Budget – My Least Favorite Wedding Word
Budget – the dirty word of wedding photography and my least favorite of all wedding words. Don’t get caught up on made up numbers in your head or amounts Pinterest told you you should spend. Set a flexible budget and splurge a little on the things that matter most!
Recently I had a bride I met with that had a strict budget, which is completely fine and understandable. She told me everything she wanted for her wedding and our pricing fell $200 over that. A great friend of mine sent her my way, so I gave her an $100 discount, leaving her $100 over her budget. She said out of many photographers, she really loved our style and we stood out, yet that $100 kept her from booking us. Silly, right? I wanted to pull my hair out and shout, “I can help you find that $100 somewhere else in your wedding!”
$100 shouldn’t stop you from booking the photographer you want for your wedding day, a once in a lifetime event. You spend the entire day with your photographers and they capture every single important moment. It’s completely fine to have a budget but make sure it’s a flexible budget to adjust for things that matter the most.
We aren’t saying go thousands over on a photographer, but if you connect with someone and absolutely love everything they do, think of ways to make up for the overage. Get cheaper or second-hand wedding shoes, find your wedding accessories online, maybe even secondhand, get a few cheaper flowers in your bouquet, have a smaller cake and do a sheet cake as well (Costco cake is BOMB), DIY your programs or favors. The possibilities are endless on how to save in other areas to get something you absolutely want. Nobody should have to settle on their wedding day!