Kerry Mills
Kerry Mills 28 Apr 2020

Hi All, has anyone else made the choice of not having a photographer at...

Hi All, has anyone else made the choice of not having a photographer at their wedding?

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UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Me, I don't have a photographer or videographer either, I'm not having make up artists too. Too much expense just for one day 😊

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Yeah my brother in law did ours for us as a wedding gift

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I did but I found one that didn’t cost the earth! His name is Jon ball solidimagery.co.uk I paid £660 for the whole day!

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I haven't personally, but a friend of mine decided not to have a photographer and instead downloaded an app where i think his guests could send the pictures. He said it was really good :)

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We had a photographer but didn't cost us anything because it was my husbands childhood friend. I couldn't have gone without a photographer personally

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

U just need to hunt around for a good deal I’ve got half day 425

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I’m so glad we did have a photographer, it was our second biggest cost after the venue and we don’t regret it one bit! It’s all you have left of the day and there’s something about professional photos that just capture the moments beautifully.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

U need a photographer to take pictures of your beautiful day

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

If its the cost you're worried about, consider getting in touch with a local college or university to ask if they have anyone who wants to photograph your wedding to help build their portfolio. They will charge but only a small amount, and you should still get a professional finish because they want to build a good reputation 😊

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I have bridal prep to first dance £395

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I wasn’t going to have one but I changed my mind last minute and I am so glad I did.. everything goes by in such a blur you won’t be thinking about taking photos but the photographer is like a fly on the wall and captures everything. I would advise you do get one, you don’t want to regret it after 💕

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Personally I think you need one. Once your day is over you have nothing but, memories and photos to remind yourself. Something to show further generations to your family.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I lost the choice... My photographer was ill on the morning of. Luckily my friend stepped in and was a great stand-in, but it's not the same. I also wish I'd gotten a professional Videographer. The day whooshes past so fast I wish I had something more tangible to remind me of all the happy moments.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I haven’t got a professional photographer but my brother in law is doing most of the photos for us so we have something to look back on without it costing us a fortune. If he wasn’t a option though o would definitely be booking one as I would hate not having the photos after the day is over x

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I was tempted but found somebody who was very reasonable for half a day - which meant a limited amount of time of having a camera in my face but still got some decent photos.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I think this might be something you will end up regretting, definitely have a really good think about it. Nothing nice than looking at your wedding album and the excitement of waiting on the photographer getting your album ready. We didn’t have a video done for the wedding due to cost but really regret that now! Just glad my friend had managed to record the speech and first and last dance 💃🏼 best wishes for your big day when it comes x

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Couldn’t recommend a photographer and videographer enough!
I love my trailer and long video there’s moments I never even knew happened and it’s such a comfort after the big day watching it.
No one really understands how you feel after your wedding unless they’ve been through it xx

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I’d not risk it unless you was guaranteed for people to take photos of your whole day. So many people i know say the days goes by so quickly it’s like a blur. Being able to see photos and relive it is important I feel

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We got married in Palma, Majorca and we paid £500 for the photographer for 4 hours, we got our pictures on a USB and a CD only.
We had a fairly relaxed day and we said we didn't want posed pictures as such, just a few nice ones for an album. Unfortunately he took us very literally and most of our pics are rubbish. We found him on a website and didn't foresee any problems.
Go with someone who can actually check recommendations.
3 years on, I wish we'd gone for some traditional posed pictures!
Please get a photographer, I think you'll regret it. Even if it's just some people from your wedding party, make sure someone has the job of taking pictures! Our best pictures were from our guests!

