Now that you are engaged and you’re thinking about wedding planning, you are wondering how much should you spend on a wedding photographer. Of course, you are! When my wife, Haley, and I got engaged in 2015, photography was obviously at the forefront of my mind. (I’m a photographer, so this was especially crucial to me.)
That said, I am not the heir to Bill Gates’ fortune, nor have I won any lottery tickets (yet).
It depends on a lot of things, but let’s quickly go through a few things first:
But if you value photography, I highly recommend that you invest a solid portion of your wedding budget to it.
After all, spending $5,000-10,000 or even $20,000+ on a wedding venue and then only $1,500 on a wedding photographer doesn’t really make a lot of sense, if you do. Especially when your $10,000 wedding venue also then has to add another $10,000+ for catering.
$10,000 just for food! For us, that’s a big no. (Maybe that’s a big yes for you, and that’s totally okay).
All of a sudden, spending $5,000 on photography doesn’t seem like very much. Especially when you consider that photography is one of the very few things that will last an entire lifetime and beyond, and catering will last you for quite literally the amount of time that you eat (and experience) it.
But that’s just me. And that’s why I mentioned earlier that we don’t really value food. We care more about documenting our most important lifes memories in the best way possible – with an immensely talented wedding photographer.
Personally, I will tell you how much we spent on our wedding photographer as a percentage of our wedding budget. By no way am I telling you how much should you spend on a wedding photographer. This is only an example to help you get brainstorming.
Haley and I spent 25% of our entire wedding budget on our wedding photographer. 20% was our videographer. 20% was to our wedding venue. 15% was for food. 5% was my suit. 10% was her dress. The rest is all the little details.
25% – Photography (Our super-important, most-valued decision)
20% – Venue (our venue wasn’t very expensive)
20% – Videography (so glad we did this)
15% – Food & drink (we didn’t really care about high-end food)
10% – Haley’s dress (stunning)
5% – My suit (Nordstrom)
5% – The rest
Photo of Haley’s stunning bridesmaids just because:
I know there is no simple answer, but it might help you to see what we did. As always, let me know if you have any questions about anything at all. We are here to help with anything we can. I want to be your photographer local, global, you name it. Let’s chat!!
And if you want to learn more about Haley and I, please do! Check out these blog posts here: