Post # 1
So my original budget for wedding photographs was £1000, but I quickly realised that that wasn’t going to get me very far for what I wanted (full days coverage, rights to all the pics on a CD/DVD and an album). The problem is, my parents are being kind enough to help us out, but it means I feel I have to run every decision past them. I found a photographer that my FI and I both love! but for the full package its £2150 and then possibly buying another album on top so £2500. I told my mum and she thinks the cost is outrageous! I’ve suggested that we pay for the photos ourselves (I’ve suggested paying for lots of stuff but she wont let us) and shes told me thats not the point… but its the ‘fine art’ style of photos that I love…and now ive seen them, when i look at some of the other photographers we were considering, they just dont compare! I know its alot of money, but Im just worried I’ll be disapointed and feel like ive settled! Whats everyones oppinions on photography? spend or splurge! helpp!!!!
Post # 3
Photography is the one thing that I will say splurge on. You will have those photos for the rest of your life.
Post # 4
Photography was our biggest splurge. It was worth every penny
Post # 5
Does the photographer you like do services a la carte? You might be able to bring the cost down by working it out hourly (instead of full-day, figure out how many hours you really, truly need), forgo the fancy album and do one yourself through an online service, etc.
Post # 6
I would SPLURGE on photography, you will have those photos forever! It’s the one thing we can justify spending money on!
Post # 7
The day goes by so fast that without amazing photography you might miss a ton. I am definitely splurging with our photography (and videography) and I don’t feel guilty at all. I will cherish all those moments that are caught on film.
Post # 8
I agree that photography is worth the splurge! Its what you have left to remember the day and show everyone!
Post # 9
We splurged and it was worth it. After your wedding all you have (apart from a husband) is the photos of the day so it’s worth the splurge for the memories
Post # 10
I agree with all the PP’s stance on photography. It will be the only thing you will have left once the wedding is over. Personally, I think we splurged (we stayed within the max of our budget) but comparing the average cost for wedding photography in our area then I can say we didn’t splurge and best part, we got an amazing photog! Our photographer is super talented considering the amount of time she has been a photographer. I would suggest to do ample research and narrow down photographers you and your FI like. I really thought we would end up paying at least 3k for wedding coverage because of the style we liked but we ended paying less and we didn’t sacrifice the style we wanted.
Post # 11
I’ll go against most of the people on WB and say don’t splurge- find someone you like that’s within your budget. Yes, these are really special pictures, but how often are you really going to take those photos out and stare at them? Sure you’ll look at photos more frequently in your newly-married, slightly-narcissstic bliss, but I don’t know any married people that take out their wedding album and gaze at the beauty that was their centerpieces/shoes/”somethings”/etc years later. Everyone I know has a framed photo of the bride and groom on a shelf or hung in a hallway, and that’s a shot that ALL photographers take.
I’d rather have a kick ass meal than a mediocre meal that I spent money on photographing. I found my photographer on WB and to be honest, there is another photographer that I initially liked better- but they were more than double than what I’m paying now. However, when I thought about it, the differences in their style are so small that it didn’t justify the cost, and I know my pictures will be great.
Post # 12
splurge! you will be grateful that you did. if you just get a disc and an album, that would be good. you can always order blow ups and thank yous later.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I agree with PPs, I think it’s one of the things you should be able to splurge on and not feel guilty (: Photography is our number one priority because you can always have another good meal, but you can never re-do your wedding photos.
Post # 14
I say splurge. We splurged on ours and so far love our engagement photos. Its what you will have left to remember your wedding by.
Post # 15
It seems like every article I read on doing a wedding on a budget has the same tip: photography is the one place you cannot cut corners.
ETA: That said, there is a difference between “cutting corners” and “splurging.”
Post # 16
@BooRadley: We found our photographer and she was within our budget. I did a lot of research looking for a photographer that was within our budget because I was determined to find someone who was within our budget and would love their style. We did find such photographer so you are right…you can find a good photographer within your certain budget. I guess it all depends on the individual and what amount of $$$ does he/she deem as “splurging”. For us, it was $2,800+ and we are below that 🙂