Molly
Super October 2020

How much does wedding photography cost?

Molly, on May 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM

Posted in Planning 160

So I just want to know what the average price is for a photographer. I know certain areas are cheeper than others. Also I would like to know how much you are paying / willing to pay for one.
So I just want to know what the average price is for a photographer. I know certain areas are cheeper than others. Also I would like to know how much you are paying / willing to pay for one.

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  • Natalia
    Just Said Yes June 2019
    Natalia ·
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    $3000.00 for destination wedding plus a next day shoot included in that. She’s a top notch photographer so we actually got a good deal!
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  • V
    Savvy November 2022
    Vita ·
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    One of FH’s friends is a photographer, so we’re paying about $100 CAD
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  • L
    Expert June 2019
    Lori ·
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    We are paying $1800 for 10 hours...this is on the lower end in our area.
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  • Nikki
    Expert March 2021
    Nikki ·
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    I’m in phx, az and we are going to be paying $1000 for 8 hours and a free engagement photo session. 1 photographer.
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  • April
    Just Said Yes October 2019
    April ·
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    I paid 995 for 2 photographers through classic photographers , I got 300 off for 5 hrs
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  • Future Mrs. Kate Wilson
    Dedicated May 2023
    Future Mrs. Kate Wilson ·
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    We're paying $3,000 for 8 hour coverage, two photographers, personalized USB with print release; high-resolution edited images (500+), and stained heirloom box with 10- 5x7 prints. It also comes along with a complimentary engagement session that runs for about an hour and a half, 2 outfit changes, about 80+ photos of best captured, and travel fee for anything past thirty minutes of local destination. Ours will be about 2 1/2 hours away so I will be paying for that travel fee. I think it's a good deal for their kind of quality work, and they're such a lovely couple too!☺❣
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    Savvy August 2019
    BlissfullySerene ·
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    We are paying I believe **** that includes 10 hours, 2 photographers, a photo album (the albums that the photographer designed are beautiful), online gallery, and the engagement photo is being thrown in.

    I did my due diligence and while this is on the higher end, one regret or overspending joy I hear from brides and grooms are the photos. Either some regret not spending more for better quality or they were glad they splurged to have a day they'll relive again and again.

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  • Destiny
    VIP May 2020
    Destiny ·
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    Our package that includes engagement pics photo pack, wedding pics 6 hours with photo package, 6 hours dj and 6 or 4 hours of photo booth is 1495 for everything
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    Savvy September 2019
    Ashley ·
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    I’m paying $2300 for engagement and 6 hrs of wedding. All photos are edited and I will have full printing rights. I liked my photographers editing style. But I also have a friend who paid $1000 and her photos were edited but much simpler style.
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  • JoeDiana
    Just Said Yes April 2020
    JoeDiana ·
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    Hi CruzWin,

    Wow this is a good deal!

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  • Amber
    Super September 2020
    Amber ·
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    Our photographer that we booked for our wedding is for 10 hours for $1300 + a free engagement session 📷👰💍💐🎩
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  • Raeana
    Beginner October 2021
    Raeana ·
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    Hi Darcy,

    I'm in Nova too, would you mind sending me your Photographers name or Insta?

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  • Emily
    Super April 2020
    Emily ·
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    I'm from greater Boston and it was HARD to find a photographer we liked for our budget of $3,000 BUT we found one we're so happy with! We're paying $2,950 for 10 hours, 200 prints, USB Drive of all photos, 2nd shooter, and we nixed the engagement session so we could get it under $3000.

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  • latasha
    VIP September 2019
    latasha ·
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    $4354 for 9 hours for both photographer and videographer, 12 X 12 60 page album, three 5 X 7 replica parent albums, 2 engagement shoots, 16 X 20 portrait, all proofs on CD, all negatives on CD, unlimited shots, 150 thank you cards, drone, 3 DVDs with menu and chapter selection, we also were selected to win a 2 day 3 night hotel accommodation lol. I am in NYC.
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  • Raeana
    Beginner October 2021
    Raeana ·
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    I haven't booked mine yet, but I would like to see some of the responses here. Average I have seen **** in the DC area. I found one I love for #5,500 (engagement shoot, 8 hours, second shooter). Is this too much?!

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  • K
    Dedicated May 2019
    kelsey ·
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    3800 for 7 or 8 hours plus engagement shoot in the Tampa area but my photographer is from Georgia. So part of the 3800 is a $300 travel fee. Photos were the most important thing to me and a big priority. I wanted to make sure we absolutely loved the photographer and was willing to pay anything under 4500 to get it! Photos and entertainment were the biggest part of my vendor budget after venue and food/drink. Our photographer will cost us more than our florals!
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  • Natalie
    Savvy June 2019
    Natalie ·
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    We are paying $1K from a reference/family member who has a connection. He's providing a second photographer on the wedding day and also did our engagement photos. He will be there for the duration of the five hours. We feel so lucky. This is a huge cost in a wedding and we have a costs savings.

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  • JENNIFER
    Super May 2019
    JENNIFER ·
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    We paid $649 for 4 hours this also included an engagement session free touch ups and a hardcover photo album
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  • Katelynne
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Katelynne ·
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    I'm paying $1999 for 2 photographers for 8 hours plus small prints, an album, a canvas print, and a free engagement shoot. Plus galleries and a usb.
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    There's so much awesome info in this post!!

    When in doubt on pricing, I always recommend using WeddingWire's Cost Guide! 💲

    You can select the vendor category (Photography) and the city & state where you'll be getting married, and get recent data on average wedding spend! It's really helpful when starting to make your budget and for finding realistic price ranges!

    Right now most couples spend between $1,150 - $3,000 on wedding photography!

    Wedding Photographer Cost Guide 📷

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