One great way of saving money on your wedding photography is by making the wedding albums your self. There many resources available now. Look in the internet and will find many great and creative templates available for reasonable prices. There also many places that you can have your finished albums printed. One comes to mind is Costco. There also so many album creation tools that will help you as well. There are also many resources you can find that will show you how to edit and retouch your wedding photographs.
There has been many controversies in the wedding photography profession regarding imaging rights. You have to spend a little time in making sure that you negotiate with your wedding photographer about getting the photos taken during your wedding on a disks or USB Drive. Make sure that you get the high resolution, high quality version of the images. In today’s competitive market, you will find that many photographers are willing to do this. Because the photographer are free of the obligation of doing any post photography work, he/she will give you better pricing.
You should also consider the possibility that your photographer may not necessarily be the best at doing post work on the wedding photos. Photo retouching, album creation, are skills that require a good degree of specialization. As long as you have the high quality image files, you free to use them in the future. You can hire an expert to do retouching or album creation later when you have more financial resources. In fact, you might have those skill your self!