Post # 16
maebae : Just commenting to say that you definitely get what you pay for. Splurge on your photography!
I was too frugal and went for a cheap photographer, and it is my biggest regret from our wedding. We were so disappointed in our photos, and it’s something that we can’t really ever get back.. sure we could get dressed up again and re-do some photos, but there are so many photos with important people that we didn’t get because our photographer was stressed out.
In my area, $3400 would be high end for a photographer, so that’s a lot of money to me.. but if I could go back and change one thing about my wedding – it would have been to spend an extra $2k on an expensive photographer.
Post # 17
I got an inexpensive photographer (2000) BUT, and this is a big but, this is a student who my photographer brother knows and trusts to take good photos. We are also flying the photographer and her second from the east coast to CA to take photos and will end up paying 3500 anyways. For us it was worth it because that was the going price in CA anyways and we know can trust that we will get good photos. I’d rather spend 3500 and be sure to get good photos than 2000 and run the risk of not having any I like because 2000 is still a lot!
Post # 18
I agree with the above, photography is worth the splurge. If you splurge on nothing else splurge on the photographer. For the most part no matter what else happens your wedding will be super fun and perfect and you won’t notice how things look too much, you’ll be caught up in the moment. But you want to remember it in a beautiful way. A great photographer can make any wedding look beautiful and amazing while a bad photographer can make even an incredibly beautiful wedding look terrible. We splurged on the photographer more than anything else and I’m SO glad we did.
Post # 19
Honestly, you don’t need 10 hours. It’ll be about 4 hours of “action” and 6 hours of the same people dancing and sitting. We hired our photographers (2 shooters) for 5 hours for $1500 and I have no regrets. The only thing we really had to move around at all was the cake cutting up a little bit to around 8:45 right before they left. Otherwise they got getting ready, bridal portraits, ceremony, family portraits, couples portaits, wedding party, first dances, cake cutting, and about an hour of people dancing all in 5 hours.
Post # 20
To give posters a more detailed view of my “vision” for the day. FI and I go to the courthouse (just us two + photog) say around noonish, then meet family and friends (30-60 people?) at his parents’ house to have a bonfire in the backyard all night. There may be a cake cutting but other than that no real “ceremony” or traditional reception. Keg, cornhole, beer pong, possible inflatable water slide. Maybe 10 hours and two people is a little excessive but his packages are labeled ‘non-negotiable’ and the next size down is only 4 hours for one person which I’m not sure is enough. I don’t know..maybe the event I’m thinking is casual enough that it’s not necessary?? I’ve been flip flopping all day.