Here’s how you can save tons of money on your wedding (so you can splurge on an awesome photographer). :)

Of all the things you’re going to spend money on for your wedding, your photographer (and/or videographer) is going to be the most important investment. Your photos are going to be around for a lifetime or more, shared and treasured by your family, your kids, and their kids, and probably even their kids. If you find a great deal of value in that (you should!) you’ll understand why it’s important to set aside enough to invest in a great photographer!

There are a lot of wedding photographers out there, and it can be tough finding one that’s a perfect fit. I’ll save the details on that for another post, but what if you find a perfect photographer- whose style and portfolio blows your mind & gives you goosebumps, and whose personality totally meshes with yours- but you feel their prices are just out of your budget?

If you really love this photographer and want to work with them, there are two things you can do. You can reach out to them and tell them how much you love their work, find out if they’re available, give them all the details on your wedding plans, and let them know your budget- even if it’s less than what they charge. Sometimes photographers are willing to work with you to try to make it work, if they like you a lot and see that you really value their work.

Or, you can raise your budget. If you really see the value in working with an awesome photographer who you know is going to make your wedding day better, make beautiful photographs for you, and provide an incredible experience, there’s no question it’ll be worth it! If your budget is set in stone, the only way to create more room for your photography budget is to adjust the other aspects of your wedding you’ll be spending on.


Here are some ideas of how to save money on your wedding, so you can afford that amazing photographer.

  1. Skip the stationery. Ok- I can already tell this article might make some other wedding vendors mad, lol! But really- 50 years from now, are people going to care what your wedding invitations looked like? You can totally nix the stationery and go for digital save-the-date’s, invites & rsvp’s, or just skip out on the programs, menus, and other non-necessary paper items.

If you must have paper save-the-dates and invites, you can save money by designing and ordering them yourself from sites like or

    1. DIY florals. You could spend a fortune on amazing florals for your wedding- and it will be breathtaking (did you see the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan?) But if you’re on a budget, you can easily put together flowers for your wedding and save a ton. Traditionally, at the minimum, you’ll need bouquets for the girls, boutonnieres for the guys, and if you want, flowers for your centerpieces and at the altar. If you’re crafty, you could make all of these yourself. This article has some great ideas. If you’re like me, and need some help, you can have a florist design just the bouquets/boutonnieres and do the rest yourself.

Other ideas to save money on florals:

-find a place to pick wildflowers or grow your own flowers (if you have time)

make your own paper or fabric flowers

-shop for bouquets on Etsy

3. DIY centerpieces. There are TONS of ideas out there for making your own centerpieces. Some of the creative and beautiful ideas I’ve seen at weddings include:

-Wine bottle/wildflowers. Ask your friends to save their wine and/or liquor bottles for you, or drink tons of wine and wash the bottles when you’re done!

-Engagement photos. Stick them in beautiful frames, add some accents, and boom! Centerpieces!

-Buy used. Check your local bride to bride groups for used centerpieces for sale. Sometimes you can find great items and then do a little personalization to make them your own.

  1. Reduce your guest list. Ok, I know how hard this can be. I can remember how stressful the guest list was for me, when planning my own wedding. But less guests = saving lots of money. Consider just inviting very close family and friends, or asking guests to leave the kiddos with a sitter.

  1. Have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Usually venues offer great deals for non-Saturday weddings. Sometimes other vendors will offer special rates, too!

  1. Don’t buy a cake.

Wait, what? Oh yes, I said it. Nowadays it’s getting way more common to have other desserts, anyway. Like donuts.

Or, if you want to save a LOT of money, host a “Wedding Bake-Off” and ask your guests to bring a cake or dessert that they make to share!


  1. Check out my Wedding DIY Pinterest board! I have lots of ideas and inspiration for saving money on your wedding pinned for you. 😊

My name is Andrea and I’m the photographer behind Lume Photography. Wedding Photography is my jam- I love capturing all the real moments, the emotions, and the details that make every wedding a unique story. I find magic in the ordinary and beauty in every person. My images are rich in color, emotion, and often highlight the connection between two people and the relationships they share with others. I love it when I’m able to capture a single moment in time that tells a whole story- and when you look back at your photographs, you’ll be able to relive that moment

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