by Tara Bard, Contributing Writer
The Jersey Shore holds many beautiful wedding locations--but it's also one of the most expensive regions when it comes to tying the knot. As a result, you'll need to decide what elements deserve the big spending and what you can cut.
You'll want to remember your wedding forever by recording it properly. If you and your partner decide to have children or wish to send images of your wedding to relatives living far away or new friends you meet through life, it's incredibly important to have a visual record of your special day.
Videography and photography comprise a large portion of most couples' budgets. These services are costly because the service providers spend hours at your wedding and reception recording your moments and many hours after selecting, processing and editing your photographs. You'll also want to select professional photographers with recommendation, education in the field and proven records--and that costs money, too.
Here are some options to cut costs in this area without compromising your ability to hire professionals.
Package deal. Some companies offer package deals on both videography and photography. You can save hundreds by booking both through the same company. Ask the company if it's possible to work within your budget to acquire both. (If you are booking multiple musicians for live music, consider this as well.)
Proximity to Atlantic City. Many professionals charge a travel fee because it's expensive to drive equipment around, especially if you factor in gas and tolls. If you hire an Atlantic City-based professional, you will likely avoid such fees.
Weather and location fees. Don't hire photographers that charge extra in the event of bad weather. Some photographers even charge more for beach weddings because of the potential effects of the elements on their equipment. This is a rip-off; avoid these vendors. If vendors are concerned with these costs, they should calculate them into their fees. Local vendors accustomed to filming at the shore should not charge such fees.
Do (some) yourself. Is the budget just impossible? Consider doing without the videographer. Instead, invest in some inexpensive Flip Video photography and entrust some friends and relatives to capture the moments on video. It won't be professional-caliber, but it will allow you to spend more on your professional-quality photography while still having a video record of the day.
Minimize hours. Many photographers charge an hourly rate. You can save money by limiting the hours he spends at your reception. Instead, purchase disposable cameras and leave them on the tables for guests. Ask the deejay to encourage guests to use the cameras. Though you'll get some goofy pictures, you won't have an unrecorded moment.
If you're having your wedding in an Atlantic City casino, don't forget to speak with your contact at the casino about video recording rules in the location. Many do not allow recording in the gaming areas but will allow recording equipment at private events. Be sure to let your videographer know about these rules.
Do you have other tips for budgeting for photography and videography in South Jersey? Please post them below in a comment.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com
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