1. Consider having your pictures done on a weekday
Weekdays also means fewer crowds! — Photo by t_pictures
Most photographers have a higher price on weekends so you should try to schedule your photo shoot for a weekday to save a few hundred $$$. Having your pictures done on a weekday also means less crowds and traffic to deal with!
2. Book ahead of time
Starry sky with Mt.Fuji — Photo by RANMARU STYLE
Photographers get booked really quickly and may offer more affordable prices the earlier you book. After interviewing past couples, we recommend booking at least a few months in advance. It will save you a lot of stress — trust us!
3. Research, research, research
Exploring French Polynesia — Photo by SOMETHING BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY
What kind of photos does the photographer take? Do they have special package deals? These things are great to look out for when considering your budget and needs. Here at Famarry, we help match couples with reasonably priced photographers and do all the research for you!
4. Choose your timing wisely
Pre wedding photo shoot in Singapore — Photo by Truphotos
Especially, for those planning to get destination pre wedding photos done, going for off-season times would be ideal for lodging and perhaps even photographer costs. Hotels are usually more affordable during off-peak times and photographers will be booking fewer clients so it is the perfect time to have your pictures done!
5. Consider your location carefully
Majestic pre wedding photo in Okinawa — Photo by fotoShisa Photography
It is easy to assume outdoor photo shoot locations (such as parks) are free, however, this is not always the case. Venues such as national gardens or historical buildings may require an entry fee. Also, some also require you pay for a photography permit, or at least book ahead of time. Make sure to check on this to avoid an unexpected cost.
6. Hair & Makeup
Adorable hair piece — Photo by EARTH COLORS
Though many brides-to-be like to have their hair and makeup done professionally, a growing number of brides are now doing it themselves. It is a great money saver (with prices for professional hair and makeup ranging from $200-$500), and who knows how to do makeup on yourself better than you do?
7. Accessories & Props
Small charges can add up quickly! — Photo by RANMARU STYLE
Accessories and props are a great addition to your photo shoot and really add your own personal style. However, buying all those cute and fun props can get expensive quickly. We suggest making your own or acquiring them secondhand. DIY props can take a little time to make but are usually a lot cheaper and may even turn out better than the store-bought version. Alternatively, if you don't think you need the extra things in your photo shoot then it's perfectly alright to nix them as well.
8. Go Digital
On my way — Photo by HAYASHI PHOTO STUDIO
In the age of high-speed internet, data can be sent faster than ever. Many couples are opting for digital albums to get their photos as soon as they can. Physical prints, particularly albums, come at an extra cost and may take longer to obtain.
9. Choose outfits carefully
You light up my life — Photo by STUDIO GIROUX
When it comes to your wedding photos outfits, you usually have the option to buy your own or rent. If you don't already have your own dress and suit ready to go then rental attire is something worth considering. You may be able to rent several dresses at the cost of buying just one and don't have to worry about cleaning or storage afterwards.
10. Choose local
Couple in Kyoto — Photo by MF STUDIO Migo
When it comes to destination pre wedding photography, couples often wonder whether they should bring a photographer from their home country, or hire someone local. Though both options have their pros and cons, you can save money by hiring a local photographer. Firstly, you won't need to worry about their transport and accommodation, and secondly, depending on the country the exchange rate may also work to your advantage.