Creating your wedding photography budget
It can be hard to set an all encompassing wedding budget, and most people set one without really knowing what weddings cost! This sometimes brings much disappointment when the receipts start to pile up. What's important to keep in mind is that prioritizing is KEY.
If you're someone who considers wedding photography a priority and you're Googling "how much does wedding photography cost?" this post is for you!
Here are four things you should know before setting your wedding photography budget:
The average cost in the U.S.:
Wedding Wire says "in general, wedding photographer prices in the U.S. tend to range between $1,150-$3,000, with the average wedding photographer hovering around $2,000."
But if you're in Washington D.C. or Denver, CO I'd say the range is more like $2,000-$5,000.
The average time coverage:
The typical time frame for wedding photo packages is 6-10 hours. Average of 8 hours. The more coverage, the more costly. Naturally.
What you're paying for:
You're not just paying someone to show up on your wedding day and snap a few pictures, what you're paying for is a photographer's time shooting, expertise, time editing, travel costs, print releases, equipment usage, second shooter, cloud storage for your images & insurance.
What to pay attention to:
Get the most bang for your buck!
See if any of your favorite photographers have packages that include things like a complimentary engagement session, free prints, an album, etc. Other photographers might not include these things, and you may end up paying for multiple services.
Not to sway you one way or another butttt... Flor De Campo offers complimentary engagement sessions & prints with all wedding packages!
Be reasonable, be realistic & be smart with your wedding photography budget!