This is the next part in a 20-day long series. If you’ve missed any of it, you can find all of the tips in the category: Do it Yourself Wedding Plans.
These are all of the steps you need to schedule your time and budget for when you’re planning a DIY Wedding. The who’s, what’s, where’s as well as the when’s and how’s.


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Wedding photographers and videographers can cost a fortune.
Plus, this is not something the bride or groom can do themselves.
What’s the best budget-friendly options?
We’re going to talk about them here!

Hiring a professional photographer to take wedding pictures, edit them, and record a video of the wedding can cost thousands of dollars.
Luckily, there are better, easier, and cheaper options out there for the DIY bride on a budget!

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Most of us know at least one aspiring photographer.
You can ask them to take photos and offer to just pay for the edits and prints.
Remind them that it’s a great opportunity for them to expand their portfolio.
If you’re worried about quality, maybe ask a couple friends to do this for you and you’ll have two sets of wedding photos so you can pick and choose your favorite pictures for your album or to hang on the wall.

Before the ceremony, write down a list of all the pictures you want them to take.
Walking down the aisle, with your family, with your godparents, or any other group of people that you want in the pictures.
Tell them you want photos of different events during the wedding, too.
Cutting the cake, the first dance, throwing the wedding bouquet, and kissing your groom are a few key moments you’ll want them to capture.
Make sure you give the wedding photographer the list before the ceremony so no one is scrambling around, trying to remember every picture you want taken.
Also, let them move around freely before and after the ceremony, too.
They’ll get great candids of family and friends that you’ll love in the years to come!

So many of your guests will want to pull out their cameras to take their own photos.
While this is a great idea during the reception, this could pose a problem during the wedding ceremony.
Having everyone raise their phones above their heads to snap a picture of the bride-to-be can result in a lot of pictures of phones instead.
Ask your guests to keep their phones in their pockets and purses and let the photographer take the pictures at the ceremony, but give them a hashtag to use for every picture they take at the reception.
#SmithNewlyweds or #JonesWedding are some good choices to use on various social media sights so that you and your groom can review the pictures later!
Save and print them yourself to add to your wedding album.

diy wedding photographer selectionSome brides and grooms also opt for the investment of a photobooth.
These can get pricey, but you get a copy of all the pictures of everyone having a great time and getting silly in the photobooth!
Most companies will place a copy of all the photos in an album and let the guests write messages next to their pictures.
Plus, everyone goes home with their own pictures, too!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next step of many that you’ll need to attend to for planning your Do it Yourself Wedding.