The ultimate guide to the cost of wedding photography.

How much do wedding photographers cost? The ultimate guide to the cost of wedding photography in the UK and what you can expect to pay. Highlights include the average price of wedding photography in England, packages and albums.

Wedding planning can be stressful and when the day comes you will want a wedding photographer who can capture all of your special memories. The problem is you don’t know where to start when trying to find the perfect wedding photographer and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options, styles, packages and prices.

I believe you deserve wedding photography that captures you at your best and the moments that matter so that you have meaningful pictures and a wedding you love.

When planning a wedding and looking at your budget, one of the biggest questions you will want to know is “What is the average price of hiring a professional wedding photographer and how much should I pay?”

Below is an open and honest guide to the average cost of wedding photography in the UK in 2020 and 2021 and what you can expect to pay for a wedding photographer and wedding albums in England.


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The cost of wedding photography is subjective and in many ways, it comes down to priority and preserved value. Weddings are a luxury. Wedding Photography is a luxury! but so are all of the material things that contribute to the modern-day ‘dream wedding.’

As nice as the material things are, once the flowers have died, the dress has been worn and long after the honeymoon tan has faded, the only thing you have left from your wedding day are your rings and your wedding photos.

Hiring a wedding photographer that you trust and style you like should be exciting and one of the most important parts of planning your wedding. Family and friends have invested their time to watch you tie the knot and you will want to relive the excitement of your wedding day through your photos for years to come…


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How do you find the best wedding photographer for your special day and budget? There is no simple answer, the cost of wedding photography in the UK varies and it comes down to how much you are willing to pay and what style of photography you are attracted to. However, this guide will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

With basic research and some advertising on social media, you could find a student, armature or keen enthusiast who would be willing to photograph your wedding for experience, expenses or just a few hundred pounds to build up their portfolio.

On the other end of the scale, you will find the cost of wedding photography from specialists, in-demand and celebrity wedding photographers increasing, with high-end photographers charging up to 10K for a wedding. If you want additional products like an album, an engagement shoot and extra photographers, you could expect the cost to be even higher.


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When planning a wedding the budget will always play an important factor. How much you should or will want to pay when hiring a wedding photographer is subjective and priority and perceived value is key.

It’s only human to want to cut corners here and there just as it is to indulge in luxuries. The emotional value you place on your wedding photography is key. Whether it’s a limited budget or an extravagant wedding, the priority is the same. It’s down to perceived value, importance and desire.


The general rule of thumb, wedding photographer price is between 10-20% of your overall wedding budget but this depends on how much you value having the absolute best wedding photos from your special day.

I have seen couples spend a lot of money on a designer wedding dress and then book a budget-wedding photographer only to be left disappointed, with the only option of posting on social media overexposed, unflattering images that don’t even show any of the details of what should be a beautiful dress.


“Remember, a budget photographer can make a couture dress look average. A professional photographer can make a budget gown look amazing!”


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Hiring the right wedding photographer and the cost of wedding photography can be confusing and challenging. There are lots of specialist wedding blog sites such as GoHen and magazines providing endless lists of ‘must-haves’ and wedding photographers themselves using technical jargon.

There is also a variety of names used to describe a wedding photographers style, these range from documentary wedding photography, reportage, natural, creative, fashion, alternative and glamorous to name a few.

The challenge is, finding a photographer whose style you love, someone you trust and you would want/feel comfortable with attending your wedding. A photographer who can document your wedding in a way that suits you and can present you with a collection of images that represent your vision and the day you had… all within your budget.


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When researching the cost of wedding photography you can expect wedding photographer prices to change subject to your location. When googling wedding photographers near me, you will likely be shown a list of local wedding photographers in your area or sponsored and paid for adverting form wedding photographers targeting that location.

According to recent surveys, the average cost of wedding photography in the UK varies depending on the region with the north-east being one of the cheapest and the south-east the most expensive.

There are many factors that can affect the cost of wedding photography, namely skillset, desirability and location being the top 3. You can also take into consideration different packages provided, these include the most basic (and the cheapest) wedding photography packages. Mid-range photography packages and bespoke services.

The Cost Of Wedding Photography In London.

A wedding photographer in London will likely be the most expensive “average priced wedding photographers” in the UK. However, there are more professional wedding photographers in London, meaning more choice, more competition, and more variation in price, service and packages.

The average price of weddings in London will come to around £32,000 (2019), and the average spend on wedding photographers in London is between 10%  and 12% of the budget. Therefore you can expect the average wedding photographer in London to cost anywhere from £2,400 to £3,200 for a full day of wedding photography coverage.

Wedding Photographer Prices In Liverpool and Manchester.

Like with most things, you can expect to find wedding photographer prices in Liverpool and Manchester to be slightly cheaper than in London. However, as Liverpool and Manchester are major cities in the North of England, prices and experience will differ depending on service, products and quality of work.

