Hi all -
I'm in a pickle and could use some "well, I would do this..." from a neutral party. Enter the ladies of the November 2013 board!!
FI & I have met with 2 photographers: #1 -- that we both love (and coming from FI, that's a big deal) and is reasonably priced & #2 -- that we both like a lot but comes out a few hundred dollars less ($300-400) than #1.
He & I are both inclined to go with #2, though we both agreed that we would book #1 in a heartbeat. The big reason for that is that we'd rather save the $$ on the lesser priced #2. Also, #2 is offering 2 additional hours on her package than #1. That's a big deal to us.
I'm very inclined to see if #1 is willing to work around our budget and, maybe, up the hours to 8 instead of 6 for the day - though I know they will never drop down to what #2 is charging for the same. I don't want to insult #1 by low-balling them, but FI & I want to keep things as economical as possible (difficult to say since a part of me feels weddings are so crazy over-the-top, as it is) and stick with our comfortable photog budget. The last thing I want them to do is say that they have other longer-hour packages - but thse are way over our comfort $$ zone.
Here comes the question fellow 11/13-ers...what would you do?? Go with #2 because she does nice work and is saving us money...or give #1 a shot to see if they will budge in price/package offering?