Finding the right wedding photographer is about more than just looking for someone whose work you like, or who fits best into your budget. It’s a decision that will affect the only tangible memories you have of your wedding, so it’s important that you take the time to make it wisely. Wedding photography prices and packages can vary from one photographer, so you should make time to compare the offerings from various photographers in order to find what works best for you.

1. Making Preparations

Before you even start shopping for a wedding photographer, you need to decide your budget for this part of your wedding. On average, most photographers and other wedding professionals say that a good starting point for your photography budget is between 10% and 15% of your total wedding budget. This does not include any extra additions you’ll want for your pictures, like touch-ups, special filters or other types of digital manipulation. This is only a baseline recommendation; if your wedding photographs are extremely important to you, don’t be afraid to allocate a larger budget for your wedding photography. This is definitely an area of your wedding where you don’t want to skimp; photography is a field where you’re very likely to get exactly what you pay for and quality is definitely more expensive.


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