There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding, and everything costs money. From the wedding gown, shoes, venue, and flowers, to reception food, invites, and souvenirs, it can be expensive once you add everything up. One of the main considerations is the wedding photos.
Wedding money saver:
Ask a friend who’s a photography enthusiast to take photos for the rest of the event
Of course, everybody wants to have high quality photos on their wedding day, but getting a professional photographer can put a dent on your wedding budget. But don’t worry. There are several ways to save money on a wedding photographer, enabling you to have a budget wedding and still get amazing photos. Here are six budget wedding ideas to consider:
1. Hire a professional wedding photographer only for several hours, not an entire day
He/She can be in-charge of all the formalities, and ask a friend who’s a photography enthusiast to take photos for the rest of the event.
2. Take advantage of social media
Nowadays, a lot of people have social media accounts. Create a hashtag for your wedding and encourage guests to use it when they post photos on their accounts. If you prefer candid shots over staged ones, you’ll surely enjoy looking at photos taken by your guests.
3. Book early
Just like in choosing a venue, it pays to book early not only to give you a chance to look at several options but also to save more cash. Some wedding photographers offer discounts if you book early. Also, you can ask if you can get some discounts when you pay the total amount upfront.
4. Hire someone from your area
Consider getting a local photographer. You can save money in this way since you don’t have to deal with additional costs on transportation.
5. Inquire about referral discounts
There are many wedding photographers who offer referral discounts. If they do, you can post your photos on social media and/or to your friends who will soon get married. Who knows? Someone may like the quality of photos and hire your photographer as well.
6. Consider getting a digital package
Buying the digital rights can be more expensive, but if you opt for digital, you can print your own photos and save a lot of money. It’s less expensive than getting a full package with the prints. Another option is to have the digital copies first, then get the prints and albums later on if you want once your budget allows it.
Got other wedding budget tips? Share your ideas in the comments section.