Post # 1
I seriously feel so sad about this. He was out favorite vendor and not only is he a great person but he is an amazing photographer. But he is just sooo expensive and we weren’t able to save as much money as we thought we would.
A couple of days ago, I had to let him know the bad news and he was completely understanding and hoped that our luck would change and we would still be able to use him.
Now we only have a videographer and no photographer. We can only afford the videographer because we paid most of it off already and we can’t get our money back. We are going to have a family member take pictures but it is just not the same. I really wanted our photographer to be there, and I feel like I’m going to cry.
What do I do?
Post # 3
Okay – everyone is going to hop on here and tell you you HAVE to find money for a photographer. I sort of agree, but obviously that is not an option. I’m going to assume you exhausted all your options for finding money.
Can you find a student at a local college or art school who would do it as a portfolio builder for maybe a few hundred dollars?
Post # 4
I agree with trying to find a photography student or look on Craigslist 🙁 I’m sorry you had to let him go!
Post # 5
Even though May is a prime month, based on your profile your wedding is on a Sunday. I would check with the photographer and ask if he has an hourly rate where you could at least hire him for the ceremony and portraits. A couple hours with a fantastic photographer is much better than all day coverage from a crappy photographer.
Post # 6
I’m guessing your photographer will not be able to rebook that date so he may be happy with whatever business you can send his way!:)
Post # 7
@mylittleviolett: How much did you have left to pay your photographer? Can you get rid of everything extra (albums, prints, etc) & order those later? Or lower the amount of time he’s there to lower the cost? Or ask for a payment plan from him?
Post # 8
Try Craigslist. we got a student to do our engament shoot and she did beautiful work And it was a good price. Good luck!
Post # 9
@NAvery: Yeah, I agree … I have to find the money to have a photographer. But right now, it isn’t looking like an option.
Everyone gave such great advice, and if we even had a couple hundred extra dollars we could follow through with one of those ideas but we don’t ….
Post # 10
Find a student or person who needs to practice. check their portfolio and previous work. Hopefully you can barter something or they just need experience and will be wiling to do it. This sucks! But I still think you can make it work.
Post # 11
@mylittleviolett: You have 2 months – you can find a couple hundred dollars. The bartering suggestion is a great one too! What skills do you and your FI or a family member have that you could barter? Lawn care, sewing, cleaning, any professional skills? I bartered creating websites with a few vendors.
And you CAN find a few hundred bucks. Here are some ideas:
– Check into donating plasma in your area.
– Sell some stuff on Craigslist. Almost everyone has something sitting around they aren’t using.
– Check and see if there are any focus groups in your area. They pay cash and it can easily be over $100 and you can do a few of them.
– If you have a talent or skill, ask friends and family if they need any of that done.
– Any old college textbooks? I was shocked at how much FI was able to sell some of his on HAlf.com for, even though they were several years old.
– Have you already done your taxes? I’m guessing that is already taken into account (and you don’t always get a refund anyway).
– Is there an expense you can cut? Cancel cable for the next two months if you aren’t on a contract? Try and eat out of your pantry instead of buying new groceries?
Post # 12
@mylittleviolett: First of all, I totally agree with all of the above suggestions for finding extra cash!
That being said, it sounds like you will really regret the decision not to have a pro photographer, so I would encourage you to try your hardest to find one who will work with you! I would NOT trust someone off craiglist who is offering to do it for $200. You can find some decent cheap photographers on there but not quite that cheap I fear.
Based on when your wedding is (a Sunday only three months away) I think you may be able to find a photographer that is willing to shoot your date for free, and then hold onto the photos until you can pay for them. A lot will not do this, but I think you can certainly find a decent, cheap pro that would. I might do it, with the understanding (signed contract) that you get no photos until full payment is received. You can’t move your wedding date, but you can wait a bit longer than most for your photos after the wedding while you recover from the expenses and save up money again. Of course, there’s always the chance for the photographer that you choose never to buy the photos and they wasted a day’s work, but for someone’s wedding photos, I’d be willing to bet they would not let them go without getting them. Especially if you wait long enough to book them that they are reasonably sure they will get nothing else on your date.
Post # 13
Establish a photography registry fund? Payment plans with the photographer? The whole student/craigslist/family member advice is usually a disaster if you have expectations of professional results.
Post # 14
Oh, no! That’s tough!
How professional do you need your wedding pictures to be? Could they be taken by an amateur? If you have a family friend who’s interested in photography, he or she might be willing to take after-ceremony pictures as a wedding gift to you. You could offer that person a gift yourself (either financial or not), the cost to you would be much lower, and the pictures would be even more special to you because they were created and given with love.
At the reception, could you place disposable cameras on the tables?
HTH, and good luck!!!
Post # 15
Is there a bridal shower that still needs to happen? Maybe your mom or bridesmaids could let people know you’re saving up money for the photographer, so you could get some money there.
Other things I’ve done when I needed money fast:
- Call your car insurance company. See if there’s anything you can do to get a lower rate
- Cut cable, downgrade internet package
- Downgrade cellphone package
- Cancel Netfix and any other internet subscriptions
- Trade in unworn clothing at Buffalo Exchange / Plato’s Closet
- Sell a piece of furniture or any other household items on Craigslist
- Completely cut eating out (including coffee and bars)
- Cut back on eating meat, only buy groceries when the pantry is empty
The biggest money-maker for us was having my sister move in to our 2-bedroom apartment with us. She was having trouble affording a place on her own, and we needed to save money for the wedding, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
I know it sounds depressing and like a lot of work, but just doing a few of these things could help you save up a few hundred dollars easily. I really think it’ll be worth it to have at least a student photographer there on your wedding day.
Post # 16
Thanks ladies for the advice. Right now, we plan on selling a bunch of gold jewelery that I have and I hope I can get a good chunk of money from that. We are also going to sell our wedding bands and purchase less expensive ones. My wedding band alone was $2000, I can hopefully sell it for a little over $1000. My FI’s was about $1000, maybe we can get it for about $500.
At the time when we bought our rings, we both had our jobs and we were able to save money. But we both lost our jobs, and haven’t been able to find new ones. We haven’t spent any money on ourselves in the past couple months except for expenses for the wedding.
I also want to try to sell clothing that I don’t wear and anything else I can think of. I really want to have this photographer there!