(Closed) Married Brides: Photog splurge or save?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Splurge or save?
    You only have one wedding day - go for the one you love : (60 votes)
    88 %
    Go for the cheaper one..in the end the pics look the same : (8 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Splurge splurge splurge (so long as you’re not going into debt) on the photographer! Seriously. Cutting back in other areas is really worth it. My thought about the $$$$ on our photographer/cinematographer was this: At the end of our wedding, the DJ packed up, the cake was eaten, dinner was over, wine was drunk. What did I have left? My husband (most important part there!), great memories, my dress, gifts from our guests. Photos were the most important part of remembering how it all happened, what all the little details were, the parts I missed. The day goes by SO fast, trust me, you’ll have a bit of a blur about a lot!

    I have friends who took the less expensive, “it’s not that important” option, and honestly, I’ve gotten calls from them bawling their eyes out that they hate their photos and that they wished they had gotten the other photographer. So if it’s within your means, DO IT! The things you cut back on you won’t miss.

    Post # 4
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you have the $, go for it.  If not- not.

    Post # 6
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m not married yet, but the one thing I hear my married friends say/regret is that they didn’t spend enough money on the photographer and they wish they would have. 

    Post # 7
    502 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    While I have (especially through weddingbee) seen amazing photography, I don’t regret my decision to go with a friend as photographer. I think she did an amazing job and while sometimes I look at other people’s pictures and think they are more artistic, I think that my pictures are beautiful and captured our wedding perfectly while still leaving us financially comfortable. Of course, I am very practical minded and I understand that it is not the same for everyone. But I just wanted to share my experience. (Also, if you do a less professional photographer, I think that a lot of it depends on your own research and what you bring to the table. I had lots of inspiration pictures and that helped immensely). 

    Post # 8
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    You don’t have to spend thousands to get a good photographer. It’s a matter of finding the right balance. If you’re not happy with the cost:quality ratio, keep looking!

    Post # 11
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would try to find a better photographer for less. But if these are your only two choices, I would pay for the more expensive one–but remember that your photos may not look like the portfolio, (just warning you so you won’t be disappointed).

    I was one of the people who was like, whatever, photos aren’t that important, and I delegated the task to my husband, whose choices that he was able to find in the very small price range were pretty bad. I managed to find someone for a little more money who gave us a huge discount (not normally a wedding photographer, but a professional who we knew socially) and the photographs are BEAUTIFUL. For someone who didn’t care about photos, I look at my photos every day, six months after I got married, adn I love them more every day.

    Post # 12
    2 posts
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think Bakerella put it best. My fiancé and I are facing a similar situation. The photog we really want is outside what we originally budgeted for photos.  We decided to sign with him after talking with married friends that were very disappointed in the outcome of choosing the cheaper option.


    You get what you pay for. This is definitely the area to splurge. Good luck in your planning!

    Post # 13
    2 posts
    • Wedding: March 2012

    And p.s., the pics will NOT look the same. A huge part of photography is editing skills!

    Post # 14
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    If you’ve found a photographer that you love that is a financial possibility and available on your wedding day, go with with them.

    If not, you’re going to spend countless hours wondering what could have been when you look at your pictures from your second choice.

    If you have to talk yourself into photog #1, they’re not the photographer for you.

    Your photographer is one of the most important (if not THE most) important vendor that you’ll book.  They are the only ones who continue to work for you after the wedding day is over and one of the only ones who will give you something tangible to look back on after the wedding day.

    Post # 15
    1371 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We saved majorly on photography.  We had originally wanted to splurge and go with a friend of my husband’s, but they were already booked on our date (a year in advance!).  Here’s my take on our photographer and package:


    • Cheap!
    • Great package; we got ALL the photos edited and unlocked for printing on DVDs, two slideshows to music, a photobook and a 11×16 framed picture
    • Pictures are good quality


    • Pictures not that ‘exciting’, mostly typical
    • Because he was not that experienced, he was not good at suggesting pictures and poses, so we had to wrangle guests and decide on poses a lot of the time ourselves

    Overall, I’m happy we didn’t spend thousands because we didn’t really have the money, and to be honest it’s not something you look at EVERY DAY.  When you first get the pictures you look at them several times and go “OOO AHHH”.  Then they go away until you take them out years later.  But that’s just me!

    Post # 16
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Ours was free- we were lucky enough that hubby’s aunt took photography and college. She was AMAZING! Took 1000 pictures, was coming up with tons of poses and cool ideas, and instead of waiting months to get them back, I only have to wait a couple weeks.

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