We all know weddings are expensive and that’s why they rate up to top money making industry. Paying all those catering, tailoring bills and stuff could feel a real charge on your budgeted pocket. Among all these expenses if there is one thing I will tell you from my 14 years of experience of weddings including mine own is you should not cut short on the budget is photography.
You wedding pictures are only one thing that are going to last longest. By last I mean really last. Love might walk out of a marriage but the pictures lasts for grand kids to see. Now you don’t want your grand kids to see some crappy wedding pictures of yours. For that I will advise you to get professional help and don’t request some friend and relative to do it for you. It will ruin your memories for following reasons.
You might not get what you hoped for
They are not professionals, even if they have the right camera and lenses they do not have enough practice with the angles and lighting. Even if they have some experience in the field they might not know even basic about event coverage and might miss coverage of some of the moments most close to your hearts. The regret wouldn’t die for years, trust me. Covering the entire event click and click isn’t even the deal. Professional wedding photographer later filters and touch up your photos. Some lucky pictures even get full on editing. You might miss on that beauty if you give the task to some armature.
Personal issues might get in way
Believe it or not one of my friends requested her cousin to be her wedding photographer, and the guy didn’t took one single picture of bride’s brother on the event because the two didn’t have along well. So she has no memory of her dear brother being on the one of the most important event of her life. This would never had happened if she had hired a professional photographer.
You might not get pictures on time
They might have scheduled time for your big day but once it’s over they have other life too and your wedding pictures might not be in priority list for them. Plus you are not paying them or paying them some amount which is not motivation enough to get your job done. This happened to a friend who hired her friend’s dad as the wedding photographer. The guy showed up at the wedding took all the photos but later didn’t even answered her calls. She came back from her honey moon, had a maternity shoot later and had her son but never heard of her wedding pictures. Needless to say it costed her a very good friend too.
You will not be able to complain
As you are getting this for free or as cheap as nearly free you will not be able to complain if you didn’t liked the pictures, or in my friend’s case didn’t get them at all. I know this is horrible but you like it or not they are doing you a favor and thus you lose your right to complain about it. Better invest in a professional wedding photographer.
It may even jeopardies your relationship
All the things stated above should be enough for you to understand why this might cost you a good friend/ relation. In case if it is not yet clear let me state it clearly. They might feel they are not obligated to you in any way as they are not getting paid (which they are not but they did accepted a responsibility) and you might feel they are not living up to their responsibility or at least your standard of it. This might cause a grudge on both sides and grave damage to the relationship.
So in conclusion, do invest in a professional wedding photographer, you might not want to budget out on photography on your special day, but there are other ways to fit your wedding into your pocket. Click here to learn how to save money on your wedding.