This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post shares how booking an a la carte photography package can save you money.
Wedding Budget Tip #44:
Hire a photographer who offers their services a la carte.
If you’re looking to save money on your wedding, one place I never suggest skimping is on photography. At the end of the day, your photos will be basically the only physical and lasting memento of your wedding (unless of course, you love to hang out in your wedding dress on the weekends a la FRIENDS.)
But when it comes to cutting back, there are ways to make your photography spend cheaper without forgoing hiring a seasoned pro. Seek out shutterbugs who offer their services a la carte or even per hour, and be wise about the amount of time you choose to have them on site.
This wedding budget hack is perfect for capturing a staged wedding exit, and then sending your photographer packing before it gets too late into the evening.
You can hire a photographer for coverage on the day of, but skip the big pricey package that includes albums, prints, engagement, and bridal sessions, etc. A seasoned pro will be able to get amazing photos of you in your gown on the big day, so there’s no need to do that extra session if it isn’t in your budget.
And with the wide assortment of online album companies out there that give you the power to DIY your wedding album, this is something you can remove from your wedding day spend and choose to order it later down the line (like for your one year anniversary!)
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It’s totally doable and in most cases MUCH more affordable than going through a third party like your photographer. The variety of designs, quality and pricing make a DIY wedding album a total no-brainer.
So tell us: are you choosing a wedding photo package or an a la carte photography package?
Leave a comment below and let us know!
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Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.