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26 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer


Bride and Groom Portrait as Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA

Bride and Groom Portrait as Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA

Selecting a wedding photographer is on every bride’s to do list. Considering the fact that there is no shortage of wedding photographers offering their services, it is not an easy task.

Apart from the technical information that might be overwhelming, there are many other questions that a bride might need to get answered before she decides on hiring a certain wedding photographer. Things like, digital images, wedding albums, poses, coverage duration, what to capture and when.

Wedding photography is a service as the floral and venue decoration, DJ and MC, videography and event planning. it requires face to face interaction to interview and select the right professional. But what to ask a wedding photographer in order to determine if it is a right fit or not?

The following list of 26 questions to ask your wedding photographer could help you be prepared and ask the right question. I also explain why each question is important to get answers to and what a good answer would be for each questions.

Brides could use this while preparing for their interviews with wedding photographers. It is by no means a complete list of all the questions but would give you a pretty good starting point.

So let’s start with the first and foremost important questions of all:

1. Do you have my wedding date available?

This is the most important question. You do not want to totally fall in love with a photographer who in the end is already booked on your wedding day! Nothing else matters unless the answer to this question is: Yes. Unless of course, you can convince the photographer to cancel his other wedding and take yours.

This is the very first question you should ask before inquiring any further.

2. What is the cost?

Cost is usually one of the main factors in choosing a wedding photographer. The average cost of a wedding photographer in the USA is $3,700. But it varies depending on your location. Are they really expensive or are their services cheaper than everyone else’s?

If you have questions like those, do not be afraid to ask your wedding photographer. He or she should be able to justify their cost with quality work and plenty of experience. As well as many other factors that ultimately determine the final wedding photography cost. Things like: Do they own a studio or work from their own home? Do they typically bring along an assistant with them to help capture every photo or do they work on their own? Also, be sure to ask if they add mileage to the cost or if travel expenses are included in the original price.

3. What is your photography style?

Like we discussed before, there are different styles of wedding photography. Would you like more contemporary or traditional? Do you want your photos to be very artistic or in a documentary style?

The key is to find a photographer who can match and deliver the style you have in mind. If you are not sure what the styles are or need to see sample images for each style, consider reading Wedding Photography Styles guide I created for my wedding clients.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

4. Are you the actual photographer that will shoot my wedding?

Keep in mind that there are wedding photography companies that hire freelance wedding photographers and book them for their client’s weddings. So the person you have been interviewing and signing the contract might not be the person photographing your wedding.

Find out if you are talking to the right photographer and if not, ask to meet the person who will be your actual photographer. You don’t want to be surprised on your wedding day. Do you?

5. How do you typically work?

Does the photographer like to blend into the background and capture photos as they unfold naturally or does this particular photographer enjoy planning out and choreographing different shots. Does he or she likes to take charge and stay in control, directing everyone and “setting the stage” for the shots?

If that is what you need, then great. You have a match. If your guests and bridal party are easy going party people, having someone who constantly interrupts the flow of your wedding and trying to direct everyone might be a disaster.

6. Can I provide a list of specific shots I would like to get?

Many brides have ideas of poses and shots they would like for their weddings. Unfortunately, not all wedding photographers believe in working from a list of images.  Asking this upfront makes the photographer aware and also shows you how easy going they are to work with.

The middle ground where the photographer reviews the poses you like and he accepts to try to do similar or the same with its own touch of creativity is a win-win situation and works for most couples. As with all the questions: Don’s assume anything. Inquire and validate for piece of mind.

7. Can you provide references from other weddings?

This is a very reasonable question to ask and every established wedding photographer would not have problems providing, you with at least 3-5 past clients you can cross reference. Technical skills are as important as ability to get along with the bride and groom, so you are also looking for a great personality apart from a technically savvy and proficient photographer. Your wedding photographer would be around you and your groom the whole day, so people who already have experienced this can be of great help.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

8. How many hours will you be available on my wedding day?

Ultimately you need the photographer to be available from the start to the end of the coverage hours. If planning getting ready coverage, find out of the photographer is available at that time. Similarly, if planning, cake cutting at 10:00 pm, find out if there is no other appointment the photographer have booked already.

Most wedding photographers would accommodate the entire wedding, but be sure to double check this.

