DIY Digital: Save Money for the Things that Matter Most to You in Your Wedding

The average couple spends around $2,000 on a wedding photographer. That’s a significant chunk of change. And, unfortunately, that price doesn’t include engagement photos for your wedding invitation. Plus, you’re going to need to shell out even more money if you want to purchase prints of your photos – the photographer isn’t going to just send you digital proofs, unless you’re willing to heavily compensate them.

Everything from bridal shower invitations to your choice of venue will have an impact on your wedding budget. There are many ways to save money on your wedding without being “cheap”.  

Don’t let the digital costs of your wedding blow a hole in your budget. Let’s look at some of the things you can handle yourself. You’ll save money and enjoy complete control over how your content looks.

Wedding Website

Savvy wedding planners are suggesting that their clients add a wedding website to their package. This means that your friends and family can access wedding information and see a presentation of your special day online. This is really cool!

But don’t get suckered into paying hundreds of dollars for a wedding website. You can use free or inexpensive drag-and-drop website builders, like Weebly or Wix to give your wedding a digital presence.

Send Digital Wedding Invitations

Yes, you absolutely need to send out wedding invitations by mail. But, pieces of paper get lost. And your guests might forget the URL of your wedding website. The best solution is to provide your wedding guests a digital backup of your wedding invitation via email.

Enhancing and Inserting Your Own Engagement Photos

If you want to avoid the additional cost of having your wedding photographer come out to shoot engagement photos, I recommend having a trusted friend take them for you. For the cost of a few hours with a professional photographer, you can purchase a decent camera. Plus, you’ll have full rights to the images – instead of being held hostage by a photographer that wants to sell you prints.

Once you have the photos, it’s time to insert them into your wedding invitation. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a photoshop expert to pull this off. Most cameras save photos in a JPG format. Unfortunately, JPG images look blocky and blurry if you enlarge them on a digital screen. And trust me, your loves ones are going to be pinching to zoom on their smartphones and tablets when they receive your digital invite – think about all of the friends your mom and dad are going to subject to viewings.

For their sake, and for better digital preservation of your special moments, I recommend converting JPG images to PDF. Adobe’s PDF standard is designed to allow business reports and other information to be easily enlarged without losing quality.

But, converting JPG files into PDF files can be a bit tricky. Thankfully, there are a variety of free and inexpensive tools that allow you to change JPG to PDF files, like Movavi PDF Editor. These tools allow you to import a JPG into a PDF file in a couple of clicks. And when it’s time to print out your invitations, or attach them to an email, both of these steps can be completed with one or two additional mouse clicks.

Complex digital software, unfair photoshoot contracts and a fear of having to code a wedding website are the number one reasons brides and grooms spend too much in the ramp-up to their big day. You can significantly minimize the cost of hiring professionals to help you make your wedding day unforgettable. And you don’t have to sacrifice quality.

Buy a quality digital camera – your wedding day is just the first in many special memories you’ll want to save for the future. Use a website builder to create a beautiful wedding website from the comfort of your couch. And leverage PDF software to provide your loved ones with a digital back-up of their wedding invitation.

Congratulations on your engagement! I hope your day is everything you’ve imagined.