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Lily has written and edited for a host of publications, including Vogue, W, InStyle, and Essence magazines. Connect with Lily at liamagazine.tumblr.com.

The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Day Savings: Photography

The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Day Savings: Photography

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Wedding season is upon us! Now that Spring has officially sprung, I’ve got no less than three weddings to attend this month alone. Perfect for a gal who blogs for a website dedicated to weddings, no? Anyway, for weddings in my community, it takes a village. That is, we who are able chip in financially to make the big day happen for our family members. So, it behooves us to score as many bargains as possible so that we all save some money while still creating a beautiful ceremony for the lovebirds. Perhaps the most costly item on the to do list is photography. It’s also one of the most vital components of the special day. How else can we remember that special day without pictures- lots of pictures? And of course, if you want great, high quality pictures (and everyone does), it’s not going to come cheap.

We’ve come up with a few ways to save your dollars for the big day.

1) Smartphone cameras - Put that ultra expensive fancy schmancy high tech phone to use. With amazing photography apps like VSCO, it’s possible to take beautiful pics from the comfort of your phone.

2) Social Media - Speaking of apps and smartphones, most people have them, so it’s a sure bet that most of your guests will be snapping away during the festivities. You can go online and create a hashtag just for your day. So, whenever anyone takes a picture and posts it to social media, they add the hashtag, and boom! You can collect different perspectives of your day of wedded bliss. #nofilter (Actually, you should probably expect quite a few filters).

3) Get a "professional amateur" - Craigslist is a great resource for all things - well all things period! You can always find a photography student or one who is starting out and needs to beef up their portfolio. Just make sure you check out their previous work, so there are no bad surprises on the big day.

4) Barter - As a bargainista, nothing gives me a greater rush than bartering. Offer whatever talent/service you have in exchange for beautiful images of your wedding day.

Whatever option you choose, try not to stress. This is meant to be a joyful event.

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Using Get Wed for Less to Find Your Dress

I have to confess. I’m not your typical bride-to-be. Rather than get all excited and giddy at wedding preparations, the thought of having to deal with all those details makes me break out in hives! Well, there is one detail of the whole wedding planning ordeal that gets me rather excited:  finding the perfect dress.

Get Wed for Less makes it easy that even someone as picky as yours truly can find the perfect vintage dress at one of the vendors in my backyard or online.  

Yes, you heard me correctly: I said vintage. I’m THAT bride. You know the one who doesn’t mind wearing a dress that someone has already donned. Consider it “something old”.  Vendors like J. Crew, for example, or Bhldn (a personal favorite) carry lovely vintage dresses - and lots of other styles - that hearken back to Gatsby-era days.

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Photo credit: J. Crew

For those who find the idea of wearing a used (no matter how gently) gown not so appealing, you can say yes to vintage STYLE dresses using our incomparable vendor directory.

Plus, with social media tools like Instagram and Pinterest, it’s even easier! You simply print out or screenshot your dress of choice and bring it to a vendor to see if they have anything similar with less mileage 

Whether you don’t mind thrifting or you prefer a newer dress, our guide is an indispensable source for you to find the dress made just for you!

Editor's Note: Still want more help getting started? Here are different types of gown styles, which should help as you embark on the quest for your dress. Use this 411 along with The Right Dress for Your Body blog post, and you'll be on your way!

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Photo credit: The Wedded Bliss

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