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Wedding Photography Prices In The UK 2021

Average Price
£650

What can I expect to pay for a Wedding Photographer?

Want to hire a wedding photographer but not sure of the cost? Read on to find out how much your expert will charge to capture the best moments from your perfect day, including seasonal price variations, location, package type and more.

Why should I hire a Wedding Photographer? 

As much as you'd like it to last forever, your wedding day will probably fly by. With all the months (or even years) of planning, excitement, and anticipation, you want to make sure that a trusted photographer will be on hand to capture the best bits from your big day, so you can relax and enjoy every minute. Find a Wedding Photographer near me.

How much does a Wedding Photographer cost? 

If you’re confused about how much a wedding photographer costs, you’re not alone. 

The price for the whole day can range anywhere from £200 - £3,000 - it really depends on what you want out of the service. Wedding photographers offer anything from taking a few pictures to an entire package that comes with retouched prints and a USB digital album. 

As a general rule, most people put around 10% of their overall wedding budget towards their photographer. To give you a rough idea, we’ve put together the average cost of wedding photography based on UK professionals: 

Average cost (in total)£650
Minimum cost (in total)£200
Maximum cost (in total)£3,000

What changes the cost of a Wedding Photographer? 

The cost of a wedding photographer can vary depending on different factors. These include: 

  • Region

  • Season

  • Type of package 

Region 

If you’re planning to tie the knot in London, be prepared for wedding photography costs (and all other costs!) to be higher than elsewhere in the UK. 

Region Average cost (in total)
London area£400 - £1,800
South, South West and Midlands£350 - £1,600
Outer region and North£350 - £1,500

Season 

Wedding season typically runs from May to October, with July and August being the most popular months. If you’re planning to get hitched during these warmer months, expect to pay more for a wedding photographer. 

Want to keep costs to a minimum? Why not opt for a warm and cosy winter wedding? It’ll be cheaper and you won’t need to worry about the photographer getting booked up quickly. If you hold your wedding in December, why not go for a festive theme? 

Type of package

Most wedding photographers accommodate for different budgets by offering package options with tiered pricing. 

  • Basic - At a minimum, a basic package should cover photos of the wedding ceremony including digital copies of your images.  

  • Mid-range - Mid-range packages include around 8 hours of coverage, from the ceremony to the speeches. 

  • Full package - Beyond this can include anything from pre-wedding consultations to engagement photoshoots and hiring more than one photographer on the day. 

Additional price factors 

  • Luxury wedding packages -  The secret is in the name - if you opt for a luxury photography package, expect to pay more. These can include anything from online photo galleries, mobile apps to store your digital photos, and professional wedding photography albums, costing anything up to £3,000 - £5,000 in total, especially if you hold your big day in the capital. 

  • Length of time - Typically, you want to hire your photographer for at least 8 hours,  to capture the most important moments of the day. However, if you want them there from the second your makeup starts getting done into the early hours of the morning, expect costs to be higher. 

  • The number of digital photographs and prints - The more photos, the higher the cost. Simple. 

How to save money on a Wedding Photographer 

Hiring a wedding photographer can be expensive, but don’t panic! There are a number of ways you can keep costs down while looking for a wedding photographer. 

  • Consider weekday weddings - Weekday weddings are considerably cheaper than weekend weddings, but if you choose to go for this option make sure your guests can book the time off work before committing to anything.  

  • Get married in March - With winter behind us and spring peeking through, March is normally bright and sunny, but it’s still classed as low-season, so you can get more for your buck and have (somewhat) warmer weather. 

  • Book early - Ever heard of the saying ‘The early bird catches the worm?’ Lots of photographers will offer discounts for early bookings. Photographers normally get booked up pretty far in advance too, so it's worth getting in there early.

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