How important were wedding photos for you?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
1538 posts
Bumble bee

Big priority for me. In reality the biggest issue was having enough time to do all the photos I wanted. I planned so carefully but we were still super rushed and had to cut the photo shoot short 🙁 the day really does go by in a blur

Post # 17
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Photos were really important for me at the time, but as the years have gone by I don’t really care. Of course it is lovely having some great shots of the day, but in retrospect I would have been a lot more laid back about it.

Post # 18
1918 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

Our wedding photos were extremely important to us. We have three big photos framed and hanging in our house but I use our weddding album as a coffee table book and also have small photos framed and scattered throughout our house

Post # 19
477 posts
Helper bee

They were and are my biggest priority.

After your wedding day, all you have left are photos. In 20+ years, that’s all you’ll have to look back on. You want to hire someone who is going to capture every detail and the in between moments that you might forget. Capture photos of you with grandparents and everyone else, so when they’re gone, you have that memory saved to look back on and cherish.

I will never regret a penny I spent towards my photographer from my first marriage, and my bf knows that (because I’m a photographer) it is one of my primary concerns when getting married.

Post # 20
979 posts
Busy bee

Photos are/wee very important. My former ILs had ex’s uncle take pics at their wedding and not a single one came out – even years later, divorced and all, it was a sore subject in the family. 

Posed pics took a lot of time at my first wedding, so we are having photojournalist style pics for this one. 

Post # 21
1207 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Very important! I do plan on making a collage of blown up canvases on a wall in our home so I’d hope we have many pictures that we love 🙂

Post # 22
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2023

The only reason I’d want my wedding album or proofsftom my last marriage is for my daughters. We rarely in 14 years even bothered to look at them. We framed 2-3 pictures and that was it. 


I dont know how I’ll feel this time around. 

Post # 23
894 posts
Busy bee

Photos are medium important to me. I also see myself framing 2-3 pics and not looking at them too often, but definitely feel like it’s something I want for posterity. I dont’ want to spend a ton of time during my wedding day solely taking photos, and I don’t want to do things for the photos (coordinated getting ready, sparkler exit, etc.) and I mostly went for a higher end photographer because I wanted a full professional who I didn’t have to worry about, but yeah, it wasn’t like the priority of my day. If you look at people’s wedding albums from 20+ years ago, it’s mostly like 30 photos of the couple, bridal party, and family standing up and smiling, and people seem to remember their day just fine. The idea that every moment needs to be captured is very new, and I think it would help current brides to remember that

Post # 24
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Definitely a priority for us. It took me forever to find a good photographer, and originally I was looking to spend in the higher range for this area ($2000-$2500 when most photographers run $1000-1500). But I ended up going with a one who was just starting out but interned for a well known film photographer and she was $1500. Now she charges like $2500+ for what we got. I booked early and it helped!!

We have some framed photos around the house, but just on end tables in the living room. I don’t hang pictures of us on the walls. But I wanted good pictures just to look back on, and of course share with family on social media, etc.

Post # 25
120 posts
Blushing bee

Not important to me whatsoever. We aren’t even hiring a photographer. I hate pictures being taken of me. I feel like I should want them but I really don’t care. People survived eons without professional photos, I’ll be OK.  

My Future Mother-In-Law is a hobby photographer so should we decide we want something specific done she will do that for us at a later date. Our day-of photos are all going to be guest photos and I’m fine with that.

Future Father-In-Law is bringing a 360 camera he has to film the whole ceremony. I feel like that is more important than posed photos. Someone else mentioned photos with grandparents and I feel like being able to go back and watch them watch me getting married matters more. 

I see the appeal, but being neither modelesque nor particularly photogenic, spending thousands of dollars on that just makes me feel like I’ll look back and go “what a waste”.

Post # 26
2613 posts
Sugar bee

Beautiful photos are one of my biggest priorities. Aside from the memories (and the marriage of course!) it’s the only thing you have after the day. You spend all this time and money trying to look great and pick a beautiful venue and all that, so for me it’s important to preserve something of that. And I’ve always loved photography, and always loved looking at family photos. I want to be able to show my grandkids my wedding photos some day. I don’t necessarily plan to frame many or look at them frequently, but it’s more that I’d be sad if I didn’t have them. 

Post # 27
603 posts
Busy bee

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ducoop87 :  Photos are important to me, but at the same time, I was not willing to spend a huge chunk of my budget on photography.

My sister spent about $4K on her photographer, who was experienced and had a great portfolio, and was highly rated with lots of reviews. And my sister got enough good photos for an album, but not a ton of photos she really loved.

It made me realize that even a super seasoned, well-respected pro might not translate into a ton of great pictures. I went with a guy who is charging me $1600 for 10 hours, 4 of which will include a 2nd shooter. As long as Fiance and I have a few good ones of us,  good family portraits, and some good candids, I will be a happy bride.

Post # 28
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

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ducoop87 :  Very important to me. I’m so sentimental about stuff like that and I have tons of pictures that was taken with film.  I wish I could afford to hire an experienced photographer for my wedding but probably won’t be happening. My Honey’s cousin’s wife is a professional photographer and I think she’ll help us out. In the area that I live, friends really step up and help each other and we just keeping paying it forward. If she doesn’t pan out, another good friend is a photographer enthusiast. Either way, we’ll have some photos. 

Post # 29
4678 posts
Honey bee

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ducoop87 :  Photos and videos are VERY important to my SO and I. In fact, To give you an idea, I’m more excited about looking for photo/video vendors than dress shopping. They are our splurge and don’t mind paying for the best in our area.

Post # 30
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Photos are very important to me! I’m havig a destination wedding and photos came with our package, but I’ve opted to hire someone for $1000 because I a) now know what I’m getting (the photographer that comes with the package is randomly assigned to you a month before the wedding so i wouldn’t have time to review their work) and b) will get more photos (a minimum of 300 vs 50). 

I figure photos will be the only take away from that day so I want plenty. I will emphasize that I want way more candid photos than anything else – I feel like those are the best for someone like myself who hates having my photo taken hahaha

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