EriePics™ an Erie Photography™ Studio – Professional Photographers

How Much Should You Spend On Photography For A Wedding?

How Much Should You Spend On Photography For A Wedding?

There is a laundry list of expenses associated with getting married: Flowers, food, alcohol, music, etc. One thing that can sometimes get overlooked in the wedding budget is photography. When deciding on photos for the wedding, it may be tempting to use an amature to save some money, but that isn’t always the best idea. When thinking about wedding photography there is a difference between wondering how much a wedding photographer costs, and wondering how much you, personally, should spend on wedding photography. The answer to this is as individual as the weddings themselves and depends heavily on several factors. Here is a breakdown of things to consider when deciding how much you should spend on wedding photography. 

How Important Are Wedding Photos?

One of the biggest things you need to assess is how important wedding photos are for you and your significant other. Keep in mind that this may be one of the most important events of your adult life, and you will want to remember it forever. Not only that, but you will want something to show future generations. It isn’t just about the event, but the memories of love and joy for that moment. This is particularly important if you are able to have parents and grandparents at your wedding. They may not be around when you have your own children and it is nice to have a piece of your loved ones that have passed. These tangible memories are something you should take into consideration when deciding on a budget for your wedding photos. 

How Big Is The Wedding?

Odds are, that if you are looking at wedding photography then you already know approximately how big of a wedding to expect. The size of the wedding is a big factor in deciding how much to invest in photography. If you are having a smaller, more intimate wedding, then one photographer is perfect. However, once you start getting over 150 guests, you will need more than one photographer to cover it all. However, even smaller weddings can warrant more than one photographer if it is a larger venue, or an outdoor wedding with a lot of space. Having two photographers can help capture moments happening in different locations at the same time. It also increases the chances of getting different angles, and pose ideas and benefiting from the experience of them individually, and as a pair if they have worked together before and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. 

What Is Your Wedding Photography Budget?

Magazines, and some wedding professionals, say that wedding photography should take about 15% of your wedding budget. This can, and honestly should, be used as a loose guideline of what to spend on wedding photos. This is because there are too many variables included in what you need for your specific wedding for that to be a hard and fast rule. However, say, 10% can be a more reasonable jumping off point. If possible, factor in a minimum of 10% or so based on your must-haves for photography then adjust accordingly. For instance, if your 20% flower budget comes in under, then you can roll that extra money into the photography budget in order to afford a couple of the extras that you want.

What Extras Do You Want?

Part of the cost of wedding photography are the extras. But what extras do you feel like you need, and what is not necessary to you?

A standard generic wedding photography package will usually include something like the following: 

  • 8-12 hour photo session.
  • Family, bridal party, and wedding posed portraits. 
  • Coverage of the ceremony and reception.
  • Gift exchange 
  • Cake cutting
  • Etc 

These are the normal offerings, but some photographers offer extras that may cost extra but can really make a difference in the experience of your wedding. 

For example, Erie Wedding & Event Services offers a variety of other package options such as: 

  • Engagement Photos: Proposal pictures are a fun way to announce your engagement, and it offers an opportunity to meet your photographer for the wedding and work out any kinks. This also gives them a chance to get to know your likes and dislikes in a way that can make the wedding day run much smoother. 
  • Wedding drone photography and videography: Drone photography and videography is a spectacular new perspective that can really add to the experience of wedding photos, such as in an album. 
  • Photo booth rentals: Photo booths are such fun. They capture the best parts of people and are small keepsakes for such a big night for you, and all of your guests.
  • Wedding Videography: Wedding videography has evolved since the days of Uncle Larry telling a terrible joke for you to see in a decade. Now, it is elegant and shows every important moment as it happens. Plus it can be downloaded and shared with family and friends.
  • Couples Photos: These are not necessarily part of the wedding photography budget, but they are a great thing for Newly Wed couples to do to capture the continuation of their love story. It can be done right after the wedding or on the anniversary of the wedding day. 

Erie Photography: Professional and Stress-free!

