Budget Wedding Photography
On a tight budget? Many brides and grooms have asked us for tips
on budget wedding photography. And we're pleased to oblige.
Firstly, don't underestimate the importance of using a professional
photographer. That may not sound like a great money-saving tip,
but your wedding photographs will preserve the biggest day of your
life. Instead of dropping it from your budget, spend time investigating
the options. Budget wedding photography is about spending your
money wisely not making a decision you could regret.
Wondering how to pay for the photographer? Why not save in another
area of the wedding budget, such as the cake ask 3 friends to
make a layer each, and pay your local cake shop to ice it, then
decorate with fresh flowers. Or the reception decorations make
your own with lots of glass vases containing a single rose. There
are plenty of things you can do yourself for the wedding but
wedding photography isn't one of them.
But don't despair. You can still save yourself money. Here are
our top tips for budget wedding photography.
Obtain plenty of quotations this will allow
you to get a good price. It also gives you leverage for haggling!
Use our nationwide database to find photographers in your area,
and request information from all of them. Of course you shouldn't
just depend on prices spend some time looking at their work and
choose a photographer who will take shots you'll love.
Recommendations and Testimonials When choosing
a photographer, ask around for recommendations. This is by far
the best way to select your photographer, whether you want to save
money or you have a mega budget to spend. Recommendations will
also help ensure you're not just choosing on the basis of price
(tempting, we know).
Credentials Check that your photographer is
accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photographers
(LBIPP, ABIPP or FBIPP), The Master Photographers Association
or the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, all of whom
bind their members to a Code of Professional Conduct. This is your
way of ensuring that your photographer will behave in a professional
manner at all times.
Ask a friend Let's be honest. It isn't a good
idea to ask a friend to take your wedding pictures. Even a friend
who fancies themselves as a hot shot could make a mistake on the
big day, which would probably cause a bit of a rift! These photographs
are all you'll have to remember the day for years to come so
we can't emphasise strongly enough the importance of hiring a photographer.
However, what you can do is ask friends with digital cameras to
shoot the event from a guest's perspective. Then you'll have a
charming mix of professional portraiture and informal pictures,
which you can mix and match in your wedding album.
Buy a pack of disposable cameras You can order
cameras in white or gold especially for weddings. Put one on each
table at your evening celebration and add a tag asking guests to
take some pictures and return the camera to a nominated relative.
This usually leads to some entertaining photography as the wedding
party gradually becomes more tipsy
You can include the results
in your main wedding album, or you can compile an extra book of
Negotiation ask your photographer whether you can keep
Some photographers will allow you to have the negatives after
the wedding. This means that after the first set of prints, you
can get prints made yourself on the high street (or online) at
a cheaper price. If you have relatives and friends who will want
reprints, this is a good way to do it.
Buy your own album instead of a package where
the photographer puts together your album, make it yourself after
the wedding. It's a fun project the two of you will enjoy, not
to mention saving yourself a few pounds! If you don't have the
cash for a nice album, put one on your Wedding List. Or, if you're
going somewhere longhaul, why not find a unique album while you're
on honeymoon? You'll often find albums among the handmade souvenirs
in markets in India , Africa and Malaysia probably for a fraction
of the price you'd pay over here.
Don't forget that there are plenty more ways to cut back on your
budget wedding photography should be somewhere at the top of your
priority list. Start your search using our photographer