(Closed) wanting a dream wedding but…(vent)

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m with ya. Worrying about money surrounds my wedding! And we are even getting a lot of help. Have a friend do pictures or just ask for a CD of the pictures instead of a book. Don’t feel bad… I’ve been pulling hair out since April!

Post # 4
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Breathe! It’ll be okay. I know it’s cliche, but everything will work itself out. Our wedding photographer was our friend. He is an amazing photographer. Guess how he got his businses off the grond? He put himself on Craigslist and offered up his services for FREE. Soooo hit up your local Craigslist and see if you can find a wedding photographer who is talented but needs to build their portfolio before they can start charging an arm and a leg! This is a bit risky, but the risky may pay off.


Post # 5
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It is very stressful. Id say just take a breather and calm down. I thought id never find a photog in my price range. And i researched my ass off. It took a while but i eventually found one. I also found that doing things yourself saves a lottttt of money. Are you DIY anything?? Just try to calm yourself a bit and relax. Im sure you will still have the wedding of your dreams:)

Post # 7
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Are you anywhere near a college or university? There are some VERY talented photographers lurking in art departments, just waiting for a chance to build up a professional portfolio! They’re a lot cheaper than a “real” professional because they NEED you and you’re sort of doing them a favor… but that doesn’t mean you’ll be sacrificing quality. You could help them rent the fancy equipment if they don’t own it, and let them go to town. 

Call a member of the art department faculty and see if he/she can recommend an outstanding student. Just don’t schedule your wedding for the weekend of finals :o)

Post # 8
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I posted an ad on craigslist asking for a photographer and I received 25 responses!!!!!!! Many people are able and willing to give up a day to take photos. I found a girl who is just starting out her business to take our photos she will be around for the whole day for $300 dollars. Craigslist is good for more than finding prostitutes…who knew?

Post # 9
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Have you thought about reallocating other parts of your budget so you can get the photographer you want? It definitely sucks trying to budget when everything is so expensive, but it will all work out and in the end, you have an amazing Fiance that wants to marry you!

Post # 10
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

– check if you have a weddingful.com for your area. great discounts on everything for wedding (it’s like groupon)

-Contact a photography school, hire final year students who need to build their portfolios.

(Still do your research for a photographer!)

-Ask a few semi-talented family and friends with good cameras to capture the day. Hope for the best.


Post # 11
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

where do you live? I have found 3 great ones in the NJ area ironically. The one guys is charing me like 800 for 8 hours and giving me all my pictures on a CD. Another post said to try craigslist and that is where I found my vendors.

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2004

I feel you and know the ups and downs through planning a wedding.  I hope you found something for your big day with all the wonderful advice that you were given.  When I got married in 2004 it was an absolute nightmare and being a photographer myself it was very hard for me to have a photographer go out of business the day after my wedding and I never received my wedding photos…..long story short there are many legitamte photographers out there who honestly help people that really don’t have the means and still provide them with a full coverage day.  While finding them can be quite hard there are many that offer their services at a lower cost then their average pricebecause  of hard times.  I know I do that a few times a yeaR just because of the heartache we went through and vowed myself to help those froM going through what we did.  We as wedding photographers want people to still have an amazing day knowing how heartbreaking it can be to have less then par wedding photos done on the most memorible days in your life.  So look for honest photographers…even if they haven’t dabbled in weddings before that have a great astecic you like with other styles and open up a dialog about the possibility of them taking wedding photos. Just some more ideas.  Hope you have found someone who fits your needs and if I can help in anyway…please feel free to email me and maybe I can find some more things about regarding services in your area!  Goodluck and hope you find what you need:)


Post # 14
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Glad you found a photography in your budget.  It does take some searching but it pays off.  I thought I would never find one in my price either and I did.

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