Your marriage celebration may include an elegant breakfast, midday feast, or a dinner followed by a formal reception. This may depend upon many factors, including family traditions, current trends, logistics, and budget considerations. Likewise, bridal attire may consist of family heirlooms, rented suits, and outright purchases. Understandably, these may be considered worthwhile components of such an important occasion. The debate may be whether focusing most of your time, attention, and finances on these elements will leave you with enough resources to adequately capture the event on film.
For many reasons, the details of your wedding photography should be given special attention, as this may be the most tangible reminder of your special day. While you may savor the meal at the rehearsal dinner or enjoy the entertainment of related parties or showers, reliving these memories as time passes may not be as satisfying without having pictures to view. Even more important, having a pictorial record is likely the easiest way to share your wedding day happenings with those who were present, invited guests who were not able to attend, and new family and friends that become part of your married life.
Sparing costs is often necessary as well as admirable, but taking this to the extreme may leave you with future regrets. Your simple ceremony, moderate gathering, or elaborate affair is equally worthy of being documented for future enjoyment. Waiting until the last minute to make a decision about wedding pictures may leave you with less time and financial resources to put towards such a potentially finite detail. Once your wedding day is over, it would be difficult at best and perhaps impossible to recreate the atmosphere in order to take additional pictures. Even someone with a fair amount of knowledge of photography may find it difficult to handle the logistics required to properly document their own wedding.
While you may feel strongly about keeping photography costs low or moderate, you may still find it best to consult with a professional. Wedding photography styles are as varied as weddings themselves, and working with someone who appreciates and can deliver on what you envision will likely leave you pleased with the end result. An innovative photographer may even broaden your view, and suggest impromptu photos or new ways of staging that are especially meaningful. Even the most traditional pictures can translate into lifelong keepsakes if they are taken expertly and with care.