How to Save on Wedding Pictures
Find wedding photography that meets your needs and your budget
By Trisha Berendt
Wedding photography can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000, depending on where you live. If you're trying to save money on your wedding, there are ways to cut the cost of your wedding pictures without sacrificing quality. Most wedding photographers are willing to adjust their prices in order to fit your budget. Plus, there are ways to save money on prints.
- What You Need to Know
- Make sure the photography contract stipulates that you will receive digital copies of the photos, as well as permission to print them. You can save a lot of money on prints and photo albums by printing your own once you have the raw files.
- Asking a friend to take your wedding photos might work if he is familiar with basic portrait photography.
- Supplement your professional photos by leaving disposable cameras on each table at the reception and encouraging guests to take pictures of the event.
Research photographers in your area. The average price of wedding photography depends on where you live and what the business is like at the time. Compare prices, keeping in mind each photographer's experience and quality as well as what they offer in their wedding packages.
Determine how long you need a photographer at the event. Many photographers base the price of their packages on how many hours they'll be working at your wedding. If you want the photographer to capture the cutting of the cake and the first dance, schedule these for the very beginning of the reception. This way, he won't have to charge you for the time spent waiting for these events to occur.
Pick a wedding photography package without all of the frills. You can save money by turning down an engagement photo session or by choosing a package without extra prints or enlargements. Skip buying a photo album through the photographer and design and print your own.
Get written copy permission from your photographer as part of the package. While it may cost extra money up front, you could end up spending more money without it. Although you are hiring a photographer for your wedding, the copyright still lies with him or her. If you don't get digital copies, as well as written permission to reproduce them, you'll have to spend an inflated price for enlargements and prints through the photographer.
Save money on printing by bringing your written copy permission and digital copies to a one-hour photo store. The staff will be able to give you prints for a fraction of the cost you'd pay for your photographer to do it for you. Alternatively, you can look for online photo services, which offer software to design your own wedding photo albums and will print them on the cheap.
About the Author
Trisha Berendt is a freelance writer and professional wedding photographer.
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