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Alternative Wedding Registry: Fund Your Wedding Photography

by Ismay Ozga
A 'Fund our Wedding Photography' patchwork wedding gift list in an iPad

We know planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive, and at the moment, while things remain so uncertain, there’s even more to think about. Most couples who use Patchwork choose to invite their friends and family to contribute towards an amazing honeymoon – and because we are THE flexible wedding registry – and all gift money is yours to spend how you wish – anything you plan with Patchwork is 100% safe and secure! However if you just don’t feel comfortable about the idea of travelling, have all the household “stuff” you need and are looking for alternative gift options – why not think about asking guests to contribute towards your wedding photography?

Image credit: Parrot & Pineapple Photography

Why fund your Wedding Photography?

We asked wedding planner Cherelle Joseph Founder of Perfectly Planned 4 You for her thoughts. Cherelle loves exploring concepts outside of convention, making dreams a reality and connecting with other industry suppliers who “believe in the power of experiences”. She says: “With many couples already living together, today’s lists are less about traditional, wedding gifts made up of items for a couple’s first home, and more about guests celebrating your marriage with a gift that you can keep forever. The best way to make sure your wedding memories are captured and recorded for a lifetime is through the photos that you take on the big day. Using Patchwork Gift Registry is a brilliant, stylish, and simple way to ask your guests to help you do this.”

Image of gay couple in matching mustard suits standing by two huge water tanks looking in to each others eyes
Image credit: Lisa Jane Photography

Your wedding photos are the gift you’ll treasure forever.

Rowan at Parrot and Pineapple agrees: “Including your wedding photography as part of an alternative gift registry is a fantastic idea. So many of my couples have said that they love their wedding photos so much because it’s pretty much the only thing you get to keep after your wedding. All your planning and hard work gets captured by your wedding photos, along with the emotions and sentiment of your guests enjoying your wedding. There’s literally no better present to treasure than photographs! And while I might be a bit biased given my job, I do truly believe that. I have my grandparents wedding album from when they married in 1945, and my great grandparents wedding portrait from when they married in 1920. If my house was burning down, it would be those items that I rescued first (along with my dog!)”

A gift that your guests will love giving.

Whatever your wedding plans are, whether big or small, now or later, at home or away, you’ll want great photos to remember your special day. So asking guests to “gift” this service is a really nice way for friends and family to be a part of your day wherever they are in the world. Guests get that lovely feeling of knowing they are helping you to create amazing memories by contributing towards the cost of your wedding photography instead of physical gifts. They can be involved in your celebrations in a way that’s meaningful to you, and they get to see the gorgeous photos afterwards too!

Photo of couple on wedding day, from behind, walking through forest holding hands
Image credit: Craig Williams Photography

So how does Patchwork Gift Registry work?

With a Patchwork Gift Registry you show your friends and family via a ‘Pinterest’ style page, the things you’re dreaming of and they help to fund them – with cash direct to you. Everyone can contribute as much or as little as they like, and feel connected to you and involved in your plans.

Bride putting on a pale blue open toe show against an dusky oink patterned rug
Image credit: Babb Photo

You collect all gift money in to your PayPal or bank account. You can keep track of all cash contributions in your Patchwork account, read gift messages, send event updates and then afterwards send thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Setting up Your Wedding Photography Gift Registry

It’s super simple to set up a Wedding Photography Gift Registry and you don’t even need to sign up to give it a try. Use our gorgeous readymade template and personalise it to suit your event. You can add your own event details, edit images and set gift amounts, letting everyone know the things they can choose to fund, make or do. For example, you could include a patch for people to pay for a shot of the two of you for £200, or a shot of the cake for £50. Or if you don’t want to just ask for money, you can add make and do patches too if you wish – maybe you know someone creative who can make a photo album or a frame?

Image credit: Parrot & Pineapple Photography

How easy is it for guests to use?

When you publish your patchwork you’ll get a unique website address (URL) which you can then share with your guests on invites, your wedding website or via email. Everyone can then view your patchwork and choose how they’d like to contribute, and leave you a lovely congratulations message too. Payment is secure simple, with a choice of PayPal, debit or credit card or all of the above. And because all gift money goes direct to you, you can start to put down deposits and discuss your photography bucket list straight away!

It’s super easy to keep track of gifts and messages from guests. So after the wedding, you can upload photos to your account to send along with a thank you message to the friends who funded specific parts of your patchwork. Plus, you can also send printed thank you cards using our 30% discount with our friends at Moo.

Image credit: Laura Martha Photography

All the need to knows…

It’s free to sign up to Patchwork. We only make money when you receive yours – with a 3.6% commission on contributions you receive. Patchwork is not tied to any suppliers and we don’t hold your funds. Instead gift money goes directly into your PayPal or bank account via Stripe so you can buy your gifts when, where and how you like. We’re proud of the amazing feedback we receive every day from our happy couples, and hope you’ll join them. But don’t take our word for it! Read more from happy couples who’ve used Patchwork!

Ready to give it a try? Let’s go!

Our gorgeous readymade Wedding Photography template is easy to personalise so you can have a stylish and personal gift registry set up in a few minutes. If you enjoy being creative you can start your own page from scratch and upload your own images and write your own descriptions.


Photography credits:

Laura Babb at Babb Photo

Lisa Jane Photography

Rowan at Parrot & Pineapple

Craig Williams Photography

Laura Martha Photography

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