Post # 1
I’m in the process of looking for a photographer for our wedding. Keeping in mind our priorities and the suggested budget on weddingwire, we allotted approximately $3,000 to photography, (this needs to include a second shooter and engagement session). However when I started looking, all the photographers we like are coming in way over our alloted budget. I didn’t think that $3,000 was that low but now I’m starting to think maybe I was naive in thinking we could get an awesome photographer for that amount.
I’m curious to know either how much you spent on photography, (and what that included), or how much of your overall budget went towards photography. I don’t know whether I should just suck it up and up the budget or whether I really can find a great photographer for that price.
Post # 3
I think budgeting $3k on photography sounds reasonable. With the photopgrapher that we chose, it’s $2500 for 7 hours of coverage (2 photopgraphers, hi-res jpg’s of all images, online gallery, and engagement shoot. I think we’re also going to add in an album.
Post # 4
I’m contributing my answer as a bride here and not a vendor. I paid $5k for my wedding photography and that was 1/3 of my total wedding budget, but obviously the pictures were the most important thing to me. Thanks to my amazing photographer, I remember my wedding as being even nicer than it actually was!
Post # 5
i’m spending 2500 for 8 hours, 2 photographers. i skipped the engagement shoot, but that would be 350. $3k is definitely a generous budget in most places, but i would imagine LA tends to run higher.
Post # 6
Our photog cost almost 1/5 of the budget. To me your 3K seems like a big (but reasonable) amount of money, but I’m on the other side of the country so its apple to oranges trying to compare specific numbers.
Post # 7
Our photographer will be coming to just under $3000. That includes two AMAZING photographers (both own their own business and just second shoot for eachother), 10 hours, engagement shoot with a photo guestbook, and all images on disk with all rights.
Unfortunately it’s about 30% of our budget, but it was the most important feature for me.
Post # 8
Ours is $2800 with an engagement shoot, unlimited coverage, 2 photographers, and an album. We are incredibly lucky.
Anyways, that’s about 25% of our wedding budget.
Post # 9
$4500 for 7 hours of coverage with second shooter, 28-page album and CD of all unedited images. Was 13% of our total budget. We got a bit of a discount because we had a weekday weeding.
Post # 10
We’ll be spending about $2,500 sans wedding albums, which we will likely do via shutterfly.
Many photographers have an account page where you can include your photography expenses on your registry. We’re not doing that, but I thought that was a neat idea.
Post # 11
Our photog was about 16% of our total budget.
She was worth every cent and frankly better than a lot of photographers I came across that were tripled her price!
I think depending on what you’re expecting out of the package 3K is a reasonable budget. It will take searching! Took me a while to find mine. 🙂
Have you searched photog associations such as WPJA and looking at wedding blogs from your area? Even though we had no event planner they were a great source of vendor information for me!
Post # 12
@Meowkers: $3,000 probably is low for LA. We actually flew our photog out to our San Diego wedding, because I was so shocked at prices of photogs there.
We paid $5,000, which included travel fees, for 12 hours fully edited. Our photog shot our rehearsal dinner AND wedding, which I love. Our wedding cost about $25,000 ($30,000 with our airfare/hotel in San Diego and our honeymoon in CO)
Post # 13
I’m spending $3500 which includes engagement, all day coverage (getting ready to all of reception), and day after session (my TTD).
Post # 14
well my budget is 15000 for the entire wedding, and i wanted to stay under 600 but our photog will be 800 🙂
Post # 15
I haven’t booked yet, but I will probably be spending around $3k for 8 hours, 2 photogs, and epics. I started with my budget at $2k, but couldn’t find anything I really loved in that range. I think $3k might be low for LA, as we are spending the same and aren’t in a big city.
Post # 16
Wedding budget (not counting Rehearsal Dinner, rings, or honeymoon) is $13,000. We are spending $2,300 of that on a photog. To make that budget work we basically got the best photog we could and sacrificed everything else— he’ll only shoot for 6 hours, no second shooter, no prints (but we do have full rights to print our own high-res photos).