Hi I'm Jonathan @ MrShutterbug Photography, I am a Surrey wedding photographer who specialises in capturing and telling the story of a couples big day. Today i'm going to write about "Why wedding photography is so important"
When planning your wedding there are a lot of things to think consider and budget for. The list will seem endless, yet when it comes to wedding planning there are certainly a few things that should be your starting point and a priority.
Why Photography should be a Priority when Planning your Wedding
The most important part of a wedding is you the couple, YOU are what it is all about and that is all that matters at the end of the day. However, when it comes to planning the big day you will no doubt speak to what feels like an endless list of suppliers, from florists, bridal boutiques, caterers, stationery designers. All these people will tell you how important it is to get it right. Getting the right flowers, having the best food, it is all about the dress, that is good, you want to work with passionate people, however are these a priority when planning your wedding? Of course they should be included and I am not saying you should leave out any of these, but are they more important then wedding photography?
As a wedding photographer I read and hear about a lot of couples who only have a small budget left for their photography, couples who are struggling to find a photographer they like for their wedding coming up very soon, a photographer that fits within their budget, and couples who are not having a photographer as they just cannot afford one. These couples haven’t put very much importance on photography..... and what will their memories show for this?
Why is wedding photography important?
So lets take a step back, Is wedding photography the most important thing when it comes to your wedding? No, not at all, however when planning your special day it should be way up there on your priority list of things to budget for and book.
Wedding photography is important because it will capture your day, it will capture your memories, it will tell your story, and not just any story, it will tell a beautiful story of your special day, a day you will never forget. A story that you can show friends and family, your kids, and grandchildren, something you will have and can treasure for ever.
You see the flowers will wilt, the cake will quickly be eaten, the invites will be binned after the day, the dress shall be worn just that once, the sparkling shoes will go back into their box and put on the top shelf of your wardrobe never to see the light of day again, this isn’t me trying to be miserable, I'm just trying to state some clear facts, this is all about perspective, this is about helping YOU the bride and groom focus your budget on things that you may not put importance on, such as wedding photography which when you look back in the long run you don't want to have regrets about.
When it comes to wedding planning, it is more than just one day, it is about a lifetime of memories!
One day, and a lot of memories
Previously I mentioned about couples who didn’t put to much importance on wedding photography, and it can easily be forgotten or pushed down the pecking order because on the day itself, you don’t have anything. When you go to a florist they will create beautiful bouquets of flowers for you, your cake artist will make the most delicious and gorgeous looking cake for the big day, all these are things and items that will be there on the big day making it look special, things that you and everyone will see. But when it comes to wedding photography you are paying for something you won’t see till after, and the best wedding photographers will go unnoticed, your guest won’t even know they are there until the formal photos.
What are you paying for?
When it comes to planning your big day remember that a wedding is more than just one day, it is about a lifetime of memories. It is about capturing moments, it is about capturing emotion, it is about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, it is about smiling at moments that you never knew happened, seeing the emotion on your family and friends faces, and most importantly of all, having a story you can treasure forever.
If you are just thinking about your wedding and looking at your budget, make sure you maximise your budget for your wedding photography, it’s not just a few photos of you and your partner on your wedding day looking beautiful and happy, it is about a beautiful story of your wedding day, from getting ready and smiling with your bridesmaids, to the emotion on your dads face as he sheds a tear and looks on with pride. Capturing the beautiful details on your day after hours and days of planning, from the beautiful flowers, your dress and venue, capturing the day as it unfolds, capturing the emotion of your guests, the nervousness of the groom, all the way through to that first dance, this is not just any story, this is your story.
Things to consider
Maximise your budget. Will the guests notice if you saved a little money on your flower arrangements?, will your guests really notice if you saved a little on the food, will they notice if the cake isn’t 5 tiers high and only 3? Save a little where you can and maximise your photography budget, it is the only thing you will have left at the end of the day that will showcase your memories and the day that was.
Find your style. There are hundreds of wedding photographers to choose from including myself, and most will travel all over the country and even abroad, take time to decide on a style you like and find a photographer that reflects this. Make sure you view more of their work and complete albums, you don’t want one or two beautiful photos, you want a beautiful story that is of high quality through out, from beginning to the the end. A good photographer always concentrates on telling a story.
Book quickly. The best wedding photographers get hired and booked up to 1-2 years in advance, so once you know the date, find your perfect wedding photographer and get them booked.
All this planning is for one day only, the one day you marry the partner you wish to spend the rest of your life with,the one day you share this beautiful moment with all your family and friends that you love. Make sure you hold onto those memories and don’t look back and wish you had hired a photographer.
Wedding Photography is about unique moments, it’s about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, this is smiling at moments you didn’t even know happened, seeing the excitement and emotion on the faces of the your family and friends, and, above all, having a story that you shall take with you forever…
Here’s what you’re paying!
How important is wedding photography to you? Have you maximised your budget to get the best photographer you can?
Thanks for reading, I’m MrShutterbug a Surrey Wedding Photographer covering London, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire.
If you would like to book a wedding consultation with MrShutterbug Photography and your bassed in Surrey or the surrounding area please click here
I really enjoy documenting weddings and working with couples across Surrey and Berkshire to create a beautiful, natural wedding story they love. My approach is all about having fun and blending in with your guests as if I was not there! It’s all about relaxing and enjoying yourself it will show in your final photos too :)
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