When starting to plan a wedding, many couples quickly learn that the wedding of their dreams will cost more than the what they originally expected to spend. This forces them to make tough decisions on where to cut corners in order to save money. I’ve heard too many sad tales of couples who didn’t hire the photographer they wanted for their day because they underestimated the cost and settled for a cheaper, less-experienced photographer (or let a “friend who is a photographer” shoot their wedding. Shudder!). Don’t let sticker shock stop you from hiring the photographer you want for your big day!
While the average couple should expect to spend 10-15% of their total budget on Wedding Photography, here are five ways that couples can save money without sacrificing quality on what is one of the most important parts of the day.
After your wedding, you only get to keep the dress, the rings, and your photographs. So understanding the investment you are making and the costs associated with Professional Photography should be an important part of your planning. If you put off hiring your Photographer until the end of the planning process, you may find that you’ve exhausted your budget and are forced to cut corners on one of the most important parts of your day. Couples who choose to spend a bit extra on Photography instead of splurging on expensive decor and favors usually feel that they made the right decision. Your Wedding Photographer will be able to help you design the perfect package to fit your needs without requiring that you sacrifice the quality a true professional will offer. She also may be able to give you insider info on the industry, suggest vendors who will offer discounts and let you know the appropriate places to cut corners (do you really need 800 monogrammed napkins?). Remember, you get what you pay for and Photography is no exception. But if you use these helpful tips, you can get have your wedding captured beautifully without breaking your budget.
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