(Closed) How much did you spend on a photographer? Bonus points if you\'re in the UK!

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did you spend on your photographer?

    Less than 500

    501-1000

    1001-1500

    1501-2000

    2001+

    Other/will explain in the comments

  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I’m in the US, but we spent almost 4k on our photographer (including tax). I think we spent a higher percentage of our budget on photography than most though, because I’m a photographer myself and had pretty specific and high expectations. We spent about 15% of our overall budget on photography, but I think they normally recommend spending around 12%.

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    I’m in the US so now sure how the market compares. 

    Photography was our biggest priority. We’re spending about 3500, including a travel fee but not including an engagement shoot (which we paid for sepearately but at a discounted rate for booking the wedding too). So total for wedding + engagment closer to 4k. That was actually a steal compared to most photographers I considered, who were 5500+. In the US I haven’t seen any professional photographers charging under 2k — for that rate I’d expect someone with very little wedding experience or possibly in a very rural area with a low cost of living. I’ve heard that some bees paid less than that, but usually by taking a chance on an amateur or getting a friend of friend discount or something. 

    Personally I’d have spent that amount regardless of wedding budget. My initial thought was to elope but hire a great photographer, and if my budget had been smaller that’s definitely what I would have done. I am a photography lover though and very picky about photographers, so getting the style and quality that I wanted was very important to me. 

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Scottish wedding here! We’re spending £1600 on photography (includes and engagement shoot). We saw cheaper options but really love the style of the photographer we’ve gone with. The most expensive ones we looked at were about £2000. Hope that helps!x

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I’m in the US, but we’re getting a photographer for $2,300, which I personally think is a good price to be like “okay, if you want pretty and something treasurable, this is a good price” but it’s low enough where it is flexible with all sorts of budgets. He’s a long-time professional too, so I’m sure that warrants higher pricing.

    As far as comparing budget, it’s not really my call to make. There tons of people out there dishing how much you should spend on something if your total budget is something, but I don’t really pay attention to that. I’ve just compensated. Want a great photographer? All right then you don’t spend $1,000 on centerpieces or $10,000 on a dress. 

    Pretty simple lol!

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

    Our photographer will be between £1300 and £1500, ultimately depending upon which album we choose. They have less expensive packages as well, but I want that fancy album!  This photographer is in the Southampton area.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

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    MrsBaconBear :  16% of your budget is roughly 2,000. I think that is a fine budget for a photographer ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    Ours was about $3000 USD or 2000 pounds.

    But it included:
    – 4 hrs travel for engagement shoot
    – 5 hrs travel each way for wedding
    – 10 hrs coverage on wedding day
    – Enagagement shoot
    – Wedding album & USB & a bunch of prints

    If we’d been local it would have been more like $2000USD or 1500 pounds (ISH) 

    Finding the right photographer was super important to us. We’re both terrible at posing and I hate staged looking photos and we wanted photos that captured the actual moment and feeling of the day. Weddings are over so quickly, but great photos let you really re-live it .. I would definitely invest in a great photographer over things like centrepieces and flowers any day. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    We are spending just shy of 16% of our budget on our photographer, and we think we are doing the right thing! We are in York but getting married in Norwich ๐Ÿ˜Š 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019

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    fourthnoel :  I had no idea about that 12% rule, but apparently I spent exactly that. Crazy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I’m in the US too, but we are spending $1,800 on photography. I think we got a great deal, I love our photographer. 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

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    MrsBaconBear :  mine is charging basic £1350 for 7 hours. I think he increased price for 2018 already. He takes journalistic/documentary style photos. We really like his style and we like him as an individual too. Another one whom I liked too wasn’t free, they charge £2500 for whole day. No album included for both. I plan to design my own wedding album so we might not order from our photographer. I contacted mine last November, pretty soon after my SO proposed. So I got the 2017 price. My wedding is in May 2019. Both are based around Cambridgeshire area but I think they’re willing to travel.

    How much is your budget and when is your wedding?

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

    Mine was a steal and I negotiated her down to $2600.  She now charges $3000+. Her photos were unreal. 

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