You don't get a "do-over" when it comes to wedding photos. But, that doesn't mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to produce beautiful photos. Keep reading, to learn more about saving money on pictures for your big event.
Book the Photographer ASAP
Wedding photographers tend to keep busy schedules, especially during peak wedding seasons. Because of this, many of them offer discounts for booking your wedding well in advance.
Once you've set your date, it's ALWAYS best to book a photographer as soon as possible. Because your rate will be locked in, you'll avoid paying more in the event the individual tries to charge more to keep up with rising costs.
Hire the Photographer for a Shorter Period
Many wedding photographers charge by the hour. So, hiring one for a shorter period of time means you'll pay less. How do you manage this? Get all of the professional photography out of the way before you cut the cake. Then, ask a friend or family member (who takes great pictures) to take care of photos at the reception.
Skip the Expensive Album
There are all sorts of options available for displaying the photos taken at your wedding. Both albums and wall photo arrangements are two of the most popular methods to help you remember your special day.
Whichever you choose, purchasing these supplies (albums, frames, mats, etc.) directly from your wedding photographer can prove to be pricey. Instead, visit your local craft store and buy what you need to make a display similar to those your photographer offers at a fraction of the price.
Buy Disposable Cameras
Disposable cameras are generally available for bulk purchase at party supply stores and online. Buy enough of them to place a few on each table at your reception. This way, guests can have fun snapping whatever photos they like. Once you get the film developed, you should have scads of great pictures to commemorate the day.
Of course, these are the only ways to save money on wedding photos. These tips are meant to give you a good place to start. Chances are; the more thought you put into it, the less expensive it will turn out to be.