How much does a wedding photographer cost?

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How much does a wedding photographer cost?

Knowing ‘how much does a wedding photographer cost’ is very valuable information when it comes to planning you big day. Of course, it’s no surprise that the price range for hiring a wedding photographer is huge! To make this question easier to answer, we’re going to discuss how much should a wedding photographer cost in the UK.

Old Rectory Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk
Judith + Martin

How much is the average wedding photographer in the UK?

The average cost of a wedding photographer in the UK varies massively based on numerous factors: where you’re getting married (London, for example, can be up to 3 times the price of Suffolk), the experience of the wedding photographer you’re looking to hire and the length of time that you’d like your wedding photographer to work for on the day.

‘Your Perfect Wedding Photographer’ (you can find me featured here), is a site that often completes numerous surveys a year to help couples when it comes to planning their wedding. At the end of 2019, they found the average price of a wedding photographer in the UK is £1,590. It’s important to bear in mind, however, that this is only the average cost; I know copious wedding photographers who charge double (or even triple!) this amount. Similarly, those starting out their careers as wedding photographers, or those in lower demand regions, may charge less than the average spend.

Old Rectory Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk

Why is wedding photography so expensive?

This is a question that I’ve seen in forum after forum for years! A wedding photographer – like myself, isn’t just there to take photographs of your wedding. Very often, we’ll also spend numerous days editing all the content of your big day to make it look even more special than it did in real life.

For me, on average, it takes 8 intense days to edit an entire wedding day (along with several hundred mugs of tea!)

You’re hiring a wedding photographer to attend your big day, photograph its entirety and edit all of the photographs from the day. The reason wedding photography may seem so expensive is because you’re – effectively – hiring someone (or multiple someones!) to work for you for around 2 weeks.

Anna & Phil (Orton Hall, Peterborough)

How much do I charge as a wedding photographer?

As a Suffolk wedding photographer – who travels around the UK to photograph weddings, I try to keep my prices simple. A Full-Day wedding package costs from £600 (+ small travel fee depending on location).

I always carry the motto of ‘selling myself as I would like to be sold to’.

What does this mean?

This means I’m not the kind of wedding photographer who has multiple confusing packages, hourly rates and a plethora of ‘add-ons’.

I keep things simple.

Hiring me as your wedding photographer gives you full-day coverage. This means you have unlimited coverage from wedding preparations all the way through to the first dance and party! It’s really important to me that I offer all my couples unlimited wedding coverage, as the last thing I would ever want would be for something on a wedding day to overrun and then have my couple worrying that they may miss our on something being photographed later in the day (or having to pay a penalty fee for this overrun!)

As I said, I keep things simple.

Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk
Old Rectory Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk

What's included in a wedding photographers cost?

This is something you need to make sure you gain full clarity on from your potential wedding photographer before you book them.

My Full-Day wedding photography package includes the following:

– Fully insured, experienced wedding photographer based in Suffolk (me!), but always eager to travel the UK

– Full-Day Coverage: unlimited coverage from wedding preparations all the way through to the first dance and party

– Wooden USB drive with all (fully edited) photographs included

– A private online gallery with all (fully edited) photographs included. This gallery allows you to share final photographs easily with your friends and family

10 sneak peak photographs just 48 hours after your wedding day to allow you to begin sharing your newlywed excitement with friends and family

– Option to purchase photography extras

Complimentary pre-wedding shoot (optional)


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