When You Can't Afford a Traditional Wedding with a Professional Wedding Photographer, How About Getting Married at the Courthouse or City Hall!?!
First thing is first.. Relax! Find comfort in knowing that you are not the only bride/groom that is overwhelmed by the expense of a traditional wedding. There are thousands of bride and grooms who can't afford to go the traditional route. Some even choose not hire a professional wedding photographer, asking "Uncle Bob" or "Auntie Em" with the good camera to snap a few (which saves you $2500++ that can be spent elsewhere).
Courthouse / City Hall Weddings tend to be more intimate.
Don't like the idea of 150+ pairs of eyes staring at you when you walk down the aisle, say your vows, or have your first dance as husband and wife? We don't blame you! Smaller weddings tend to be more about the "moment," and less about the "show" of a traditional wedding. Focus on the important matters of the day, and not on whether or not your guests are having a good time, or whether or not the bar tab has been exceeded, etc.
Courthouse / City Hall Weddings are undoubtedly less stressful.
Less stress = more focus on the important fact of the day: You are getting married!! Keep your focus on this, and don't worry about seating arrangements, menu fonts, wedding favors, table cards etc. This is YOUR day... so keep it that way!
Short Engagements: Why Wait another Year to Get Married?
You have already spent a lifetime waiting to find that special someone to share the rest of your life with, so why wait any longer? Don't be at the mercy of venue availability that has to be booked months, if not years, in advance. If you are positive that this is the one for the rest of your life, you shouldn’t have to wait another day. Courthouse and City Hall weddings may just be the perfect option for you and yours.
Time restraints: What are those?
Fact: Traditional weddings tend to have traditional wedding coordinators that may want you to stick to a tight schedule on your wedding day. You will have an outline of how long your wedding ceremony will be, how much time you will have for pictures, dinner, dancing, etc. What fun is that? With a courthouse / city hall wedding, you are not bound by a schedule. You're in, you’re out, and then you’re free to do what you want. Easy!
Keep the Focus on What is important.
Years from now, as you reflect back on the details of your wedding day, is it really going to matter that your personalized table cards matched the place settings? Or that the fancy flowers you spent $100s of dollars on, matched the color of the wall of your reception room? No, (or at least it shouldn't). What you SHOULD be remembering, is the moment you saw your bride/groom for the first time as you came down the aisle. You SHOULD be remembering the feeling of his/her hand in yours as you repeated your vows, and leaned in for your first kiss.
Remember, by limiting the amount of money you have spent on your venue and wedding ceremony, you may now be able to afford a professional wedding photographer. If you prefer to save that money too, no problem. A good wedding photo editing service may able to help you transform those ordinary amateur photos, into professional-like, album ready wedding images.
Can't Afford A Wedding Photographer? No Problem.
First thing is first.. Relax! Find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands of bride and grooms who can't afford to hire a professional wedding photographer (OR) they have simply opted to spend that $2500++ elsewhere. We know of plenty of bride and grooms that have 'let the guests take their wedding pictures’ or asked a friend/family member with a 'good camera' to rise to the occasion.
Option #1: Ask for Less hours
Ideally, you would want your photographer there all day from your "getting ready" photos to your first dance as a married couple, BUT this can be, and often is, very expensive. If you've done the math and simply can’t afford a wedding photographer for the whole day, then try asking for just 3-4 hours of coverage. Hire a professional wedding photographer to capture the KEY elements of the day (i.e. the ceremony, the first kiss, the portrait session, a few group shots, cutting the cake, and maybe the toasts). After all, how many pictures of friends/family drunkards dancing actually make it to your wedding album?
Option #2: Forego the Album, and Opt for Disc Only
A big part of the expense in some of the wedding photography packages is the actual album and prints. BUT, with SO many sites offering to create albums, books, coffee mugs professional prints etc, you have other options. How about just asking for a high resolution photo image disc. This will undoubtedly give you more freedom to print from your preferred photo lab, AND will save you money = win, win.
