Now, I have no shame in saying my photography is one area where I am ready to put down a chunk of change. The pictures from our day will be what stay with us, and let’s face it, what helps us piece together the missing parts of the whirlwind we call Wedding Day. Aside from venue, I probably put more energy into finding a photographer than anything else. I scoured websites, requested quotes and haunted craigslist looking for deals while still getting a desired result. You see, I am one of those artsy-fartsy people…Yes, I Instagram and add filters and like photographing old buildings just for the heck of it. So I don’t want your everyday, “1…2…3 and bridal party jump” pictures. I want pictures that other people look at and say “That’s so creative…it’s so whimsical…what great quality”.
Yay….the thing about that…most of those type of photo producing packages start at $3500 and when your budget is $5,000-$6,000, it’s a little hard to justify spending over half the budget on photographs. We have some friends who do great work and they were willing to cut us a deal. Unfortunately, it was still outside our range and we didn’t think it was fair to ask them to book a day at half price when they could be getting full price from someone else. I also found a good photographer on Craigslist who had recently relocated and was looking to build her local client base. We met with her and were really considering her work, but when it boiled down to it, her style was not quite what we were looking for.
Then one day, my wonderful daddy had a wonderful idea. See, my younger brother is getting married later this year as well (I know, no pressure mom and dad). My dad reached out to a photographer he knows who, if his portfolio is any indicator, does amazing pictures! Rich and full and artistic, basically just what we have been looking for (if you want a sneak peek, go ahead and check out his work at http://www.chrisweaverstudio.com/Home.html).
My dad’s idea: What kind of deal can you make for booking two weddings in one year?
Long story short, because of our personal relationship and booking the two weddings at the same time, our cost came out to $1000 for each wedding-all day and full rights to the pictures. All for $500 under budget! So, as you are looking at ways to save money, don’t be afraid to pull resources and work together. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, so I guess two weddings in the books would equal 4 unaccounted for.