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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

wedding budget tip 44: Find a photographer who offers his or her services a la carte.

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.

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!)

For your reference, you should totally check out these options for DIY wedding albums that we've reviewed here on the blog:




Libby James

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 makes a DIY wedding album a total no-brainer.

wedding budget tip 44: Find a photographer who offers his or her services a la carte.

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!


Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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