Post # 1
I know little about getting wedding photography.
We’re on a tight budget. I want to know, are prints necessary? Can you make a nice DIY wedding album yourself using the DVD (or whatever it is you’re using), assuming they’re nice quality, of course….
Post # 3
IMO, the DVD is far more important than prints. If you have the DVD, you can make your own albums and print out your own images in the sizes you quite cheaply. I know a couple people on here have used sites like http://www.snapfish.com to create albums, and you can print fairly decent quality images even from places like Wal-Mart. And if you have the DVD, you can print out as much or as little as you like!
The other thing you can do is ask your photographers about the option to purchase prints later, after all the other bills are paid. That’s something we are asking about too.
Post # 4
My photographer asked that if I printed his work myself, I use mpix.com. He thinks they have the best diy printing available.
Post # 5
I used snapfish and got my prints and a photobook from there 🙂 Professional prints weren’t necessary, imo. CVS, Snapfish, and Shutterfly all give new customers free prints (just pay for shipping) and it can really cut down on your cost that way. I bought like 200 prints for $20 or something from snapfish. It was a package thing that you just use when you are ready. It doesn’t have to be all at once, so if you only want 150 wedding prints, you can still save your left overs for up to like, two years or something, and use them for something else.
Post # 6
The prints aren’t necessary but you need to make sure that you get the high-resolution pictures on a disk so that you can print them at home.
Post # 7
Oh, and you may also want to check in with your photographer about retouching. My photographer will only be retouching photos I order from him, although I will get all of his photos on DVD high-res. So if I order a 3×5 from him, for example, he’ll still do the retouching, and then I’ll order it from mpix.com in an 8×10.