Published by Sam, Editor - December 15, 2015

You are engaged, the excitement is sky high and the ideas are flowing, but to start with you have the not so fun part to look at… the budget.

Whatever your overall wedding budget is, this is what you will be splitting up between all the different parts creating a budget for everything, from the wedding venue, photography, flowers, catering, cake, invites, decorations, gifts, oh and of course the dress. When planning your budget it can be tricky to plan it out as it is difficult to know how much it is for what, and what it is for what you actually want, such as what is the typical cost for those flowers you love, to hire the wedding venue of your dreams, or that dress you pinned on Pinterest.

Photography is an Investment

It is important when looking at your budget about what you get, if you look at the list of thing you need to budget for you will have things such as venue, flowers, catering, the dress, invites, the list goes on. When you look at these things they are just that, these are key items and parts of the day, but just for this one day, whereas photography is an investment, and that is the key difference.


Wedding photography is a story, wedding photography is a beautiful story of your day, capturing those special moments, capturing moments you didn’t even see yourself, capturing emotions, capturing happiness and tears of joy on your parents faces. Wedding photography is not just something on the day, it is something you will have for life that you can share with family, friends, your children and then one day grand children.

Wedding Photography is an Investment. A story of your Wedding Day captured for life.

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So when you are planning your budget bear this in mind, photography isn’t something you use and throw away, photography is a story that you will treasure for life.

How much should I budget for Wedding Photography?

Well what better way then to take a look at a range of photographers and their starting packages and prices for a full days coverage, from getting ready right through to the first dance.

Rob Grimes – Starting Price £1,495
This includes all day coverage in my unique documentary style of photography, my time at each wedding is timeless, there is no start or finish time. I will only finish when I believe you have the images you deserve. Your wedding will then be packaged in my own branded packaging including all edited Hi Resolution images on USB and your own password protected online gallery for family & friends to view. All travel is included and a modest accommodation fee will be applicable for any weddings outside the Nottinghamshire (NG19) area.

Matt Badenoch Photography – Starting Price: £1,400
For this you get a full days coverage, 400+ edited images, an online gallery and slideshow, and an engagement shoot. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered for all weddings in England & Wales.

Urban Bridesmaid Photography – Starting Price: £1,400
With this package you get 8 hours wedding day coverage with final high resolution images on an USB pen.

Fiona Kelly – Starting Price: £1,995
Included with this is 10 hours of coverage, full editing of images. Final images on USB as high resolution files. Travel costs throughout England & Wales, a secure online viewing gallery with shopping facility, and 50 thank you cards with your favourite image from the wedding.

Stonelock Photography – Starting Price: £1,200
You get two photographers for up to eight hours on your wedding day. Approximately 300 carefully edited, print resolution digital photos on a USB for you to print and share. A 10×10 inch, 20 page, 50 image, hardback coffee table book. An online gallery to share with friends and family.

Dominic Lemoine Photography – Starting Price: £950
I’ve only got one package and it includes two photographers (me and my awesome assistant from as early as the couple needs us until late in the evening). Includes 350-400 edited photos on a gorgeous wooden USB key. Simple as that.

Dominika Miechowska – Starting Price: £1,000
My full day package includes a consultation meeting, all day coverage for as long as you need, 300-350 edited pictures all toned and retouched. You get a custom USB in stylish box with high-res ready to print images, an online gallery and an engagement photoshoot too.

Oxi Photography – Starting Price: £1,125
All day wedding photo-shoot from Bride Preparation to First Dance up to 8 hours, a DVD or USB with 450-500 High Resolution Edited photographs. Low Resolution Photographs to share with your friends and family online such as Facebook etc. Travel Expensees within 50 miles Bath area included.

Rock Your Love – Starting Price: £1,195
You get a pre-wedding consultation, whole day coverage, an online private gallery with all the retouched images and a USB stick with all the retouched images.

Michael O’Sullivan – Starting Price: £1,350 
Included with this is n initial pre-wedding consultation to talk about your day in more detail and to get to know each other a bit more. All day coverage of your wedding, which covers 8-10 hours. A private website gallery of your wedding images which is password protected for viewing, sharing and ordering. All your wedding images to keep individually edited and colour corrected high resolution print quality images on a USB memory pod with unlimited reprint & reproduction rights (personal use only)  I also provide a second set of low-resolution images that are ‘social media ready’.

BrillPix Photography – Starting Price: £1,200
Included in that is a pre-wedding shoot, all day coverage from bridal prep right through until just after first dance. You shall get a DVD slideshow from the wedding day and hi-res images on a USB stick.

Christian Allen – Starting Price: £1,400
In this package your get a 50 image, Italian wedding album, a copy of all your full-res, edited images to do with as you wish and a personalised calendar. Coverage is from bridal prep to first dance; Pre-wed & post-wed meetings; All of your carefully edited images posted on a secure website to enjoy & share with family & friends.

John Hope Photography – Starting Price: £1,950
Included within this is unlimited full day coverage by John. 350+ images supplied in digital format. You also get a  face to face or Skype pre-wedding consultation too.

As with everything costs can vary, some will be cheaper and some will be at the higher end, as a rough idea for a full days coverage you could be looking at anything from £1000 to £2000+. You would expect a full days coverage with a photographer capturing moments of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, the ceremony, reception right through to the first dance.

Some of you maybe reading this and asked the question ‘Why is photographer so expensive?‘. For this we have another article here, however it is important to understand what you get and what you miss out on if you don’t hire a professional wedding photographer. With that in mind here are 3 articles that are worth reading to ensure you don’t ask your Uncle and regret not hiring a wedding photographer.

If your budget is stretched and your perfect wedding photographer is slightly out of you price range then here are 5 Tips on how to Save Money on a Wedding Photographer which may just make a little yet large difference for you.

Things to consider…

Even with a large budget make sure you hire a wedding photographer you feel comfortable with, someone you feel relaxed with, whatever your budget you can’t put a price on who you feel comfortable and relaxed with, this is important to help create those natural and fun photos making you feel at ease in front of the camera..

When looking at wedding photographers and your budget, maximise it the best you can, save a little on other things to get the best wedding photographer you can afford.

Finally just Remember, the cake gets eaten, the flowers will die, but the Wedding Photos will last Forever…


Your Thoughts - 3 Comments

  1. Nicely done – a timely written article! My M.O was always to simplify the budget/booking process and back up a high quality service with unbelievably great products. Make as much of everything unlimited – time, what’s included in the package etc. We ended up with the Core Package, which means I can get on with being creative and my clients know that they’re more than covered. (Everyone also gets a few little extras too, but ssshhhhh!) Thx Jx

  2. Thanks for an excellent educational and awareness-raising article, and just in time for the January rush of wedding enquiries. As an award winning Surrey wedding photographer, I will be sharing on my social media. Wishing you all a merry festive period. Jeff.

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