Comments on: Wedding Budget Do’s and Don’ts : Advice from a Wedding Planner helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:13:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vicky Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:58:00 +0000 The problem with this advice is it doesn’t really work with a budget wedding. Florists and flowers themselves are expensive, and a wedding planner? Seriously? On a budget? This just sounds like average wedding planning advice.

By: Cassie Sat, 31 May 2014 12:11:48 +0000 I do not agree with the florist point. No one needs a florist, especially if you only plan on using one for bouquets. Come on, no wedding needs to be 30,000. This guide may help someone save 100$ at the most.

By: Jennifer Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:08:16 +0000 Wedding photographer here — LOVE this! You hit the nail on the head with EVERY point here and I second each and every one!
Especially about the wedding photographer …

I had a few friends in the past, since I started my wedding photography business, who opted to not hire me nor another pro and have a friend or family member do it as a gift or for a really good “deal”. I can’t describe the personal pain I felt when I saw their photos posted online … ouch. I could tell that these were beautiful weddings, they put so much time and effort into all the details. But the photos … dark, blurry, grainy, off center, cringe-worthy!

NO details photographed, just standard “posing”, no ‘real’ moments and the ones that were, well, blurry and dark or overexposed with an improperly used flash.

SO much goes into your day and it’s over before you know it. You spend the money on the details. Spend the money to preserve them. Too many have told me they regretted not hiring a professional. You can always find someone in your budget. Even I did. I can’t afford MYSELF. But, I know lots of friends who do photography for weddings … and I was lucky to have someone who was willing to cut us a huge deal with a partial “gifting” of the overall cost. Look around and shop – even looking for a professional who offers a smaller package who would shoot for fewer hours or cut out the prints in the package in exchange for more time shooting, or work with a budget and payment plan … get creative, interview them, and find out who will help meet you half way. I do it for my brides, knowing that a budget is a big reality today. But I’m an investment.