(Closed) How much did you spend on your wedding photos?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would like to know too! (I’m just making a post so I remember to come back and read this later.)

Post # 4
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A TON depends on where you’re located and what you want. Are you in a metro area? How many hours do you want? Do you want albums included? All of this affects that price.

For us, we’re paying $6500, and we’re getting: 9 hours of photography, online gallery, hi res disk, engagement session, 2nd shooter, bride and groom album, 2 parent albums, and proofs of all the photos taken.

Post # 5
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We spent $2,300 for 9 hours of photography (1 photographer), online proofs, bride and groom album, a few free blown up prints, etc. 

Post # 6
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It greatly depends. For a quality photographer with a few years experience, I would say to budget around $2500. We paid $5000, and that included 8 hours, hi-res images on a CD and a 2nd shooter (no albums). We hired a super experienced photographer that’s in high demand, though. We found some other good ones in our area (upstate NY) that were in the 2-3K range that were also very good.

Post # 7
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I find pictures to be very important so I scoured Craigslist and other internet searches to find an amazing photographer for less than $1000.  Most of the top photographers in this area are $1500-$3000 for their lowest package.

Luckily I came across a girl who was just starting her business but took amazing photos.  Since it was new, her rates are lower to build her clientele.  I have no doubt that she will soon be charging what the other top photographers charge.

Here is my package:


Engagement session

6 hours on wedding day

All images on CD with full printing rights

At least 75 edited photos

DVD of wedding photos set to music.


So my advice would be if you have a smaller budget or just like to get more for your money, shop around A LOT!  Here are some examples of my e-pics.

Post # 8
2857 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We got a great deal. We’re paying $1700, which includes:

  • 2 shooters for 8 hours
  • All high-res images on disk
  • Engagement session

We didn’t order any prints or albums at this point, but we may add some on after the fact. Or we might just order them from somewhere else that’s cheaper. The boy may have a few print shop connections.

Post # 9
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

This is so variable. My advice is to contact photographers you are interested in, tell them what you are looking for, and ask for their price sheet. Many states have wedding photographer associations that publish their average prices as well. For example, here is one here in WA.

Post # 10
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Looking at 1700, so ca $2000, I think, for 12 hours, all high res on disk, unedited video footage, thank you card pics printed, and fauxtobooth manning.

Happy out!

Post # 11
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are paying $1250 for 6 hours of coverage (one photographer), high resolution disk with rights and an engagement or bridal session.  We aren’t buying any albums because I plan to do mine through Adorama after the wedding.

Post # 12
35 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re paying $1,899 for full day and dvd with images, no prints. We probably end up doing our own album.

Post # 13
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we paid $1250 for: 10 hours of photography, 2 photographers, 3000+ full res/RAW images on disk.

we’re doing prints and books ourselves.  So far I’d say we’ve spent about $35 on prints.  We’re making 1 large book for ourselves & 2 smaller ones for our parents.  They should be about $75+30+30.

Post # 14
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Our package is $3,500. It includes the following:

  • Two photographers (and the lead is the company owner)
  • A bridal assistant
  • An engagement shot
  • 10 hours of wedding day coverage
  • All high-resolution images on CD
  • 40 photo thank-yous
  • A proof book
  • A few hundred 4×6 prints
  • An online gallery

I may have forgotten something…but that seems about right. Bascially, it’s everything except the albums, which will be a separate cost unforunately, but so worth it!

Post # 15
151 posts
Blushing bee


2 photograpers all day (father/daughter duo). We also have her husband working our “Faux-to Booth!” All digital images, no albums. I think we’re doing to do our own.

Post # 16
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Like PP mentioned it depends on where you are and what you’re looking to receive. Photography was our top priority as its the last wedding in my family and the first in FH’s family. We are paying upwards of $7k and we’re receving…

  • Engagement Session
  • 8×10 engagement image of our choice
  • 8×8 Guest Signature Book (w/ 15 spreads of engagment pix)
  • 10×10 wedding album w/ 20 sides
  • 9 hrs of wedding day coverage
  • 2 photographers
  • all rights to images
  • DVD of wedding day images
  • 1.5 hrs rehearsal dinner coverage

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