Option #3: Maybe Hire a "2nd shooter"
2nd Shooters are simply photographers who have photographic skills and good experience working with wedding professionals. While they may still technically be in "training," they can save you a TON of money, and your pictures may be still be just as good. 2nd shooters are looking to gain experience, and can certainly offer a full day of wedding coverage, for a fraction of the cost.
Option #4: How about hiring a Student Photographer
Like 2nd Shooters, Student Photographers are looking for experience, and can often offer full wedding coverage, at a fraction of the cost. Try putting an ad out on Craigslist or contacting your local university and seeing if there are any photography students that are up to the task. We would still recommend that you meet with them beforehand and review their portfolio before hiring them to capture the moments of your big day. After all, they will only get one shot at this come actual wedding day, and you'll want to make sure that your styles are alike.
Option #5: Try an Alternative Style Wedding
Photographers LOVE a unique opportunity, especially if it means expanding their wedding photo portfolio. By all means, take advantage of this!!! If you opt to have a wedding that is non-traditional, or alternative, you may find that you have a LOT more bargaining power when it comes time to discuss final pricing and packaging options. Just a thought...
We have all thought about it, or at least know someone who has thought about it: Saving Money on your Wedding Day by hiring a friend or family member to be your wedding photographer. Sometimes this works out, sometimes not. In our professional opinion, it is always a good idea to hire a professional wedding photographer. Here are a few reasons why:
1. A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WILL BE COMMITTED TO YOU.
A professional will be committed to YOU and your wedding day. You won't have to worry about your "friend" not showing up, or flaking on you at the last minute. YIKES! You won't have to worry about Uncle Bob getting sick and not being able to bring his good camera. Your wedding day memories will only happen once. Don't take a chance: Hire a professional wedding photographer and don't miss out on capturing those once in a lifetime memories.
2. A PROFESSIONAL WILL HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
There is nothing worse than having everyone standing around at your wedding not knowing what to do next. Hiring someone who has wedding experience will help the flow of your wedding day, and will undoubtedly help to limit the amount of stress before, during, and after your wedding ceremony. You should be able to enjoy ALL of the moments of your wedding day, without worrying about whether your wedding photographer is doing their job and capturing all of those precious wedding details.
3. YOU WILL GET PROFESSIONAL RESULTS FROM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.
Let's face it... you get what you pay for! Hiring a professional wedding photographer will ensure that you get the professional wedding photos you want. You may not think that this matters now, but trust us, it will matter to you when your wedding day is over, and the moments have passed.
4. YOU WON’T AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
If and when your wedding photos do not turn out how you wanted them, things may get really awkward with your friend/family member. What started out as a friendly gesture to help you save money on your wedding day, has now turned into a giant thorn in your side.. perhaps forever! Is it really worth it?
In our experience, having a friend or family member do a "professional’s" job almost never works out (unless they truly ARE a professional, in which case, SCORE!). The decision remains yours, but we urge you to remember: Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience, with once in a lifetime memories... the choice is yours.
STILL GOING FOR IT?
If, after reading the above, you STILL want to take a chance and hire a friend or relative to capture the moments of your wedding day, no problem. It is your day, and ultimately your decision to make. We just want make sure you know your options when/if your pictures do not turn out exactly as you planned. We suggest that you keep the below link handy, just in case. A good wedding photo editing service can certainly help you transform your otherwise ordinary wedding photos.
Hate Your Wedding Photos? Here Are Some Sample Scenarios and Ideas on What you Should Do Next.
Same story, different day. We have heard it before.. You couldn't WAIT to get a first look at your wedding photos, but now that you have, you wish you hadn't seen them. The lighting is off, some images are blurry, and why is there a giant pimple magnified on your face!? Ugh! Well, we have unfortunately met hundreds of couples who are unhappy with their wedding photos. Whether it be the wedding photographer's fault, or just unlucky timing, find comfort in knowing that you DO have options.
Scenario: You Hired a Professional Wedding Photographer, but are Unhappy With your Wedding Photos
First thing is first, contact your wedding photographer ASAP. He/She may be able to work some magic in photoshop or another photo editing program.
Note: Before you approach your photographer, make sure to first determine if there is anything he or she could do to remedy the situation.
