Post # 1
I’ve been looking for photographers for a few months now. Most of the photographers I’ve seen take photos that look “nice.” None of the photographers have really stuck out in my mind. I just thought I didn’t really have a photographic eye. But yesterday, I stumbled across photos that just blew me away. I really love, love the photographers’ work. Problem being is that they are really expensive. I could see spending 1/2 what we paid for a 150-175 reception on photos. I have said that I’m willing to splurge and pay a good amount for quality photos, but how much is too much? I have been budget friendly with everything else so far. Ugh! What would you do? Keep looking? Try and negotiate?
Also, we having a Catholic wedding, so there will be a big gap (4-5 hours) between the ceremony and reception. When photographers offer packages for 6 hours…does that mean consective hours or can they leave and come back?
Post # 3
6 hours means consecutive hours because it’s taking up their time by having them leave and come back. I would just use the time between ceremony and reception to get tons of photos together with your family and wedding party. You could always ask if you could add an extra hour, most have this as an option, and then you could make sure you have your first dance when you enter the reception, that way you can have photos of it.
I spent double what I had planned on spending on photography too because I fell in love with a photographer, but I definitely think itll be worth it in the end.
Post # 4
Hours means consecutive hours. Personally, I think you are going to end up paying a LOT to extend a 6 hr package to 10 hours or something like that.
You’d be better off finding a photog that’s unlimited or all day coverage.
And I’d definitely try to close that gap. That’s very long. I’ve heard 2 hours, which is big, but 5 hours is pretty bad. Many, many guests will skip the ceremony if you do this, unfortunately.
Post # 5
Ditto…I had the same “these photos are nice” experience until I found my photographer. She was a bit more expensive than I thought I’d spend on photography, but I think it’ll be worth it when you get those pictures back after the wedding. Besides the dress, it’s the one thing I planned to splurge on.
Post # 6
First, I LOVE huge gaps between ceremony and reception! That means lots and lots of picture time to go to a beautiful location and get amazing shots of you and your new hubby, which are the ones you are most likely to frame anyway, as well as cool/fun bridal party shots.
Second, quality over quantity. Don’t hire someone you don’t love just to have your whole day covered. Pick and choose the stretch of the day that is most important to you and have that covered. And yea, the hours will have to be consecutive. Would you mind sharing who this awesome photog is? You can PM me if you don’t want someone her stealing him away for your date 🙂
Post # 7
how much is too much depends totally on your budget.
4-5 hours is an enormous gap. i hope your guests live nearby and you don’t have many oot guests — what are they supposed to do?
Post # 8
The problem is it’s hard to close that Catholic gap. Many Catholic churches require the ceremony to be in the afternoon so the church is available for evening mass, and most reception venues don’t allow receptions to begin until early evening.
Post # 9
5 hours a long gap, you are going to have the same issue with video……
I had a catholic wedding and we had a 1.5 hr gap and I thought that was too long! haha.
Half the price of you reception? What is the cost range of the photographer?
They say you should spend 10-15% of your wedding budget on photography, but if it’s really important to you and you want to splurge, up to 30% isn’t uncommon. 50% seems unrealistic, unless you are on a REALY budget wedding. I like to talk to abosolute dollars, not %, which is why I asked for the price range. Also, what are you getting for that cost?
Post # 10
I do want to say that 6 hours might not mean consecutive. My photographer only does one wedding a day and while her price list listed 7 hours she was willing to split them up for me. I will second PPs that the cost needs to be based on your overall budget.
As a Catholic I don’t think 4-5 hours is anything outrageous.
Post # 11
Ladies – the point of the thread isn’t to discuss the big gap between my ceremony and reception. It is something that I can’t help. My guests are adults and can find something to occupy their time, just like I’ve had to do before. My guess would be I’ll have alot of guests tipsy by the time my reception starts, lol.
Anyways, I guess what I’m getting from this thread is that I really should find someone who offers an all day package, since I have that huge gap or be prepared to invest in alot of photograph hours.
Post # 12
@USER876 – They have packages that range from $3199 to $6699.
The lower end includes:
6 Hours Coverage
Wedding Day Proofs on DVD
1 – 36 side 10×8 Storybook Album
Complimentary Engagement Session
The higher end includes:
12 Hours Coverage
Wedding Day Proofs on DVD
1 – 36 side 17×11 Storybook Album
2 – 36 side 7×5 Parent Albums
20×30 Canvas Gallery Wrap or Framed Print
Complimentary Engagement and After Sessions
1 – 36 side 10×8 Storybook Album from Engagement or After Session
Complimentary Engagement and After Session Proofs on DVD
I want to keep my budget around $20,000, but there is a little room for wiggle.
Post # 13
@coffeegal85: I would negotiate more time for less goods. This is why I hate standard packages with wedding photography. My photographer offered everything ala-carte so you could build your own package which worked with any budget as long as you met the minimum purchase. For example, do you really need that large gallery wrap? Yes it’s nice, but if you love the photographer you could always get something made afterwards and that may be worth a few more hours of the photographers time in trade.
Post # 14
@USER876 – Yeah, you’re absolutely right. I do not need a large gallery wrap; I would much rather have more time. I’ll have to put my negotiating shoes on and see what I can do. Thanks for your input!
Post # 15
from the two packages you posted, i would just work with the photographer to get something in between and maybe cut out some extras. do you really need the two parent albums, canvas gallery wrap, and after session? I bet that would knock off a chunk of change.
Post # 16
Although most of the albums are awesome, we opted not to get one right now (you can always get one later!). So with all of the photographers we are meeting we have asked for a custom package. I don’t know what your budget is, but you may be able to ask for the 12 hours from the higher package without all of the albums and get it at a price closer to your budget.
Also, I’d keep looking…looks like you have time. I had my heart set on a photographer that was over double our budget. I’ve been searching nonstop for 2 months and we’ve found two really great options that are right at budget for us. I still love the other one more…but not for 1/2 our wedding budget.