Wedding photography is arguably one of the most important aspects to consider during the wedding planning stage. Wedding photography costs a lot. On average, couples spend 10% of their budget for wedding photography alone. Being indecisive on who to hire to capture your wedding day is just expected. So, how much should a wedding photography cost?
According to a 2016 survey, the average price couples are willing to pay for wedding photography is $2845. The average price varies across different states in Australia. Couples from the Capital Territory and West Australia spend the most in wedding photography with an average of $3510 and $3225 respectively while couples from the remaining states spend below the three thousand mark.
Packages have been the standard when booking a wedding photography service. Common packages include– hours of coverage, amount of images or if unlimited, storage in CD or USB drive, and prints and wedding albums in different sizes.
After browsing some photography websites you might have noticed how some photographers do not disclose their rate. You have to send an enquiry to get a quote. Those who display their packages with corresponding prices charge differently. Some wedding photographers are really cheap while some are rather expensive. The following factors affect the price of wedding photography packages.
The calibre of the photographer
Anyone can take a photograph but photographers with decades of experience can and do deliver a higher quality one. Veterans in the industry with years’ worth experience and great confidence on their work naturally cost a lot more.
Most packages offer different hours of wedding day coverage– 6 hours, 8 hours, 10 hours or a full day coverage. The longer the coverage is, the higher the price of the package.
Some packages include two or more additional photographers. Videography and same-day edit videos are some common add-ons on packages. Adding engagement photo session will also affect the cost of the package.
Quality of Photos
Photographers spend a lot of time enhancing and editing the wedding photos especially those for enlargements and wedding albums. A package with all hi-res and enhanced photos will be more expensive.
Saving Money on Wedding Photography Cost
How much you spend on your wedding photography cost depends on what you want. You would want to get a high class photography service within your budget. Here are some tips to help you save money with your wedding photography.
- Choose a photographer within your budget. Not all skilled professional photographers come with huge price tags. You get what you pay for, yes, but talent doesn’t necessarily come from decades of experience. Even newcomers have the set of skills for high quality wedding photographs.
- Hire a local photographer. Choose someone servicing within your chosen venue and location. Photographers may charge you extra dollars if they have to travel far.
- Get a quote instead of a package. Most wedding photographers allow this. For example, you can save money if you forgo the wedding albums and just have the digital files instead. You can also decide how many photographers will do the job (at least two photographers is recommended). By getting a quote, you can modify what goes into your package within your preferred budget.
- Ask for a wedding photography timeline or create your own. This will give you an idea of how many hours of coverage you will really need. A timeline will also help to make sure everything will be on schedule and avoid extra charges.
You have the chance to get high quality wedding photographs within your allotted budget. Choose a photographer you are comfortable with and whom you know you can trust in providing high quality photos that you’ll be paying for. Discuss your ideas, visions and requirements. You can purchase the usual package deals or modify your own. Make an enquiry for your wedding photography and get an estimate today.