'd be shocked to learn just how many wedding photographers and wedding planners in our area don't have a place for you to get ready.  We have two separate dressing rooms, each with its own private restroom.

The second question we get asked is, "Do you have a back up plan in case it rains?"  Absolutely!  We have a wedding chapel upstairs that seats up to 70 guests, a pavilion downstairs alongside our creek that will seat up to 30, and a reception area that seats up to 100 guests.

The third question, which is kind of strange to me, is "Will any other weddings be going on while we are on property?"  Holy cow... NO.  Your time is sacred at Honeysuckle Hills and therefore we will do no other weddings, tours, or allow nosy tourists to drop in and say hello.  (Try keeping the tourists out if you reserve a wedding in the National Park!  Sorry... public wedding venues are exactly that... open to the public.)

Number four always gets me, too.  "Can my family use their cameras?"  Absolutely YES!  We are not selfish, and welcome everyone with their cameras.  We have learned how to manage the crowd and work with everyone who wants that special photograph of you.  The only time we don't allow your guests to follow us around is when we are photographing the two of you together.  This prevents us from stepping on your guests as we use our lighting equipment and have our bursts of excitement.   It also gives you a chance to relax and breathe... no bride wants to feel like she's being followed by the paparazzi.  And yes, if you prefer to have an "unplugged" wedding which is increasingly popular, we'll make sure you don't have to take the heat.  Just tell them Leslie and Regina said no.

Question five is a difficult one for us to get our brides to understand the answer to.  "How many wedding pictures will I get?"  Everyone is so accustomed to "snapshot shooters" these days that we unfortunately get grouped in with them.  Just because we have a camera doesn't mean we use it like everyone else does, however.  We have a lighting, artistic design, prop, and production team.  This takes extra time.  Add all the different locations on our farm that require walking to, and some of the images that require extensive prop and lighting set up...  The result is jaw-dropping results that we guarantee NONE of your other friends have right now.  You may not have 3,000 images, but the ones you DO have are gonna rock to the moon and back!

Leslie keeps adding more and more questions to the wedding checklist as I type today, so unfortunately we'll have to continue on next week.   Be sure to follow our blog and especially the Facebook fan page!  You'll get a clear picture why Honeysuckle Hills is the wedding venue of choice for brides all over the U. S.

In the meantime, enjoy what we're best known for... Our wedding photography.  And be sure to check out the links for all the vendors we partner with.  They'll put you first just like we do!  You're at the very TOP of our wedding checklist!