Choosing the right wedding photographer for you is absolutely crucial to ensure you have an amazing wedding album that you’re proud to leave out on the coffee table and show everyone who pops over. Your photo album will be a keepsake from your wedding that you’ll want to return to again and again, and may even cement itself as a family heirloom for your kids, grandkids and beyond. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll use them as your profile pics on social media, too!
Every photographer is different, providing a unique way of stylising your wedding photos through framing, lighting, composition and more. Each professional photographer you consider will also have different rates, which will vary depending on a wide range of factors, such as experience and skill.
So, when it comes to budgeting for your wedding, how much might you expect to pay for a wedding photographer? In this post we’ll take a look at the average cost of a wedding photographer, what their rates include, and what you need to be aware of before your big day.
The price of a wedding photographer can vary wildly, but on average you can expect to pay around £1,300-£1,500. This may sound like a lot, but it’s important to remember that you’re not just paying for the photographer’s time on the big day. You’re also paying for their knowledge, skill and experience, as well as the work that goes into preparing for your wedding and the post-production afterwards.
What’s included in the price will depend on the package you choose. A basic package may include coverage on the day and your photographs on a USB, whereas a premium package will include this and much more. When making your decision, be prepared with the right questions to ask a wedding photographer to make sure you know exactly what your chosen package includes.
Depending on your choice, wedding photography packages may include many of the following:
Most photographers offer a range of packages for you to choose from, with optional extras that allow you to customise your package. For a rough idea of what to expect for your budget, check out the table below:
What may be included
This can offer you two experienced wedding photographers to follow you for the duration of your wedding and a premium, leather-bound album with wedding photographs carefully chosen by you.
This can offer you two photographers for eight hours and a CD with all the high-resolution images, or one photographer, an album and an engagement shoot.
This can offer you one photographer for six hours and an engagement shoot, with all photographs on a USB.
This can offer you up to four hours of coverage and all photographs on a USB.
While these are general, average UK wedding costs, there are plenty of other factors that can influence the cost of a wedding photographer. These include:
As part of your package and one of the questions you should ask your photographer before hiring them for your wedding, is who will hold the copyright of your photographs? If you’re not automatically the copyright holder, then you may find your digital copies are delivered with an unsightly watermark that won’t look great when it comes to framing your photos and hanging them on the wall.
To buy the copyright for your photographs later could end up being rather pricey – there are horror stories of newlyweds having to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds they hadn’t budgeted for. It is rare, but something to be aware of before making your decision.
As we’ve already covered, pricing structures vary between photographers. At Bridebook, we’ve got a huge directory of photographers that includes photographers to fit all budgets.
A more inexperienced photographer will likely be much cheaper than one who has photographed hundreds of weddings, which means there’s also more risk. Full-time wedding photographers – who rely on events like yours as their sole income – may also charge more than those who use it as a side hustle. But again, if they’re full-time then they’re likely to have more experience, too.
Check out the table below to get a rough idea of what to expect from your budget.
Level of experience
You’ll get a luxury or master photographer, who is admired in the industry. They may also have a second photographer working with them who also has plenty of experience.
You’ll get a very experienced photographer with a unique style.
You’ll get a photographer with a developing style and an increasing level of experience.
You’ll get an enthusiastic but less experienced photographer, who should still be able to produce fantastic photographs.
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