Allie Claire Creative

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Based in Melbourne - available worldwide  View Map
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7 Days by appointment

Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Allie Claire Creative offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Is it normal to pay photographers in full before the actual wedding day?

Just wondering if it is standard practice to pay vendors in full for services such as photography prior to the actual wedding day?

Allie Claire Creative


Yes, most wedding vendors (including wedding photographers) charge in full prior to the wedding day.

This ensures that you get the best and most expedient service both on the day and when your beautiful images are delivered.

Just think - its one less thing you have to worry about after the wedding!

Hope this helps

Allie x

How long do I actually need a photographer for?

I've had a couple of quotes (varying from $1,500-$4,500). What's the overall difference between a 2k, 3k and 4k package? First-time bride here. Any help is appreciated!

Allie Claire Creative

Every Couple and wedding is different!

Here are a few things to ask yourself while decideding what kind of coverage will suit you best:

  • Do I want to have photos of each partner prior to the ceremony? It's a great opportunity to get some of the more formal portraits of the day ticked off your to do list. However, depending on where you are both getting ready - this can add up to 3-4 hours to your coverage.
  • Do I want the whole day documented? Do I want awesome night shots, dance floor moves captured and speaches documented? - If the answer is yes, your coverage will have to include a few hours into the reception. In my packages - I include 3 hours as a standard... This means that the formalities like speaches, cake cutting, first dance and a bit of dance floor action is captured.
  • Do I want the photographer to stay untill we leave at the end of the reception? If you are planning something special on your farewell it could be worth capturing - but keep in mind, that is at least 2 hours down time that you will have to pay for - so it is worth considering whether it is really necessary.
  • Ask the photographer you choose for their advice!  After chatting with you about your special day, and what you are envisaging - they will be able to guide you on what will work best for your budget and memories...

Hope this helps,

Allie x

How much notice do you need for overtime requests?

Allie Claire Creative


I'm super flexible with the timeline of your special day, I only ever take one booking - so it is as easy as asking the question at some point throughout the day.

If it is a significant amount of time - I will simply send you an invoice afterwards.

Thanks x

What questions should you ask when searching for the right photographer?

Also legal to make sure you are covered, documents to watch for or enquire regarding booking what should the photographer give you to seal the deal.

Allie Claire Creative

Hey Rebecca,

Your wedding day is super fun, emotional and sometimes stressful day - you want to surround yourself with people you like, who will be supportive and fun to be around!

I would choose a couple of photographers who's work really resonates with me, if you love their work you are half way there. Make time to meet or chat on the phone with them, make sure you click... they end up spending a LOT of the day with you - you want it to be as relaxing and fun as possible.

Good luck! I'm sure you will choose someone fantastic.

Best regards,

Allie x

How do I stop guests from posting photos on social media before I do?

Allie Claire Creative

Great question!

The fact that you have taken the time to think about it before the day, shows that it's important to you.

I would recomend you discuss this with your celebrant - they have a captive audience prior to your arival and can run through your wishes before people get snap happy!

If you have your celebrant take care of it for you:

  • The message is clear at the beginning of the day (prior to your guests having an alcholic beverage or 10)
  • You don't have to be the bad guy announcing the rules

Have you considered having an unplugged ceremony?

Happy planning!

Allie x

Should our bridal party be an even number?

Is it better to have even numbers for our photographs?

Allie Claire Creative

Hey there!

Your wedding party should be chosen on their merrit and love for the two of you... Don't stress about the numbers being odd or even! 

Your photos will be way nicer if the people you choose are 100% invested in the experience and are focused on making your special day as fun as possible.

Gone are the days where stuffy formal photos are a thing anyway... Don't get me wrong - you want a beautiful representation of your day and bridal party, but that doesn't rely on things being perfectly in line and symmetrical... We have plenty of tricks up our sleaves to make it look good!

Hope this helps,

Allie x

Should we have a "first look"?

Allie Claire Creative

Ooooh tricky question!

Firstly - if your a traditionalist - it probably just isn't for you...

There are some awesome benefits:

  • You will have so much more time to spend with friends and fam after the ceremony as you can get all the bridal party shots out of the way.
  • If you are a nervous or anxious person - chances are your partner is the person who centres you. Your wedding day is the most epic, emotional, stressful, busy day - chosing a first look means that you will have a chance to see your Lover and get yourself grounded and relaxed prior to the ceremony.
  • As it is prior to the ceremony you can choose a completely different location to the ceremony... This is worth mentioning as lots of couples still feel pressure from family to get married at a particular place. Your wedding should reflect you, but sometimes it is impossible to keep everyone happy. This might be a good compromise.
  • All of my couples who have chosen do have a first look have said it was an awesome experience - that it was so much for powerful and intimate than the traditional at the end of the isle in front of everyone experience.
  • If you are getting married in Winter - it is a great way of getting the photos you want without running out of light!

Here are a couple of the negatives:

  • It can make your day a bit longer - and your wedding day is a long one anyway!
  • Some people worry that it will take away from the emotion at the ceremony - While that hasn't been my experience, it is definately something to think about.
  • First looks are generally held in the middle of the day - where the light is harsh. This is your photographers problem - you don't have to worry about that!

Hope this helps!

Allie x

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