- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Hi, ladies. My Fiance and I are getting married on a Friday. We heard that it is less expensive to hold a wedding on a Friday or Sunday, so since we don’t have a big budget we thought it was smart to pick a day other than Saturday.
Anyway, we met with a photographer and asked if he had a special package or pricing for Friday weddings and he said no. For other reasons, we didn’t book him. I found another photographer online and I just fell in love with him. It is actually him and his wife. We met with them in person and I just felt they were exactly what we were looking for. I was so in love that I didn’t even ask them if they had special pricing for a Friday wedding. Anyway, we booked them and sign a contract in December. He just e-mailed me yesterday saying they forgot to include taxes, which come out to $204. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but we are already scrambling to get money for everything else. We are DIYing most of our wedding. My aunt was doing my cake and desserts and some things have happened and she wont be able to come to the wedding. So now I’m having to find the money to take care of the cake and desserts (and probably not a professional wedding cake, just a grocery store cake decorated with some flowers or something). We don’t really have a long list of items where I could just simply remove some things to come up with extra money.
I sent him an email explaining our budget issues (not in detail). But I did mentioned we don’t have a big budget and are trying to do the best with what we have. Our biggest expense is photography. From the beginning we decided our pictures was the most important thing for us, so we were okay with having a big chunk of our small budget go to that. I told him my Fiance and I were going to have to sit down and see what we could take off of our wedding package so we could pay for everything including taxes, and let him know. He attached a new contract for us to sign including taxes, but I havent signed it and I haven’t heard from him.
I know there is nothing they can do about taxes, it’s taxes. But I’ve read from a lot of brides that photoprahers include the cost of taxes in their packages (they don’t charge them separate or extra). We are contracting them to do our wedding photography, as well as our engagement pictures and a bridal session, and two albums, one for my mom and one for his. Is it wrong of me to think they could consider that we are getting marry on a Friday and that we are getting from them more than just the wedding pictures? And include the taxes in our original contract price? He could easily remove the two albums, and just get them later. But I know that with so many expenses and how life gets, if we don’t get them now we won’t get them later.
I know $204 doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but at this point to us it is. I also feel like we picked a Friday thinking it’d make a differance and it actually hasn’t. I read about so many brides saving money by wedding married on a Friday, but that hasn’t really been my case.
I also don’t want to create tension between our photographers and us. These people are going to be with us for a few hours on our wedding day! I don’t want it to be uncomfortable. One of the reasons we booked them was because they were really nice and we just clicked with them. But right now I feel torn. I don’t know if I should bring up if they’d consider including the taxes in our original price since it is a friday wedding.
Again I know $204 doesn’t seem like a lot of money to a lot of people. But we are already not having a “wedding” cake, we are getting married at our church and having the reception there as well because it is free of charge. We are not giving out favors or anything like that. We already cut a lot of people from our guest list, we’re not buying expensive rings…..
I just realized this is a really long post. I’m so sorry, and thanks for reading!