Wedding photos || The do’s and do not’s

Wedding photos || The do's and do not's

A few years ago, I got married to the love of my life. When I look back on the big day, I think about the things that I would change. One of the things that I always come back to are the photos and how I would do them differently.

Back when I got married, me and my future were broke. We simply couldn’t afford to get a photographer and it is one of our biggest regrets about the day. We didn’t get many photos of the family, there aren’t many “nice” photos of me and the groom. But at the time, I didn’t fancy running about posing for pictures all day, I wanted to enjoy the day. But then again, thinking back at the guest list and the people who came, I wouldn’t have minded hiding away for an hour or two for photos.

Hiring a photographer

When it comes to wedding photos, most people will tell you to hire a photographer. They aren’t wrong. This is going to be one of the most important days of your life so you will want to capture the day. The problem with wedding photography is that it is very expensive. Depending on what sort of package you choose, it can cost upwards of £1,000. This is an area that you might be tempted to cut the cost and go with someone who is cheaper but this is not the best idea. Photographers charge so much because they are worth it. Your wedding photos are one of the biggest expenses of the day, but it’s the one that you will look back on for years to come.

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Get your friends photos involved

When I got married, I decided to get my friends involved. Everyone has a camera phone so we made the decision to use their photos instead of hiring a photographer. We placed discs on the tables for people to take home and upload their photos on. How many did we get back? Not a one. This was clearly too much work for my friends and family. But don’t let my lazy lot put you off from using their photos. You can use a wedding photo sharing service to collect all of the snaps from the day. When you have picked out your favourites, you can give them an edit and get them made into a photo book with captions of who took them.

Getting a photo booth

This is one of those things that I am on the fence about but only because I have seen it done so many different ways. First, there are the proper booths that your guests can climb into and get their photos done, and these ones are great. Then there are “booths” that aren’t actually booths, they are a section of the room that is cordoned off with a camera and an instant printer. That’s not quite the same, is it? My problem with these things is the price. I’ve seen people use a budget photographer and a budget booth, when they could have gotten a good quality photographer for the same money. Maybe I’m nit-picking, but for me it makes more sense to go for the better quality over quantity.

And what about you? What would you do for your wedding photos? Or would you bother with photos for your big day? Let me know in the comments below.

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