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How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost?

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Here is the breakdown of how much a wedding photographer will cost based on different types of packages and experiences:

Typical Costs
  • Budget photographers usually charge $1,000 or less;
  • Moderate photographers range between $1,000 to $3,000;
  • Upscale photographers average between $3,000 and $5,000;
  • Luxury photographers can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more.
What Is Included?
  • A basic wedding photography package under $500 will typically include 1 to 4 hours of coverage by one photographer, and a limited number of prints or printable images on CD/DVD.
  • Packages that cost in the $500 to $1,000 range may include more coverage hours by a photographer and an assistant, as well as additional prints or special albums.
  • Packages that cost between $1,000 to $3,000 may include up to 8 hours of coverage, a second shooter, and special albums, parents albums, or photo books. For some photographers, however, the fee will only cover the photography aspect.
  • Packages that cost $3,000 or more may include unlimited coverage with up to three photographers, multiple photoshoot locations, or albums/photo books.
Additional Fees
  • You could be charged extra for additional coverage hours, photographers, special albums, parent albums, or photo shoots (such as an engagement session).
Money Saving Tips
  • The most cost-effective way to purchase a wedding photography service is to go with the package route. Do not be hesitant to negotiate with the photographer.
  • Some photographers may offer discounts for weddings on off-days, as most weddings are scheduled on weekends.
  • For couples on a very limited budget, an option is to ask a friend or relative to take photos with a digital camera. Do not ask someone who is in the bridal party or participating in the ceremony, such as a father or sister.
  • You can save costs by hiring a photographer just for the ceremony, or for a limited number of hours for the reception.
  • If you are selecting digital photography with a copyright release, consider cutting down the size of your print order, as you can easily print on your own at considerably lower prices.
  • Share a virtual album with your friends and family, so that they can order the prints themselves.
Finding the Right Wedding Photographer
  • Before hiring a photographer, always check references.
  • Once you’ve decided on a specific photographer, be sure to write out the cost for every single service within the contract.

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