Related: Step By Step Guide For Hiring Wedding Photographer

9. What is your refund or cancellation policy?

Find out what happens if your wedding needs to be rescheduled or canceled. Family emergencies, change of plans. All possible. So how your wedding photographer usually handles this. Most photographers have a clause in their contracts that deals with that, so find out and be clear. It’s like the spare tire in your car. You might never need it, but you would not want not to have one when you get a flat tire on a busy freeway in the middle of the night.

10. Have you photographed at my venue before?

Knowing the venue is a big advantage when it comes to a wedding photographer. Not only one who has photographed before in the same venue as you are considering would be able to navigate the floor plan and would know the best angles, but would also have met and worked with the venue coordinator and staff.

With better knowledge and existing relationships, you can expect less time to be spent figuring things out and more time capturing your wedding day moments.

11. Have you photographed my religious ceremony before?

Every religion (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc)  have specific rituals and meanings. A wedding photographer who is experienced with the religious rituals and ceremonies would be better prepared to anticipate and capture these moments than someone who does it for the very first time.

You can also ask for an example (portfolio images, client’s galleries) to see who these were captured.

12. Do you offer online gallery with my images?

Most wedding photographers require that you purchase a wedding album and charge extra for the digital images from your wedding. So if you decide to purchase the digital images from your wedding and would like to share them with friends and family, imagine all the time you would require to sort through the images, attach to emails and share with everyone.

Some wedding photographers offer online private gallery with their client’s wedding images. This makes it easy to share as simply sharing the web link and password to the gallery. Ask if the wedding photographer you are considering offers this as part of their package.

13. Do you watermark your images?

Many photographers will provide you only with images which have a digital watermark (photographer’s logo) on each image. If you decide to use these images to make yourself a wedding album, this might not be a good option.

So clarify this with your wedding photographer and if there is going to be a watermark, ask how this can be removed. In 99% of the cases, it is a matter of additional fee. As with all other questions: Make sure you are not surprised by an additional fee that you have not planned and cannot afford paying later.

14. Do you release the copyright for the wedding images?

Related: Wedding Photography FAQ by Trifon Anguelov Photography

15. Do you offer a second photographer?

If you plan to have a long wedding (more than 8 hours) or ceremony in a church which doesn’t allow movement during the ceremony whatsoever, or simply would like to have images captured from different angles, having a second wedding photographer working with your primary photographer, it is a very good idea.

Most primary photographers do offer a secondary one, so be sure to clarify this in case you would like to have it.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

16. Have you worked with the second photographer before?

There are wedding photographers who usually don’t use second photographers for whatever reasons. Bringing one for your wedding for the first time might cause awkward situations, miscommunication or conflicts. Something which you definitely not need on your wedding day.

If the wedding photographer you absolutely love usually works alone, it is a good idea to trust his or her professionalism. Forcing a second photographer without clearly having any benefits could do more damage than good.

17. Do you have backup equipment in case of failures?

Photographers use complicated digital cameras, lenses and flashes with electronic components which can fail from time to time. Because you cannot redo your wedding so it can be photographed, having a backup equipment (second camera body, second lens and flashes) is imperative to ensure not moment of your wedding would be missed.

It will not hurt to ask the type of equipment the wedding photographer use as well. Information as camera model and lens model is very useful in determining the quality of the final images. As one cannot expect to race and win NASCAR with a consumer grade compact car, so the professional wedding photographers invest and use professional grade digital equipment.

18. Do you have a liability insurance?

Many venues would not allow a wedding photographer or any vendor on their premises unless they have a valid liability insurance against any damages or loss that can occur on their premises during the wedding. It is not uncommon for a furniture or fixtures to be knocked down or damaged and an insurance is one way to replace them after the accident.

Don’t waste your valuable time interviewing and hiring a wedding photographer who would not be allowed in your venue because of lack of liability insurance.

19. Can I extend my wedding coverage hours?

Weddings get off schedule. In the majority of cases events take longer as planned and it might be that the cake cutting which is usually at the end might be beyond the time you booked your photographer to. So having the flexibility to add extra hours or time to your contract is a piece of mind.

Any reasonable wedding photographer would accommodate their clients. So keep your options open and find out if the photographer doesn’t have anything else booked right after your wedding.

Related: Wedding Tips For Brides From a Wedding Photographer Point of View

20. Do you offer expedited images processing?

If your parents or relatives are so eager to see your wedding images or you are simply one of the “inpatient” types of brides, it is good to find a photographer who can process and deliver the final images faster than his regular 4-5 weeks timeline. Most likely you would have to pay an extra fee for the priority processing, but keep in mind that not every photographer offers this. So better to clarify before hand rather than to assume it will be possible.

