People spend $100's and $1000's of dollars on wedding photography, but is it necessary? That was the opening sentence in a TV news story over at KSTV.com. The gist of the story was to get all your guests to shoot with their digital cameras and upload them to the many picture hosting sites out there - they even give a list. Pretty scary thinking by the general public for the working professional photographer. You can listen to the news story and read the accompanying article right here. On a positive note, the news anchors loved their professional photographer and thought the best idea was a composite approach - do both.
This probably explains why a buddy of mine just secured the domain name - http://www.cheapassweddings.com/. I think he may be redefining his market :~) On a similar note, I know another photographer who has a studio named "Cheap and Chic Weddings." They have college photography students shoot the weddings to help cut the costs, but the availability of add on products and upgrades gets the average sale up for them - an interesting concept - Here is their site.