When it comes to money-saving wedding tips, there are the helpful ones (pay your vendors in cash to avoid taxes) and there are the ones that don’t really move the needle (borrow a veil to save $150). But we recently heard about a wedding budget hack that goes beyond skipping the florals and cutting the passed apps: Find yourself a recent graduate to be your videographer.
We learned the tip from a friend who actually did it. Heidi got married this past summer in Brooklyn, where vendors are notoriously expensive. While having a videographer fell into the “nice to have” bucket of priorities for her, the more she thought about it, the more she really wanted her nuptials to be filmed. “I spend hours watching old home videos, and my wedding definitely felt like an occasion that I could one day look back on—or force my future kids to watch against their will,” Heidi explained.
She and her fiancé researched videographers through normal channels like Google and Instagram only to find prices that put them well over budget. “The range was between $5,000 and $10,000. And that was more than my photographer and florist combined!”
But three weeks before the wedding, Heidi realized that with all of her vendors paid, she had around $1,500 left in her wedding fund.