Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone has heard of wedding sponsorships? I saw one on the news a couple years ago about how ALMOST their entire wedding was free of charge because they chose to have sponsors?
I looked this question up on Yahoo! Answers and boy, were they pissed about a user asking where she could find this kind of “gift”, so to speak. I wouldn’t call it tacky to have a Dr. Pepper logo on the train of your wedding gown or a Starbucks logo on your wedding cake that tastes like their new coffee flavor but there are actually people, like myself and fiance who are getting married April 2010, who are struggling to have a nice wedding.
Basically, what I am doing is putting out job bids. I state my price and look over proposals. My PROSPETIVE wedding photographer is offering 12 hours of photography, unlimited photos to a CD and DVD, 300 edited pictures in an album for $450. (It took allot of meetings over coffee at Starbucks to pull this off but it worked) We got $2000.00 off the cost of our reception so in all we have to pay, $1800 for our entire reception, including food, bar, linen, cake cutting, dancefloor setup, and a block of 10 discounted rooms. I would say don’t give up if things seem bad. This economy is horrible. We both lost our jobs this year and are trying to hold it all together.
Question: Does anyone know any Trash The Dress photographers in the area? I am looking for one but I want some of my session done underwater…(see pictures) I really wasn’t a fan of the phenomenon but I have fallen in love with it since I came across these pictures.
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Post # 3
I have a couple suggestions but I’m not sure if they can do underwater.
http://www.mariapisano.fototime.com (this is my sister but she does wonderful work)
http://www.laurameyerphotography.com/ I am thinking of going with this person for my wedding photography
Hope this helps
Post # 4
I am shocked that your photographer is only costing 450 dollars and your reception 1800! So even if you hadn’t bargained with them for the 2k discount, it would only be 3800? That won’t get us to far out here in California. Shshh. I’m jealous.
Post # 5
@ MsK, I will definitely check into those photographers in the morning…. Thank you for those referrals.
@ Charm Bracelet, I thought the same thing about not being able to get any vendors when we looked at our budget after our job loss. We had already booked our reception location when I was still pregnant with my daughter, so almost a year in advance. When my daughter was born 2 months premature in February and my fiance had gotten his pink slip from his job, we were devastated because here we are with a sick, premature newborn, a 6 year old, bills, and now job loss. Most places charge you for damage and liquidation fees so we would still have to pay the reception hall/caterer if we decided to back out for whatever reason. Anywho, we told the Manager of the catering department what had happened (They had been dealing with us since I was 3 months pregnant) and they knocked the price down for us.
The economy is bad right now and some photographers shoot events to put food on their table. I just put my budget out there on the table. I emailed over 200 photographers and told them my story not for sympathy but to let them know what was going on. Some were very rude and questioned why I was even having a wedding in the first place if I am “being that damn cheap”, some felt sorry for me, declined the job offer but offered me suggestions like hiring a couple advanced students from a photography school, and some never responded at all. I have used my time off as a stay at home mom to do allot of networking through Facebook, weddingwire.com, Yahoo! Answers, here, and craigslist. Trust me, if you set a price for a job to do photography at your wedding, someone will snap up the offer. It may take a while so I suggest starting well in advance.
Sometimes, you can contact a traveling photographer and offer to just pay their airfare and for their hotel room in place of paying for their services. It is almost like you are paying for them to go on vacation. Its worth a shot. Especially if you live someplace they have never traveled, like Vegas or Canada. Depending on where they are coming from, it should come out to less than $1000.00 for round-trip airfare and a 2 night stay in a hotel. Other perks you could offer is to pay for their rental car at the airport as well.
These are just ideas im throwing out there. I wish everyone luck…
Post # 6
I have no advice to offer, but those pics are amazing!
Post # 7
The underwater ones? They do look very cool. I’m going to do a TTD session but with a different dress. A cheap one from Davids bridal or something