Let me be really straightforward here:
There are a thousand people with a fancy camera out there that are willing to photograph your wedding cheap and hand over the digital files. Every year I have a few brides come to me afterward in tears asking if I can fix up the horrible photographs they got from some cheap/untalented photographer who they hired to photograph their wedding (“But we got such a good deal!”).
Let me be perfectly clear and say it doesn’t matter how good of a deal you got. If you hate your wedding photographs it doesn’t matter how much you “saved”.
Before you become another one of these brides, take the time to read an article that I wrote for a wedding magazine about what you really need to know about wedding photography.
Finding out what you don’t know ahead of time can save you thousands of dollars and a lifetime of regret in the end.