Good wedding photographers are worth what you pay them, and can make sure that your wedding photos look absolutely amazing. However they do not come cheap, and the cost of hiring them may start to weigh heavily on your wedding budget.
The good news is that there are ways that you can conserve costs when hiring a wedding photographer.
Booking early is important for a number of different reasons. The most direct benefit is that many wedding photographers offer discounts for early bookings. On top of that you’ll have more time to go over your options and shop around for the best rates.
As a rule it is best to start to look for a wedding photographer as soon as you set the date (and budget). If you can book them a year (or more) in advance – that would be ideal.
Plan a Good Timeline
The wedding timeline that you come up with can affect the price quote from the photographer that you hire. If you require the photographer to be present for longer, it will definitely be more expensive.
It would be best to try to avoid too much ‘dead time’ in your timeline. That way you can make sure your wedding photographer is present for all the important moments, but can leave early – possibly soon after the dancing starts.
Trim the Fat
Many packages from wedding photographers may have lots of extras thrown in that sound nice – but do you really need them? Some of the ‘extras’ may inflate the price quite a bit, which is why you may want to avoid them.
On your end you should try to define exactly what you want out of your wedding photos. Anything extra can be done away with, and in the process you should be able to negotiate a lower rate.
Opting for digital packages often ends up cheaper in the long run – especially compared to the cost of printing photos and buying a wedding album. However you do need to make sure that you own the rights to reproduce the photos or a copyright release.
Once you have the digital copies of the photos, you can find a reliable printing service at any point. Generally it should be a lot cheaper than if you opted for a package with printing from the get go.
All of these tips should help you to cut on your costs when you hire a wedding photographer Devon. More importantly they will ensure that you don’t need to compromise on quality, and can save money even when you’re hiring an experienced and professional photographer.
At the end of the day you should be able to hire a good wedding photographer that is within your budget – as long as you’re careful. It should be clear just how important it is to plan in advance, and make sure that you know exactly what you want before you start to negotiate.