So I’ve been thinking about something a lot this week. That something is that if I had known what to expect for what things would have cost for my wedding, I would have done things A LOT differently. Seriously. Maybe, just maybe if I hadn’t been so SHOCKED the first time I heard a photographer’s rates, I wouldn’t have gone with the cheaper, more inclusive, lesser-quality option. If someone had told me what to expect beforehand, I could have been prepared, and able to make a more informed, REALISTIC decision. And so today, I have a little something for you- you can think of it as a little *taste* of a project that I have coming soon…
Last year, I did a survey among wedding vendors throughout the world (mostly US, but I did have some International vendors) about what their average brides commonly spend with them. I did this because with all of the info and surveys out there, no one ever touched on what each portion of a wedding cost. How are brides supposed to know what kind of costs to expect and base their budget off of if they don’t even have an accurate idea of what going rates are?! The pricing survey was simple and to-the-point, and while I didn’t get every single vendor in the world, I think the data that I received portrays weddings and vendor pricing accurately. The full-out project is still being completed, but I thought for the purpose of education I would share one of the pieces of data that I collected from the survey.
Photographers from around the world submitted the average amount that their brides spend with them, and the result is….
Now don’t freak out. Yes, there were of course lower numbers than this, as well as higher numbers than this, plus pricing can definitely vary by region- and so all those things considered, this is why $3520 is the AVERAGE of all of the data I collected. With the completed project, I will share the full range of the pricing, but for now, I just *had* to get this out there so you all KNEW what to expect! Understand that I’m not saying it’s expected that you spend $3500 on your wedding photography, but just know that it’s a REALISTIC average for wedding photography! Because quite frankly, I refuse to be anything BUT realistic with you all when it comes to planning your wedding! :)
What are your thoughts, or maybe your own experiences? If you’ve already booked your photographer, what are you paying? What kinds of pricing have you seen for wedding photography? This is all about being REALISTIC with each other, so please do share! (Just please be nice about it!) :)