Post # 1
So i am on a budget and trying to figure out what i can cut out of a wedding package to save money. What is the most important thing to have included in a wedding package? Some things that would be include:
- Time. (I need lots of time)
- DVD of imagines (EDITED if can be) with rights.
Use the poll to vote and please leave advice and also any other ideas or name what the “other” is if you vote that in the poll! THANK YOU!
Post # 3
I would definitely cut prints first. If packages offer parent albums, I would cut those too. You can easily make albums through Shutterfly or myPublisher that would be fine for parent albums. I, personally, wouldn’t cut my own album though because they are made in higher quality books made for archiving so they don’t wear down over time.
Post # 4
Your poll is somewhat unclear, but I had a photographer that gave me an edited full rights high resolution DVD, and then I am planning to make photobooks using My Publisher instead of albums and print only a few copies to be framed. It was much cheaper than having the photographer do prints or provide an album.
It was also important to me to have a second shooter – he got lots of the candid shots and was able to get different angles during the ceremony.
Post # 5
The most important thing in a package is good photos. I’m not saying you haven’t thought of this, but I see so many threads and talk to so many people that are completely caught up in stuff. Stuff can always be purchased later. Why not maximize the quality of the photos themselves by spending as much as you can for a good photographer (or two)?
Post # 6
I am saving money in that department by letting a very good friend do the photography for engagement photo shoowedding he wedding. She just started her ownbusiness and takes great photos
Post # 7
@continuumphotography: +1. Even if you are set on getting prints and albums from the photographer, you can always save up after the wedding and buy them later on.
Post # 8
Time, and like continuum said, good photos. I tell all my clients, TIME is the one thing you can’t ever get more of after the wedding is over. People get so caught up in big packages and having everything right then. Yes, it might cost you a little more in the long run to purchase prints, a disk, or an album after the fact, but IMO it’s better to cut those things at first to afford a great photographer than go with someone cheaper who doesn’t do great work just so you can get those extras.
Post # 9
Time, 2nd photogaphers and DVD were my must haves. Most photogs I researched didn’t include albums anyways.
Post # 10
Having the rights and access to the prints is the absolute most important thing you should get. My photographer is giving me the rights to the photos. I plan on getting prints through Target and creating my own album. Another idea my photographer had was to wait on the album and order it with wedding money or as a 1 year anniversary gift.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
Definitely great photos, time, and rthe rights to the photos (: As long as we have the rights we can do prints and albums later. Time, quality, and rights are things that can’t be changed after the wedding.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d cut prints, then album. I’d keep the time and the digital photos with print rights. You can then get prints and an album later from anyone you want, but without the time, you won’t have the photos you want and without the digital images, you can’t get future prints or an album without going directly through your photographer.
Post # 13
@anc129: Target? Yikes! Try Mpix.
Post # 14
WOW thank you everyone for all your helpful feed back! I really appreciate it! I booked my Photographer Saturday! I went with someone who i felt would take care of me and i personally love their photos and know they are good because my best friend used them! I figured for the price it was worth getting the extra stuff, compared to everyone i have talked to or seen i felt comfortable with them the best. I went with David’s Bridal.
My package included:
Price- $1,564.92 (this is after tax and all)
8 hours coverage
DVD with jewel case (LOL) and copyrights
online hosting 12 months
album (super nice)
duplicate 10×10 keepsake w/65 photos
1 11×14 print
2 8×10 prints
4 5×7 prints
5 2×3 prints (wallets)
I also like that they have someone as a stand by so that if your photographer can’t make it someone will, that was important to me. I need to feel safe! Hope i made the right choice, i feel i did and my fiance very much agreed.