Post # 1
So… our total wedding budget (max) is $20,000. We’re looking at more likely $17,000.
Our photographer (whom I ADORE, ADORE, ADORE) is costing us $4560, including engagement photos, high-res DVD, full-day coverage, GST, and a second shooter. This is 26.8% of our $17,000 budget, or 22.8% of the $20,000.
Four things are my top priority for my wedding:
1. The man
2. The photography
3. The food
4. The dress
Are we nuts for spending this much $$, and this much of our budget, on photography?!?
Post # 3
@Shelby81: It’s a lot of money, but depending on what city you are in, it’s not that bad. Have you tried to negotiate at all to see if they can come down a little? Either way, if photography is such a priority, then go for it!
Post # 4
i think if you have a set budget and you stick to it, then its fine to adjust things around in there to get what you want while still maintaing the budget.
on a side note, i just have to comment we are so different regarding our priorities! i could never put my dress so far down the list, LOL. i think for me dress tied with photography, and i splurged on those 2 things, while sacrificing things like a fancier venue (i stayed at 3 star resort when i would have preferred 5 star).
Post # 5
Oh, my dress was definitely high on the priority list. But… yeah, not as high as the man or the phtoography. 🙂
Post # 6
I am lucky that our photog is FABULOUS and relativly cheap(for this area). If He cost more, I would so be rearranging the budget to fit; so I totaally understand where you’re coming from.
Post # 7
In case anyone cares, this is the website: http://www.shandrophoto.com
Post # 8
I am also Blowing budget for my photog- Its the one thing you will have to capture your special day- I love photo’s and have an interest in Photography, so I votes _I would SO do this, cause I am! 🙂 I just tried to save on other things that are less important to me, the math works for me
Post # 9
Well I don’t think you are crazy. We never set a budget for our wedding, so I don’t know what we spent, but can imagine it to be a high number. It’s really difficult to make a good wedding for cheap. And I really understand you about the photographer. Ours is a little cheaper, but still more expensive than the most. It’s like when you go look at their porfolios the cheap photographers most of the times do crappy job on their pics. we tried to hire a cheap beginner photographer and after our engagement photoshoot turned out to be an ugly sh.. disaster, we decided to spend some more money and find a good one. I would not risk my wedding day to a photographer who doesn’t care about you, and his(her) only goal is to get some meat for her beginner portfolio.
Also the dress was really importatnt to me, cuz cheap dresses look cheap (most of the times), mine is not extremely expensive, but right in the middle.
The most horifying thing though is spending money on little things that turn out to be really expensive in total, like guest book, pen, some pins, some make-up, little here and there adds up to big numbers.
Post # 10
Does that price include an album? I don’t know what GST is.
That seems really high. The avg photographer around here is 3500 and I got ours for 1500. He’s an amazing photographer and I didn’t want an album (I’d rather do it myself). If you’re willing to spend that much, then do it. I just feel like it’s easy to blow your whole budget if you really blow one thing out of the water.
Post # 11
I don’t think you’re crazy. Your photos are all you’re going to have left of the day (besides your wonderful husband). I spent $5,400 on my photographer and he and his second shooter were so worth it. I would totally go for this.
Post # 12
I think its just all about what is important to you. If it’s something really important to you than splurge. For myself I was afraid that I’d have regrets if I didn’t just spend the extra cash on things that ment a lot to me to have it the way I wanted it. As long as it doesn’t break your budget who cares what percentage is spent on what.
Post # 13
As long as you can make your budget work, do it. Our photographers (while a bargain) are still a major part of the budget since for us they and our rings were the most important since honestly, after it’s all over – that’s what you have besides memories 🙂
Post # 14
of course it’s crazy. $20k for 1 day is crazy. whatever you spent/will spend on your dress is crazy. cakes? don’t get me started. this whole wedding thing is absolutely insane.
i say embrace it. you know it’s a little nuts. you also know you’ll only do this once and you’ll cherish those photos for the rest of your life. as long as you have the money (as in not going into debt for anything wedding related), do it.
and i personally think if there is one thing to splurge on, it’s photography. you’re spending $17k-$20k on ONE DAY. most of what you spend will be for things used up on that one day. photos last forever.
Post # 15
It’s all about balance, if you splurge on the photography, you will just have to minimize costs in another area. My shoes, dress, and jewelry came to 229 dollars but then I am spending prob. 300-400 dollars on my candy buffet. it’s all give and take. if that’s what is important to you, go for it.
Post # 16
If photography is hugely important to you and you love the photographer, I say go for it. You may need to make cuts in other areas of your planning, but I’m sure it will be worth it.