Congrats on finding your forever love! I thought I’d share some important advice to you as a future bride and groom planning your best day ever. I have consoled many couples that approach me after getting married with, ” I wish I would of…”. So here’s hoping to prevent possible planning mishaps and regrets.
I know planning your wedding can be stressful, overwhelming and expensive. I get it! First choosing your perfect dress, hair, makeup and those many important details you’ve envisioned. Then there’s the Venue, the Wedding Planner, the Photographer, the Florist, the Caterer, the Baker, the DJ and the list goes on. You want the perfect day and you should, after all it’s one of the most important days of your lives.
So I understand trying to cut costs. However, the one area you do not want to spend too little on is in choosing your wedding Photographer. Trust me, you may forget your cake, your DJ and your flowers but you’ll never forget your photos. Those are the forever moments that you frame, share, post and pass down to future generations.
If you have an experienced wedding Photographer, then they can make Whole Foods bouquets look just as lovely. Even if you must have a friend make your cake or cater at your reception, I advise that over going cheap on your Photographer.
I cannot tell you how many couples approach me, once the wedding day has settled with, “We wish we had a better Photographer, our photos do not look good; they missed many important moments; they were not great to work with; or we were trying to save money so we picked them.” I always sympathize with these couples, but I cannot turn back time. Unfortunately, you almost always get what you pay for.
Along with that, a cheaper Photographer might “filter”/airbrush your images in an unflattering way. Which in a few years when that style is out dated, you’ll lose the timeless factor. Hiring someone that is experienced in every aspect is crucial and it’s part of what you pay for.
Make sure you specifically choose an experienced wedding Photographer. Ask to see a portfolio of a full wedding. I know of a bride that hired a very talented children’s Photographer, that had not much wedding experience. She missed key moments during the day and even apologized afterwards when it was too late. You see a Photographer with wedding experience understands the timeline of a wedding. They know exactly what photos need to be taken, how to communicate and assist with the stresses of your day, without getting stressed themselves. Being able to be creative and calm under pressure is key.
An experienced wedding Photographer is worth it! After all, these are your priceless moments. These images tell of your love story and it’s every important detail that you’ll cherish forever.
I hope this helped you and happy planning! I wish you a lifetime of beautiful memories!