For anyone that is planning their wedding, what are you looking to spend and what are you expecting to have in your package?
When Sara and I were planning our wedding we were wondering what to spend on our wedding photography. I knew that it would cost a lot, but I was willing to spend the money on my wedding pictures, and a videographer. I knew once our wedding was over, that all we would have left would be our memories. So many friends of ours say that they never bought an album and wish they had something to look back on. Some friends decided on just having a friend take some pictures with their personal point and shoot camera, but were sad to say that a lot of the pictures came out blurry and some pictures didn’t come out at all.
We spent a little over 3,000 for our wedding photography and that was only about 6 hours and only came with a proofbook. We did end-up paying several hundred dollars more so we could have a DVD with all of the pictures from our wedding day. I knew it sounded like a lot, but when I thought about it, we had 2 photographers and the 6 hours was not all the time they were going to spend on our wedding. They would be spending a little more like 30 or 40 hours on our wedding pictures after they had to edit all 800 pictures. And they made us our proofbook and DVD with all or our pictures.
If you are just thinking, “Photographers charge too much for their services in my area! Maybe I will just ask my friend Sue to take pictures…” You should think about what you want to have for the rest of your life when looking back on your wedding day. You should think about it as an investment, and not just money you think you are throwing out the window. We were thinking the same thing when It came to having a videographer. I am so glad we changed our minds and invested our money in a photographer and videographer. Sara and I are always looking at our wedding pictures and made it a tradition to watch our video on every anniversary so we can remember how great our wedding was…