If you like the family and candid shots, but are unhappy with the portraits of you and your bride/groom, ask if the photographer can offer a free portrait session of you and your groom in your wedding attire. This could be a great compromise, and may give you those portraits you always wanted.
Scenario: You Hired an Amateur Photographer or Family Member to take your Wedding Photos and Now Find Yourself Saying, "I Hate My Wedding Photos."
Solution: Search online for a good wedding photo editing service. You would be AMAZED at what professional wedding photo retouchers can do with otherwise ordinary wedding photos. Who knows, you may be sitting on a GOLD mine of ordinary wedding photos that can be transformed into professional, quality, images.
Whatever money you may save by hiring an amateur wedding photographer or family member to take your wedding photos, will not be worth it when you end up with a stack full of bad wedding photos that will never see the light of day.
Wedding Photo Summary and Conclusion:
Whether you hired a professional wedding photographer, or opted to save money by asking "Uncle Bob" to do the honor, please remember that you DO have options when things don't end up how you planned. A good photo editing service can work with you to transform your ordinary images, and bring you the "professional-like" wedding photos you have always wanted and/or dreamed about.
It is a story that, unfortunately, has been told one too many times.. the story of the bad wedding photos. It is always the same story: "We got married a few weeks ago and a couple of days after we got home from our honeymoon our photographer sent us the link to our online gallery. We hate our wedding photos, and we paid a lot of money for our wedding photographer!"
What Other Options Do I Have?
We know that you are furious with your wedding photographer, but once the flames have settled, and the waters have calmed down a bit, we recommend that you talk to him/her about your frustrations. Tell them what specifically you do not like about your wedding photos, and see if they can offer to "re-shoot" some of those crucial bride/groom moments that were missed. You should NOT have to pay for this re-shoot, as you have already paid for their service, and were unfortunately left with a stack full of bad wedding photos. While there is unfortunately nothing you can do about the group shots, at least you may finally have the images you will need to create the wedding album you had dreamed and hoped for.
You Have Nothing to Lose
In addition to contacting your photographer about your bad wedding photos, we highly recommend reaching out to a photo retouching service that can take a look at what images you DO currently have from your actual wedding day. Many of these retouching services will offer a free consultation, and will be able to tell you whether or not your current batch of bad wedding photos can be salvaged. Translation: You TRULY have nothing to lose by contacting one of these retouching services. Get going, and make lemonade from lemons!
Photo Retouching Defined
First thing is first: It is important to understand that NO ONE is perfect. We all have flaws, and often those flaws are captured on camera (bummer, we know). Even the glamour models in magazines and on billboards, although seemingly perfect, have flaws. The difference is that unbeknownst to the general public, most of these flaws have been hidden, or air-brushed away by talented photo retouchers.
#Photoretouching, sometimes called #retouching or airbrushing, is defined as the process of manipulating photographs in order to slightly change the looks of a subject and/or person. This includes basic modicifactions, like getting rid of blemishes and rough complexions. Other #photoretouchingservices may even make objects and people appear to be skinnier, plumper etc.
What Does a #PhotoRetoucher Do?
#Photoretouchingservices generally involve individuals using advanced computer imaging software such as Photoshop or Lightroom, to change the appearance of a photo or other digital image.
There are a number of different changes that a #photoretoucher can make to these images with this type of photo editing software. Examples can include, but are certainly not limited to, saturating colors, sharpening images, removing backgrounds and unwanted objects, creating selective blur, etc. A good #photoretouchingservice will be able to transform most photos, into beautiful works of art. Using a professional photo retouching service can benefit anyone who has suffered from bad photos. Most services will offer some sort of free trial, so they are definitely worth a try! Ready to go? Upload your photos here and get started!
We are going to let you in on a little secret: A large portion of professional photography is ACTUALLY spent on post processing your images. EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, is retouched, often a LOT more than what you think.
As a photographer, I absolutely understand the time and effort that goes into professionally post processing your images post photo shoot. Surprisingly bad photos can be made excellent with just a few tonal adjustments, selective blur, etc. Don't believe me? Try us out today, for FREE!