Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy
thanks to another bee, I found a photographer I love. He is based close to where we are getting married, and he is really great. So talented, extremely nice. He is also so expensive that it makes me kind of sick to be so tempted to book him. Our wedding is low cost, DIY, casual, and i was leaning towards a buffet… And the photog costs a bit more than what we would pay for dinner For our 80 guests!
There are a few other decent photographers, but not many, and none that knock my socks off… And the best we could do is cut the cost in half. Cutting the cost also, in this case that means cutting the quality too… But hey, they are still going to be photos of the wedding. People have gotten by for hundreds of years without amazing knock your socks off photos of their weddings! I just don’t know how I can justify this… We are tryng to save for a house, not spend on a wedding we are throwing more for the guests than for us. What will my fiancé say? He hates weddings and photos…
Post # 3
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
Post # 4
I would get the good photog! Ours is costing us almost as much as the food, too!
Post # 5
- 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
@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
@Mrs. Wallaby: The advice in Offbeat is legitimate, but I would skip the advice in the other two links.