When it’s time to plan a wedding, things get expensive fast. Between food, decorations, invitations, and the dress, photography seems like a good place to try and trim things down a bit.
According to a survey by marketwatch.com, 76% of those surveyed said they would have planned their wedding differently if they got to do it over again. One of the biggest regrets was trying to cut corners with the photography budget.
People often try and save money on photography in a couple ways:
1. Hire a hobbyist family member or friend, which is awesome if they do a great job, but it gets messy and uncomfortable if they don’t.
2. Try and split up the work by having a photographer take the photos and a friend or family member edit them. This creates delays in photo turn around time, but is just also logistically complicated.
3. Hire a photographer who has little to no experience. Shooting weddings can be a high pressure, and require more than just knowing how to push buttons on your camera to successfully document a bride and groom's big day.
All of these can be great ways to save money, but not necessarily great ways to get beautiful wedding photos.
How can you save money on photography, but not risk losing those memories so you can pass them down to your kids and grandkids?
The key? Time.
Wedding Photography is a time-based service. That means that a wedding photographer’s income comes from use of their time. We aren’t selling a product, we are selling time.
Think about it. Every photographer knows what each of their hours cost; if they want to make a living, they have to be worth a certain amount of money per hour.
The best way to save money with photography, but still get great work and a great experience is to hire the photographer you want and carefully plan out how long you want them to shoot your wedding.
I know what you’re thinking: "Wait, but what if I that means some moments don’t get photographed?"
Say a photographer asks for $3000 for an 8 hour wedding. That puts his/her hourly rate at $375 an hour. An 8 hour wedding lasts from 3pm-11pm.
What if you were to hire them from 3pm-9pm, or 4pm-10pm, for 6 hours instead? If their rate is $375 an hour for an 8 hour wedding, it stands to reason that you would now only have to pay $2250 for a 6 hour wedding.
You just saved $750, without losing coverage of The Big Day.
Trying to save money isn’t a crime! You can have your cake and eat it too, by saving money and getting incredible photography. It just takes a little bit of planning.