Dear Wedding Vendors, you cannot- and I stress on the word cannot– tell a couple that you are sympathetic and considerate of how tough it is for people to get married these days and how expensive weddings are and yet throw a price tag of 4500 USD at them for photography services.
Yes, you read right. Four thousand and five hundred United States Dollars so they can shoot and immortalize your “wedding fantasy” or “wedding experience.”
I am super pissed right now, if you can’t tell. Because after contacting several photographers who all appear to have identical approaches to photography and do not seem to be something spectacular, we had a basic list of costs and let me tell you this, it ranges between 1500 USD to 4500 USD- and I’m told there’s definitely more expensive.
And this just for having two photographers, two videographers, a couple of printed photos that I probably will not be able to find frames for anywhere, and a bunch of wedding DVDs. If we want to have the digital copies of the photos, which in this day and age makes more sense than printing everything out, we’ll have to pay extra. If we want to have a photobooth and instant printing, we’ll have to pay extra. If I want a bloody drone to fly over the venue, then we should probably empty out our bank accounts.
Look, I don’t understand. On what grounds can someone ask for that much money?
When it comes to food, increasing the price is justifiable because it means getting better quality of food and being able to have more options and a better dining experience. I’m so convinced of that that we picked the more expensive catering option fully knowing that the increase in price increased the quality drastically.
But with photography? I don’t get it. What will that person do that the person who asked for 1500 USD or the more average of 2500 USD can’t do? If you look at their portfolios, everything looks exactly the same! To the non-professional, it won’t make a difference as long as everyone is looking pretty and natural and not over-photoshopped!
And here’s the thing. I don’t like photographers especially after the major screw up at our engagement. I don’t like being asked to pose for hours on end and have a huge smile plastered on my face. And knowing Ahmad, he doesn’t either. And I sure as hell do not want a photographer stalking me through the whole day, since the moment I wake up, following me as I get my hair and makeup, to the venue, and until the moment we are sent off on our honeymoon. And no, we do not want to have a couple’s photo-shoot in Downtown or Zaytouna Bay, thank you very much.
No wonder a bride can’t have a moment to herself!
I know that a couple of months after the wedding, I won’t bring out the album and go through the pictures. And I’m told, as soon as the children come along, anything related to the wedding goes flying out of the window and they take center stage.
So again, this begs the question, why are you asking for that large sum of money while others are not? Are they not aware that this is what someone makes in six months of slaving away at work?
Or is it just because the bigger the wedding spectacle the more it demands an equally “spectacular” photographer to immortalize it?