You get what you pay for…{a cautionary tale}

Before I dive into this post, I just want all of you brides out there that read this to remember one thing…You cannot redo your wedding day…you will NEVER get that day back. So keep that in mind…

I recently came across an article/blog that made me CRINGE and brought me to tears.

This woman (who is now a photographer, funny enough) made the biggest mistake a bride could possible make by letting her friend take all of her wedding photos. Her exact quote was this…”He had a DSLR and could take amazing pictures of cars so he must be able to shoot my winter wedding right? Wrong!”

I’m not going to write anymore until I reveal these photos…

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Here’s the thing…I just got married 6 months ago, I KNOW how much weddings cost. That said, if you’re going to spend $2,000 or more on a dress, $10,000 or more on a hall, and $1,500 or more on flowers…then you need to INVEST in a good wedding photographer too. The Joker said it best in “The Dark Knight” when he said “if you’re good a something, never do it for free”

If you’re going to spend all that money on all of the stuff I listed above, why would you NOT spend it on a photographer?! If you spent all that time planning every single detail of your big special day…why would you leave those IRREPLACEABLE memories to a “friend” or “uncle bob” or “cousin mike”?!?!? The above photos are the EXACT reason why. That poor woman made a horrible judgement call and will be paying for it for the rest of her life because every time she looks back at her big day she will be reminded at how one of the most important days of her life was completely ruined because she tried to cut costs and cut corners when it came to finding a photographer.

And for those DIY brides out there…I totally get it. I will be paying off my wedding for the next 5 years, but I’m not going to complain about it because ya know what? It was absolutely PERFECT and I married my soul mate so how can I possibly bitch about spending all that money on the most important day of my life? I also totally get that some people are not able to spend that kind of money, and that is totally fine and understandable. BUT…even if you borrow a friends wedding dress, grow your own wedding flowers, and have a BBQ in your parents backyard…don’t you want those memories documented to perfection so you can look back on them and smile on your 50th wedding anniversary? I guarantee that you can find a photographer that you love (who might also be very pricey) who will be willing to work with your budget, you just have to ask!!! We do what we do because we are romantic saps whose greatest pleasure in life is seeing the look on your face while you’re going through your photos for the first time. Very few things in life beat that.

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