If the idea of figuring out what you should pay for wedding photography is stressing you out, the best thing you can do is take a step back. Breathe. Then call a couple of local wedding photographers in the area to help you get an idea of pricing and what they offer because no one knows more about photography than a professional photographer. However, you should always keep in mind that price is not always a direct reflection of quality, and that you should look at sample photos, and ask plenty of questions about their style before deciding on a photographer.

Capture the memories of your big day by choosing Erie Photography. We provide professional affordable photography packages for all those big days leading up to (and ON) your big day. Check out some of our work here.

Can You Get Married On Lake Erie?

Can You Get Married On Lake Erie?

Lake Erie is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It touches four states; New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. There are beautiful sandy beaches, amazing state parks, and breathtaking views everywhere you look. It’s no surprise that Lake Erie is a popular destination for weddings. In fact there are approximately 180 possible wedding venues in Erie, PA. So, can you get married on Lake Erie? Yes, in many places. To help you narrow it down, here are 6 of the best wedding venues on Lake Erie. 

The Lakehouse Inn & Winery

The Lakehouse Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast with unparalleled lake views. The Inn & Winery is perfect for a very intimate wedding and can accommodate up to 50 people. They also offer a full-service spa and a lakefront restaurant. 

The Nautica Queen Cruise Ship

If you are looking to get married ON the lake, you can rent out the Nautica Queen, or host your wedding during a public cruise. The packages are relatively inexpensive, and the max capacity is 300 guests. This is ideal for both large and small weddings and the views of the Cleveland skyline are a perfect backdrop to your wedding photos. 

Geneva-On-The-Lake-Wedding

This lodge is a year-round resort, and one of the best wedding venues on Lake Erie for large weddings. There are over 100 rooms and suites on the property, not counting the 20 or so cottages spread out over 3 lakeside acres as well as 8,500 square feet of event space. 

Barcelona Lakeside

Barcelona Lakeside venue truly is a magical setting for a wedding. It is only open from mid-May until mid-September but offers the perfect place for a private wedding of less than 25 guests. There is space for dancing, and the lakeside garden is beautiful in full bloom. 

Vermilion On The Lake

Vermilion on the Lake used to be a summer spot for the wealthy. Built in 1919, the rustic space now hosts weddings. This is a great space for a very large waterfront wedding, and can hold events for up to 300 guests. If you dream of a picturesque outdoor wedding, this is the perfect venue for you. 

Henn Mansion

Henn Mansion is the perfect place for people who love classic settings. Built in 1923, this English Tudor Manor is a registered historic site that is the perfect place for an intimate wedding of less than 80 guests.

Choose Erie Photography for Your Big Day!

Regardless of your personal style, your wedding size, and your budget, there is bound to be a wonderful wedding venue to fit your needs. Lake Erie will, without a doubt, make your wedding a day you want to remember for all the right reasons. Capture the memories of your big day by choosing Erie Photography. We provide professional packages for weddings on Lake Erie. Check out some of our work here.

Photo Booth for Graduation Party

Photo Booth for Graduation Party

Photo Booth For Graduation

Renting a Photo Booth for Graduation is the best way to capture the fun and memories with your friends and family. 

Your Graduation is one of the biggest celebrations of your life. You worked hard and dedicated yourself to getting this far. So, you deserve to celebrate with everyone who was there with you. Most graduates look forward to their graduation party. Everyone expects a BBQ style outdoor party with good food and lots of laughs. But, not everyone expects the amazing fun a Photo Booth for Graduation can bring!

Not only does a Photo Booth create some fun moments, it captures those moments for you and perserves this once in a lifetime acheivement. You’ll have these moments to look back on forever with a Professional Photo Booth Rental. 

Photo Booth for Graduation
Photo Booth For Graduation
Photo Booth for Graduation

Real Booth or Cheap Knock Off?

I looked online for “Photo Booth for Graduation”. What I found was a bunch of articles on how to create a DIY Photo Booth. But, lets be honest. It’s not the same. Why stress yourself out trying to plan and buy everything you need when you can spend the same amount of money by calling a pro and save yourself the time and headache.

There are clear advantages to hiring a Professional Photo Booth Rental. First, the obvious reason: The professional does this every single week and they know what they are doing. They deal with all the hassle of creating your booth design, strip design, bringing professional equipment, set up, tear down, etc. It’s easy for you to just tell them what you want and sit back and say cheese. A DIY booth requires you to buy all the materials to make a backdrop and you have to haul it in and set it up yourself. You also have to purchase your own props and cameras. And after all that work and money you don’t even get a cool Photo Strip with your names and date on it. You get a regular old 4X6 photo of your guests that you hope Uncle Frank didn’t get his thumb in the way of while he was taking it with the disposable camera you left out for him to use. There’s no guarantee that any of your hard work will pay off.

Photo Booth for Graduation
Photo Booth for Graduation

Why Rent OUR Photo Booth for Graduation?

Picture if you will a Photo Booth for Graduation unlike any other. That’s right. Completely unique and customized exactly the way you want it. We offer everything from a choice of Prop Themes to Customized Print Templates.

Unique Prop Themes

What’s your angle? Are you a sci-fi nerd? In love with Great Gatsby? Do you chill at the beach every chance you get? There are good odds that we have a Prop Theme that will suit your tastes with everything from Beach Party USA to Camelot to Pirate Party. PLUS…we have a huge selection of Graduation Themed props that we add into the Themed Kit to really get down to business.

Customized Print Template

Every event ends up with some kind of “color” scheme. Weddings, proms, corporate events, even Christmas Parties have a color scheme. Usually, graduation parties are done in the color scheme of the school you graduated from. For me, it was Red & Black. I had red & black balloons, red icing on my cake, and red & black crepe paper ribbons. We will customize your Photo Print Template with your school colors (or party color scheme) AND any other details you want. We can do prints with caps and gowns, or something you were involved with in school like football, band, or a club! We’ll finish it up with a personalized message about your day.

Personalized Greeting Screen

Every good Photo Booth for Graduation will have a Greeting Screen. Ours is matched to your Prop Theme, Color Scheme, AND Persoalized Message. I just did a Graduation Ceremony for my local high school and I snuck a message in their for the students that they knew was from me. Seeing them smile when they read the end message was the best feeling ever. We’re able to do the same thing for you too!

Photo Booth for Graduation

Book Your Photo Booth For Graduation NOW!

Dates fill up really fast once the warm weather hits and everyone starts planning their parties. Grab your fully customized Photo Booth Rental today before it’s gone!! We’re waiting to talk with you about your celebration.

Cap & Gown Photos

Cap & Gown Pics

Erie Photo Booth is part of a larger company offering lots of amazing services like Cap & Gown Photos!! Spend a little time with a professional to capture your story for all time. You made it so far!

DJ for Graduation Party

Graduation DJ

Nothing goes better with a photo booth for graduation like a professional DJ to keep the music on all night long. Dance the night away one last time with your closest friends.

Videography for Graduation

Videography

If a Picture tells a story what does a video tell? An Epic Adventure….capture your Graduation Fun with a professional Videographer who will make you the star of your own film.

Book Erie Wedding & Event Services for Your Wedding or Next Event.

Contact us Today! 

Erie Wedding & Event Services
Wedding Disc Jockey | Erie Photography | Wedding Photo Booth | Wedding Videography
1001 State Street, Suite 1400, Erie, PA 16501
814.502.5141 | info@eriewed.com | www.eriewed.com

What Is a Wedding Photo Booth?

What Is a Wedding Photo Booth?

Wedding Photo Booth

I’m sure by now you’ve heard someone talking about having been to a wedding with a photo booth. Or maybe you’ve been to a few weddings with Photo Booths yourself! Just what is a Wedding Photo Booth and why do you need one for your own reception? Wedding Photo Booths are the fastest growing trend in Wedding Entertainment for a good reason. First, they offer you the chance to capture in the moment memories with your guests that you’d miss otherwise. Secondly, they offer your guests some amazing entertainment at your wedding. (I mean, come on now, not everyone can stay on the dance floor all night. Everyone needs a breather here and there.) Finally, they make for some pretty awesome peronalized Wedding Favors. That’s right. You can skip the cheesy tiny bubble bottles with your initials on it. This is a Wedding Favor your guest will actually appreciate. 

But what exactly IS a Wedding Photo Booth? You’ve seen a ton of rental options in different price ranges and it can be confusing to sort them out. In fact, you might remember the boxy little novelty at the mall you squeezed into with a friend or 2 that printed out a grainy photo strip. Well, Photo Booths have come a long way, BABY!! Now they are mobile and offer a variety of print styles, templates, color options, and even camera options. Some booths are geared for social media sharing or even Instagram printing! How will you decide what booth is right for you? Of course, as a consumer the first thing you’ll think to ask about is price, but don’t let that be your deciding factor. You’ll need to choose a photo booth that suits your style and gives you the options that you are looking for. You’ll also need to know what makes a Photo Booth a REAL Booth and not just a cheap knock-off that will disappoint you. Let’s talk a little bit about the different styles of Photo Booth and what some of the most trusted wedding planning sites are predicting will be trending in 2021-22.

photo booth for weddings
Green Screen Photo Booth
Photo Booth Props

Real Booth or Cheap Knock Off? 

I think the first thing we need to talk about is a REAL Wedding Photo Booth versus a Knock Off. The first that comes to mind is a DIY Photo Booth. Everyone has a budget range and I am NOT bashing anyone for sticking with their budget, but it’s important when you’re deciding what to have to understand the vast difference between doing it yourself and a pro. 

There are clear advantages to hiring a Professional Photo Booth Rental. First, the obvious reason: The professional does this every single week and they know what they are doing. They deal with all the hassle of creating your booth design, strip design, bringing professional equipment, set up, tear down, etc. It’s easy for you to just tell them what you want and sit back and say cheese. A DIY booth requires you to buy all the materials to make a backdrop and you have to haul it in and set it up yourself. You also have to purchase your own props and cameras. And after all that work and money you don’t even get a cool Photo Strip with your names and date on it. You get a regular old 4X6 photo of your guests that you hope Uncle Frank didn’t get his thumb in the way of while he was taking it with the disposable camera you left out for him to use. There’s no guarantee that any of your hard work will pay off. 

Different ‘Styles’ of Wedding Photo Booths

Beyond the DIY Booth is a variety of different styles. Some I consider Knock-Offs because they don’t give you the full experience. Some, are just different experiences and it’s up to you to decide which experience suits you best. We’ll start with the booths that offer the least options or experience and move our way into the powerhouse booths. 

How Much Does a GREAT Wedding Videographer Cost?

How Much Does a GREAT Wedding Videographer Cost?

How Much Does a Wedding Videographer Cost?

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the most important decisions a couple will make is choosing who will capture their big day on film. Wedding Videographer cost is certainly an investment, but it’s worth it to have a beautiful record of your wedding day that you can watch and share for years to come. Here are some tips for finding the right videographer and understanding the cost.

Wedding Videographer Cost
Wedding Videographer Cost

Figuring out what Wedding Videographers Cost

According to popular Wedding websites like Wedding Wire & The Knot, a Wedding Videographer cost ranges from $1,000-$2,500. But, I’ve seen videographers in the Erie, Pa area charge as little $700 and as much as $6,000. So, who do you trust and how much do you budget? It can be a very challenging area to make a decision. In addition, it’s a decision you need to make early on in your wedding planning. You’ll need to put aside money in your wedding budget. Also, you’ll need to check and make sure the pros you like are available. If you wait too long you won’t be able to find someone you can trust. 

What Goes into Wedding Videographer Cost? 

First, you might be wondering what goes into Wedding Videographer Cost? After all, it’s only a 6 hour day, right? So…so…so…wrong. Let’s break it down for you.

