I love wedding planning. I hate how much everything costs. And trying to have it in NYC? The wedding industry must think we are all Rockefellers. (We’re not.) So when I started looking at rates for photographers – I was floored. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that photography is not easy, and quality work costs money. But when your rates start climbing to climbing to close to a thousand dollars an hour – and that’s not even including videography – I draw the line. So what other options are there?!
So we (ok I) started researching. First off, we decided not to have a videographer. The only moment we wanted recorded was the ceremony – and I have a friend, a tripod and a good camera. That’s really all I need, and I trust my ceremony will be recorded perfectly. But right there – no videographer – equals tons of savings. That’s a decision you have to make for yourself. I know it’s important to some people, but if you are on a budget, or find that it doesn’t matter as much to you – skip it.
But, though Joe has little to no interest in the wedding photos, those DO matter to me. In talking to other friends who have planned a wedding, the photography company George Street was recommended to me. At first I was super skeptical – how do they keep their prices so low?? But after a call with them where they explained that they accomplish this by doing the editing and scheduling work for photographers, give them work year round, which also allows them more time to shoot other projects on the side, it made more sense. Plus, every review I read about them: glowing.
The fun part? (for me, anyway) They send you a personal style test to take with your fiancé before your appointment to narrow down which photography style you want, even if you can’t articulate it. Then, at your consultation you look at 5 or 6 photographers who fall into that style. Our consult is coming up and I’m pretty excited. Hopefully I’ll love one of the photographers and will be one step closer to planning the fun details!
For those of you who have gone through this process what tips do you have? What do’s and don’t would you suggest? Let me and other brides know in the comments!