(Closed) How much is too much?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

It says in your profile that you’re in Toronto, so I would say …

Pics — between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on how many hours of coverage and how much you want in your package as far as prints, albums, etc. go.

Video — about $1,000 – $2,000, again depending on how long you want them for, etc.

Albums — should really be included in your package, especially if you’re spending closer to the $5K mark.  Otherwise, I would say about $600 for an album. 

This is all in USD by the way. 

What are you hoping to spend? I know of some great photographers in Ontario. Maybe they are more in your price range? 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I’m spending $8000 on pics, including 2 albums for us and 1 album for each set of parents, as well as 3 hrs overtime. And $6000 on a videographer including 2 hrs of overtime. I know its a lot but to us, this was the most important part of the wedding. Also, I’m having the wedding in Manhattan, so the prices are inflated. Hope that helps!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well, i think its about right.  It all depends on what kind of photographer/videographer you hire.  Everyone has different styles and some tend to charge more than others due to their experience and press. I’m paying $13,000 for my photographer and cinematographer $8000. In my photography package the following are included: a big coffee table size album, 2 parent book, 7 small book for out of town guest and 2 hrs engagement session and a bridal fashion shoot. Video- I hired a film, since i love that retro look to it.  Its called super 8mm.  That was the cheapest package…but if it was up to me i would of done the $12,000 package, but gotta stay within the budget…=)  BTW, i love both who i hired, so that is very important!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’m in the D.C. area- spending $3,400 on photography. Not having a videographer.  The album will be around $1,000 so I guess $4,400 total.

In my personal opinion "too" much is in the $7-10,000 area (unless it includes the albums) or you are highering a VERY well known photographer.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

there’s an AMAZING cinematography company out of Canada called http://www.cloudninecreative.com they are worth every penny.

When all is said and done, all you have is the photos and the video. This is one of the most important investments in my opinion. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

In Omaha, we are spending $1400 for:

  • Engagement photo session (2 hour, unlimited clothing and location changes, edited images on DVD, one 8 x 10 print)
  • 6 hours of coverage
  • Edited images on DVD
  • Online viewing gallery

The albums range from $350-700 (leather cover, 20 pages).

We decided to wait on having prints and albums made.  We know we want some, but want to wait to see the pictures before committing to anything more.

We are not having a videographer, just didn’t seem like something we wanted.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

In lower Fairfield County, CT, I spent $4900 on 8-10 hours coverage, an album containing all my proofs, all the photographs on a high res CD, a large http://www.graphistudio.com flushmount album with 40 pages (approx 100-200 photos), 3 parent albums, and 32 mini albums – all replicas of my wedding album.  For the videographer, I spent $1961 on 6 hours coverage and I get raw footage and 5-7 minute re-cap.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

If you have to splurge, the place to do it is with photography AND videography.  These are things your kids will be showing to their grandkids someday…if you can save to get the photo/video vendors you want, then I would totally say do it! If possible, cut some things from your budget or do it on the cheap so you can invest in quality photographer/videographer.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

depends what you want….

I’m getting 5 hours with 2 photog’s and digital prints fro 1500

I live in a suburb of Los Angeles… I had to really ask around

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

IF it’s 3 days of coverage with a well known photographer then the 10,000++ range is more then acceptable but I think if that’s busting your budget then it’s not worth it. 

Have you considered having your really good photographer for the main wedding day and then hiring a good but less expensive photographer for the other days. I’ve known of a few brides who hired new talent for their rehearsal or other events just to get some pro pics and then put the big money in for the main event?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

In Washington State, we are spending:

$1500 for a full day with two photographers, including e-photo sessions and one pre- or post- wedding day session if we choose, also edited images on DVD

Albums range from $300 to $1000, depending on size and style.

We will also probably get framed 8 x 10s for my parents, sister, and Future Mother-In-Law, and two 11 x 14 framed prints on canvas and a few 5 x 7s for other family members – those will run close to another $1000.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I went to a wedding expo and one of the most well known local photographs (I live in SF) had packages ranging from $6900 to $55K. Most of their packages include the videographer. They are extremely well known and do amazing work. I’d say that for THREE days for work, including all the pics you could want and a videographer (and if they are extremely good/well known) I wouldn’t be surprised if they charge $20-35K depending on your metropolitan area. We haven’t chosen our photographer yet but I’d LOVE to spend $5k not incl. a videographer.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

$2200 for 8 hours, high res cd w/ all images edited (500+), and a proof book (altho ALL the images are edited so they arent really proofs). albums range from 150 -1000 or so, altho i cant really remember off the top of my head. additional time is $250 per hour, $400 will get you an assistant for the full 8 hours. 

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