SPEND YOUR MONEY ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. Unless you have a friend or family member that is amazing and donating their services, don't skimp on this vendor! When I got married (umpteen years ago), I used the cheapest photographer I could find. He was terrible and so are my pictures. It is 1 of my 3 regrets (and biggest) about my wedding. (We'll talk about my other two in Lesson 3 and 8)
This is your memories. It is what you will cherish forever and ever! So, if you are going to splurge on something, let it be this.
After you book your venue, the photographer should be the next thing you cross off of your list. When you start looking for your photographer, ask friends and family who they recommend.
When meeting with potential photographers, ask yourself do you feel a connection with him or her? Does your groom? It would be hard for your groom to smile and take 1 million pictures if he can't stand the person taking the pictures.
Here is a question sheet to take with you when you meet your photographer.
One thing that is very important with any vendor is never assume anything. I remember when a couple I knew hired a videographer for their wedding. It was great footage and a super sweet video. But, there was no audio. They were so distraught. They just knew the movie of their day would include them saying their vows to each other. When they confronted the videographer about it, he told them this was not included in their package. So, I repeat NEVER ASSUME!
Y'all! I have the coolest thing for you to check out! It is called Appy Couple. It is for wedding websites and apps! There are over 500 different designs to choose from and it is only $49!
If you don't want to spend the money, there are some free sites out there . But, I am obsessed with this one. No matter who or what you use to create your website, it should include:
- Wedding date and ceremony time.
- Your names, your picture, and your love story.
- Venue, address, and directions.
- Nearby hotels for out of town guests.
- If you have made arrangements with a nearby hotel, include this on the site.
- Where you've registered.
- Your bridal party.
- A place for guests to RSVP.