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

21. Do you offer slideshows with my wedding images?

Very popular lately is to create slideshow from the very best wedding images and share with the couple. Adding music to the slideshow creates a nice video clip which can be shared with friends and family. Asking your wedding photographer for one, is usually a good idea.

22. Can you share an entire day wedding images set?

Reasonable question to give you an idea how much experience the wedding photographer has. The last thing you want is to have a newbie photographer learning on your wedding. Somewhere between 3-6 years of previous experience should give you confidence, although the years of experience is not a 100% guarantee for amazing images. Unfortunately, there are wedding photographers with many years of experience who produce mediocre results. See more in bullet point #26

23. How many weddings you have photographed so far?

Related: How To Avoid Wedding Photography Scams

24. How many weddings you usually photograph per year?

Wedding photography is not only physically demanding but also an emotional drain which over time can impact the photographer’s creativity. A photographer who photographs 40-50 weddings per year might not give 100% of his creativity and energy due to fatigue and “burn out” especially in mid-summer. On the other hand someone who is very selecting on the weddings he or she takes and prioritizes quality over quantity might produce better results.

Focusing on less weddings and putting 100% energy and dedication is what you need. Believe me, 85% is hardly compared to 100%.

25. What is the most favorite part of the wedding you like to photograph?

The answer to this question would open a conversation to help you gauge how much experience the photographer has. Many primary photographers do also second photograph weddings so they will answer to be their favorite whatever they have been doing the most and feel most confident into. You can also understand if the personal preference matches your style expectations.

For example: If you are looking for a photojournalist wedding photographer and you find out that he or she likes posed photos, which are the complete opposite to the candid images you are looking for, there is the conflict. Same as the photographer likes to photograph details as glasses, shoes, rings, your dress, etc while you are looking for outgoing, people’s person to mingle with your guests and engage them for fun photos.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Indian Wedding at Cinnabar Hills in San Jose, CA

26. What do you like about being wedding photographer?

As everything service related, you want to hire a professional who is passionate and love what he or she does. Creativity in photography comes from passion and internal drive to excel. You most likely would like to have someone who will capture your day in the most creative and unique way.

Many “money chasing” wedding photographers do cookie cutter approach and might not go the extra step to meet all your needs. So decide earlier: are you after true professional who is passionate about the art he or she is creating or after the money you are about to pay them.

Conclusion:

To read more real life wedding photography questions and the answers I usually provide to my clients, consider reading Wedding Photography FAQ.

Wedding planning takes time and careful preparation. Being educated if the best preparation you can do before start seriously considering a wedding photographer.

I am sure there might be additional tips you might have, so if you have a tip, any comment or a feedback, feel free to drop me a line or two in the comments section. I would love to hear from you on how you managed find and select your wedding photographer. .

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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How To Look Better on Your Wedding Pictures


Wedding Ceremony by Trifon Anguelov PhotographyLike a wedding photographer, I go to and photograph weddings almost every other week . In San Francisco Bay Area and the sun drenched California, the wedding season allows for year around weddings which means there are plenty of weddings to photograph all the time. And after a while one realizes that there are commonalities between all weddings: Every brides wishes for a happy wedding and to look great on their wedding photos.

This comes to no surprise. Many brides have been planning their weddings for years and are expecting nothing else but the best. When it comes to wedding photography, discussing the locations and poses for the bride & groom portraits, the poses for the family formals, deciding on adding a secondary photographer for the ceremony, etc are just few of the ways photographers and brides prepare for their weddings.

But even the most elaborate planning and preparation efforts, can fall short sometimes. In many cases, the missing ingredient for better wedding photos is simply the facial expressions and postures of those being photographed. While many wedding photographers fill their portfolios with staged, themed wedding images featuring experienced and very pretty models, posing in front of the camera is not something many brides have experience with. And while the themed photo sessions can stretch for several hours and are the result of elaborate preparation, weddings on the other side, no matter how carefully planned and rehearsed, are still non choreographed and feature “every day” brides.

So what, brides can do to look better on their wedding photos?

I have compiled a list of eight easy tips to keep in mind (or even share with your wedding photographer). These tips, which I gave to all the brides I have worked with, did make improvements into the way how the final images turned out, so I hope they will be helpful for other brides as well.

1. Slow Down:

No matter if you walk down the aisle, kissing your husband or wife for the first time during the ceremony, leaving the ceremony as a married couple, remember to slow down. Holding your first kiss for few seconds rather than a quick one second touch on the lips, means you will have much more images to picks from for your album later.

