Wedding Photographers Prices
Get the best price for wedding photography from up to 15 top wedding photographers in your local area
Left it a bit late to book your wedding photographer or maybe you have just started searching for a wedding photographer and have no idea of what price you might have to pay in your area.
Prices for a wedding photographer begin from around £500 for short half day bookings or out of season dates and rise to over £2000 for well regarded seasoned professionals offering quaily wedding albums. The average price in the UK for wedding photography is approximately £1250 but varies from region to region, with the South East and London being the most expensive. It is possible to find budget wedding photography packages for under £1000 but makes sure you check the quality of the photographer's work by requesting to see a complete wedding portfolio. Wedding photographers charging less than £500 are likely to be just starting out and are trying to get bookings to build their portfolios - there is nothing inherently wrong with this but in this case, you should check a full gallery of wedding images and compare the results with more experienced and expensive wedding photographers.
Use our 'find a quote' service to request a quotation from wedding photographers near you. It's a great way to compare wedding photography costs and to check the availability of local wedding photographers without spending hours looking at websites.
Just select the relevant form and request some prices - your request will only be sent out to a limited number of photographers - you will not be bombarded with emails!
Wedding photography packages and prices vary from budget range to high end and luxury options. You really need to decide what you are looking for from your wedding photographer and getting some quotations from wedding photographers through our quote request forms is a good starting point. It's also a great way to find a good deal as the photographers know they are competing against each other.
Most wedding photographers will include packages for a top of the range storybook album and reduced rates for smaller midweek registry office weddings. If you are getting married out of season or midweek then it is worth checking if the price includes a discount for your wedding date.
How much should a wedding photographer cost?
The classic how long is a piece of string question. If you have just started planning your wedding then you may be surprised to find how expensive booking a photographer for your event can be.
Some of the requests are that come through the site are quite revealing. Some people will be asking for 12 hours wedding photography, from bridal preparations until the bride and groom depart for the honeymoon, a CD of all the images taken, an online gallery, a TV slideshow of the wedding pictures and an album with maybe two parents albums thrown in. This is great until the photographers get to the bit where the client has stated their budget. £500!
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You might just about get the album for £500. Wedding photography is a classic example of getting what you pay for. Some photographers are just better than others and consequently charge more. The amount of equipment required and the time spent in post-production all adds to the cost.
That’s not to say you can’t pick up a bargain price now and again. There are always lots of new wedding photographers starting up each year and many will be keen to get some bookings in so they can build up their portfolios. If you are getting married out of season then you might also be able to convince a high-end wedding photographer to cover your big day at a reduced rate. Have a look at our budget section to see any special offers available.
You may be tempted to get your Uncle Bob to shoot your wedding to save money. He has just got a new digital SLR for his birthday and he’s very keen to help you out as a favour. After all, he took some really lovely photos of the cat. Be very careful if you go down this route. Shooting a wedding is one of the most demanding areas of photography. A professional wedding photographer won’t just have one camera they’ll have a backup, they’ll have lenses with wide apertures so they can shoot in low light, they’ll have more than enough memory cards etc. They’ll also have top of the range cameras with more than enough battery power to shoot all day and into the night. They’ll probably have been shooting weddings for a while and know exactly where to be with exactly the right lens - because they have the experience! This is what you are paying for.
Most professionals shoot in a file format called RAW - this is like a digital negative and allows the photographer to change the settings like colour balance and highlights. The downside is that this increases the time spent in post-production and hence increases the cost. Your Uncle Bob probably won’t be shooting in RAW format and instead, be relying on his camera to turn the photos into JPEGs as he shoots. The limitations of this will only be clear once he shows you the images.
Remember that your wedding photos will be all that remains of your wedding day and it can’t be reshot if you don’t like the pictures. Equally booking a photographer based purely on cost and package can be a mistake. Just because you are getting X amount of hours X amount of prints and an album included is no good if you don’t like the pictures. Consider a more expensive photographer and maybe wait for an album if you can’t afford it at the moment.