Post # 1
I’m looking for advice/insight regarding which photography package we should go with. We originally decided on a 1500$ package that includes coverage of the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail party, reception, cake cutting, speeches and a trash the dress session the next day. It also includes a hard cover photo book. My issue with this package is that it only includes 200 photos (put onto a CD and a online slideshow). They are photographing so many events and the idea of having to narrow all of that down to 200 photos really doesn’t seem like enough. Everyone I talk to seems to disagree, but I love photos and I really want to remember this day.
They also offer a larger package, which includes all photos that are taken. I LOVE the idea of this, but it’s 2950$. It includes everything the smaller package does, plus a 30X20 canvas. I really want to go with this package, but it just seems like SO much money. I know my Fiance thinks that’s a crazy amount to spend on photos as well, though I know he will make it work if that’s what I want.
I wish there was a package inbetween, but there is only one and that includes 300 images and I still feel like that just isn’t enough.
Post # 3
Many of the photos she will take, will probably be duplicates of the same pose or with the same people. If she lets you pick your favorites for the 200, then I think you should be ok. But if you have a lot of guests and want pictures of every moment at the reception, I’d say go with the larger package.
Post # 4
My Fiance and I went from a $600 package, to a $1700 package, to $2100 lol. It just depends on what’s worth it for you and what you want. We wanted to add on additional shoots (engagement and boudoir), so it made sense for us because these were included in the package upgrades, but our photographer gave us a bunch of in between options when we described what we wanted. I would talk to your photographer and see how much the smaller package with ALL the photos would be (so no canvas). Usually they’ll try to work something out with you. Good luck!
Post # 5
That’s not a lot of money for wedding photography. I think you’ll regret only having 200 pics!
Post # 6
Have you asked the photographer for a custom package? Maybe the $2950 one minus the canvas to bring down the price?
If you think about it, are you really going to look through hundreds of wedding pictures on a regular basis? The 200 pictures you receive are going to be the best of the best. These are the pictures you’ll want to display and put in an album. I have 600+ photos, some of which aren’t my favorite. And I could probably narrow those down to the 200 best, especially there are multiples of alot of shots (ie: one of me smiling, one of me with a serious face). Just something to think about….
Post # 7
Go with the package that includes all the photos. I paid to get every shot and the rights to all the photos. Most photographers offer X amount of photos in a package and those X amounts are selected by the photographer; not you. 🙁
Post # 8
I was pretty torn b/c I think you should get whatever you want on your special day. But I voted for the smaller package based on my experience.
My photographer took over 1000 photos and it was actually pretty easy to narrow it down to choose 200. But if you feel like you’ll be missing out on those other photos, then go for it.
@coffeegal85: That is a great idea. Ask if they can reduce the price without the canvas.
IMO, $2950 is a very high price for photography.
Post # 9
I think it just depends on how much you care about the photos. I don’t care if I get duplicates, people with their eyes shut, etc, I want them ALLLLLL! Haha. Photos were a high priority for me, so I was pretty dead set on getting as many as possible.
Post # 10
Yikes I dislike the packages! I love getting all the photos I got. Maybe the first package can give you all the photos and only 200 edited? That would be enough of the edited.
Post # 11
What if you cut out photos of the rehearsal dinner? I feel like that’s something not as memorable/special, and you and your loved ones can just snap your own photos. That would be one less event to take away from your 200 photos.
You said there’s an option for 300 photos… how much is that package? 100 more photos is a LOT!
Post # 12
@Miss Otter: This is also a good point.
When we were deciding on our budget, my uncle made a good point to us. He said “Cut back on photography. You’ll be very excited about your pictures in the first year but after that you won’t hardly look at them.” And Darling Husband said to me “It’s not abou the quantity or quality, it’s about having some photos to remember the day”.
Post # 13
That’s a lot but I still think it’s worth it. Are you getting a second shooter and all day coverage for that price too?
Post # 14
i say smaller. we got all photos – theres about 2400. i am so overwhelmed and there are so many stupid pictures that i wish i never saw because its just a waste of my time. people mid sentence just things that didnt turn out. i would have much rather had a smaller amount of pictures that had the photographers 100% attention and detail to each one vs all of us being overwhelmed and wasting time.
Post # 15
@lanalnoco: The 300 photo package is 2200$. We probably won’t be having a offical rehearsal dinner (more like a welcome dinner), so I’m fine with not having it photographed.
Post # 16
@Corinninninn: We’re getting a second photographer for the ceremony, but that’s it. Our reception is going to be more like a dinner party, so I’m fine with not having two there.