(Closed) HELP! Need advice please!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you should hire a photographer.  My personal opinion is that snapshots from non-professionals will be disappointing and you’re going to want these photos for when you’re old, and your kids and grandkids will want them too.  Professional photographs make a world of difference, and if there’s anything that’s super important to a wedding (besides love, family, etc), it’s photograph, IMO.

Post # 4
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s totally fine but think it through before you purchase. Those cameras can be expensive when you multuply by the nuber of guests. And you’ll get lots of similar pictures. 80 picutres of your first dance. 80 picutres of you cutting the cake, etc. But not necessarily a lot of variety. A cheaper option to suppliment a photographer is to have a computer where people can download digital pictures from their camera. Do you have some friends who always seem to be taking pictures? Let them know that you’d really apprecaite it if they would take lots of pictures and just download them or send them to you later.

Post # 5
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MrsDPal811:  What is your photography budget? HAve you looked at those offering services on your local craigslist. Thats where I found my awesome photographer.

Post # 7
14 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

No idea what sort of budget you’re working with, but we were able to save a lot of money on our photos by finding a photographer willing to give us only digital copies of our photos. The print copies of the photos is really what drove the price up for us. Maybe you can find someone who can do that. Then a year from now, or whenever you’re ready, you can probably go back to the same photographer and have them create an album or other prints for you.

Some people say that disposable cameras on the tables are tacky, but I think it’s fine. I definitely wouldn’t use it as your only source of photos though. You could save some money by having only 1 professional photographer at the wedding (some packages include 2-3 photographers), and then supplementing the photos with the disposable cameras. However, I also think it’s important to remember that the disposable camera route wouldn’t be exactly free. You could easily spend upwards of a couple hundred dollars on cameras and getting them developed, and then there wouldn’t be any guarantee that the photos would even be worth it. You might be better off spending an extra $200 or so on a professional photographer.

You should discuss numbers with your aunt to be sure that you’re on the same page in terms of budget. Of course you want to be courteous and maybe not book a $5,000 photographer on her dime, but she wouldn’t offer to help if she didn’t want to. I would let her help, and just make it clear that the photos are her wedding gift to you. 

Anyway, just my thoughts. Hope it helped!


Post # 8
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also think Craigslist would be a good idea.  Also, would you consider hiring a photographer for not the whole wedding, but maybe just the ceremony and first 2 or 3 hours of the reception?  Some photographers may be willing to work with you on that.

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

Disposable cameras = bad idea / not as cheap as people think.

Post # 11
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Disposable cameras take horrible photos.. I would check craigslist and maybe local colleges for photography majors

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