Whenever a bride getting married on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico first contacts us about wedding photography, inevitably she will lead off by saying something like “We are on a really tight budget…”
Well, of course you are! You are getting married! This is one of the most expensive adventures you are likely to encounter in your life! And I can appreciate that a great professional wedding photographer is not cheap. So, in the interest of saving you a few hundred (or thousand!) bucks in that tight budget of yours, here is some advice straight from a Mayan Riviera wedding photographer on how to plan your timeline for the big day!
Start With The Sunset
Always begin planning your destination wedding by learning what time the sun sets on your wedding day. After all, you are coming all the way to Mexico to get married, so you want those coveted sunset beach wedding photos, right? The smart beach bride knows that you should have the ceremony at least one hour before sunset. Two hours before would be better. Dedicate a full hour for fun beach photos with your wedding party, and romantic sunset shots with your Love. Our budget saving tip here is to have you moving immediately from nuptials to beach photos, and not stopping to strike a pose with every guest who wants one on the way out. This is a major time zapper, and time is money on your wedding day. Those photos can wait for the reception. However, if post-ceremony pictures with your friends and family are important to you, then consider stretching your budget for a larger photography package that will allow for an extra half hour or hour after the ceremony ends to accommodate those pictures.
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Select a Smart Start Time
A professional destination wedding photographer knows that you do not need hours out of your photography budget set aside for ‘getting ready’ photos. Our tight budget tip here is to schedule the photographer to start shooting one hour before the ceremony. We can begin by spending 15-20 minutes shooting the groomsmen, then leave the boys to enjoy a cocktail while we capture the bride being helped into her dress and getting some final touches to her hair and makeup. If cost is truly a priority, ask yourself how important it is to you that you have professional pictures of your hair and makeup being done right from scratch? If you must have those photos in your wedding album, then you must stretch your budget for a bigger package!
Considering the above suggestions, you may decide that you can get away with a small, four-hour destination wedding photography package, and get all the shots you need. But we haven’t talked about the reception yet! It IS possible to capture photos of the key moments in your wedding reception on a tight wedding budget if you stick to a smart timeline.
Here’s how: Move directly from the sunset beach photos to the reception, where all your friends and family will already be gathered enjoying a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. When you enter the room to applause, go straight into your first dance. After that, the photographer can leave. If you shave some time off of your getting ready pictures, you may even have time for the cake cutting before the photographer is finished. If you do not want to rush through these wedding day elements, then you will need to stretch your budget for a larger photography package.
Ask yourself if you need to have a ton of photos of your friends and family getting drunk and partying? If the answer is no, save your budget and trust that somebody’s Smartphone will capture Uncle Dan’s drunken dinosaur dance! If professional party pictures are important to you, then a large eight-hour photography package will cover your needs until long after anybody should still be subjected to photographic evidence of their destination wedding behavior!
Every beach bride has a wedding budget that they need to respect when planning a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya. I hope this helps you realize how easily you can control your costs by simply setting a smart timeline with your wedding photographer. Happy planning and we hope to see you in the Mayan Riviera soon!
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