How important were wedding photos for you?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Photos were definitely towards the top of the list for me and my (ex)H.  Besides the marriage, it’s the only thing you really take from that special day.  And you tend to miss so many of the details that you plan for months since you are so busy that day, it’s nice to revisit in photos.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

Photos were priority for me.  We eloped and did not have any friends or family stand witness.  So I wanted photos to document our day and to share with everyone, but also for the memories.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Yeah, we got over 900 photos and I saved maybe 60 to my computer and have 3-4 framed around the house. We found a great photographer for $1500 (which was very reasonable for our area) with no frills, just an online gallery. I couldn’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a photo album, and I have no regrets. 

ETA: I would try to find a good photographer so you don’t end up with crappy pictures, but if you don’t feel like you need a lot of the add-ons I’d skip those 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

We are spending a good amount on photos ($3600) because it’s something important to Fiance and I as well as to our families. Fiance has a lot of overseas relatives who will not be able to come to the wedding so we want beautiful photos to share for them as well. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Honestly, pretty low. We paid for a professional photographer, so that I could have some nice pictures but we didn’t go all out. I don’t display pictures of myself in my house and I don’t go back and look at wedding pictures but we did give some to family. We only had the photographer for about 3 hours – ceremony and pictures after, but he left for the reception.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Photos were a top priority for us. I absolutely love our photos.

We have two hung in our living room as well as a photo book on our coffee table. I will probably print out some more once for our bedroom as well. My parents have I think three of our wedding pictures displayed in thier home and my in-laws are over the top and have this bizarre little shrine to our wedding in thier living room with like 5-6 pictures on display and the photo book we gave them out. I also have one of our wedding photos as the wallpaper on my phone and I cycle through my favorites when I want to change it up. And even though I don’t have all 600 on display they are fun to look through with my husband to remember the day.

We got a great deal with our photographers. 6 hours, 2 photographers (a husband/wife team), and all rights to our photos for $1000. Our photographer was new to the area and looking to build his local portfolio so we lucked out with someone with a lot of experience giving us a discount. You can get great photos without spending a fortune.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Honestly they were probably the lowest on the list and I felt they took up too much time I could’ve spent with guests, maybe that was just me. I think I ended up paying close to 2 grand on them and regret paying it. We spent about 3-4 hours taking photos and I was so cranky by the time we got into dinner, barely got time for the guests before that, and right after dinner we spent another hour taking pictures.

I maybe like one picture out of all of the ones they took and I’m not being dramatic but I also hate pictures of myself. 

I was kind of pressured by my Mother-In-Law to go with the person we did and was told she was doing the down payment. When we were in her office and asked who was paying NOBODY spoke up so I ended up awkwardly paying. My Mother-In-Law then proceeded to scold me for paying. 

It took 6 months to even hear back from the photographer and when we contacted her (twice) we seemed to be bothering her. I think we finally got our pictures back at the end of November. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

We eloped so photos were the only thing I wanted. It was a special experience since it was just the two of us and we just got to bond on camera. I am a keepsake person and love photos from vacations and road trips etc so that’s just me being a nostalgic 😶

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

They were important, but not a priority. We hired a photographer for only 4 hours and she took pictures through cocktail hour and dinner and then left. We haven’t printed any out or made an album or anything yet and it’s been almost a year. So I’m glad we got them done and have them to eventually do something with, but I’m not in a rush to get anything printed.

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