Because beautiful pictures are almost non-negotiable.
Unlike your wedding flowers or spread dessert, your wedding pictures will last forever, so you obviously want them to be amazing. Hiring a professional wedding photographer and videographer is really the only way to get those crisp, high-quality shots and tear-jerking clips which capture every moment of your day. Realistically, you should plan to allocate 10–12 percent of your total wedding budget to video and photos.
It may be tempting to skip a professional shooter or ask a friend to take pictures — but trust us, not hiring photo and video pros is one of the biggest, most common wedding regrets for couples who have not. If you're on a budget, it's not the answer to missing out on gorgeous images — instead, follow these money-conscious tricks to save on wedding snaps.
1. Find packages to suit your budget that you can customize.
Make a list of the styles and types of photographs and video that you want before you hire a photographer and videographer. That way, you're going to go into the hiring process knowing how your package should look. This allows you to pay only for exactly what you need, be it a certain number of hours of coverage, extra sessions, multiple shooters or digital photo file access. "The build-your-own package system helps clients make the most efficient use of their budget," says Jenna Henderson, a Nashville-based photographer.
Photo detail: Northport Long Island New York
4. Have your reception and ceremony at the same venue.
Wherever you choose to say "I do" and party can potentially affect the price of your photo and video. By hosting the ceremony and reception at the same venue, you'll have more time to take portraits, cover the cocktail hour and more, as you don't have to spend time traveling to multiple locations. In fact, you will also end up saving in a few other ways, such as transportation, rentals and charges for the location.
5. Get a referral from a dear photographer.
If you've been crunching numbers over and over again and still can't get the wedding photographer or videographer you want to work for your budget, don't give up. In other ways, they might still be able to help, like giving you a referral to another pro with a similar style within your budget.
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