Capture these Moments
The Photographs and
The average cost of a wedding photography package is hovering
just above the $3000 mark and videography is now very rarely under
$1000. This buys you a permanent reminder of your big day, all
the effort you put in and the people that were there to show their
love and support. Many couples make the mistake of under spending
or cutting this area of the budget, only to find themselves disappointed
in the future when they don't have the photographs they'd like
and a grainy wobbly video, or worse yet, no footage at all. Find
a happy medium and we'll look at some tips to get you high quality
photos and footage at far less than those average prices.
Comparison shop like crazy! Prices can vary incredibly between
photographers and videography studios. Hunt through the yellow
pages as well as online. Quite often there are brilliant professionals
who choose not to pay for big glossy advertisements or who only
take on weddings as a sideline. You often find these photographers
are less into the 'pressure selling' and package pushing that
big flashy studios are known for.
Get recommendations from people you know you were married recently.
Have a look at their photos and albums and ask (discreetly) about
the costs. The chances are that if he/she did that wedding well,
they can do the same for you.
- Consider only booking your photographer for part of the day.
A common short booking is just the ceremony, family portraits,
couple portraits and some photos at the reception (cake, guests
seated at tables, mock first dance etc). After this, get family
members to take the photos. Worst case scenario (family photos
are duds) you still have good quality photos for the majority
of your wedding.
- Ask to receive all photographs in digital format only. You can
source affordable photo printing at lots of stores these days.
It also puts you in control of reprints and saves more money in
- Never be bullied into accepting pre-set photographer's packages.
Chances are there are going to be photo sizes in there that you
won't want or want less of them than is set. Get an itemized price
list from the photographer and just order what you would like.
Packages are real money-spinners for photographers and videography
studios – don't make it too easy for them.
- Don't spend hundreds of dollars getting the studio to put together
an album for you. They are always ridiculously overpriced AND
you need to pay extra for the prints in them as well. With the
advent of scrap-booking craft, you probably already have someone
in the family that could help you make your own unique album for
less than a tenth of the cost!
- Look outside of your home town. Shari found a wedding photographer
who did great work and was charging $1000 less than her other
quotes. Problem – they were 4 hours away. She paid the photographer
an extra $200 travel allowance and still got her photos and saved
$800 on what she otherwise would have paid.
- Beware of photography studios that offer you a 'free' engagement
portrait sitting. While many of these offers are legitimate (you
will need to buy the expensive prints if you want them though)
other less reputable studios refuse to give you access to the
prints unless you agree to buy their wedding packages! Always
check the conditions on 'freebies'.
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