Post # 1
First off, I need to say that I do get why photography is so expensive… it takes a ton of time, there’s overhead to deal with, etc. What I don’t understand is why the online budget guides tell you to budget so little for it, some big sites put it as low as 5-7%. In my area, normal photography packages start at around $2500-3000. Am I really expected to have a $35,000 budget in order to afford a normal photography package? Thoughts?
Post # 3
I’m not sure what the norm is for this, but I can tell you that we have allocated about 10% of our overall budget for photography. I suppose it just depends on (a) how high of a priority photography is for you, and (b) what the going rates are for photography in your part of the country.
Post # 4
I NOW have a 35k wedding budget and my photographer is $3,500. I wanted one that was $5k but when I really sat down and added everything up I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. Make sure you have it all written out and are honest with yourself about the amount of money you will be spending on things and put them in your budget.
A lot of those sites forget to include so many things. I originally thought I could do it all for $15,000 and boy was I mistaken.
Post # 5
I think the % stuff is not taking into account smaller budgets, where you might cut out some elements entirely and then spend higher percentages for other things. My wedding budget is on the smaller side, and I spent more than 15% of it on photography in an expensive area. Even in DC, which is pricey, I did find many talented photographers in the $1500-2000 range for the basics.
Post # 6
i’ve been feeling down about photography prices lately too. we’re having our wedding in baltimore and while things there aren’t as expensive as the other two cities we were considering (NY and DC), the prices are still very high. i’ve actually found much better prices by looking at some photographers based in the suburbs – far enough away that they don’t have big city prices but close enough that they are happy to drive to our wedding location. the photographer we’re meeting with is priced about $1000-1500 less than the one in baltimore that i was looking at, i like his work just as much, and his package comes with way more, including a second shooter. quality doesn’t always have to come with a big city price tag.
Post # 7
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
I hate those online budget calculators. The stuff they said would be expensive I found for much less and the stuff like photography was WAY ABOVE their estimates. In the end I just wrote out a HUGE excel spreadsheet of every single item we would need (including supplies like paper) and calculated it out myself.
Post # 8
i got so lucky in this aspect of it. i have an old coworker that has just started to get into photography and she is really good! She and a friend of hers started a photography business together, they charge around $1000 to start, but i got in before they changed their pricing…i get 2 photographers for 4 hours and prints for $565! if anyone is in the NC/SC area she might be a good choice for you 🙂
Post # 9
We are spending 15% on wedding photog.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We’re spending just about 10% on photography BUT we got an amazing price. Most photographers I liked cost about 20% of our total budget.
Post # 11
forgot to add that if we book the guy (that i love) that i am setting up a meeting with, photography will be 6.25% of our estimated budget, but that will only include a few large prints (no albums).
Post # 12
I’m a snob when it comes to photography. It took me WEEKS to find someone that I love, and she’s costing us about 30% of our budget. Ridiculous, I know.
Thankfully FI understood how important it was to me, and told me to get the biggest package haha.
Post # 13
FI and I figured out a specific dollar amount we were able to spend on photography based on how much money we had left in our budget.
It was hard because we have a TINY photography budget, and we asked several people who were really reasonable, but just a little too much for us. We ended up finding a friend who does it as a hobby, and she will do ours!
Also, try to go to any bridal shows in your area. I have heard of brides winning a photography package at them!
Post # 14
I thought the exact same thing when I began looking for a photog!! The books/magazines and websites that I was using were allocating under 10% of my overall budget so when you’re only working with a 10k budget that doesn’t give you much for pictures!! We ended up blowing the budget on this one… and it’s been worth it (just got our E-pics back today and I’m SO glad we splurged).
Post # 15
@doingathing: So true, I’ve seen those same budgets allow 10%+ for flowers. I’m obviously going to end up spending a much higher percent on photography and a lower percent on flowers. It just seems like the budgets should show 15%+ for photography these days.
Post # 16
FI were I dont play with photos so we were willing to spend about 5-6k on them; however I have been lusting after videography of late so we might have to cut our photog budget to around 3500. Sounds reasonable right? Not in the DC metro area. It’s very frustrating if you want non-traditional, artsy, creative photos.