Continuing with our Budget Wedding 101 series, let’s talk about photos. There seems to be some misguided through process out there that says you *have* to have a professional photographer that will charge you thousands of dollars. I’m sorry, but I just don’t agree with that. In case I haven’t mentioned it, I had a very nice wedding for well under $1k. That included photos. If you’re trying to have a budget wedding, this is the one area that you could easily blow the entire budget on. Here’s how I saved on them and still have gorgeous pics to remember the ceremony with.
To start, local (and budding) photographers are a great place to start. Not too long ago, I had our family photos done by a woman who was just trying to start her photography business. I paid $65.00 for my complete package and sitting fees and score some really nice family pics! Finding her was pretty easy with just a quick search on Facebook. Craigslist would also be another great place to find a cheaper photographer.
Another option would be to check any local colleges you have near you for any photography students who may be willing to do a trade with you. A lot of them are looking for pictures to include in their portfolio’s so they may be willing to shoot your ceremony and reception for cheap or even free!
Finally, if you absolutely can’t afford a photographer, ask a couple of friends and family members. Make sure that you have 2-4 of them each shooting. Between them, you’ll be almost certain to find the awesome shots you want.
If you do decide to go the Facebook, Craigslist or local college way, be sure that you check them out beforehand. You don’t want to pay for something that isn’t quality. Make sure to take a look at their portfolio and even contact references if you need to. By checking them out fully, you’ll be certain to get a quality set of photos for your wedding…AND stay within your budget!
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