How to Save Money on Wedding Photography

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Capturing memories on your special wedding day is an essential part of any wedding. Weddings are expensive these days and besides the costs for the wedding reception, catering and flowers, your photography expenses is probably the next biggest investment that you will make on your wedding day. Apart from the rings and some other items like perhaps the cake and wedding invitations, your wedding photographs will become one of the remaining items that you and your family will treasure for years to come.

Couples will always try to save money on most of the items that add to the total cost of a wedding and trying to reduce the cost of your wedding photography is no exception. Unfortunately, it will be a great disappointment if you should trust a family member or friend with this task, as it may not turn out as you expected at all.

The good news is that you can still hire a professional wedding photographer and at the same time manage to save a considerable amount of money on this expensive wedding item if you follow a few clever tips.

Book as soon as possible:

Booking your wedding photographer as soon as possible is one way to save a huge amount of money on your wedding photography. Don't wait until the last moment to book your wedding photographer! Even if you are only to be married in 18 months time, make that booking! Most wedding photographers will take your booking at their current photography rate. This way you will pay the current photography prices, in which the photographer did not factor in any price increases or make allowance for inflation.

Reduce the photography coverage:

We would all love to have hours and hours of coverage by a professional wedding photographer, but this can add up to a significant expense. One way that you can save on your wedding photography is to book a professional photographer for fewer hours of coverage. A good idea to consider is to only have your professional photographer cover the hour before the ceremony, the ceremony itself and the hour after the ceremony. This way you will get photos of the main parts of the entire wedding without having to book your photographer for unnecessary coverage.

Ask friends and family to purchase their own wedding prints:

Everyone knows that weddings are expensive and they also realize the expense that goes along with the newly wed couple starting out their new life together. Asking friends and family to purchase their own copies of your wedding photos will be understandable. You can save a great deal of money on your wedding photography if you do not have to purchase copies of your wedding photos for friends and family. Another plus point on this front is that friends and family can purchase prints of their own favorite moments of your wedding.

Referrals:

Ask your photographer if he or she will give you a discounted price should you refer friends and family to make use of their services. This is a great way to save money on your wedding photography as most photographers are prepared to give good discounts for referrals.

Your wedding will be one of the most special days of your life and your wedding photographs will allow you to have memories of that special day forever. You only have once chance to get the perfect wedding photographs, so do not try and save money by entrusting this task to an amateur photographer or friend. You can still save money on your wedding photography by following the tips in this article.
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