(Closed) How important is budget when it comes to photography?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Is there not any way to move some money around within your budget? <– My mother taught me this trade and it’s been quite handy in situations like this. lol

Like maybe you can spend less on the catering?.. or DJ?… venue? Dress?… Decor?.. Flowers?…. or maybe move a little bit of money from each place?

I think that if I really found a photographer that I just LOVED.. I would be skimping from other places that could take it. lol

And if she’s quite a bit better than some of the other local photog that could be why her prices are higher…. atleast I would think so.

Post # 4
Member
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Trust your gut.   I went over budget and was so thrilled with our engagement pictures, I knew I made the right choice.

Post # 6
Member
1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@JuneBride2012: I’m sure others will agree that photography is the lasting memory you will have from your big day. In a lot of ways, the photos will become how you remember your wedding day. Photography is the largest chunk of our budget after reception/catering. Maybe you could do e-pics with the more expensive one to decide if it’s worth it. Good luck with your decision ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
Member
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Photos are one thing I think it’s ok to go over budget for. My friend got married a few months before me and ended up going for budget photography. She ended up hating her pictures and her album. It made me really sad for her, it’s a huge day and she should have beautiful pictures to remember it by!

We got lucky, our favorite photographer was actually cheaper then most in our area.

Post # 9
Member
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Go with the one with the amazing pictures!! You don’t want to have regrets later! We spent a good chunk of our wedding budget on our photographer and I can’t wait to get our pictures back!!

Post # 10
Member
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’ve definitely looked at every photog’s portfolio and this is the one, I’d go for it, but see if you could go with the smallest package to keep it as close to budget as possible.

 

I signed with the photog who I thought was the ONLY one I could work with, but I’ve since seen others that are similar in style.  I’m still very happy with my photog, but I wonder if I could have saved a little bit and still had the same style.

Post # 11
Member
1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@JuneBride2012: Oh, I just thought of something….have you had an initial meeting with the favorite photog you have in mind? You’ll want to confirm availability for your date. And they may surprise you with flexibility in their package options. Sometimes that introductory meeting will make your decision easier ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
Member
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our photographer is taking up 23% of our budget and I honestly think she’ll be worth every penny. I’m thrilled with my decision – getting exactly what we want with someone we click with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
Member
1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Shelby81: ‘Click with’ – cute pun!

Post # 14
Member
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Thought I would share. My good friend also fell in love with a photographer but she had a $1500 budget for her ENTIRE wedding. Her solution was to go to his studio for a portrait sitting after her ceremony/before her reception. He shot all the pics outside (which were gorgeous) and only charged her $250 for a hour of bridal party/family shots. She then got a family friend who is an ameteur photog to shoot the rest. She is completely happy with all her pics. Your photographer may or may not be willing, but may work?

Post # 16
Member
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

It depends on how important photography is for you. It was number one for me… so I based my budget around the photographer that I wanted. I say, if possible, go with the one you want… and move around the budget in other areas so you’re not over. If not, then stick with a good but in budget option.

The topic ‘How important is budget when it comes to photography?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors