Wedding photographers are a dime-a-dozen these days. But a high-quality photographer that’s worth what they charge can be hard to come by.
The reality is that there are numerous wedding vendors that tend to take advantage of the occasion with highly inflated prices. But with just a touch of your own research on wedding photography prices, you’ll find that happy medium.
Here’s what you can expect to pay for wedding photography in the UK, and what to consider when creating your budget.
Regional Averages For Wedding Photographers
Wedding photography in the UK is not cheap — but then again, it’s pretty much the same across the globe. In the grand scheme of things, it’s all relative to your own budget and location. Wedding photography is also far more time-consuming and labour intensive than most people realize.
In terms of general averages, the North East of the United Kingdom tends to offer the least expensive wedding photographer packages across the country. The further south you go, towards London, the more these prices increase.
This is due to a larger sample size of wedding photographers in the London area and surrounds. Competition is rife, so naturally, prices will increase. The average cost of wedding photographers in London comes in at £1679.
In the South West of the United Kingdom, prices are quite similar, at an average of £1675. The further you are located from a bustling city centre, the lower the prices drop. For example, average costs in the North East and North West of the UK range from £1268 – £1318. The East and West Midlands range from £1450 – £1495.
However, it’s important to remember that these are merely average costs. Some wedding photographers may charge more or less, depending on a range of factors.
Wedding Photography Prices: What Should You Really Pay?
When it comes to planning your photography budget it really does depend on what suits you best.
But it can be difficult with so many options out there and the pressure of finding a photographer in a specific time-frame.
Ultimately, it’s about finding a good balance between your budget and what you’re looking for in a photographer. Focus on value-for-money and experience. Your wedding photographs are one of the only physical reminders you’ll have of this special day!
Bear in mind that wedding photography base rates are only one part of the story. There are a few factors that will affect the overall cost, such as:
- How long you require your photographer to work on the day i.e. number of hours
- Advertising and marketing costs
- Their experience, brand status, and popularity
- Their availability
- The date/ season of your wedding
Don’t be fooled by the 10 percent myth when establishing your budget. It’s not necessarily bad advice to set aside 10% of your wedding budget for photography. But it’s a general assumption that you should spend that.
In reality, you may want to budget more than 10 percent for your wedding photography or less. You may find other areas in your budget that you can cut back on, in order to assign more to your photographer. The choice is personal and should be based on your own values.
Additional Costs That Affect Your Budget
Aside from the above-mentioned factors, these are also important considerations to keep in mind:
1. A Second Shooter
Some couples choose to have a second photographer on their wedding day to capture extra special moments that your main photographer could overlook. This is not to say that having one photographer is not enough — but some couples may not want to take the chance.
Depending on the size, location, and duration of your wedding, the cost of an additional shooter comes in at £150-£300 per wedding.
2. Photographer Travel and Parking
Your wedding photographer and their equipment have to get to your wedding in good time, so they will have to plan and budget for their travels and parking. These costs vary depending on location and distance travelled.
Remember that these costs will be worked into the overall estimate they give you.
3. Wedding Products
If you choose to have a personal wedding album curated, printed, and bound, this comes at an additional cost. The same goes for wedding prints and other special gifts. Remember to account for three to five percent of your photography budget on these wedding products.
4. High-Quality Equipment
There’s probably nothing more devastating than receiving your wedding photos, only to find that they’re grainy and out-of-focus. This is generally because a wedding photographer has not invested in high-quality equipment or does not have the experience.
As a general rule-of-thumb, the cost you pay for a good quality wedding photographer is inclusive of the equipment they use. The initial investment in high-quality camera equipment costs nothing less than £15,000. This equipment also requires updating every few years. Essentially, this part of what you’re paying for.
How To Get the Best Quality For Money
When its time to choose your photographer, here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get the best value-for-money on your wedding day:
- Do some research and determine the shooting and editing style you like
- Research photographer portfolios based on your preferences
- Meet-up with your photographer of choice or have a video call about your wedding day plans
- Get to know your photographer a little to ensure your personalities match up
- Double-check they are equipped accordingly — ask about the equipment they use
- Enquire about photography packages and prices — determine how flexible they are in terms of availability and hours
Remember that popular wedding photographers are booked out quickly. This means you should do your photographer research as early as possible, and then make your booking.
Your photographer should be one of the first things you tick off your wedding to-do list, after venue and caterer selection.
Wedding photography is a major investment. It holds precious memories that you can look back on for generations to come. So take the time to research accordingly and plan your budget well — but don’t leave it to the last minute either! The rest should all fall into place.
Looking For a Newcastle Wedding Photographer?
Leighton Bainbridge Photography offers years of experience in photographing couples from all walks of life. I specialize in capturing the most precious moments of your big day while chasing only the most romantic light to bring it all together.
If you’re looking for more on wedding photography prices and packages in the Newcastle region, learn more here.