Thanks all for your input!!!
@Treejewel19: I havn’t booked any other vendors yet but we have pretty conservative estimates for everything else and very little wiggle room :/
@Eradicatereality I agree as well photography is very important as it’s the only thing we have to document our day!
@lilbluebird Exactly, weddings here are expensive and with soo many unknowns at this point – that’s why I’m so lost.
I don’t want to go the friend route, lol. I’m just already envisioning bridges burned if I end up hating the photos/ being super specific (bridzilla) nitpicky when the time comes and…ugh…too much drama I don’t want to deal with.
@sheepandbear @kes18 This is 6k – NO ALBUMS! BUT – there is an engagement session included which is about 500 or so of the total but to be honest, engagement sessions weren’t even a thing we considered before. Just venue so far and nothing else.
@LuluInLove Those are good points and I agree with you about the friend thing. But it’s primarily bc I just don’t trust a friend will take it seriously and capture what I want. I only looked in SoCal because I didn’t want to pay travel expenses but that’s a good point – I could find one for less INCLUDING travel expenses!
I know this cost is seriously HIGH but also just some background on us- The Fiance has dabbled in photography and I have a background in art & design, so we can definitly spot the difference between 2k photogs vs. 4k+.
I knew venue+reception would be a bit over 50% of budget and I can’t see this changing because food is also VERY IMPORTANT to us. I put our budget into one of thos budget calculators online and everything broke down into what I think are very conservative estimates for our area, but doable provided I beg, borrow, DIY, and save – like wash-out-pickle-and-jam-jars-for-centerpieces save).
By booking this photographer, we’re basically ALREADY over budget and we’ve barely begun! I think I’m ok with going over if this is the ONLY thing we go over budget on, but it’s just scary because it’s still soo early and who knows what will happen?
I had heard before of brides going over budget but damn, I didn’t think it could be with ONE VENDOR!