Post # 1
Just joined here. My best friend is getting married next May and is struggling to book a photographer within their budget.
As a married woman of almost two years I suggested making her pictures mid-level importance. I obsessed over our photos and we ended up shelling out roughly $7300 for our photos. The first few months after our wedding we showed our pictures to people and would often take them out and laugh about certain things that happened during the ceremony or reception. But after all the editing time the photographer spent editing we have one simple black and white picture of us hanging in the hallway and another of our family in our living room. Other than that the photos are in an album on the shelf. This is true for most people I know.
Now don’t get me wrong I really liked our photographer and our photos are quite nice but in hindsight we could have spend about $5000 less and probably would have still ended up with the same two black and white pictures sitting out in our home.
So I’m just curious, as a married person how important are your photos to you now? Do you wish you had spent more or less?
Post # 3
Well, since they are the only thing other than my husband I have from the wedidng still, they were VERY important. But there are lots of photographers that do a wonderful job and don’t charge you your first-born to get good pictures. So in a number, ours was rated in importance like a 9. But we also didn’t pay anywhere close to what you did for ours. Ours ended up being $1500 but for a $2500 package (she was a close friend and mentor of DH). But she has also been taking wedding picture for 20+ years, won multiple awards for her work and is well sought in her area. So tell your friend there is hope! It isn’t the choice between paying $5000 and getting wonderful pictures and payinf $500 for meh ones. There is a huge inbewteen still.
Post # 4
Photos were very important to me. After 1.5 years of marriage, I still look at them. I have pictures of our wedding all over the place. So I’d say they were a 9 on a scale of 1-10. Now the video….that’s another story. We watched it a couple times after the wedding, but I don’t think we’ve watched it in over a year. Still, I’m glad we have it.
Oh…and we eloped, so we got a five hour package for $500, and the pictures are GORGEOUS!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
I just wanted to say that this is a great thread. I’m wrestling with photography options/possibilities and am really curious to see other responses 🙂
Post # 6
On a scale of 1-10… 12! Years later, they’re all you’ll have besides your memories (and maybe a video if you opted for one).
I’m 100% happy with our photographers/photos. We splurged and spent 1/3 of our budget on photography with no regret.
Post # 7
Pictures are definitely a 10 for me. We don’t plan on hiring a videographer so these pictures will be the only momento we have to document it. I remember being young and looking at my parents wedding pictures and album and think they’re so beautiful and I want my future children to be able to do the same thing.
Post # 8
Pictures are definitely a 10 for us.
Our photographer is only $3000 and everything we wanted- creative, modern, trendy, fun; a total steal.
I feel like a good photographer can make even the most budget-conscious wedding look like a million bucks, and after it’s all over, all you’ll have (besides each other) are the photos anyway.
Post # 9
This is very helpful. I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding if I don’t have to. I like the idea of taking some photographs, and a videographer would be nice (just for the ceremony), but I don’t know how important they might be farther down the line.
Post # 10
@CraftyDIYbee: I am more like you. We didn’t spend that much on photography and we don’t even have any pictures on display. But I don’t think there is a right or wrong here- just different perspectives.
I personally hate houses full of photos of the people that live there (one or two fine but multiples yuck). I personally find it attention seeking/show offish but that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t find it delightful!
If it is important to you- then pay for it and if it isn’t then spend less!
However I do agree that some photographers and areas/regions have ridiculous prices for photographs but that can be said about anything wedding related!
Post # 11
To be honest I don’t remember how much was paid for photography at my wedding because I did not pay for it personally. I think it was in the $3,000 range and the photographer gave us a hefty discount.
On a scale of 1 – 10 I think I would honestly have to answer a 10. As I was planning the wedding I don’t think I realized the importance, but during the day and now afterwards, I really see how much having the types of photos I wanted and the quality of image that I wanted – how much it mattered to me.
My wedding was only a few months ago so I may not be the best judge of this long term, but right now I look at my photos all the time. I’m deciding which ones I want to frame and which to put in an album, I have a small album of my favorites on Facebook, I framed a special photo of my father and I for Father’s Day.. What else? I just love looking at the pictures and finding different uses for them and deciding which ones are my favorites to display (FYI we don’t even have any displayed yet)… in those moments I really see how getting the shots I wanted mattered so, so much.
Post # 12
When we were planning our wedding, we realized just how poor we were paying for all that college! Both of us refused to take on debt and realized that since I did not have a family to support me, or a dad to pay for things, we would not be able to have a “real” Americanized wedding if the cost of dresses or photographers well exceeded any hope of paying rent. Photographs were a 10 to me back then and now well over a decade later, they are a about a 4 because of the advances with digital media. We have one amazing photograph and a cute photo album of all the pictures my family took (some are really bad but I love that–it shows different points of view from that evening.)
Grand total of pictures–maybe $10? (Walmart developing LOL!!!!) Like I said, oh how poor we were, but too in love to care about what we couldn’t have.
Now I’m on this website ecstatic to be searching for my dream wedding ring now that we are all grown up!!! Good luck to all you girls. Be careful that you don’t lose sight of the actual big picture of your life though. Because we never took on debt, we were the only ones out of our young friends who could buy a nice house. Having our first 3 investment houses to rent out by the time we turned 30 was much more worth it in the end and I’m so glad we never paid for the wedding things. I look back at all my friends who paid for years on their $10-$30K weddings. Just be careful about getting swooped up in what you think you need. Just some 2 cents 🙂
Final advice for those on a photography budget–don’t overlook an up and coming photographer for their talent. Colleges are great places to find amazing photographers who don’t have a reputation yet. Save yourself thousands. (ie: we just had our family portrait taken by a college girl–most insanely modern, fresh, perfect photos I have ever seen. She’ll be a legend in this town one day!)
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
10 all the way. Still look at them regularly years later and with the hubs at least every anniversary. Also, as sad as this is to say, someday they will be one of the few places where we have pictures of all of our relatives when they’re no longer with us.
Post # 14
10…Gosh, I check out our photos and relive the moment. I’ve only been married a little less than a year though. So, it may seem important now and might change later.
Post # 15
But, I am an avid amateur photographer, so it was really important to me that the pics matched my vision! I think our photographer was the best money we spent on our wedding. We were lucky enough to not have to take on debt or have to choose between the photog we wanted and another important aspect of the wedding, though.
Post # 16
I would say 9/10 importance.