Budget is a sensitive matter. There are many clients contacting us without letting us know their budget for wedding photography at all. While it is completely up to them to keep it hidden from us and other photographers, it seems that everything gets much easier when our clients let us know within the first few emails. For some reasons below, we believe that letting the photographers know it will benefit you in many ways.
Save you time
You spend a lot of time responding to lots of emails from different vendors and so do they with many inquiries. Just like them, you don’t want to waste time meeting when they are out of your spending range and they cannot customize their packages. Even when you don’t have an exact range, tell them an estimated one: like “I would like to stick to around $3500.”
They might be able to work thing out for you
No one knows photographers’ packages better than themselves. A respectable photographer won’t change their rates according to your budget. What they can do if they know your range is to customize their packages, take things out to make it fits, or suggest things that will matter to you most based on your needs. If you refuse to let them know, most of them won’t even try to customize anything simply because they have no idea where to begin.
They can refer you to their partners.
If they are already booked or if you are on a low budget (even if their lowest package is $4k and all you have is $1k), you can still let them know your budget so that they can recommend someone with a similar style for you. Trust me, they don’t want to waste their partners’ time as well as yours. All they want is to refer you to the right people. This, again, will save you lots of time doing more research.
Disclosing your budget will help yourself a lot when you look for a wedding photographer. The worst thing that can happen is a plain NO from them. Other than that, if you hide your budget, you are likely to miss out the opportunity to negotiate with them. If you need some tips to negotiate with the photographer you like, this post should be your next read: How to negotiate with wedding photographer?
Let us know what you think in the comment below. What do you think why people don’t want to disclose their budget and how that can benefit them?