Saturday, January 12, 2013

Save or splurge?

Budget is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Many people have trouble deciding where to save and where to splurge. In the end, every bride is different and what may be important to one bride might be obsolete to another. 

For me, I want to spend money on a good photographer. I have spent a lot of time in the darkroom, and have a true appreciation for black and white photography and darkroom printing. With the growing popularity of digital photography, I have found that there are more and more amateur "photographers" available now in the industry. While some of them do possess a great amount of talent, there are others who simply purchase a digital camera and call themselves a "photographer." I spent a lot of time doing research and interviewing photographers before deciding on the perfect one for my wedding. The things that are important to me may not be as important to you. For example, it was important to me that he have experience, education, equipment, examples, and a studio. I also enjoyed seeing his raw images (i.e., unedited, no filter, etc.) which were magnificent and breathtaking, as well as his low-light images, which were absolutely stunning. What sealed the deal for me was when my second choice photographer turned out to be one of his students. I knew then I had made the right choice.

I know brides who felt it was more important to spend money on other things, like the menu. For some, a $50-$100/head meal may be more important than a glamorous photographer. For me, good food is great, but it's not something I'm going to allocate the majority of my budget to.

I have created a poll for current, future, and former brides to sound off on where they feel it is worth it to "splurge" on their wedding. Remember, every bride is different, and ultimately it is up to you on where you want to dish out the dough!

Where should you splurge on your wedding?


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