You can expect to pay around £950 for a basic wedding photographer in Liverpool and Manchester whereas the cost of professional wedding photography would start from £1,495.


£700 – £1000

Is the minimum you should expect to pay for a wedding photographer in the UK and you should only expect to get digital copies and limited coverage at the price. The cost of wedding photography at this price point or below would usually indicate that the photographer is relatively new to the industry, has limited experience, or they might be providing wedding photography at weekends around a full-time job to supplement their income.

At this entry price point, you would need to check if they have the equipment needed to do the job together with back-up equipment, transportation, insurance, portfolio/evidence of work and how the final images will be presented. If the photographer is a high volume low-cost wedding photographer you should check how many images you can expect receive, if the images will be edited and how long you can expect to wait for the final photographs after the wedding.

£1,500 – £2500

This is seen as the average cost of wedding photography in the UK in 2020/21. You can expect dedicated and knowledgable wedding photographers at this price point that will have proven experience and a portfolio of work that showcases different venues, seasons and demonstrates practical knowledge of challenging situations.

At this price point, you will find wedding photographers who offer a dedicated service and have evidence of style or look to their work. They should know how to cope under pressure and in any situation such as a sudden downpouring of rain during a summer wedding.


The cost of wedding photography at this price point you would expect to find professional full time wedding photographers, time served, high end, fine art and specialists such as documentary wedding photographers.

The photographers will be full-time wedding photographers with a body of work that supports their portfolio. You can expect all of the above plus a bespoke wedding album options. The wedding photographer will have a professional website and will have a more refined style and a greater portfolio of work; often shooting luxury and destination weddings.


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This will be somewhat of a controversial answer, especially in the wedding photography community. However, honesty and integrity should be transparent. My belief is if a ‘professional wedding photographer’ is offering a TWO wedding photographers package for let’s say £1000 you are not getting two £1000 photographers. You are either getting two £500 photographers or ONE £1000 photographer and an assistant (wife or girlfriend).

If they are both professional photographers you can ask for a break down of each photographers cost. Ideally, one of them should be the main photographer (this is who you are booking and whose style you can expect), the other photographer is commonly known as a 2nd shooter. You can then decide if the cost of the second photographer and the service provided is needed.

Further reading:

How many wedding photographers do I need? Do I need a second wedding photographer? 


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In regards to the true cost of wedding photography, the short answer is you are paying for time, quality and experience. Weddings aren’t cheap, and a quality photographer is one area you don’t want to skimp on, after all, once the dress has been worn and the honeymoon tan fades away, the only thing you have left from your wedding day is your memories and your wedding photographs.


1. Experience, you would expect a seasoned pro with XXX years experience to be more knowledgeable, confident and professional than someone just starting. This will be reflected in the price and service.

2. A recognisable style: A professional wedding photographer like myself will have developed a recognisable style. This not only provides consistency but added security in the style of wedding photography you see on the website is the type of photography you will receive.

3. Demand! successful wedding photographers can be booked quite far in advance. As one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the North West of England, here at Wes Simpson Weddings I regularly get booked 18 months in advance, sometimes longer depending on the destination and exclusivity of the wedding.

4. A professional wedding photographer would be regularly investing in education and researching the latest trends and products which they can offer you.

5. Turn around time. A professional wedding photographer should be able to get your photos back to you within a guaranteed time frame. At Wes Simpson Weddings we provide a honeymoon preview and an online gallery so the images can be viewed, shared and printed with ease.


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The cost of wedding photography and running a successful business in the UK isn’t cheap. It’s not about just turning up on the day for a few hours. Wedding photographer prices reflect the quality of work, service, style and experience.

The best wedding photographers will be using the latest and most expensive equipment and back up equipment. They will have reliable transport together with a variety of standard equipment needed to run the photography business, all of which contribute to the overall cost of wedding photography, these include things such as:

* A fast and reliable computer.

* A website.

* A phone and access to emails etc.

* Back up hard drives, lots of extra storage.

* The cost of marketing materials, advertising campaigns and investment in new samples and products.


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1. Find a wedding photography style you love.

2. Make sure your chosen wedding photographer is consistent in their style and approach to photographing weddings. Look at their website, portfolio and sample albums.

3. Get to know your photographer. Have a meeting or a video call. At Wes Simpson Weddings I have either an in-person meeting or FaceTime with all my clients. This provides an opportunity to ask any question or address any concerns you might have when hiring a wedding photographer.

Plus, my beautiful storybook wedding albums really do need to be seen to be appreciated!


When I photograph your wedding I do so wholeheartedly. I photograph everything – the details, hugs, smiles and tears. I will show you things that happened that you never knew about.

Take a look at my portfolio for examples of work, the blog for the latest weddings and my approach page to photographing your wedding. Contact me today with any questions, to schedule an appointment or to book me to be your wedding photographer.

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