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I definitely recommend a photographer, my brother didn't have one and we have no pictures of us as a family etc at his wedding, a friend did it for him and I said to him could i have a picture with my brothers and he didnt no who they where.. best man and groom. A photographer makes it there job to no who's who xx

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Watch this and imagine how this could be your memories, the week after your wedding it will be your biggest regret,
https://everybody-smilephotography.smartslides.com/my-slideshow-11

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We didnt have one at ours. We asked our guests, in our invites, to bring cameras and all be our "photographers" in lieu of wedding presents. Several of our friends and family have decent cameras and enjoy a spot of photography so given that they all had a heads up we werent hiring a photographer they all pitched in and took photos which i asked them to share with us. Obviously lots I didnt use, but more than enough to make a fab wedding album with. Its worth the risk if you are on a tight budget, and you know at least a few of the guests are good at capturing moments, and I had 3-4 very proficent guests with pro cameras, so for us the gamble paid off. Should point out it was my second wedding, registry office, and we literally couldnt afford a proffessional. 1st time round I paid £850 for a pro photographer, ended up with about same amount of useable shots, though they were def high quality. Hope that helps, sorry for the long post, wanted to give you some pros and cons. If you have the money, and can get a good recommendation go for it. If not, do what i did 2nd time around. (P.s my budget £2k all in wedding was far more fun, and intimate, and relaxed than my big £14k wedding!! Enjoy the day x)

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I think you would regret not having a photographer - it’s something to look back on in years to come 💕 We had quite a cheap wedding but splashed out on the photographer - and so glad we did! Our photos are beautiful 🥰 - we went for documentary style rather than traditional posed photos. Also recommend having a videographer too xx

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Loved my photographer she was worth everything as there's little things you miss like your family and friends faces and there enjoyment to. I wasn't bothered about a videographer I have copies off the speeches saved so they are in a memory box xx

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I don't have a photographer mainly as I don't need 100s of photographs that will never be looked at for a ridiculous amount. both our dad's have decent cameras though so will use them for any family member who does want a picture to keep them happy

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

Personally i would say have one. I did but not a videographer and im glad i did - my dad died from cancer less then a year after my wedding and the photographer had captured some amazing photos of my dad. Photos i wouldn’t have had without a photographer, its a personal choice but based on my experience its one expense that is 100000% needed and worth it. X

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

A professional photographer is so much more than a person with a camera.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We wouldn't have been without our photographer, he was amazing at organising everyone, he had great ideas for photos, didn't notice him for the relaxed ones at all, he was really lovely, thought of absolutely everything, stayed much later than we'd paid him to and was just like another guest.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I set up a Facebook page after my wedding for guests to upload their photos so everyone could see them but I still had a photographer. He captured so many that guests won't. I wouldn't have had my wedding without. My sister didn't have a photographer and really regrets it, she told me to definitely have one.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We're paying a lot for a really good photographer and videographer. They are a husband and wife team and there will also be a 2nd photographer. Of all the places to cut costs on a wedding, the photography etc is not it! They are the only things that last forever, and could become a huge comfort to show to relatives who may struggle to remember the actual day for various reasons! X

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

I'm not having one we're having family take them instead and my partner's friend is pretty good with a camera. Having professional photos isn't important to everyone.

UKbride Member 28 Apr 2020

We found out we were expecting our son after everything was all booked, he was due 3 months before the wedding. We had to make the decision to cancel our photographer as with a baby on the way we had to cut costs. I had my uncle take my photos as he knows his way about and used my professional camera, and then the only cost to us was prints.
I think you would regret it if you didn't have someone doing photography.

UKbride Member 29 Apr 2020

Me and my hubby really didnt agree on this. It was a huge expense but so glad we did. I also added a videographer at the last minute. Worth every single penny. They are moments that you will never get back. We asked the vicar to remind our guests that our ceremony was digital free, we wanted everyone in the moment as opposed to taking pictures of the wedding x

Kerry Mills
Kerry Mills 30 Apr 2020

Thank you all. My future husband dosent want one, he says he cant be doing with all the 'faff' and gets annoyed with them.

Maria Boe
Maria Boe 30 Apr 2020

No, my brother is doing it. I would like just a couple of special photos

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