(Closed) How Much Was Your Photographer? Poll & Dilema ; PLEASE HELP! :S

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What did you pay for your photographer?
    $499 or less : (8 votes)
    4 %
    $500 or more : (27 votes)
    12 %
    $1,000 or more : (41 votes)
    18 %
    $2,000 or more : (80 votes)
    36 %
    MORE than $3,000? : (40 votes)
    18 %
    Other... Do tell! :) : (1 votes)
    0 %
    $4,000 or more?? Wow!! : (26 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Having a beautiful day with beautiful memories is amazing…

    However, it doesn’t count as much if those memories aren’t recorded properly so that you can relive them again, and again πŸ™‚


    Go with the 2,000 photography. You won’t regret it!

    Post # 4
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I say go with the photographer you love. You will never look back at your pictures and say “these are too good, I wish I spent less”, but you can absolutely be dissappointed if you go with the cheaper one and they don’t meet you expectations.

    Post # 6
    943 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Generally I found you get what you pay for…and you will really regret saving money if you don’t get beautiful pictures that will last a lifetime. After our wedding I was SO thankful that we had a great photographer, and I haven’t even seen the pictures yet!  I just know he did an awesome job–he got every detail and had a list of “must have” pics that they had gone over with me beforehand.  I wouldn’t have the Thank You pics I wanted if he didn’t have that list–I went through a lot of trouble DIY’ing banners that said Thank You and Just Married and totally forgot with all the excitement.  He was amazing. He came up to us at the end and said “I am so sorry, I know I said you guys were off the hook as far as pics are concerned but we forgot to do the Thank You banners!”.

    Plus, you won’t find someone more photo-shy than I am and he made me feel unbelievably comfortable–I didn’t even know he was there 99% of the time.  Everyone raved about him.

    Post # 7
    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

    I voted with the $2000 section, but mine is JUST under at around $1750. 
    I gave myself a $2000 budget because being a photographer myself I am OBSESSED. I couldn’t be happier with how our included engagement photos went, it really is worth splurging to have the memories.

    Post # 8
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My photographer is $2200, too.  I was in the same position, paying for a good photographer versus spending the money on other things.  This weekend we ended up booking the wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, so we’re forgoing the limos and putting the extra money for that to the photographer.

    I look at it this way, years from now you’re going to be remembering your big day by looking at the photographs.  You can scrimp and save in other areas, but getting a good photographer is key.  Also, why even bring in the drama of having your mom’s ex at the wedding doing the photographs.  It may be cheaper, but it could also be awkward.


    Post # 9
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Photography was something that was really important to me. I’m paying $2500 that includes e-pics, 2 photogs on my wedding day and 7 hours of coverage. I also get all of my images on discs with full printing rights.


    I say splurge. Pictures are one of the only things that will actually last.

    Post # 12
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    my photographer came as part of my package, so I have no idea how much he was πŸ˜›

    Post # 13
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Splurge on your photographer-there are plenty other ways to trim your budget! DIY flowers/low cost centerpieces. DIY invites. Inexpensive favors (or none at all). Less expensive catering and alcohol options. Sheet cake from Sam’s Club. 

    Also-I would NOT have Mom’s ex as a vendor- NO way. You do NOT want those bad vibes around on your wedding day!!

    Our photographer was expensive, and SO worth it. My friends took some great amateur shots, but they couldn’t hold a candle to what our pro did. Also- he had a second shooter (his wife)- she was able to get a fabulous photo of my “first look” with Dad, while he was taking photos of the groomsmen- some of my favorites of the day.

    I’ve never seen a WB post from a bride who’s regretted spending extra for a great photographer, but I’ve read a lot who’ve regretted cutting corners on it.


    Post # 14
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Honestly, I’d say save the money up yourself for the expensive photographer.  All you’ll have left after the wedding is the man, the ring, and the photos- you better make sure all three are as good as they can be!  Our photographer is $2250, not including our wedding album.  And that was a deal because she’s a family friend, her regular rate is closer to twice that.  But she is worth every. single. cent.

    Post # 16
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    There is a great discrepency for prices your poll makes it appear the 3k in your region is expensive. In Vancouver, 3k is really on the cheap end (what I spent and regretted it a bit)- expensive being 10k and up.

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