Having a Wedding? Where to Splurge vs Save without Compromising your Photos
You know you want your photographs to be gorgeous, but everyone has a budget
Wondering when to skimp and when to spurge without compromising your pictures? The Goodshuffle team has got you covered!
They will guide you through the rental process so your images will look absolutely stunning! We love working with them because we know that the staging is going to be on point!
There are tons of articles and blog posts about where you should splurge and where to save when it comes to your wedding. Almost all will tell you that a photographer is an important expense, as your photos are meant to last a lifetime; with photography, you really are getting what you pay for. What nearly all of these articles neglect to point out, however, is the importance of what is in your photos.
We may not think of it often, but event rentals are one of the major components of wedding photographs; event furniture, decor, and other details are going to be in the background (or foreground) of just about every photograph.
What’s the point of splurging on an amazing photographer if images of your wedding day feature eye sores in the background?
Of course, not everyone has the budget to buy or rent the high-end rentals for every element of a wedding, so we’re giving a few pointers on where to spend a little extra and where to be more frugal while still having the best possible wedding photographs!
Where to Splurge
Chairs. We wrote this blog post about chairs, and the main takeaway was as follows: You have as many chairs as you have people at your wedding. There’s simply no escaping the fact that chairs will be in almost every photo (of both the ceremony and the reception). You will wince if every photo includes a chair that looks like it was pulled from a town hall meeting instead of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Even if the chair is not the focal point, they will still be visible
Centerpieces. Photographs of the reception table are a must and the centerpieces are the focal point of your tablescape. Not to mention, the first thing that wedding guests do (after grabbing a drink) is visit their table, ooo and ahh over how beautiful everything is, and put their belongings at their place.
Your centerpiece sets the tone of the entire table, and the difference between a dinky, cheap looking one (because we all know that just because something is expensive, it may not look like it is high quality in your photographs) and even a middle-of-the-line piece is enormous.
Focal points. Think about the places the most important photos will be taken: standing in front of their loved ones to say, “I do!”, guest reactions, people huddled around the bar chatting, your first dance, you and your fiancé(e) cutting the cake, and ALL of the details...
Whether it’s a gorgeous archway for the ceremony, a unique bar for the reception, or a floral backdrop or beautiful stand for the cake table, drapery for your ceremony or reception - these are the photos that are bound to be framed on your walls or included in your premium wedding album for years to come.
Even adding a single exquisite piece that draws the eye will not only make a statement as guests enter and enjoy the evening, but it will be featured prominently in what are sure to be your stunning photographs
Unique details. These days, we’re all about spicing up weddings with details that represent each individual couple’s personality. From nautical lanterns representing a love of sailing to 1950s diner props that memorialize a first date or even vintage bicycles for the lifetime bikers; these are important personal touches that your photographer is going to want to capture in detail, making quality essential.
Where to Save
Tablecloths. Often, quality comes across in the feel of linens, more than the appearance. Sure, a specialty tablecloth design, such as a pintuck,is quite visible, but if you’re going for a simple look in your linens, a polyester linen will be far more affordable than a cotton cloth. This difference will not be visible in photographs, making it a great place to save some of your budget for whatever you two feel is more important!
Dinnerware. Not only is there only minimal difference between the fancy and the more “plain” plates (a gold rim, a charger, etc.), but the only time you’ll see a photograph of plates or the chargers is if you’re having a seated dinner and your photographer takes detailed pictures of the tables before food is served.
If you’re doing a buffet, or if you’d prefer a photo of the plates with your very expensive food served, you’ll never need to know if the plates were less expensive; people will be looking at the food and the plates will not even be on their radar during dinner or in the images.
Tables. Tables can almost always be covered by a tablecloth. There are, of course, exceptions. If you want a beautiful farm table,a unique, vintage look, or tables that glow in the dark, you’ll have to spend a little more mulah. You can also consider mixing and matching, using some high end tables for the cocktail hour or the dessert table, but keeping more simple tables for dinnertime (when they’ll be covered in food, glasses, centerpieces, and utensils, anyhow).
Water Barrel/Tent Weight Covers. Tents that are set up on a flat surface require water barrels. You can buy covers for these plastic barrels, or try using flowers or other decor as decoys for these slight eyesores.
Interestingly, most photographers will tell you that they tend to blend into the background best if you leave them as plain as possible. Besides, the vast majority of your photos will be taken inside the tent where your guest are and your guests will generally either be standing, sitting, or dancing in front of them, making the barrels almost invisible in your photographs.
There are so many ways to stay within your budget; as long as you have a good photographer, you can adjust or flex any of these items above to create a beautiful wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception space.
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Photos from the Harty, a team of lifestyle, wedding, and event photographers, was founded by Sara (Hartenstine) Alepin in 2005 after she graduated with a BA in Art Studio & Education and began working on her MFA in Photography & Digital Imaging. After years of working together, Katie Lingan officially joined the team as lead photographer in 2013.
Over the years, we've learned a lot from capturing - and being a part of - all types of special moments, especially weddings. One thing that has really stuck with us: it's not only important that you love our images - you must also love your photographer. You will spend more time with us on your wedding day than anyone else. So, it's important that you enjoy being around us on your big day!
So, keep reading to get to know us better. If you like what you read and like what you see, please reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!
xo, Sara + Katie
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