Many people agree that weddings can be expensive. Weddings require a lot of planning and coordination. They also come with unexpected twists. Budget planning can be difficult because small things can end up costing you a lot of money. You naturally look for ways to reduce costs. You may find that wedding photography and video graphy are often the last things on your list. This makes you wonder if you should hire someone or do it yourself.
We have some tips to help answer this question.
Know your budget
Before you contact anyone, get an estimate of how much professional photography and videography will cost you. A professional wedding photographer will charge you between $2500-$3000 for six hours and $1500 for three hours of professional videography. This information can be a great starting point when searching for a photographer or videographer. The average cost should be between 10 and 12 per cent of your total budget. If you don’t plan to invite many guests, or if your goal is to save money by hiring the best, you can put more budget towards hiring them.
Once you have the numbers you need, you can contact professionals to get started, and you can browse portfolios online or on social media. You don’t have to pay for professionals. There are many talented photographers and video graphers out there who work as a hobby. Ask for their portfolios to see if they are of high quality. Even family members can provide quotes.
Keep track of small expenses.
Your budget will go a large part to the venue, flowers, food, and dresses. You might not be able to control your budget well enough to see a large portion of it going towards smaller items such as transport, decor, pre-wedding ceremonies and tuxedo rental. If you don’t keep track of these expenses, you might not realize how much you spend on them. Couples spend more on the little things than the budget. Keep track of all these small expenses and try to save money whenever possible. This will allow you to have more freedom when choosing a professional video grapher and photographer.
Offers to Negotiate
Although every video grapher and photographer is unique, there are usually packages that you can order. Once you have established your budget, it is time to communicate with professionals about your requirements and request the best package.
If the pricing is too high, it’s better to tell the photographer upfront. If a professional offers you a $4000 package, but you cannot squeeze $2500 out of your budget, it is best to inform him about your budget and ask him for the package that fits your needs.
Deciding whether to hire a professional or go amateur
Today’s technology allows you to take professional photos with a smartphone. You might think you could designate a few of your friends to photograph the ceremony using their smartphones. However, this is not something we recommend. First, allowing your guests to work at your wedding can make some feel guilty. Second, they might get some criticism for not being able to capture key moments.
You want to capture the perfect moments for your wedding. Professional photographers know when to capture the best moments with their lens. This professionalism results from their years in the field and the fact that they are only being paid to record your wedding.
If you don’t have enough money to hire a professional photographer, we recommend that you hire someone who will only be there for a short time. This includes taking photos of the ceremony and family members, which should take about 2 hours. You can get help from family members or friends skilled in photography for the rest of the ceremony. This will allow you to have professionals take care of the most important moments, and your family and friends can fill in the rest. Not a bad deal, right?