How much did you pay for your wedding photographer?

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  1. Rangerwife profile image60
    Rangerwifeposted 14 years ago

    For those of you that are married, how much did you pay for your wedding photographer and what was included in the package.  Also, where was the wedding located?

    1. EngagementRing profile image63
      EngagementRingposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I looked on Craigslist and got an amazing photographer for $500. He gave me the photographs and I had to have them edited separately, but I also paid very little for that. There are tons of photographers that need work in this economy and you don't need to go with anything fancy. The real money was spent on my wedding venue which was the Four Seasons.

    2. MiSposo profile image61
      MiSposoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Being in the business myself, I had one of my assistants take the photos at my wedding, so it didn't cost me anything. The thing is that most people look for a wedding photographer almost exclusively by the price and this is potentially a recipe for disaster.
      Remember that the photographs are going to be the only thing left to you after the day will be gone and you want them to be nice. I wrote an extensive article on cheap wedding photographers and I hope this will help somewhat: … ographers/

      Please don't hesitate to ask, should you have some questions.


  2. Frugal Fanny profile image59
    Frugal Fannyposted 14 years ago

    I'm divorced now, but when I got married, my police-woman sister took our photos with the camera they use for crime scenes.  Fitting, as it turned out! lol

    1. h.a.borcich profile image61
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, my! She should've been my photographer, too! Be well smile

    2. Rayalternately profile image60
      Rayalternatelyposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  3. Bail Up ! profile image61
    Bail Up !posted 14 years ago

    For my daughters wedding we paid $2500. It was a beach wedding in Ft. Myers Beach. I wrote a hub on it if you care to look at some of the pics and packages. Many people took their cameras and took great pictures too.

  4. H.C Porter profile image80
    H.C Porterposted 14 years ago

    $0.00-  but that is only because I am a photographer and have lots of photographer friends that owed me favors smile
    I recieved a DVD with a slideshow of photographs and a jump drive with all pictures taken.
    Location- San Antonio Texas

  5. Stimp profile image60
    Stimpposted 14 years ago

    $150....which was $100 per hour and I hired her for 1.5 hours.  She gave us all the proofs and we could do with them as we pleased. Thankfully, I never had any of them made larger because we divorced.

  6. kezan98 profile image61
    kezan98posted 13 years ago

    £700 which we got knocked down from £1500, this included photos of the wedding and reception, photo's on cd, a calendar and a hard back photo album created in Italy.

  7. Vicki99 profile image69
    Vicki99posted 13 years ago

    Married on a shoestring budget. We gave guests disposable cameras for candid shots, some of which were awesome. My cousin took photos using her digital camera for free. We had beautiful pictures for nothing. Married in San Diego in a park setting.

  8. gracenotes profile image87
    gracenotesposted 13 years ago

    In 2000, in Texas, I paid $900 for my wedding photography.  But I opted to use the photographer's apprentice, who was working cheaper.  Most likely the owner of the company would have charged nearly $1800 - $2000, as I remember it.

    My pictures were fine.  How expensive you want to go is up to you.

    If I had been married in a fantastic church with lots of stained glass windows and beautiful picture spots in gardens, I would have gone with the best.  But, as it was, our church, though nice, did not have any fantastic photography potential.

  9. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 13 years ago

    I have heard you can save big dollars if you have a good mobile phone with a camera attached.

    1. Misha profile image63
      Mishaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You will laugh at me, but this is exactly what we did on my last wedding big_smile

  10. profile image54
    albanynydjposted 13 years ago

    Remember, your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience!  Professional photographers, like DJ's don't come all that inexpensively... but unfortunately you tend to get what you pay for!

    You don't want any mistakes with the pictures or the music!

    A good idea is still to have disposable digital cameras on the tables of the reception.  That way each table can take pictures and you'll have some great unexpected shots that the professional photographer may not have been able to get.

  11. fiona_33 profile image61
    fiona_33posted 13 years ago

    I paid $1200 and I was really pleased with the photographs. But if you know someone who will do it for free, then all the better. Weddings are getting so expensive so the more ways you can cut costs the better.

  12. kerryg profile image83
    kerrygposted 13 years ago

    My sister and brother both took photography classes and are pretty good, so I had them do the portraits and we also put disposable cameras on the tables for guests to use. We ended up with some really good candids that way, and also some "art shots"  taken by my husband's then-5 year old nephew. smile

    My sister also did the photo album.

  13. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 13 years ago

    Last year I paid $50 to be picked up in a convertable , driven to the wedding on the beach  & have the photos taken on our camera card !!

  14. Donna Janelle profile image69
    Donna Janelleposted 13 years ago

    I got married in Oklahoma, and we paid $650 for our photographer. He was running a special at the time, and the price included bridal, engagement, and wedding photos. He edited the pictures and gave us the CDs, so we did have to print them out ourselves, but I actually prefer it that way. smile

  15. Loveslove profile image61
    Lovesloveposted 13 years ago

    My daughter and her fiance booked their own Videographer and photographer for their wedding in sept 2009 ,I beleive the cost was £1200 ,that included a DVD from getting ready to the first dance at the reception ,so 10 hrs photography and filming ,the results are stunning !!
    The venue was our local Parish Church and a stately home in the country for the wedding breakfast.

  16. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    I got married the first time in a church, and I think the photographer was around $500. But that was over 30 years ago.

  17. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 10 years ago

    We paid $50 which included a ride for me in a convertable to the beach about 3 years ago!


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