Same when walking: the slower you walk down the aisle, the more images your wedding photographer could capture. This is the best day of your life, so try not to rush through it. There are so many pictures your photographer can take while you are on the move. Slowing down really helps to capture the moments.

2. Look Up, Ideally at Your Photographer:

The most telling and exciting part of a human face are the eyes. They speak about how the bride and groom fell during their wedding, so it is important for your wedding photographer to get a good sight of them while photographing you. Remember to look up and towards your photographer when:

  • walking down the aisle
  • during the ceremony
  • especially during the formal group portraits
  • first dance
  • cake cutting
  • etc

While many photographers nowadays capture candid images during the wedding as part of their photojournalistic style photography, capturing images of the bride or groom looking down or away during the formal pictures, looks bit unnatural and disengaging. It is much better to capture an image of the bride looking upon her groom while walking down the aisle rather than at her feet. Or in the camera during the group formals. Believe me, I have seen many pictures which otherwise would have been perfect only if the eyes were pointed at the right direction: towards the camera.

Related: Wedding Photography Styles Explained

3. Smile:

Wedding day if both stressful and exciting for the bride and groom. The emotions are running high with so many things happening or the whole program running behind schedule. So with all the stress and rushing, brides and grooms often forget to enjoy the moments of their wedding and crack a smile.

Smiling faces are what makes great wedding photos, especially genuine laughs and unpretentious display of joy. It is what every wedding photographers looks for and dream of capturing.

So if there is anything you should remember for your wedding day, it is to SMILE. A lot. Be happy, smile often and look at your photographer from time to time. He or she will be around and expecting your smiles and laughs. Believe me, later you would love these joyful pictures of you smiling and having fun on your wedding.

First Look during Pakistani Wedding in Santa Clara, CA

First Look during Pakistani Wedding in Santa Clara, CA

4. Relax and Enjoy the Moment:

Don’t let your nervousness ruin your wedding pictures. Feeling relaxed deep inside yourself, would make you look and appear more relaxed on your wedding photos. Try to breathe deep and not to rush through the moments. Enjoy the day and take your time.

Keep on eye on your wedding schedule but don’t let it control you. It’s your day and yes things will get off track, but it is more important for you to have fun and look relaxed rather than stressed and nervous. Remember, no photographer in the world can make you look relaxed and smiling on your photos, when you are actually not. Sadly, no Photoshop can fix this either.

5. Get Great Looking Arms:

There is a simple tip I like to give my bride clients for great looking arms: Try to lift out your arms out slightly to the side of you body. Leaving some room between your biceps and triceps, helps in two ways:

  • it reduces the appearance of broad shoulders when the arms are down and tightly pressed against your body. The opening between your arms and body would make you look slimmer and shoulders looking less bulky
  • it makes your arms look slimmer not bloated by simply not pressing them against your body

So instead of trying to camouflage the underarm jiggle, slightly lift out your arms when posing. It would make your arms look much better on the wedding pictures.

6. Keep a Good Posture:

Ask a psychologist what contributes to a good posture and he will tell you the answer: Self Confidence. When you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, you tends to shrink into yourself. It is a natural survival instinct: smaller body is the defensive mechanism our brains are instructing us to take, when we don’t feel confident. So we tend to slouch and bring in our shoulders. And for brides it makes it even worst: it exaggerates the appearance of a double chin.

So do yourself a big favor and remember not to slouch during your wedding. Instead, put your shoulders back, push your chest forward and pull your belly button towards your spine. This will not only make you taller but will make you look slimmer too.

Standing up straight would make you look tall, confident, and more photogenic. It has worked for many brides I have coached before their weddings and would work for you as well.

For a great looking chin and to conceal any sightings of a double chin, extend your chin slightly. It is easy to do and it makes a huge difference in the final images.

The last thing for a great looking posture is to reduce the tension out of your jaw, shoulders and neck while taking few deep breaths from time to time. And voila! You will have a great looking posture on your wedding photos.

Beach Wedding in Monterey, CA

Beach Wedding in Monterey, CA

7. Pose Sideways:

For a slimmer look on your wedding pictures, remember to pose sideways instead of straight towards the camera. You will be amazed by how much slimmer you would look if you remember to turn your body slightly left or right when posing. The camera would capture your body at an angle and this will make you look much slimmer than you actually are. And lastly don’t forget to turn your upper body and head towards the camera.

8. Pop The Hip Away From The Camera:

Most people like to stay balanced when posing or standing on their feet. It feels natural and safer, so that is what we all do when asked to pose standing.

But this results into a straight body line which doesn’t make as visual impact as curved body shapes. The viewer’s eye would go from top to bottom in a straight line instead of wandering and exploring your wedding photos. And the less time someone’s eyes spend on looking at an image, the less time their brains have to get excited and remember it.

So here is a simple tip to remember: When posing in a standing pose, shift the weight of your body onto the back leg (the leg which is not facing the camera) and pop your hip away from the camera. This will add curve to your body posture (more interest) and also make your hip appear smaller on the photos. Or as photographers like to say: Whatever is closer to the camera, it looks larger.

Related: Photographer’s Jargon For Everyday People

Conclusion:

There are so many things a bride can do to look better on her wedding pictures. From keeping fit before the wedding, to having plenty of rest the night before the wedding, to having the best hair and makeup she can afford. And this is what most of the brides do. But by adding the steps above to your wedding preparation, you can look even better on what matters the most: your wedding pictures and album. This is what you would pick later and show to your friends. These are the memories you would pass to your children so they can see your beauty and excitement on your wedding day.

But these tips are not brides only. They could be used  by wedding photographers as well to remind their clients on how to look better on their wedding day. So if you are bride, share them with your wedding photographer. Or if you are a wedding photographer, educate your bride. Everyone wins!

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it and found it useful. If so, feel free to share with anyone who is planning their wedding or would be interested. Weddings are such an amazing and exciting event and everyone deserves to look at their best on their pictures.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a premiere wedding and events photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. You can read more about the author and review his portfolio on his website. For complete list of services and to book your wedding, visit his Wedding Packages page.


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50 Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding (Part 1)


Wedding Details at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, San Jose, CA

Wedding Details at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, San Jose, CA

Weddings suppose to be fun. But ask any bride and you will hear about the frustrations they have experienced while planning their weddings. The reason: Hard to stay on budget.

Only if every bride could have unlimited budget for her wedding to fulfill the dreams of the most spectacular and perfect wedding. Wouldn’t be great to get all a bride might wish for, without having to think about how much would it cost? Not having to make any trade offs.

Sure. It would be great, but the reality is that almost every bride has a wedding budget. Which means hard work is required to plan and have a wedding that stays on budget. So now we know what causes  the frustration many brides have.

As a San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer, I talk to many brides before and after their weddings. The ways how they all approached and solved this problem are different but a common theme emerges: Almost all of them found a way to compromise on one or other item, some on all items, for their wedding. And the most common way I heard over and over was: money saving ideas.

Frankly, bride’s ingenuity is impressive. The creativity deserves to be shared, so here comes the GUIDE! I hope many brides and their families would find it helpful. The following Part 1 of this guide, is the first part I am publishing to present 50 money saving ideas. The rest of the two parts would be published soon so be sure to subscribe to my blog and come back to read the rest of the ideas. If you would like to learn more about the topic, consider reading my other guide: How To Spend Less on Your Wedding

So let’s get started.

1. Get All Inclusive Venue:

Search and pick a wedding venue that has tables, chairs and linens all included into their price. This way you don’t have to rent these from another company. Prices for all inclusive venues is much cheaper than renting the venue and the chairs, linen and tables separately.

2. Spend Less on Shoes:

You can find cheap wedding shoes instead of going for high-end designer shoes. Chances are not so many people would see them anyway under your long wedding dress. Apart from saving ton of money, picking shoes which are more comfortable to wear would also save you from sore feet and blisters at the end of the wedding day.

3. Skip The Garter & Bouquet Toss:

Gone are the days when people believed in getting a piece of the wedding dress would bring them good luck. It was popular in the 14th century, but in today’s 21th century many couples choose to skip this part and save money. Both are basically throw away money.

 

Wedding Decoration at San Mateo, CA

Wedding Decoration at San Mateo, CA

 

4. Borrow a Veil:

Have a friend who got married recently. Ask her if you can borrow the veil for her wedding. Many would be happy to let you use it for a day and would even offer you once you share the big news with them. Don’t be shy. Ask around.

5. Shop Aboard:

Next time you visit Mexico or other foreign destination, check out anything you might need for your wedding. Shoes are less expensive there, so why not combine fun (vacation) with saving money. Store the shoes in your closet until your wedding and use the cash you would save on your honey moon vacation.

