Published by Sam, Editor - May 4, 2017

When it comes to planning and budgeting for your wedding there are many things to consider and in most areas the sky is the limit to how much you can spend. The most costly areas of any wedding tends to be the venue hire and food, however it doesn’t need to be and where you spend your budget really depends on what is most important to you.

Cost of Wedding Photography

In our latest wedding photographer survey the average cost for wedding photography in the UK for 2016 is £1,450. This is a ever so slight drop from our last survey where it was £1,520.

  • £1,450 in 2016
  • £1,520 in 2015

The drop is very small however it is still a drop, the industry is very competitive and with lots of new photographers on the scene offering cheaper packages so they can build their portfolio many cost saving brides will look to take up these offers.

Prices vary across the UK for wedding photography with London being the most expensive with the average cost cost to £2000. This is following by the South West and South East, Scotland came forth with an average cost of £1,680. The East Midlands came in at the cheapest with an average cost of £1,240.

How much should you budget?

Couples frequently ask whether wedding photography is worth such a significant investment when actually on the big day itself, there is nothing to show for it. Only you can decide that, but what we can do is give you an insight into where your money is being spent, and how much a good photographer should actually cost you and what a top photographer will give you after your wedding day.

Budget Vs Price

You’ve probably heard it before but with wedding photography you really do get what you pay for. If, when you prioritise the items on your wedding shopping list, photography is in your top three, you will need to be prepared to put aside 10-15% of your budget for it.

Most photographers offer a scale of wedding photography packages starting from the most basic, which involves one photographer, a set number of hours, to a comprehensive solution where you have two photographers shadowing you from the moment you wake until you wave goodbye, and hundreds of expertly edited photos in a beautiful presented photos that shall bring back many emotions as you relive the day go through it.

More is not always better with photography. It is better to have a basic package from a photographer you love than a large album from someone whose style doesn’t match your own. If you need more convincing read our interview with a bride who really regretted her decision not to have a professional photograph her wedding.

Breaking Down Wedding Photography Costs

You might be wondering what’s so difficult about wedding photography. Can’t you just ask your Uncle Steve and his snazzy camera to cover your big day? Not unless you want an album full of photos you may never look at. The average photographer spends between 28 and 40 hours working on every wedding. This includes consultations, travel, setting up, actual photography, uploading and backing up photos, editing, printing, packaging prints, and shipping.

So you are paying for time, however anyone can pick up a camera but it takes a skilled professional to deliver the standard of pictures you’ll love looking at and sharing. So infact you are paying for experience, paying for someone that knows exactly what to do, someone that has done this for years, someone that you can trust, someone you don’t need to worry about, someone you know will produce a photo album and story of your day that will bring a tear to your eyes.

This wedding infographic shows what you are paying your wedding photographer for and what they are doing when not at your wedding. This infographic is based on the original version by Francesco Spighi.
Wedding Photography Infographic

Saving Money on Wedding Photography Costs

Our top tips for finding a great photographer on a small budget include having your wedding out of season or on a weekday, hiring a photographer that is local so you do not have to pay extra for travel. There are more money saving tips here.

How much you spend on your wedding photographer will depend on your budget, the importance your wedding photos have to you, and the time and place you’re getting married. Don’t assume that because you’re on a tight budget you have to compromise on quality, however do remember that you will only have one chance to capture your big day, so if you can squeeze a bit more of our your wedding budget for the photographer you want then do so.

Above all, go with your gut instinct when it comes to choosing your photographer. It doesn’t matter how good they are – if you’re not comfortable with a particular photographer it will show in every frame.

Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer

When it comes to planning the wedding, it’s more than just one day, this is a lifetime of memories.
Wedding Photography is about unique moments, it’s about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, this is smiling at moments you didn’t even know happened, seeing the excitement and emotion on the faces of the your family and friends, and, above all, having a story that you shall take with you forever… Here’s what you’re paying!


Your Thoughts - 20 Comments


  1. Thanks for this article, i will forward this link to my future couples.

  2. So glad you have published this article. I’m definitely going to be sharing this with my clients!

  3. […] The average couple currently spends between £1200 – £2500 on their wedding photography. Look to allocate at least this budget for your wedding photography. It is no surprise that wedding photography is the third most expensive part of your wedding. The wedding industry recommend that couples allocate 10-15% of their wedding budget to professional photography. By doing this it will help ensure you get the quality you want. Have a look at my professional wedding photography investment blog for why this is important. Also don’t take my word for it – check out this article by Your Perfect Wedding Photography. […]

  4. Excellent article and I very much like the layout. Simple but efficiently explained.

  5. Emily says:
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 9:45 PM | Permalink

    We have just got engaged! I will be trying to maximise my budget for our photographer, just got to find one now.

  6. An excellent post!

  7. Chris says:
    Posted May 6, 2017 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    Good article, the average cost seems low to me, my lowest package starts at around that price. Would be interesting to know what others starting costs are.

  8. Thanks for the post! I’ll share this on my website as I think it contains a lot of useful information for couples getting married.

  9. Great post.
    “Our top tips for finding a great photographer on a small budget include having your wedding out of season or on a weekday, hiring a photographer that is local so you do not have to pay extra for travel.”
    This is really true. You always get what you are paying for.
    Pictures is what you will remember tomorrow.

  10. Great insight, thanks for posting this. 🙂

  11. A great article to share with couples who enquire about our service, I willl share your post.

  12. I fall into the category of not wanting any kind of discount for my own wedding. That means not having everything but choosing services & ‘things’ that I would regret not having. Good wedding photography is worth so much more emotionally than what you spend on it!

  13. Your infographic could also include the expense of having an assistant help you cover the wedding. Wedding photographers more often than not come in pairs, one covers the bride getting ready, the other covers the groom; one gets first look expressions, the other gets the mother of the bride crying … if a second shooter is charged for separately I always recommend paying the extra.

  14. Awesome post, is it ok to share this on our blog?

  15. Yes you can link to it from your blog and share the infographic. That is fine 🙂

  16. A very accurate article indeed. A great little reminder, thanks for that.


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