1. The cake won’t last forever.
Neither will the flowers, the food, and most of the other wedding day details.
When you go to your grandparents house and ask them about their wedding day, they aren’t going to cut you a piece of wedding cake. They pull out the photos.
Why? Because the photographs are the only tangible thing you get to take away from your wedding day. Each time you look at your album, you get the chance to relive the best day ever. You’ll get to see your mother’s hands button up your dress. The way your dad held back tears seeing you in your dress for the first time. Your groom’s reaction to watching you walk down the aisle. The smiles of people you love dancing the night away. Every little detail comes back to life.
2. You don’t get a do-over.
Remember when you were little, and you were playing that game where you would have to jump from couch to table to pillow to avoid the hot lava floor, and you would trip and fall, ending the game way too early? No? Maybe that was just me. But I ALWAYS asked for a do-over. A do-over was an AWESOME loophole that allowed us to get things right when we were kids.
But guess what?
You don’t get do-overs on the wedding day. You can stage a first kiss, yeah, but it doesn’t always look that great. You can’t stage emotions. These photos will live in your home for the rest of your life, and chances are, you’re spending more money on one day of your life than you ever have or will. So why not invest in a professional who has down this all before, knows the ins and outs of a wedding day, and can anticipate those big moments?
3. Wedding pros = less stress.
Listen, you can hire anyone you want to take your wedding photos. Honestly. If you’re friend has a great camera and you trust her to take photos, then by all means….
I’ve seen this happen way too many times. The bride + groom are trying to save money (which I can totally relate to!), and they ask a friend with a nice DSLR to come and shoot some photos, and they end up totally disappointed. The last thing I want for ANYONE is to put time + effort into their wedding day, and end up feeling let down because they can’t look back and appreciate all that hard work.
Pros are pros for a reason. We put in a lot of time educating ourselves and investing in equipment that helps get the job done so that you can just relax and enjoy your first day as Mr. + Mrs. There are a bajillion things you can DIY on your wedding day, but photography should not be one of them.
4. It truly is an investment
Think of it this way. Let’s say for arguments sake that you are paying $5000 for wedding photos, and your married for the next 50 years. That breaks down like this:
$100 a year. $8.33 a month. $.25 a day. And that’s only assuming ONE person is paying. A couple ends up paying about $.12 a day for wedding photos.
You’re investing in memories.
At the end of the day, it comes down to priorities. If preserving your memories in the form of photographs is important to you, you will make the investment.