Post # 1
We have found a great photographer in our price range!! Yay!! There are 2 pkges the second is doable but pushing the budget a bit.
$795 – 3 hrs however we like (inc travel times between locations) photographer and his wife and maybe a third. We have mapped it out and can do a fe photos at home putting dress on the they go shoot the boys at the ceremony site… ceremony, family/group shots at site then quick location shoots on way to reception, arrival, mock cake cut. (he agreed to go to 3.5 hrs for us)
$1300 (will do for $1100 as we booked that day) 4.5 hrs inc all above be dives us a little more time and maybe some cocktail hr shots.
Both inc 300 photos that show the story of the day profesionally edited ready for printing and all the rest the took we recieve unedited with full copyright to do as we please.
We are also planning to get to parent books as gifts for the parents at $170 ea.
What would you do?? I budgeted for approx $800-900 max for photos.
PS I want to make my own album for us.
Post # 3
@batamont: I would ask if you can have fewer photographers in exchange for more hours. I would see if they will do 7 hours with one photographer (everything else the same as the first package) for $800. Since you’re halving the # of photographers but doubling the number of hours, it should be ok that the price is the same as package 1. With this package you can cover more events (getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour photos, cutting cake and first dance) instead of rushing everything and still missing the reception photos (first dance, cutting cake ect.).
ETA: Don’t do the parent books. Instead get a print and frame it. (Or a few, but either way it will cost less and still be meaningful. I would do a print of you, your husband and the the set of parents [and siblings] who is receiving the photo.)
ETA 2: My photographer offered us parent books for $100 each so the ones your photographer is offering aren’t a good deal unless they are huge or include a ton of photos or both. I think the one my photographer offered was 5×5 with 20 sides.