Post # 1
Our budget is pretty much exactly what a google search says is the average for our area, so a really nice wedding, but nothing super spectacular. The reception alone will take up 60% of this budget. Our planning philosophy is that we want to return the genorousity of our guests by providing them with great food, drink, dessert, and whatever else we can. With this in mind, how much should we allocate for a photographer? We can get a “good enough” photog for $1K and a really good one for about $2.5K. Thoughts? I’m torn between knowing that we’ll get some good pics and knowing that I can be solidly confident most of the shots will be really good if we spend (significantly) more money.
Post # 3
Go for great, even if it means skimping on something else. Photography is the means through which you’ll maintain the memory of your wedding day. We are so grateful and thrilled that we splurged on our photography, and we don’t regret it for a second!
Post # 4
This is the one thing to splurge on if there is any. This will also be the only everlasting portion of your wedding – these will be your memories. Splurge for the best you can afford. You can’t change bad wedding pictures after the fact, but you could hire a great photographer and have truly beautiful pictures that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.
Post # 5
Your photos are all you will have at the end of the day, besides your new husband. So you don’t want to scrimp on those. But there is no need to go into debt either. Find someone whose work you love and ask what they can do within your budget. Don’t settle for someone whose work you don’t love just because they fall into your budget.
Google searches didn’t turn up anything in my experience. Check out this link to see who you like:
Post # 6
I would say if you can splurge on pictures without sacrificing the comfort of your guests, you should do it. Photos are what you have after the party’s over–besides your wonderful hubby of course 🙂 Is there another area you can cut back in (like eliminating favors, for example) to make up the extra money you need for the GREAT photog?
Post # 7
I think you could find a better deal out there, but if you don’t have the time or patience to explore every option, I would go with the more expensive / more experienced photographer. Our photographer is just starting out and expanding his business, so he was more reasonable to book. But if the quality wasn’t there, I would have just sucked it up and paid more – i was just so confident in his work that we took a gamble (and won!)
Post # 8
Go for great! I’ve heard so many times from brides who went with the good enough and were so disappointed that they didn’t go with great. You’ll thank yourself later. The photos are the only things you’ll have left from your big day.
Post # 9
Photography is the only tangible remnant of your day… if you can swing it– go for great.
Post # 10
this is my one splurge, as our forever keepsakes from a day that will FLY BY!
Post # 11
Photography is one of the most important part for us, because after the wedding, pictures are what you’ll have to remember your wedding by. I’d go with great. Don’t skimp on photography. Get the best you can afford, imo.
Post # 12
I’m going to go against the trend (not just on here but also all the advice I got for everyone) and say go for good enough.
As long as you have two to twenty pictures that you truly love what does it matter? What in the world are you going to do with those pictures afterwards? Look at them very occasionally?
To me there are only two purposes for the photography, get me a couple of shots I adore. Document some of the day so I can use the pictures to remember what happened and who was there (for which the pictures only need to be decent). Everything else is a bonus.
I’m not going to be submitting anything to a magazine or blog, you don’t win anything for having the awesomest hundred pictures ever. *shrug*
In the end it is very very personal. To me, while decent photography is important amazing photography is not a priority.
P.S. I think it’s insane that photographers provide you with a 1,000 pictures. What for??
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Are you looking at packages that include albums and other add-ons? I booked the best photographer I could, minus the album packages (which from my experience add an extra 1000). Since you’ll most likely get a high res disc, you can always have that made later, and save yourself some money in the mean time.
Edit: Also, if this helps, my photography is 1/5 of the budget. The reception is about half.
Post # 14
Choose a photographer whose work you love and whose personality clicks with yours. That person doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. An up-and-coming photographer who has a lot of talent but doesn’t cost as much will most likely work her tail end off for you because she’s building her portfolio.
That being said, my photographer was my one budget splurge, and I’m thrilled with the results. I would do it again in a heart beat. Being able to look back at the photos and relive all of the joy of our day is absolutely priceless. Same as diorable, I spent about 1/5 of my budget on my photographer (including 7 hours of coverage by 2 shooters, an engagement session, full res DVD of all images and an album) and 1/2 on the reception. Some people splurge on a DOC for piece of mind. I saw having confidence in my photographer as a similar splurge – piece of mind that I would love my pictures.
Post # 16
Splurge on greatness. Our photographer is about 3K and we aren’t questioning it. At all. We love her, we love her work, it’s going to be worth it.