So you want a beautiful wedding that your guests remember and social media "likes" and pins for years to come? Unless you plan to elope or head to the courthouse downtown, it'll cost you money. That's just the long and short of it. But, that doesn't mean you have to make sacrifices or go without.
Many often consider the large expenses (dress, photography, venue, DJ, catering, etc.) but forget how quickly the last-minute, nickle and dime expenses can add up. This puts a lot of weddings over budget and under stress. So, how can you start your beautiful new life together with the least amount of financial burden? The answer isn't as sexy or elegant as you may think. Strategic planning.
Now, I am going to use photography as the basis to my argument since it's what I'm most familiar with and, admittedly, it can be one of the larger expenses. But, these ideas can be used for other expenses you may encounter.
Many photographers offer packages at various price points and time offerings. (See my wedding packages as an example here.) Some of those range from about 5 hours to all day coverage. Now, obviously the more time the photographer spends on your wedding, the more expensive it becomes. So, it becomes a game of give and take: you have to decide what events are most important so you can get most of the day covered without sacrificing too much. But, with that strategic planning I mentioned above, you can have everything you want in a more comfortable budget.
Say the photographer's entry package is the only one that fits within your budget and includes 5 hours of coverage. But, you think to yourself: "I am getting ready at 1, getting some picture before, the ceremony starts at 3, formal pictures after and reception at 5. But, what about all the special events like first dances, cake cutting and all the fun we will be having? The reception doesn't end until 10, there is a lot of awesome moments that can happen in that time.) I want to get pictures of me and the girls (or, me and the guys) getting ready, but that means I am over the 5 hours!!!"
Take a breath...
Here comes the strategic planning!
So using the information above, and the limiting 5-hour photography time frame, here is my timeline suggestion to keep everything on track. (Save this, print this and adjust it to fit you!)
Of course, just adjust the times and time frames to fit your wedding and take full advantage of your (hopefully) newfound knowledge. I hope that this will help you get the most from your wedding photography without going into debt! And, as always, if you have any questions or want to book, use the form below!