(Closed) I cant decide…photographer or no photographer?!?!?!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
220 posts
Helper bee

Shop around. Maybe if you talk to the photographers and let them know about your situation, they can work a deal for you. I think you will regret not having a photographer to capture all the wonderful moments of your wedding. My favorite weddig shots are the ones of the bride getting ready before the wedding, i dont know why but i think its such an amazing experience to be getting ready for the “rest of your life”.

Post # 4
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ask around if photographers in your area offer a winter wedding discount. I’ve found several that do.

Post # 5
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had a wedding of 50 and I’ll tell you what I’d do again– I would do no getting ready shots (they were nice, but kinda pointless because I’ll never display them anywhere), but I would shoot the ceremony and 1 hour of after shots (quick family shots and couples portraits). I also shot the first hour of the reception where we did the first dances and cake cutting before dinner. That gave us some great pictures. In total, I paid for 7 hours, and I’d go back and only use 2.5 if I were to do it again!

Not sure if that helps… 🙂

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee

Ok but your not going to display every single wedding photo. Most photos are going to be kept in an album anyways. Wouldnt you want every moment captured if your paying for it anyways? I think it’ll be nice to look back at all the moments…but thats just me. 

Post # 7
13017 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would say have a photographer for the ceremony and part of the reception, but no need to go crazy if you really aren’t interested in the photos.  If you’re looking for someone to really just get the important moments and aren’t worried about the artistic aspect, you could look for a photography student or someone really trying to get into wedding photography and building their portfolios.  They are often much, much cheaper.

That being said, I spent a huge percentage on photography because it’s super important to me.

Post # 8
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

You could try looking for a free-lance or up & coming photographer.  A friend of mine is just starting out and she charged A LOT less and her work was great.

Someone did give me some advice on the photography. They said, after the first year you don’t really look at your photos that often.  But when you look back at your photos, you don’t necessarily look at the quality of the photos you look back at them for the memories. So I didn’t think it was worth spending 3k+ on a photographer.

Post # 9
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think if you don’t have a photog, you might regret it. I’ve heard from many brides, that the day goes by so fast, and it’s not always possible to capture and remember every moment of it. If you get a photog, you will have the chance to have someone that will make those moments last, and the pictures will turn out beautifully.

I am going to have a photog on my wedding just because of this reason, I want to have pretty pictures of the day to look at from time to time and it’s just a really nice keep sake. It’s also about if you can afford it financially because it’s not cheap. 

If you have a friend/acquaintance that is a photog. ask her/him if he/she can be the photog for a reasonable amount of money depend. on their experience. If you do choose to go this route, you might consider to write a contract between you so if something happens you will have the law on your side if he/she doesn’t do the job they’re supposed to. 

Also, there are these upcoming photogs that are cheaper but still take really good pictures. What ever route you choose, I wish you good luck!

Post # 10
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsTee:  Photography hadn’t been a high priority for us in the beginning.  I looked at photographers based on the cheapest prices I could find and some were pretty awful.  Some had catches in their contracts, like they were part of a photo studio and you had no idea if they or someone else would shoot the photos.

We started looking for quality and then prices.  In the end we increased our budget by $500 for our photographer, but got an amazing deal that covers our whole day. Our photographer loves smaller weddings and is every bit as excited as we are.  The size of our guest list including my fiance and I, is 14-16.

I used to have a lot of reservations about photography, but talking to other Bees who have had small weddings, I came to realize that a small wedding doesn’t mean it’s less special or that your day deserves less than a larger one.  Work with your budget, but don’t forgo a photographer altogether. 

Post # 11
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

See if you have a photographer come by and do an hour or two of formal shots of you, your new husband, and your families.  That’s what my parents did when they had a small ceremony and cake/punch reception in the 70s.

Post # 12
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think photography is worth every penny, and I encourage you to get someone good.  You don’t need the person for the entire wedding, but I really think you’ll regret it if you have no quality photos.

Post # 13
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We kept our wedding small (around 70 guests) and a $5000 budget. We shopped around intensely for a good photog that was on the up.  We found a woman who would do digital only (with an online gallery where we can order our own prints, if we wanted) for $500.00 for the ceremony and all the reception.  Getting ready photos would have been extra, but I find these awkward and private moments and really don’t want someone getting photos of me being poured into a dress like a hot snow beast, so I totally understand you there.

I think you will regret it if you don’t at least have a photog for some of the time. Maybe just the ceremony and for formal shots after? Then, you can put disposable cameras on the tables with a note for your guests to take pictures and have fun.

Post # 14
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

It never occured to me to prioritize photography when I was getting married.  We went the “amateur enthusiast just starting out offer to do it for free” for us route.  We had a small less than 60 person wedding at a house.  It is the ONLY think I regret.  If I could do it over again I would probably have budgeted 3-4K for it.

Post # 15
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Photography isn’t our priority whatsoever (small courthouse ceremony, restaurant reception with maybe 20 guests). People love to tell me I’ll regret it, but I really don’t think I will.

It sounds to me though that you might regret not having pictures of the ‘big’ parts of your wedding, like your ceremony and key parts of the reception, and family pictures. I think other posters’ suggestions of looking for a photographer to shoot just shorter times. In the winter especially it can be easier to find photographers who are willing to shoot by the hour if they don’t have full day events booked. If having pictures of these things are going to matter to you, you should at least look into it, even if you don’t think your wedding is ‘grand’ enough.

Post # 16
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Small weddings are just as fabulous as a big wedding!! Dont ever doubt that! None of you ever doubt your wedding size, decor, or the like..


I personally love to photograph small weddings, you get to spend more time and its more relaxing instead of rush rush because of a time line.. and 150 people to fed!


Just get a few hours of coverage.

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