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How much did you pay for wedding photographer?

Lydia , on October 15, 2016 at 6:56 PM Posted in Planning 0 80
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Trying to find a good range to stay in how much did you pay for your wedding photographer/ videographer?

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Latest activity by Mackenzie, on October 17, 2016 at 2:18 AM
  • Trish
    Super June 2017
    Trish ·
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    $1,000 for 9 hours. 1 photographer, engagement session included.

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  • L
    Beginner September 2017
    Lydia ·
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    Thank you!

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  • Kaitlyn
    Devoted March 2017
    Kaitlyn ·
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    $1,300 for 8 hours & 1 photographer

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  • A
    Just Said Yes October 2017
    Amanda ·
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    Good to know! I had one quote me for $3700 and was told the rest in Nashville start at $5k!!

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  • MelissaErin
    Master December 2016
    MelissaErin ·
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    A good range is just whatever you can afford, it varies greatly by area and what's included. Some people spend $1,000, some spend more than $5,000.

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    Dedicated May 2017
    Ashley ·
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    1400 8 hrs

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  • Bailee
    Devoted December 2017
    Bailee ·
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    $2,400 for 8 hours and a two hour engagement session. I'm in the Washington DC area.

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  • Katie
    VIP February 2017
    Katie ·
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    $1800 for 8 hours. We got $200 off because we already did an engagement shoot.

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  • Shops16
    Devoted October 2017
    Shops16 ·
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    $1000 for 8 hours, engagement included

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  • tinyred15
    Expert March 2017
    tinyred15 ·
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    $3,000 for the welcome dinner the night before as well as the entire wedding day.

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  • GymRat
    Master May 2017
    GymRat ·
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    You're going to get answers all over the place. Like Melissa said, a good range is what you can afford and what works with your budget.

    The prices are going to vary based on location, experience and what is included in the package. You should research the photographers in your area, gather quotes and packages, pump that info into an Excel spreadsheet and do your comparisons.

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  • Harleybeachbride
    Master May 2017
    Harleybeachbride ·
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    $1300 four hours....uugh

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  • P
    Devoted October 2016
    Private User ·
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    $3600 for two photographers, 10 hours of shooting, engagement session, and multiple items. For example photo albums, prints, photo rights.

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  • Renee
    Beginner September 2017
    Renee ·
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    My venue recommended a free lance photographer who works for a good company. I will have 8hrs and all rights to every photo for $695.... be sure to ask around!

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    This i highly regional and based on talent. In my area, ****

    I have seen the people cheaper and I'd never recommend them.

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  • BBow
    Expert April 2017
    BBow ·
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    I live in Austin and paid $5,800 for 2 photographers and a videographer for 8 hours. I paid for this myself because I was set on using this specific team.

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  • Jay Farrell
    Jay Farrell ·
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    There is no set value or range, and every couple needs to decide what their splurge items are. For most, it's photography. Sure, you can get 2 photographers all day for under $1000.00....two of those goofs don't equal one really good one. Usually the reason they are cheap reveals itself quickly.

    Me personally, I average between $2500-$4500 with album, and 7 and 9 hour includes engagement photos. Photography is documentary style. If you value photography as your splurge item, spend what you have to, in order to find that photographer match whose work makes you cry happy tears. Going cheaper and justifying it, that generally is a decision that comes with regret. One time purchase. You can't put a price tag on memories. Good ones aren't cheap...go with those whose work you love and will provide a hassle free experience.

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  • Kathy
    Master July 2010
    Kathy ·
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    Not enough.

    I hired a friend, who was a wedding photographer (he has since passed away). I paid him his regular rate, so not calling in a favor or hiring a friend who didn't know what they were doing.

    He had been a photographer and many, many events that I had put on over the years.

    The photos, while okay, were nothing special. They were not up to date and, well, boring.

    I should have hired another friend, also a pro, for about half again as much. Oh well.

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  • Miami2NorthernVA
    Master November 2017
    Miami2NorthernVA ·
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    $1,500 including engagement session.

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  • Van Pear
    VIP January 2017
    Van Pear ·
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    $1200 for three hours and digital files in AZ.

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