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Everybody want's great pictures for the least amount of money, that's normal, you don't always have to compromise on the wedding photographer if you do your due diligence, make sure that you "compare apples to apples", ask the right questions and ask for a better price, there is usually a little bit of room for negotiation, most professional wedding photographers in Dallas-Ft.Worth or elsewhere will try to work with you on the price or offer you an "extra" add on to the wedding package. You might also be able to choose a 6 hour coverage instead of 8 hours, and maybe with the right planning you can still get the wedding photographer that you want for less money.
One of the easiest ways to save on your wedding photographer and other wedding expenses like the wedding venue, is to choose a off season wedding date, during the winter and/or during the week. If you prefer to not do that which is understandable, make sure that you at least book well in advance, last minute wedding planing usually leads to higher prices, sold out venues and wedding photographers and a lot of stress.
Please keep also in mind that if the price sounds to good to be true, it probably is. It's not worth to gamble on your wedding photography, if the pictures turn out "crappy", there is no way to retake them and you will be highly embarrassed every time you bring out the wedding album. A good professional wedding photographer with liability insurance and back up equipment will usually cost at least between $900-3000 for a basic 8 hour coverage, depending on season and location. The average wedding photographer cost is $2330 in the USA (see below on the budget breakdown in the wedding info-graphics). For comparison purposes the wedding photographer will cost you on average $2895 in Dallas-Fort Worth, so it's higher than the national average.
I have one extra advice, if you have a favorite professional wedding photographer you want to use and the wedding venue insist on charging you extra since he is not in the "approved vendor list", make sure that the wedding photographer has full liability coverage for all the wedding photographers that will shoot and for the venue (which most serious professional wedding photographers should have) and then make sure that you inform the wedding venue, lack of insurance is usually what they are afraid of and it's mainly an insurance issue. I have never encountered a problem with a wedding venue after we showed them the proof of insurance. If they don't agree, it's nonsense and I would take my business somewhere else, and they will probably chase down and give you a discount.
I want to share some great wedding Info-graphics for brides, grooms or paying parents. These wedding infographics will help you during the planing of your wedding and save you some serious money, Elle at Jam+Toast has made two great wedding infographics that you should study and share with fellow brides and friends.
An informed wedding client is a efficient client that has the right tools to save on all the wedding costs, like venue, flowers and wedding photographer. Just by choosing the right date and day of the week can save you a lot of money. When you book your venue or wedding photographer make sure that you ask the right questions and also make sure you read the fine print in the contract.
* For comparison purposes the average wedding in Dallas-Fort Worth will cost you on average about $28,055 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so it's a little bit higher than the national average ($26,984).