Well, hello there, fancy meeting you here! We are Joe+Kathrina and we're super excited to fill in one day for Sarah while she's busy being a new mom to baby Jack. We're wedding photographers, and so naturally, we want to talk a bit about putting some serious thought into investing in your photographs.
We have heard numerous times of a bride admitting that she went over her budget for her dress, but, "I just had to have it. And it was totally worth it!" We've heard couples say the food was more than they expected, but that was okay, because they wanted to make sure their guests ate delicious food. The florals were more, the shoes a little pricier, the venue cost extra..."but look, it was definitely worth it!" We have yet to hear anyone say they went over budget for photography.
Now we're not saying you need to go over budget for your wedding. We are just left wondering why it's easier to spend extra on making sure everything looks pretty and your guests are happy -- while paying for professional photographs is a difficult decision. Photos that show the way he looked at you when he first saw you in your dress. Photos of the tears that came to your eyes saying, "I do," when you swore you wouldn't cry. Photos of the tiny details that you spent extra money and time on that you didn't get to fully enjoy the day of.
After seeing their photos, we've had couples tell us they feel like they're taken back to their wedding day. Your wedding day is a whirlwind and it goes by faster than you'd like. Sometimes you forget to stop and enjoy that cupcake you taste tested and paid extra to add detailed icing on -- without photos how else would you remember those small details you meticulously decided on. And did you see how good you looked in your dress and him in his bowtie?! Yes, people have different priorities for their wedding. It's an argument between worth and value -- sometimes photography just isn't as important. But after all the time and money spent planning your wedding, don't you want to be able to see and look back on your day?
We know money (unfortunately) doesn't grow from trees and agree that budgets should be followed--just make sure to have a practical budget for photography. Photos tell a story and we hope that your wedding story will be told for years long after all the details have been eaten, thrown away and forgotten.