(Closed) What’s the most you would pay for wedding photography?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What's the MOST you would pay for wedding photography?
    $0-$1,000 : (18 votes)
    14 %
    $1,001-$2,000 : (19 votes)
    15 %
    $2,001-$3,000 : (30 votes)
    23 %
    $3,001-$4,000 : (23 votes)
    18 %
    $4,001-$5,000 : (13 votes)
    10 %
    $5,001-$6,000 : (14 votes)
    11 %
    $6,001-$7,000 : (4 votes)
    3 %
    $7,001-$8,000 : (3 votes)
    2 %
    $8,001-$9,000 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m in Kansas City, so there are photographers all over the place price wise.  And since I’m getting married in Nebraska, they tend to be much cheaper.  I originally budgeted $2500 for a photographer, but when a surprise gift was given to me, I was able to get my dream photographer, who is just over $5000.  I know it’s a lot (I’m still a little freaked out by thinking where else I could have spent that money), but I just love her work, and I am so excited.  After all, the photos are the only thing you have after, so I think if you are able to invest the money, go for it!

    Post # 4
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    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    we used a friendor who quoted us a price of $600 for all day coverage. He ended up being pretty crap and didnt even stay till the end of the wedding. But once I got over it I did a great job of editing them myself since I do a little photography myself and ordered a nice album from adorama. Personally I could never justifyt spending anything over 1000 for pictures. Pictures are very important but not worth that much plust the one thing I hate about a lot of professional photogs is how htye have their big logo in every picture, I find it distracting to have a logo in the picture.

    Post # 5
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    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @bells: That logo is their watermark, and often you get a print release with your coverage so you don’t have it on the real, edited pics.  Just one more thing to look for with photographer packages.

    Post # 6
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    My budget was $1000 but if I’d had a bigger budget I think I could have been comfortable spending up to  $3000 for a great photographer and a good package. More than that and I think it gets a little ridiculous with both what you get and what you expect (12 hours, huge books, 3 shooters, all kinds of fancy crap)

    Post # 9
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @JuneBride2012: Well in my opinion the most important thing is the photographer b/c I figure why pay ALL this money on everything else and cut corners in photography…I want to be able to look back and feel all the same emotions and excitement I felt on the day of. So our photographer is $5000 and it took my fiancee a while to wrap his mind around that but when I showed him how serious I was about it he agreed. I just compared it to cheaper photographers in the area.

    The package includes:

    12 hrs of covereage, a 2nd photographer, engagement session, 20 page 10×10 guestbook, ONE 40 pg flush mount album, TWO 40 page flush mount parent albums, a web gallery, and a DVD with the high res images.

    Post # 10
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Chosing a photographer was SUPER stressful for me. The first photographer i fell in love with was awesome, until she sent me her prices….packages started at $5,000 and went up to $13,000!!!  $13,000?! Really?! I was floored. Plus she was damn near impossible to get ahold of. We wound up going with someone else (needless to say), we’re paying around $3,200 for 8hr of coverage (2 photogs), 3 albums and an e-photo session, CD of completed work and unlimited number of images and travel expenses (she’s based where we live not where the wedding is so she’s traveling like 250 miles). I’m not sure what the average is per se, but I get the sense that this is a bit above average. To me it was worth it not only bc I really like her work, but also bc I just wanted to be done with the whole process. 

    Post # 10
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    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I spent about $5,000 on my photographer. I didn’t have a problem picking her because I’ve seen her work for two years. Hands down, she was going to do my wedding. I met with her before I was even engaged to guarantee a spot for the summer πŸ™‚ The only problem was the price… which I had to convince my mom was worth it. She gave in because she knew I could effectively move my budget around the photographer’s fees. It turned out perfect!!!

    Post # 11
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @JuneBride2012: Well, I think it depends on your wedding. Ours was really informal and quick–I didn’t want a fancy blow out so our photographer was only there for 4 hours. The timing was absolutely perfect for us, her time ended just as we were driving away πŸ™‚ But I understand some people have longer weddings and need more coverage.

    Again because of our wedding we really didn’t require a second shooter, but in some cases I can see how that would be really awesome to have.

    I didn’t want a book at all but again in a good package I think that would be a nice option.

    We didn’t do e-pics or trash the dress or anything other than our 4 hours day of, but again I think if one of those are offered it’s a nice thing to have.

    We didn’t do a first look or pictures before but again if you want that and have a great venue I can see it being a real plus to have a great creative photographer who can get you some interesting and fun shots without having to hold up your guests.

    So basically, I think those sort of things can definitely be a part of a great package but whether they are right for you and your wedding is always another issue. If there’s something you do or don’t want that isn’t or is offered, try and negotiate. I doubt a photographer wants to spend time on something you don’t even want, just make sure you’re reasonable and fair.

    Post # 12
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    1686 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m with you. The one “splurge” I would really like is to have a good photographer for the whole day. That’s bucks. Lots of them.

    (And on a completely different note, scrolling past, I first read the thread title as “What’s the most you would pay for wedding pornography?” πŸ˜€ )

    Post # 13
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    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    With our total wedding budget of $20k, I was only comfortable spending $5k on photography.  But if our total budget was higher, I would have been fine spending more to get a better package from our photographer. 

    Post # 15
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We’re currently paying $2170 for an e-session, 6 hours of wedding day coverage, a day-after shoot, dvds with all high res images, and full useage/printing rights.We’re thinking of adding 2 more hours of wedding day coverage to capture all of the toasts and the post-dinner cigar bar fun, which will add $200 to our cost.

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