When you’re planning your wedding, there are a LOT of things that you’re spending money on. Besides the obvious expenses like the venue, food, and dress, you also have other costs that add up, like lodging for family members and decorations. However, I would argue that if there’s one thing that you can and should splurge on for your wedding day-
it’s photography and/or videography.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking,”Duh you’re going to say that- you’re a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!”
Hear me out, people.
There are many things that you pay for on your wedding day that simply will not last. The venue that you choose will only be yours for a few hours. The cake that you picked after so meticulously taste-testing every other cake the baker had will be gone with the stroke of a knife. The decorations will likely be used once, and then either recycled or re-sold for someone else’s special day.
In all, most of the things you pay for on your wedding day only last that long- one day.
However, the one thing that will last the rest of your married life is your photos. Heck, they will likely be around even after you are gone. Your wedding photos will be the ones that your great-great-grandkids will pull out while they’re floating around the earth on some high-tech space-station going,”Woah, look at this picture! Can you believe how old fashioned they were then!”
Ok, so there may not be a space-station, but you get the point. Your wedding photos may very well outlast you, so don’t you want to make sure they’re amazing?
Another reason why splurging on a photographer (and especially videographer) is important is that (and every bride ever will agree with me on this one)- YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE A TOTAL BLUR.
You will have been planning for so long that it seem like the actual day should last longer, but honestly it will be a complete and total whirlwind of family, friends, and joy. You will look back and not remember at least half of the details that you so painstakingly planned out. You’ll remember some things that had sentimental value, like that you wore your mother’s veil, but you might not remember how ridiculous Uncle Bob looked trying to do the Macarena, or that totally inappropriate joke that your brother made during the toasts. You might also forget just how much fun everyone had at your exit because you were busy trying to get to the car without ruining your dress (and probably thinking about the honeymoon suite that awaited you). It’s these smaller details that are incredibly special, but that you may not remember because you were too busy being happy about something else.
There is too much going on during your ceremony and reception for you to try and soak it all in and keep it mentally locked away. That’s what photos and video are for.
Again, maybe I’m biased, but I know that if I didn’t have the video footage and photos I’ve got from my wedding day, I would have forgotten all about how my husband was dancing with his groomsmen to “Call Me Maybe”, or just how wonderfully my friends decorated the hall that I was completely inept at coming up with ideas for.
I’ve been a bride, so I KNOW how valuable my photos and video of my wedding day are. However, for someone who is getting married for the first time, they may be thinking about skimping on a photographer and/or videographer. If you’re thinking about doing so, my advice is don’t. I don’t say that as a photographer, but as a fellow human being who wants to make sure another human being has the most awesome wedding day ever- and can remember it too. If you skimp on the photography/videography, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll regret it. However, if you make the investment in your memories, it’s unlikely that you’ll look back and think “Man, I wish I had spent $300 less on those photos.” You can always earn back money that you spend, but you can’t get back the moments that could have been captured (or captured better) on your wedding day.
Thanks for reading 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday!