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I had to grab a beer for this one because this gets asked a lot. And it’s a very stressful question.

There are a few really easy ways to cut your cost without looking cheap or having your guests feel really uncomfortable with the wedding they’ve arrived to.

Alcohol, huge expense. favors, paper goods.

Floral and food would be my biggest tips for how to cut wedding costs.

The obvious answer is going to be reuse everything as much as possible.

Utilize what the venue has. Use everything that they offer and stay off Pinterest.

The important thing here is figuring out how to prioritize costs versus necessarily cutting costs.

You want to know how to save money on your wedding. Expect to get what you pay for.


    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    Here is how to save money on your photography... timeline, timeline, timeline! Do you really need your photographer there for 10 hours?! I seriously doubt it. Consider having a First Look to condense the photo time. I recommend having your photographer start at the END of getting ready and stay through the first dance. Guests dancing photos are fun, but it's an easy way to shave an hour off your photo package.

    There are so many tips and tricks to keep costs low (if that's your goal!), but it all starts with prioritizing! With the right plan in place, keeping a wedding in budget can be a breeze. If you're winging it as you go, then it all goes to hell in a really expensive hand basket pretty quick!

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Q: Is there really a wedding mark up?

Do you feel like the industry charges more “because it’s a wedding” and they know it’s an emotional purchase?

Do companies think that they can charge more for weddings since the bride and groom may be willing to spend more on their dream wedding?

Hey wedding pros – is this higher price tag justified? Why? Do you charge more for your service if it is a wedding?

This is a taboo topic, whispered but not discussed… until now.

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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