(Closed) why can’t david tutera pick me :(

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I’m sorry you feel that you can’t have your “dream” wedding, but I think about a lot of us who are on a budget feel your pain.  Maybe you should hold off another year to give yourself an opportunity to save some more first?


As far as a photog, have you checked Craigslist?  Maybe you could find a very talented beginner in your price range?  I actually don’t think $2000 is too much to pay for photos – your photog is probably a pro so in addition to paying for their tiem, you are also paying for their talent AND all the post wedding processing.  It’s not “just” the time on your wedding day.

And why are you paying for hotel rooms for your oot guests?  That should be something that is on them.


Good luck!!

Post # 4
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Aaaaw Why dont you just wait a little longer? I would hate to hink you miss out on a wedding of your dreams because of money… Also dont invite a lot of people just close friends and family! I totally would have done that if I could have gotten away with it!

Post # 5
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That is very nice of your parents to give you what they can for your wedding. My parents are giving us a little bit, but mostly we are just saving up ourselves. Just by doing things like not eating out, canceling the gym membership and getting outside, not getting nails done or haircuts, etc. My fiance is even looking for a part time job to supplement our incomes.

2000 for pics is pretty reasonable to me. Our photographer is around 3000…but the pics are the only thing we’ll have left so I want good ones. That is not to say you couldn’t find a student, or someone who is new to your area and looking to build their portfolio.

There are lots of ways to save…just keep an open mind and don’t stress too much. After all, it really is just one day out of many you get to spend with your love.

Post # 7
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe you could find a photog student to take your pics?  Is there a college nearby?  They would probably love the experience and you’d get a good deal!!  David Tutera is great- BUT- there is no reason you can’t do what he does- for much less!!  Think in terms of a single type of flower- and lots of them for impact!  You can do it girlie!  Think positive!

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you thought of looking for a student at an liberal arts college that is majoring in photography? You can get away with good photographs for next to nothing and they get to build their portfolio. 

If you have a liberal arts college nearby, go and put a notice up on their board in their community room or whatever they call it.


Post # 9
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m sorry you’re feeling like this. A lot of people feel that way when they’re on a budget. I’m with you on thinking that 2k is too much for photograpghy. Then again, it’s not one of my priorities. I second trying a post on craigs list for the amount you can pay. Sometimes a student will do it for cheap to enhance their portfolio.

Post # 10
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you looked at any photographers who offer a la carte options? A lot of the ones I  was looking at offer packages for people who don’t need eight hours of coverage. You can sometimes buy hourly for like 200 an hour or so. I know it’s easy to get discouraged…but you’ll make it happen.Laughing

Post # 11
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m confused-why do you have to be married to finish school? And why will your credits expire? I think they are good until ten years.

Post # 13
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I didn’t have quite as low a budget as you, but there are ways to make it work…you just need to decide what your priorities are. I had my wedding on a Sunday afternoon and brought in my own alcohol to minimize costs. I was able to find my photographer for free on the Classifieds board here on Weddingbee; she was a commercial photographer looking to change fields and needed to photograph some more weddings to build her portfolio. I’m also in the Offbeat Bride Tribe and I found a fabulous invitation designer who designed all of our paper goods (I made them all) for under $50. There are deals out there, but it does take a LOT of time and energy to find them.


Alternatively, if you really want a big wedding, why not have a courthouse wedding now, so you can live together at school, and then have a big wedding when you have some more money saved?

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