Post # 1
Just needed to vent. I first will say that I am very proud of how much I have accomplished with what little money I have budgeted for our wedding and am thankful to even have that money…… but, I have no money for a photographer. My family will take pics, but just looking at all these beautiful photographs here on the bee, I just get a little sad.
Wah wah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Okay, enough.
Is there something that you had to leave out of your wedding plans?
Post # 3
I am sorry to hear that! Did you think of asking someone – a student, a friend of a frirend, to come to solely take photos even if they arent professional?
Post # 4
my brother had a friend take his wedding pics and they were beautiful, this guy liked photography as a hobby
the people taking your pics, maybe you can show them what you would like – give them some eye candy so they have a concept of how wedding photography is being done these days
Post # 5
Well, we are getting married at the beach, and they offer photography but is way out of my reach.
Some of my fiance’s family will be there, but I want them to enjoy not have to worry about taking pics.
For my reception, I was thinking of asking a student, even paying them a small fee. Maybe I will look into this. Thanks.
Post # 5
complete 100% open bar like I always said I would… 🙁
Post # 6
We couldn’t afford a videographer. Every single one I looked at started at $900 just for 1 hour of service and didn’t include a DVD. Our friends are doing our engagement photos, and our photographer is a girl Fiance went to HS with, so she gave us a SUPER deal.
Maybe you can have a friend with a nice camera do your pictures, and then use photoshop to edit yourselfs.
We also decided to do a dessert buffet instead of full dinner so we could have more people since everyone wants to come to our wedding. I am doing a lot of DIY stuff like my bouquets, boutonniere’s and corsages. My shoes are simple from Joanne’s but are so comfy, and my invitations are also DIY from Joanne’s. Fiance made out STD’s and we had them printed at Walgreens. While we didn’t spend a lot of money so far, and our total wedding cost is about $4,000 plus my dress, we still had to go less expensive on everything.
Post # 7
We compromised on where we’re getting married. I swore up and down I wouldn’t get married in my hometown, but surprise surprise…
When faced with the average cost of the city I live in, we caved. Our entire wedding budget for our small-town reception wouldn’t even cover a venue rental here. I’m a little sad that the vision I always had for my wedding won’t come true, but so be it. It will be a beautiful wedding regardless.
Post # 8
Like @MissSnowball, I also wish we could afford a videographer . . .
Post # 9
Thanks for the photshop idea! I never thought about it, but that could totally give me the edge I am looking for 🙂
Post # 10
lack of funds for a garden wedding or more upscale venue!
Post # 11
I really want one of those photobooths! That would be awesome, but we can’t afford to.
I would definitely ask a student to do your pictures opposed to a friend. A friend might not be able to enjoy themselves knowing that they are “responsible” for taking your pictures.
As a former photography student, I can assure you that students are always looking for a gig. One suggestion: you might want to ask two students to be co-photographers. You wouldn’t have to pay them a lot (trust me, they aren’t expecting a lot). That way you can have more to choose from! Have them work as a team (if you go to a photography class I’m sure you can find two friends that work well together) so you have a variety to choose from as well. Good luck!
Post # 12
Check your local art school. I met my photographer at school (I’m an art student just not for photo) and she did engagement pics, memory mat, eight hours at the wedding, editing and 15 prints for 800 bucks. And that’s the whole deal. She has a 600 dollar option and she has some for even less than that. I know another friend of mine used her for like 3 hours and had to pay very little. It might be worth checking out. Even if it’s just an hour for formal portraits. You don’t have to pay tons of money for great photos!
Post # 13
I am sorry about you not being able to have a photographer, but you may get some wonderful pictures from friends and family. I suggest signing up with a site like Snapfish or Shutterfyl, so you can have your guests load all of their photos to that site. Then you can pick and choose which photos you want. Just make sure to make some little information cards for your guests with the link and the sign in information. Both sites are free.
We were able to budget for pro photographers, but they missed and/or lost some very crucial pictures. We were lucky enough to have a friend that takes pictures as a hobby, and he captured most of the missed and/or lost photos, so having a friend or family member take your pictures might not be such a bad thing at all.
I really wanted a videographer for our wedding, but there was no way we could fit it in our budget. I was very sad about this, even after the wedding; however, I ended up taking some of our photos and I made a really nice video myself. I used our first dance song for the background music and it turned out really nice. When I gave it to my hubby and he watched it, he cried because I was able to capture our day. It was very emotional for both of us. I used Window Movie Maker to make the video.
Post # 14
Also for some absurd reason I was really sad I couldn’t have ridiculous lighting in my wedding colors at the reception. I really wanted uplighting and all that jazz.
Post # 15
what area of PA are you in? I’ve seen a few photographers that will do weddings for $500, but all you get is the cd of images with all the rights to reprint.