Post It Notes – 24th June 2011: Budgeting & Finding Inspiration

Photography Credit: Liesl from Photo Pink NYC (full wedding coming up on the blog next week!)

When allocating your wedding budget think about what’s most important to you and spread your money accordingly. You can still have a few splurges even with the tightest budget – spend the money on what you really want and save on the rest.

For me the venue, the dress and the photography would be the most important aspects so I’d allocate the most of my budget for these and save the pennies on things I could either DIY myself (for example the reception décor, the flowers, the stationery) or omit completely (cars, live band, open bar etc.)

This is a piece of advice I need to drum into myself now and again, but sometimes it’s just as beneficial to turn of the computer, step out of the office and enjoy living a little bit!

Often my biggest pangs of inspiration for blog posts come when I’m out of the house and taking in the world around me. Like my idea for the posing tips blog post (which I’ll be posting on Monday!) hit my when I was in the hairdressers reading fashion magazines and looking at all the weird and wonderful poses the model’s were doing…it got my creative juices flowing!

1 comment

  1. Thank-you Kat for including photography in the important part of the budget! It’s a subject that’s close to my heart.
    I’m just starting out with my photography business, my wedding packages are fairly priced and I offer high quality wedding albums with each package, as I value where and how my images are shown after the big day.
    To start off with I did a few weddings as favours to build up my experience and portfolio, but now people know I’m charging (what I should be to earn a living and pay the taxman!) I’ve not had many bookings. If I’d undersold myself for every enquiry I’ve had so far in 2011, I’d have a wedding to photograph for every month of this year. So, I know word of mouth is working, but couples out there don’t realise how much they should be budgeting for on their photos.
    The photography is the lasting memory of what you have spent all your hard earned money on for that one special day, and many bride & grooms don’t consider how much of their budget should be used to record these memories.
    All wedding photographer’s jobs are made much harder when you have articles in magazines telling brides how to scrimp on their wedding photos (I’ve torn one out and I use it to remind myself why I create my images, and why I’m not as cheap as chips. I can think of two reasons of why you should spend out, for their every one why you shouldn’t).
    For those photographers who have been doing it long enough to build up a style and client base it’s easier for them to rely on their reputation, but when you’re starting out and aiming for where you want to be it’s another hurdle to pursuede a bride and groom why they should be paying out for quality photos that they’ll want to show off.
    Essay over!
    Liza.

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