Are you planning to get married soon? Congratulations! Love unions are truly one of the most memorable times in anyone’s life, often accompanied by excitement and overwhelming feelings. After all, planning such a memorable affair is no small feat; there are hundreds of things going on, such as preparing lists, shopping, researching and booking vendors, as well as finding the perfect photographer. One of the main concerns couples have is the wedding photographer cost. As beginners, couples often have no idea about the average prices; therefore, it often comes up as a surprise.

To help you stay informed, we will explore the average wedding photographer cost in the UK and help you learn more about what impacts it. 

Average Cost of Hiring a Photographer

We often see couples questioning whether investing in a professional photographer is worth it. Well, it is a personal choice only you can make, but today, we can give you an insight into where your money is being spent, including a cost breakdown.

Typically, the wedding photographer average cost in the UK is around £1,200- £1,500. However, it can vary depending on many factors, such as your chosen package. Usually, an experienced UK wedding photographer costs more than someone who started out 1-2 years ago. Hiring a professional means you have to worry less because they know what they are doing. As experts, they are aware of when to get the perfect shot and how to capture the perfect moment.

Breaking Down the Wedding Photographer Cost 

Usually, the average time a photographer spends working on an event is between 30 and 40 hours. This includes consultation, travelling, setting up the equipment, actual photography, uploading and backing up, editing, and printing. Also, photography varies a lot by talent, experience, demand and skills. So, in reality, you are paying them for the time they are spending and the expertise they are putting in to give you the timeless memories of your life. 

What Impacts the Wedding Photographer Cost?

  • Location

You will be surprised to learn the location greatly impacts the photography cost.

For example- London and South West, on average, are the most expensive while Northern Ireland and North East are slightly towards the lower side.

  • Timeline

Photographers usually start their day by capturing the bridal getting ready shots in the morning, and work through the reception party. If you don’t have the required budget, you can check with a photographer and inquire about the half-day rate.

  • Date 

If you plan to get married on a weekday, you can probably get a better deal. Also, if you plan to host a celebration during the winter months, your photographer may be able to offer much better. Many professional photographers offer separate mid-week and winter packages at lower rates, as our own rates are very competitive though, we generally offer the same price regardless of when you’re getting married.

Our UK Wedding Photography Packages

If you are looking for a photographer and videographer for your upcoming big day, you are at the right place. At Big Day Productions, we feel photography doesn’t have to cost a fortune; therefore, we endeavour to offer the best prices possible. Our wedding photographer prices start from £390. Typically, all of our packages offered include the following:

  • Professionally edited photographs are on USB, in high as well as low resolution.
  • Full printing rights to the photos to share, copy, download and print.
  • Password-protected online gallery for you and your guest to view, download and purchase professional prints.
  • Travelling included, plus VAT inclusive.
  • There is no hidden cost.

Hourly Rates*

  • 2 Hours Photography. Cost £390.
  • 3 Hours Photography. Cost £470.
  • 4 Hours Photography. Cost £570.
  • 5 Hours Photography. Cost £670.
  • 6 Hours Photography. Cost £770.
  • 7 Hours Photography. Cost £870.
  • 8 Hours Photography. Cost £950.
  • 9 Hours Photography. Cost £1050.
  • 10 Hours Photography. Cost £1150.
  • Add an Extra Hour – + £100.
  • PRE-WEDDING SHOOT – £350.00

Packages Offered*

Short n Sweet Package– £570

  • 50 prints- 6 inch x 4 inch
  • Two prints- 15 inch x 10 inch
  • Includes 3-hour photography
  • Edited images on USB
  • High and low-resolution photographs with full printing rights and no watermarks.
  • Professional reel.
  • Access to an online gallery
  • + £100 to add an extra hour

The “Return of Retro” Package- £1570

Photography + Polaroids + Retro phone + Prints

  • 8 hours- marriage photography
  • Polaroid Package- 2 (All inclusive)
  • Retro phone hire (Audio guestbook)
  • All edited photos provided online + USB
  • Full printing right without any watermarks.
  • 50 prints- 6 inch x 4 inch
  • 2 prints- 15 inch x 10 inch
  • 1 Photographer
  • All travel included
  • VAT inclusive
  • + £100 to add an extra hour

The “True Love” Package- £1095

  • 8 Hour photography
  • High and low-resolution photographs with full printing rights and no watermarks
  • Edited images on rustic wooden USB
  • 100 prints- 6 inch x 4 inch
  • Two prints- 15 inch x 10 inch
  • Five prints- 12 inch x 8 inch
  • Professional image showreel
  • + £100 to add an extra hour

Intimate Package- £450

This package is ideal for small and intimate affairs. It includes the following:

  • Up to 2 hours of professional photography
  • 35 prints- 6 inch x 4 inch
  • Two prints- 15 inch x 10 inch
  • Image showreel.
  • Online gallery to view, share and download.
  • Edited images on rustic wooden USB.

*Package costs above are at the time of writing, prices may have changed, please refer to our website prices for our current pricing structure.

Budgeting Tips for Bridal Photography

To ensure you stay within the budget limits when hiring a photographer, consider:

  • Set realistic budget – Determine and plan for your budget to see how much you are willing to spend.
  • Compare packages – Carefully review packages offered by the photographers and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Make sure to read through the contract carefully to avoid any hidden costs.
  • Book early – Photographers get booked up months in advance, so securing your professional as soon as you finalise the date is always recommended.

All of the photography and videography packages we have listed can be customised to suit your requirements. We offer great value and high-quality photos that will live to honour the most special day of your life! 

Need more information regarding the wedding photographer cost? We would be more than happy to provide insight and take care of all your wedding requirements. What is more, we would be delighted to become a part of your story and capture it as it unfolds!