In the last issue we talked about decorating the sanctuary or venue with beautiful bows while sticking to your budget. In this issue we are going to talk about photos and videos to remember your special day! You want to be sure to have plenty of photos to remember your special day. Unfortunately, a professional photographer can be a real budget buster! Today we are going to go over a few tips on how to save big on your wedding photography. There is no doubt that pictures are priceless, and you want to be sure you have plenty of great pictures of your special day. Unfortunately, if you’re on budget, professional photographers can eat up most of your money. So how can you get beautiful photos of your wedding day without breaking the bank? - First talk to friends and relatives. The best way to find someone is to talk to people who have recently gotten married and have had pictures done. Find out who they used and whether they were satisfied. - Talk to several photographers. Once you have found a few photographers, go and talk to them to find out what their rates are. Find out what kinds of things that they offer and, of course, if they are available on your wedding date. If you haven't been referred to them by someone, you might want to ask to see samples of their work and references. Wedding pictures are a big part of your day, and there’s no second chance to get them done if they don’t turn out right the first time so when it comes to hiring a professional it’s important to know that you are choosing the right person for the job. Just like we talked about with your wedding flowers, try checking with your local community college. They often offer photography classes, and the students are eager to practice their craft for a nominal fee or even just the experience. Talk to the instructor, however, to be sure you’re getting the top in the class. You don’t want to take a chance and get the beginner for your big day. Don’t be afraid to call the local newspaper and ask to speak with the staff photographer. You don’t have to know anyone at the paper to offer up the chance for them to make some extra money. Many will perform the service for a small fee as long as you buy the film. At the reception, place disposable cameras on each table for guests to take pictures at your reception. A word of caution here: place a note on the table that asks the adults to please monitor the use of these cameras. I have been too many a reception where children have gotten hold of these cameras and the bride was left with many, many pictures of people’s feet and hind ends! Disposable cameras can be found at bulk warehouse stores or even online. Shop around for the best price and use them sparingly. If you don’t want to put the cameras on the table, another idea is to place the cameras in a basket at the door as guests enter the reception. The ones who really care about taking pictures will take the cameras. Have your guest book attendant monitor who takes them or even have the attendant hand them out to adults only. When it comes to chic, elegant wedding pictures, nothing beats the look of black and white photos. Black and white film can be much less expensive than color film. This tip can be combined with all of the money saving ideas above. After the wedding, the photos can be blown up and dry mounted for a long-lasting keepsake. Now let's talk a little bit about your wedding video. If you don’t have a lot of money but you would like a video of your wedding, as with the photographer the best way to find someone is to talk to people who have recently had an event captured for them. Find out who they used and whether they were happy with the finished product. Consider who do you know that likes to videotape everything? Maybe you know one person who owns a video camera and has the artistic ability to edit video already. Tada, you will have your own cost effective videographer. With the wide variety of editing software available there is no reason that you can't do the editing yourself and end up with a beautiful video of your big day. If you do have a friend or family member do your wedding video, but don't feel comfortable editing it yourself or leaving the it in the hands of a novice there are many studios around who can cut and splice parts of the video together and add background music to create a precious keepsake. Just make sure that you know your budget and do your research before you make your final decision. Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about wedding favors that won't put a big dent in your budget. Cindy Lieber Accredited Event Designer OC Brides Event Coordination www.weddingplanneroc.com Cindy@ocbrides.com (714) 970-6380 P.S. If you need help finding a reasonable photographer or some ideas on how to save on photography, shoot me an email. I'm happy to help!