Wedding Photography on a Budget
Choosing your wedding photographer for your big day is an
important decision. These are the photos that will tell the story of your
wedding day for years to come. At the same time, you don't want to pay for
these photos for years to come.
The costs of your wedding photos can add up quickly. You
will need to pay the photographer a fee for covering your wedding. Then there
will be additional charges for your wedding prints and any albums you order.
However, quality wedding photos don't need to cost you an arm and a leg. Here
are some ideas for saving money on your wedding photography.
Photo by Jason Nelson
- Don't shop for a wedding package. Many photography studios
will offer bridal packages that include various prints and albums, and perhaps
a CD of digital photos. This may not be the most affordable option for you
though. Instead of signing up for a regular wedding package, pick and choose
the options you want. You might be able to put together a smaller package that
is within your means. You can also tell the photographer your budget and ask
what he or she can do for that price. If they understand that cost is a
concern, they will probably be willing to work with you instead of losing the
- Hold your wedding off-season. Certain seasons and months are
always more popular for weddings. By holding your wedding in an off-season, you
might be able to score a discount on your photography. Your other wedding
purchases might be less expensive then too.
- Use digital photography. Look for a photographer who offers
digital photography, instead of just traditional photography. This can save you
money because you can order a CD of digital photos along with your regular
prints. Just order the regular prints you need right now, and order more later
when you are able to. You might also decide not to print more and just keep
them in a digital format.
- Hire the photographer for a shorter session. The more time
your photographer spends at your wedding, the more you will be charged. Instead
of hiring the photographer for the entire wedding, just have professional
coverage of the ceremony. Then ask friends and family to cover the reception
for you. That can help decrease your costs significantly.
- Hire a student. College students learning photography are
eager to cover weddings. Their work may not be professional grade, but it could
still be of very good quality. Their prices will be a lot lower as well. For
students, weddings are good opportunities to build up their photography
portfolio. Another option is to hire someone who moonlights as a photographer.
Your wedding photographs will be displayed and enjoyed for
years to come. It is worth your time to choose a photographer you'll be
comfortable with, but it doesn't need to cost all your savings either. By
following these suggestions, you'll be able to have the wedding photographs you
want without going over your budget.
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