6. Save on Taxes:

Many wedding items can be bough online from states which don’t collect sales tax. Every dollar counts, so look online for deals that would save you money. Minnesota does not tax clothes, while in California you are expected to pay up to 9.5% sales tax. If you wedding dress costs $1,000 for example, this is $95 for you to keep.

7. Be Your Own Florist:

Using seasonal flowers and ribbons for a hand-tied bouquets will reduce your floral arrangements bill. Lots of ideas online, plus any craft store in your area would have the materials. Recruit someone crafty to help you with this or do it your self on the day before the wedding. You will be surprised how easy it is.

8. Use Flowers Wisely:

Feel like killing fresh flowers by trowing them around is a waste of money. You don’t have to and would save you money if you use fake flowers to make your bouquets. Fresh flowers from your local grocery store can still decorate your tables and cake.

 

Wedding Desert at Saratoga Country Club, Saratoga, CA

Wedding Desert at Saratoga Country Club, Saratoga, CA

 

9. Trim The Guests List:

A seat and meal for every single guest on your wedding costs your money. So be smart and practical. Cutting down your guest list to your immediate family and close friends would make your wedding more intimate. Not to mention the savings you would get. This is by far the biggest saving you can get for your wedding as accommodating, entertaining and  providing meals for your guests is the largest expense you would have.

10. Tie The Knot Off-Season:

Many wedding venues are in high demand and command higher prices during the wedding season (June – September). Having an off season wedding off season translates into immediate and significant savings. Venue prices are up to 50% cheaper off season compared to the pick time of the wedding season. On a $10,000 venue, this is up to $5,000 of savings.

11. Buy and Resell Instead of Renting:

Renting linens, centerpieces, flatware, plates, paper lanterns and lighting, and spotlights for uplightingcan cost cost you lots of money which you will never get back. Some brides buy all these for a reasonable price and then resell them to revover most of the value. It will save you lots of money which you would otherwise be giving to the leasing company. Buy and resell, instead of renting everything.

12. Skip The Extra Fees:

Many stores would have an extra “convenience” or “delivery” fees. Be careful and plan ahead as this is just another way these stores are making extra money from you.  If your wedding cake store adds a delivery fee for just few miles from your venue, opt to pick it up by yourself and save on these fees.

13. Skip The Limo Drive Home:

If you must have a limo to bring you to the ceremony and to the reception venue, consider skipping the pick up from the reception to your home. The limo service charges by the hour, so one more trip would cost you more. How hard would be you and your husband to get ride home but your friends or designated drives.

14. Simplify Your Invitations:

Skip the extra ribbons, belly bands or anything excessive in your invites. This just adds extra weight which means more postage to mail them. For a 200+ person wedding, this extra postage you have to buy adds up quickly. Settle down on a simple invitation only.

15. Make it Simple Rehearsal Dinner:

If you must have a rehearsal dinner (many couples choose not to and rather save the money for as well), consider ordering pizzas instead of catered meal. Save your money for the wedding day meal instead.

 

Bridal shoes at intimate DIY wedding in Benicia, CA

Bridal shoes at intimate DIY wedding in Benicia, CA

 

16. Consider Used Wedding Dress:

Instead of buying a new dress consider getting your dresses at a wedding consignment store. You can find a quality dress which can be cleaned and altered to fit you perfectly for almost 1/3 of the original price. Look around and see what’s available in your area before you visiting a bridal dresses store.

17. Choose Non Bridal Salon For Your Dress Alteration:

If your wedding dress needs alterations, look for an independent seamstress instead of a specialized bridal salon. In most cases they would do the alteration for less money than a specialized bridal dress store. Remember, all specialized bridal stores overcharge for their services, just because they can and there is so much demand. Be smart  shopper and save your money for what matters more to you.

Conclusion:

This is the end of Part 1 of the 50 Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding guide. I will be post the remaining two parts to complete the overview of all 50 ideas. You can access the rest of the parts, from the links I will post in each guide (yet to come…). Consider reading this guide, for additional ideas on Wedding Tips for Brides From Photographer’s Point of View.

Weddings are expensive and takes a lots of efforts and planning to have the perfect one. There are simple tips that could help you to stay within your budget. Most of these tips were collected by talking to brides about the ways they saved money on their wedding and how they managed to stay within their budgets. I am sure there are so many other ways, so if you have a tip, any comment or a feedback, feel free to drop me a line or two into the comments section. I would love to hear from you on how you managed your wedding budget.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site