BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Every bride wants to look back on her wedding day, but the costof wedding photos and video can be very expensive.
News 4 has talked about the many ways to cut costs at thereception and on flowers, but when it comes to photos, experts sayyou get what you pay for.
"I think the most important thing are the pictures. Those willlast forever," said Mary Osorio, who will be married in August.
Bride-to-be Seema Moudgil said, "We're not saving on thephotography, that was one thing we were told to splurge on."
The wedding day is a whirlwind, and pictures will captureall those priceless moments. Most brides understand this is onepart of the wedding budget where they cannot skimp out.
One way to cut the cost without cutting the quality, is tohave an off peak wedding date.
Local Photographer Joe Priore said, "A lot of vendors offerdiscounts, photography wise, or anything for Friday weddingsbecause they're a little bit more rare, along with Sundays."
If brides book their photographer right at a bridal showthey'll often get big discounts, but that also limits the number ofphotographers to choose from.
A final piece of advice, ask the photographer to give you thethe copyright to your photo or buy the rights if you have to. Thenyou'll own every single photo.
Now that News 4's Melissa Holmes has the copyright she canpost my photos online, print her own enlargements and copies,create her own individualized parent albums, and make thank younotes from her photos. Without the copyright, she would have to paya photographer thousands to do all that.
As for videography, Holmes has spoken with many brides who arehappy they splurged on it, and many who say they wish they hadn'tbecause they rarely watch the video. For my wedding, she just gavemy HD flipcam to a couple guests to capture the special moments.The quality is obviously nowhere near professional, but she is veryhappy she got those special moments on video.
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