When it comes to weddings, there are a lot of things to think about and before you start off, it is important that you are clear on your budget. How much are you looking at spending and how are you going to split it across all the different areas such as venue, food, dress, suit, shoes, flowers, drinks, cake and not forgetting wedding photography?
The average UK wedding photography cost is £992 so it’s important to shop around and see what all the different wedding packages consist of. To make things easy we charge a flat rate covering the entire day, from the pre-ceremony right through to the first dance and it is then up to you to choose whether you would like a frame, album or video. This can significantly reduce the cost for a couple if they want to create photo album’s themselves for example.
What could reduce the cost of your photography?
Time of the year - if you have your wedding in the off season, so in the winter months, then you are likely to get it slightly cheaper as photographers may be willing to do a special deal as many couples look to get married in the spring and summer months.
Coverage – fewer photos can reduce the cost, and by this I mean less time capturing. So instead of the full day you hire them to just capture the ceremony and maybe post-ceremony, so instead of the whole day they are just there for a few hours. Before deciding to go with this option, think about the day you are planning, think about the story you want to be told via photos. How are you and your bridesmaids getting ready - do you want photos of you all getting ready? What about the groom? Do you want photos of the cake cutting or the first dance? Don’t jump the gun and only hire your photographer for a few hours just to save money, think about the whole day and the photos you really want.
Presentation – once the photos have been edited and are ready to go, how do you want them? If you want your photographer to produce a beautiful album for you to relive and tell your wedding day story then this would be an additional cost to just getting all your photos on a CD.
Engagement shoots – this is an optional extra but it is a great way to help get comfortable in front of the camera and around your photographer. It will help you feel more relaxed and calm in front of the camera when having photos taken on the big day itself. As well as a bit of fun you also get some lovely shots of you and your partner, perfect for going on wedding invites or your save the date cards. As we think this is an important aspect of wedding photography, we provide this free of charge for any full day of coverage.
What about a cheap Photographer?
What about the Photographer who can do it for £450? As with anything in this world, there is always something cheaper no matter what it is. However, usually you get what you pay for. Professional cameras and lenses cost thousands of pounds; just because someone has an SLR doesn’t mean it’s going to produce a beautiful image. Experience is also important; photographers need to know where to stand and when to stand there. If you miss that first gaze, that shot is lost forever. Picking a photographer who has done 50 weddings and has received good reviews is clearly a saver choice than someone who has only done a handful.