Wedding Videographer Cost

The Gear

The first thing that you need to consider is the gear or equipment a wedding videographer is offering you. Just like with everything else in life there are levels of quality. If a Wedding Videographer is quoting you below the local average cost, you can bet he’s using low quality or beginner gear. This means more chance for mistakes and missing key moments of your wedding day. These are moments you can’t get back, ever. In addition, wedding video coverage is more than just the visuals. It’s the audio too. A low cost videographer may not bring proper audio recording equipment with them. If they do bring some, they may not understand how to use it properly. This is important to know if listening to your vows is your dream. 

On the other side, a Wedding Videographer who is quoting you on the higher end, most likely has invested in higher quality gear. Some of these pros purchase equipment that is movie making quality. The visual and audio production will leave you feeling like a Hollywood star in your own feature film. 

The Experience

This is a core piece of the Wedding Videographer Cost puzzle that you can find out right away. Simply ask: How many years of experience do you have filming weddings? Add to that: How many weddings have you filmed? And then ask the very important question: How many weddings do you accept per year? Follow with: How many weddings do you film per day? 

You want to make sure you’re happy with all of these answers before hiring anyone. Just because $700 sounds like a good deal, doesn’t mean it is if they don’t have the experience to capture your wedding day and preserve the feelings. There is not right or wrong answer for how many weddings or how many years will make someone worth it, but they should be honest with you. And, if your budget is lower and they are honest and tell you they don’t have any experienvce and are learning, well at least they are honest and you know what to expect. 

An experienced pro is going to charge more because you’re paying for his real life learning. He’s been through it all. He’s had grandma stand in front of him with a cell phone blocking his view. He’s had to deal with all sorts of emergencies, lighting conditions, personalities, and things that would make you shudder. He’s used all of these moments to learn and grow. He’s well seasoned and worth your investment.

The Time

Finally, the time. This goes back to our orignal mis-conception of Wedding Videographer Cost. After all, it’s only 6 hours. Why does it cost so much?

Easy answer: It’s not just 6 hours. Let’s break it down here:

  • Pre-wedding time (meetings, emails, story boarding, etc.) 8-15 hours
  • Day before Wedding (checking, prepping and packing gear) 5-10 hours
  • Wedding Day (loading gear, travel, unloading, setting up, reviewing plans, shooting, reloading, travel, unloading) 10-15 hours
  • After Wedding Day (Sorting film clips, selecting clips, editing, syncing audio, syncing music selections, buffering) 30-60 hours

You can see that the hours invested by a professional range from 53-100. Now, imagine you’ve only set aside $700 for your wedding film. That breaks down to $7 an hour. That’s less than minimum wage. Do you trust someone who values their service as worth less than minimum wage to preserve your wedding day memories? I bet you had no idea that’s how much work goes into a 5-20 minute wedding film. It’s something most couples never consider. Wedding Videograher Cost directly shadows how much they feel they’re worth. 

Wedding Videographer Cost

So, What Does Erie Wedding Videography Cost?

After reading this you’re probably wondering how much our Wedding Videographer Costs? Our team prides itself on taking the time to get to know our clients so we can create a breath taking wedding film that perfectly highlights your day. Reach out for more information and to talk to our In House Wedding Coordinator.

Find out: Why You’ll NEVER Regret Investing in a Wedding Videographer!

Browse our Other Blogs for Helpful Tips

We invite you to check out our other Videography & Photography Blogs for more helpful tips. 

Ready to Book?

Now that you know a little more about what a Wedding Videographer does, how much they cost and why they charge what they do, are you ready to reserve your date? We’d love to talk with you about how our video team will work alongside you to create a Wedding Highlight Film that perfectly expresses who you are as a couple. We want to tell your love story to share with friends, family, and maybe someday your own children! Please reach out and set up a time to talk to us about how we can help you Create & Capture YOUR Unique Wedding Experience! 

Book Erie Photography, Photographer Services for Your Wedding or Next Event.

Erie Photography™

Erie Wedding & Event Services
Wedding Planning | Wedding Disc Jockey | Erie Photography | Wedding Photo Booth | Wedding Videography
1001 State Street, Suite 1400, Erie, PA 16501
814.631-5495 | info@erie-pics.com | www.erie-pics.com