After the wedding cake has been eaten, the gorgeous dress has been worn, the tuxes put away, and the flowers have faded, you will have two things from you wedding day left to enjoy.  You will have the one whom your heart adores, your husband/wife, and you will have your pictures.

Weddings at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Weddings at Benton Grove Bed and Banquets

Why it is important to have a budget.

Set a budget.  Prioritize what is important to you.  Is impressing your guests the most important thing?  If so, the cost of decorations, flowers, entertainment, and all the other added cost of a wedding will begin to add up.  Before you know it, you don’t have photography in your budget.  Hire your photographer first if pictures are your priority.

Weddings at Stonewall Resort

Why prioritize photography in your wedding budget?

Many couples regret not budgeting for an experienced artful wedding photographer.  Click here to find out what questions to ask a wedding photographer whom you may hire.

Weddings at Lakeview Golf Resort
Weddings at Ericsson Alumni Center, Morgantown WV

Many brides and grooms begin to find because photography was not prioritized in their budgeting, they end up with substandard wedding portraits.  The portraits are poorly lit, there is no expression of romance between the bride and groom, rather they are awkwardly posed because the photographer they hired on the fly was inexperienced, and most of the candids are blurry.  The group family shots are so dark, you can’t see anyone’s face.  Worst case scenario, a cousin volunteered to photograph their wedding for free, but found she had to work that day. Or the couple hired an inexperienced photographer who works another job on the side, and he was out of business before the wedding day leaving the couple without a photographer altogether.

Church Weddings

Don’t become so overwhelmed with the details, you forget what is important.

Brides often become overwhelmed by decorating ideas, flowers, reception details, and such an overwhelming desire to impress their guests, that they forget the most important thing – capturing their wedding day in photographs.  

Church Weddings

Photographs will be all you have left when the day is over.

Photographs will be all you have left when the day is over.  They will be hung on your wall and add to the beauty of your new home the two of you have together.  Wedding portraits will be shown to your little kids while they can see how beautiful mommy looked on her wedding day.  She looked like a princess! Your children will be able to see their Grandma who passed away clearly and artfully portrayed.

Why Hire Tim Ray Photography to photograph your wedding? Click here to learn more about us! Or call at 304-363-8395. Click here to contract us through our website to receive pricing and availability information.


Stefanie Ray is a professional photographer, owner and operator along with her husband, Tim Ray, of Tim Ray Photography. She is highly involved in all the color enhancement of the wedding photography. Tim Ray Photography is a family owned and operated business and has been in the wedding photography business for more than 30 years.

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