- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
Y’all, I am stressing out about the whole wedding photography issue. I’ve been looking for photographers in my area, and I’ve found ONE who we MIGHT be able to afford (although his wedding photos are kind of “meh”). The rest of them either don’t list prices on their websites (and frankly I don’t have time to send a dozen emails hunting for that info), or their prices are some ridiculously high number (for me, anything in the four-digit range is ridiculous – around $500 is where I’m sort of comfortable). I know that professional photographers have to, you know, pay their bills and stuff too, and I know that everyone says photography is something you should splurge on, but these high numbers I’m seeing everywhere are giving me heart palpitations. Especially since I’d like to buy a house with my future hubby sometime in the years after our wedding, and I refuse to go into debt for this wedding.
Honestly, I’d rather spend the money on a fun photo booth. My FI and I have a collection of photo booth pictures of the both of us, and they’re some of my favorite pictures. Our wedding is a geeky Super Mario-themed shindig with a food-and-board-games reception (no dancing – we’re not really into that, and it’s a Sunday afternoon wedding). I can easily make some Super Mario props, and a photo booth would let me get crazy/fun pictures of everybody (groom and myself included) while providing another reception activity in place of dancing. A basic booth in my area would be around $450 for 3 hours of unlimited photos.
So, I can either 1) Get the least expensive photographer, try to figure out when we’d fit pictures into the rest of our day, and worry about my complete lack of photogenic-ness all day long (I get SO nervous when I know someone is taking pictures of me, especially if it’s someone I don’t know really well), OR, 2) Spend the money on a photo booth that everyone can use, get fun pictures of my guests and me and FI, and maybe have one of my bridesmaids use her nice camera for some other pictures during the ceremony/reception. I would totally go with option 2, except that EVERYTHING I’ve read on the subject says that professional photography is the one thing brides are thankful they had/wished they had had.
Will I completely regret not getting a professional?