Post # 1
So I know our wedding isn’t for another two years but theres a photographer that we had completely fallen in love with that was actually within our budget. I look at the website at least once a week because I love the photos that much. Well I just looked again today and now the rates have gone up so that the cheapest package is now $600 more than it was a week ago!! How is that even possible? I understand prices going up but by $600!?! And if that’s just an increase of one year, by the time our wedding comes around will it be $1200 more?! Now it’s out of our price range and I’m pretty devastated. Photography was the only thing I really cared about and we’re on a tight budget and now it looks like that dream is coming to an end 🙁 I literally spent hours looking at photographers and this was the only one we liked that was affordable.
Has anyone else found huge price jumps when planning their wedding? It sucks! 🙁
Post # 3
Why don’t you talk with the photographer and see what he can do for you, and just because your wedding isn’t for two years doesn’t mean that you can’t sign a contract and lock in the rates.
Post # 4
Wow that’s a big increase. Maybe they had very low prices because they were new? If you wanted to book it now, you might be able to get it for the current price in case there are any changes later.
Post # 5
Def get in touch with the photog, there should be wiggle room on that. Also, check the exact details of the package- we don’t want an engagement session, so that knocked 250 off the cost, and we’re doing our own album on Blurb, will save there. Then check how many hours, and how many actual people you’re hiring – there may be ways to trim that without sacrificing too much.
Post # 6
My best guess is his prices were low because he originally was just getting into wedding photography & now that he’s had experience, he feels qualified to raise his prices. I did that, I started out asking a lower amount & since then, I’ve raised my pricing because I fully know what I’m doing. However, you may want to send him an email saying that you saw his website last week & are interested in booking him for your June 2012 wedding & if he would be able to apply the pricing from last week, that you’d like to sign a contract & pay the deposit (if you are) & see what he says. He may not be able to give you the previous pricing, however if you sign a contract now, make sure his pricing & what’s included in that pricing, is listed in the contract. If his rates go up in the future, you have a set price already that can’t change due to it being in the contract.
Post # 7
Where in Canada are you? I might have a recommendation!
Post # 8
Thanks for all the advice everyone, I really appreciate it and will definitely try to discuss things with him after I’ve talked to my fiance about it. I get the being new and then increasing your prices, but $600 in one year seemed like a lot to me. I’m not a photographer though so I have no idea, but it just bumped it way out of our price range. I’ll definitely try to discuss it though, because I don’t need all kinds of extras like a wedding album. I’m perfectly happy with one photographer and a dvd and I’ll just save up to develop the photos myself when I can afford it. I’ll definitely make sure that the price is in the contract though, thanks serabell!
And thanks Ottawabride2011, I’m in London though unfortunately, so probably too far away, but thanks!!
Post # 9
@summerlove – My recommendation is actually in Halifax 🙁 oh well! My suggestion would be to try booking the photographer now (not this one, I realize he’s now out of your price range). I booked in July 2009 for our May 2011 wedding and got the 2009 prices 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks that’s actually really good to know. Everyone else had told me I was crazy to try to book so far in advance so I waited….and now of course I’m majorly regretting it. So I’ll keep looking I guess and hopefully find one we can afford and book now! Thanks!