How can you still get a good photographer if you have a small budget? You
have to make the decision that your photography is going to be more important
that some of the other items on your budget. It’s that simple. You don’t have to
cut everything though!
You are not going to be able to blindly follow a typical budgeting
spreadsheet from a magazine or website. You are going to have to take one of
those typical budgets and make some adjustments.
Let’s look at the typical categories. Recommended percentages and dollar
amounts with a $10,000 budget:
The odds are that you can find a photographer your area that will photograph
your wedding for $1,200. If you can find one that you like and has the package
that you want for that amount, great, you are all set. Make sure to check out
our article that covers the items you need to double check with your
photographer before signing on the dotted line.
But what if you aren’t getting what you want for $1,200. The quality of the
photography is not good enough, or you want more from a package than you will
get. If you want a high-quality, professionally designed wedding album, you are
going to have trouble finding that in a total package for $1,200 anywhere in the
United States or many other countries.
There arc two way you can go about finding the money for your
- Choose a photographer and package – you know exactly how much you have to cut
trom the other categories.
- Cut other categories as much as possible and see how much you can raise your
If you do this, you will need to know the minimum you can spend on the
categories you are going to cut. For example, you might need to spend $200 no
matter what for the ceremony – $75 each for the location and officiant fees and
$50 for the marraige license, but could skip paying a musician and borrow a
Once you know the minimum that you need to spend in the other categories, you
can either take money from each category evenly based on percentages, or you can
take money from the categories that are least important to you first.
Let’s look at an example.
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