Wedding Photography Prices Explained: How Much Should You Spend On A Wedding Photographer?
by WEst midlands wedding photographer - Lisa Lander
Choosing a wedding photographer can be stressful, then you have to consider their packages and pricing. How much should you spend on a wedding photographer? There are prices floating around the internet for wedding photography packages from £400 up to £5000 (and maybe more)!
Booking your wedding photographer is one of the most important tasks you when planning your wedding, so do your homework and research the cost and prices. This guide will give you some ideas to take away on how to decide what price you will pay for your wedding photographer.
What is the average cost of wedding photography in the UK?
There are many reports and articles talking about the average price of wedding photography in the UK, such as this one from Your Perfect Wedding Photographer.
The average cost for a wedding photographer in the UK was around the £1500 mark, slightly down from the previous years. These are averages among wedding photographers all over the country and with varying photography experience.
So why is wedding photography so expensive you ask? Well it’s not as simple as it sounds.
There’s not perfect answer, but what it all comes down to is time and money.
Money for equipment, insurance, employees, software, and that doesn’t even include everyday costs like travel. Below are some reasons behind the costs to being a wedding photographer.
Having the right equipment - Cameras, lens & flashes
Software, computer & online website
Marketing & advertising
Photographing weddings is time consuming and expensive. Hidden business costs, post wedding editing, emailing back and forth, all of this is on-top of the time you actually spend photographing the wedding day. A full wedding can be anywhere from 30-50 hours of work in total, including editing, meetings and album designing.
Let’s look at the different price ranges for wedding photographers:
If your wedding photographer is £2500+:
If your price point is £2500+ then you are in a very safe and good place to guarantee that you have the best of the best with a top-quality work. You will notice a few things about wedding photographers in this group:
Your photographer might include a very high quality album custom designed with your wedding images (be aware of markups as some photographers add 200% of the actual cost of the album)
You can expect full day wedding photography coverage from early to late, with multiple team members including photographers and lighting assistants.
These photographers should have the very best of the best camera , lenses and lighting equipment. These include primes lens, and multiple camera bodies such as Canon or Nikon) and equipment should well be worth £20,000+.
Post processing or editing will be top notch with an in house retoucher or editor.
If your wedding photographer is £1500-£2500+:
Most wedding photographers will fall into this area, with such a wide range of products and photographers make sure you do your research . Most photographers in this range will have shot many weddings before, have amazing experience and technical skills.
most photographers in this range will be quite experienced and offer good packages and products. Most packages will include full day coverage, with some form of album, usb and prints.
photographers in this range will also have knowledge in timeline planning and how the day should flow and wont get tripped up if anything extraordinary occurs.
most photographers in this prices range will be booking months if not years in advanced.
they will have good equipments, including professional cameras, flashes and other lighting equipment.
most photographers in this range will work solo, or with a single second shooter.
They will have professional business and liability insurance as required by some venues.
If your wedding photographer is £700 - £1500:
most photographers in this range will have experience and offer good packages and products.
these wedding day photography prices can be a bit lower, as some photographers offer smaller, more niche type packages (elopement, half day).
most of the time there will only be 1 photographer, but sometimes will have two for their larger packages.
if you are looking at a wedding photographer in this range, make sure you do your research. You want to check that they have insurance, professional equipment and look over their portfolio in depth.
If your wedding photographer is under £700 (for all day packages)
I would be very careful and do your research when going for a photographer who’s pricing is under £700. Normally these photos are taken on a cheaper single camera, that was not made for some of the lower lighting conditions we see on wedding days. This can result in blurry or grainy (or both) wedding photos. Normally the cost of doing business (the cost for insurance, professional gear, training, and marketing) is much greater than the price points under £700. In this case photographers in this price category will have to cut corners and buy cheaper equipment, or forego insurance all together.
My recommendation: research! research! research!
Why are wedding photographers so different in price?
There are many variables that influence different photographer’s prices and cost of doing business. Some wedding photographers offer smaller packages, with limited post-processing and products. This really is up to individual photographer to set his/her prices.
Some photographers work full-time and offer more products, which would make them more expensive than someone just starting out, building their portfolio with limited products.
There are many factors than can influence cost that wedding photographers charge:
Number of hours of photography
Number of photographers
Experience, popularity and brand status
Marketing & Online Advertising Costs
Products, prints & albums
How to know much to spend on wedding photography in the UK
According the Your Perfect Wedding Photographer’s 2018-2019 survery, the average cost of a wedding photographer in the UK is around the £1560. This pricing was a starting point for full day packages in different regions of the UK.
According to an article the average cost of a wedding on Hitched.co.uk, a couple will spend around £32,273. Yes, that’s correct.
£32,273 on a wedding in 2018 in the UK.
Today, it is recommended to spend about 5-10% of their total budget on their wedding photography. That is a big range but that would be roughly £1600-£3200. This was consistent with the pricing indicated by Your Perfect Wedding Photographer & Hitched.co.uk.
Commonly Asked Questions About The Cost Of Wedding Photography
Is price a good indicator of the quality of a wedding photographer?
Price is not always a good indicator of quality of a wedding photographer, it is just part of the story.
Some wedding photographers could charge a lot in their first few years, but still be relatively new to the industry and technical side of photography. I would research any potential photographer to get an idea of their photography style, cost, personality and such.
Generally speaking, a couple could spend much more than the typical average if wedding photos are important to them and they have their heart set on a specific photographer.
How much should I spend on a wedding photographer?
This is ultimately up to you and what your goal and budget are for your wedding.
Figure out what your budget is, how important wedding photography is to you and then start researching photographers near you. Ultimately wedding photography prices vary because of skill, experience, demand, popularity and items in the packages.
Should I Hire a professional wedding photographer?
You’ve been spending so much of your time planning your wedding, and it’s not just any day. Your wedding day only happens once and your wedding photographer will capture the day as it unfolds for you to keep for years to come. It’s important to find a wedding photographer that clicks with both of you, no matter what your budget. When hiring a wedding photographer tell them what your budget is upon inquiry. Most wedding photographers post their prices or starting prices on their websites.
Your wedding photography is an investment
Remember your wedding photography is an investment that will last for years and generations to come. When planning your wedding make sure you make a budget and plan accordingly. Most of your items: like your cake, dress, food and decorations will only be used the once, but your photos will last a lifetime.
Wedding photography is different, you will be able to relive these moments: the joy, the tears, the hugs and looks between the two of you. So when you are planning your wedding budget, photography is not something you want to skimp on. If you are thinking of hiring a friend or your Uncle Bob to do your wedding read these articles by “Your Perfect Wedding Photographer” first.
Ultimately it comes down to the experience, quality of service, creativity and most importantly the personality of the person you decide to hire to spend 10-12 hours on the most important day of your life. You have to ask yourself these question: is it worth it? How much is your wedding photography worth to you?
I hope this guide helped you figure out how much a wedding photographer costs in the UK. If you like my images or want more info on my packages and prices then go on over to my information page.