(Closed) Cutting photography costs… And quality?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think you should get the best photographer that you can afford, even if it means getting them for a few hours.  Think about it this way: would you rather have 4 hours of high-quality, beautiful photos OR 8 hours of decent, just okay photos?

Oh, and my photographer is costing about the same as food for 80 people Wink

Post # 4
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would get the good photog! Ours is costing us almost as much as the food, too!

Post # 5
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@BooRadley:  Yeah, I agree. OP, see if you can negotiate with the photographer! I negotiated with a lot of my vendors and got the prices really low. Ask the photographer for shorter coverage (like BooRadley said, maybe 4 hours? that would cover a ceremony and a good part of the reception) 

Here’s some more tips on negotiating with photographers – from Offbeat Bride, Yahoo, and About.com. Honestly, I had the best luck by developing a relationship with the vendor – doing a little bit of gushing about my now-husband, telling them about our budget and why we were on a tight budget (we were paying for the wedding ourselves), asking them if we could pare some things out of their normal package to bring the price down, and offering to give them great reviews on all of the wedding websites after the wedding.

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Quickiebee:  A few thoughts that echo what has been said here, especially by 12yrslater…  Your wedding and reception are only going to last a short time.  After that, the only thing that will exist to remember it by will be the photos taken.  A great photographer will make all your DIY details look flawless.  A great photographer can make a low budget wedding look like a million bucks.  Of all the places to skimp in your budget, the photography is not it.  Being a great wedding photographer requires advanced equipment and camera skill, artistic vision, and confidence and experience.  A great wedding photographer will earn what you pay them.  The food you pay for will be eaten and forgotten.  You will treasure the photos forever.

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Mrs. Wallaby:  The advice in Offbeat is legitimate, but I would skip the advice in the other two links.

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