I always say that once the wedding is over, all you’ve got is the ring, the man, and the photos – and I always advise my clients to choose wisely! The ring and the man are pieces of the wedding day that are thought out thoroughly. It takes a while to find that perfect ring, and even longer to find the perfect man. But what about the perfect photos?
Behind every great wedding photo is an even better wedding photographer – which is why some photographers may cost more or less than others. Like all things in the wedding journey – even the ring and the man – there are many factors that causes prices to fluctuate from vendor to vendor. How much should a wedding ring cost? How much should we compromise for the “perfect man?” I may not have the answers to those questions, but I can speak to the photos!
So, how much should wedding photography cost? The answer my not be straight forward after all…
There are several different aspects of photography that impact the price:
When researching photographers, you’ll notice that the cost of wedding photography varies by city. For instance, brides in New York may receive a different price from a bride in Texas for a comparable package. It’s helpful to research average prices for wedding photography near your home before creating a realistic budget.
Pricing and Packages
There’s no cookie cutters here. You’ll likely find that each photographer has a different pricing and package structure than the next. When comparing packages, it’s important to consider the value that each package offers. For example, some photographers charge an additional travel fee or second photographer fee, while other photographers have this already included in pricing. Some photographers may include products like albums and books, while others offer this a ‘ la carte.
It’s important not to base first impressions on pricing until you are sure of what the price includes. If you are still left with questions after receiving pricing, the photography should be glad to clear up any confusion.
Expertise and Experience
This one is big! After all of your research, you may still find two photographers in the same location, offering very similar products and services, whose prices differ significantly. This usually comes down to the photographer’s skill and experience. With wedding photography, the phrase “You get what you pay for” is typically true. You may search for a photographer and see a handful of photos you love. But will all of the photos in your gallery look as great?
The difference in a higher priced photographer is that you will likely several more photos that you will “ooh” and “ahh” over than you will if you opt for a budget-photographer.
So how much should wedding photography cost? That part is up to you! At the end of the day, you have the ring, the guy, and the photos. Like I said, choose wisely!