Written by Hamish Shephard
Hamish Shephard is the founder and CEO of Bridebook, UK’s leading wedding planning app and is considered one of the UK’s most prominent wedding experts. View Hamish Shephard’s full author bio.
You don’t need us experts to tell you that wedding photographs are blooming important: they are one of the most special mementos you’ll ever have, period. Your children will look through them and their children after them, let alone the many times you’ll both browse through reminiscing about the best day of your life.
If you get a good photographer, your photos will be able to transport you straight back to the big day – what you could see, smell, taste, and how it all felt.
There’s no substitute for having a photographer capture the entirety of your special day, however, if you’re on a very tight budget, it’s still possible to get a phenomenal photographer whilst saving and sticking to the budget you’ve worked out – or that we’ve worked out for you with our super powerful free budgeting tool. Here are our top tips:
1. All wedding photographers tend to advertise a flat rate, which will normally be a few hours at a set fee. You can save money by asking them for their hourly rate and hiring them for a few hours instead. Bonus point: the time constraint will make you organised and efficient when posing for the wedding photographs!
2. Again, photographers tend to advertise set bundles, which will normally involve an album and a certain amount of printed images. Settle for the basic fee and make your own wedding album! You can always add extras if you have cash left or print some, or most of the wedding photographs yourself. Just make sure you have top quality paper available so the photos will last forever.
3. Find out if your desired photographer will offer a discount based on a referral. Word of mouth dominates the wedding industry, so this is often the case with a lot of professional photographers. Remember to always mention who it was that referred you in the first place!
4. Invest in buying the copyright of your wedding photographs. That way, they will be yours exclusively, which means you can print as many copies as you want and at a time when you have some extra cash.
5. Book as soon as you possibly can. Photographers will often have a discount for advanced bookings, which you can definitely utilise!
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