Barrie Gillies, BRIDES
The average couple spends almost 10 percent of their budget on the wedding photos. Here's how to make the most of every penny.
1. "Consider hiring an established photographer's associate," says San Francisco event planner Amy Nichols. "Since he's building a portfolio, chances are he'll charge less."
2. "Everyone wants to feel valued," says Spencer Lum, principal photographer at New York's Friday Sunday. "If you take the time to make a genuine personal connection with your photographer, he's more likely to be flexible about the cost."
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3. Some high-end photographers offer registries. Choose one, then have your parents spread the word about how much you'd love contributions to your wedding-photo fund.
4. "You're not going to get an eight-thousand-dollar fee down to three thousand," says Nichols. Find a pro in your price range, and save the negotiating for extra services (like