11. Crowd-Source Your Photos
A wedding photographer can account for thousands of your budget, but Cotner came up with a thrifty shortcut—without hiring a pro or pal. “We have three different friends with fancy cameras, so we asked each one of them to take photos of a different piece of the wedding,” she explains. “That way no one felt like they were working.”
Taking it one step further, she asked other guests to upload their photos to the couple’s Flickr account. This can be done the night of the wedding if you set up a computer station at the reception—or afterward, depending on your preference. The grand total for their photography was $25 for extra storage on the photo storage site.