Navigating Wedding Photography Costs in Vermont

If you're reading this blog, you must be at the beginning of your wedding planning journey--congrats on your engagement!

As you embark on the exciting journey of planning your Vermont wedding, one crucial aspect to consider is choosing the right wedding photographer that aligns with your vision for your day. We (as wedding photographers) understand that you may have a lot of questions about wedding photography costs, what's included in wedding photography packages and so much more. We are here to guide you through the process to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and creative vision for your special day!

How much does a wedding photographer cost in Vermont?

The cost of a wedding photographer in Vermont can vary widely based on factors like experience, reputation, and the services offered. On average, couples in Vermont can expect to invest anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 for a professional wedding photographer: a person who's business is legally registered with the state, who has business insurance, professional grade gear, years of experience in photography, and has extensive knowledge of the industry to help support you through this process. Luxury wedding photography--where clients are provided with a white glove experience, exceptional quality, and attention to detail--can range widely, starting around $7500 and up to $15,000 or more.

What is the average amount to spend on a wedding photographer?

While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, it's generally recommended to allocate around 10-15% of your overall wedding budget to photography. This ensures you prioritize capturing the beautiful moments that will last a lifetime. The amount you invest in your wedding photography should reflect the value you place on the photography as a whole. In thinking about your wedding budget, you should allocate the greatest amount of money to the things you value most about the day (photography, catering, venue, etc.)

Is a good photographer worth it for a wedding?

Absolutely! Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and investing in a skilled and experienced photographer ensures that your precious moments are captured with creativity and professionalism. Quality photography is an investment that will provide lasting memories. While it might be tempting to save money by hiring a less expensive photographer, the cost of the services will be reflected in the final result.

Why does wedding photography cost so much?

The cost of wedding photography encompasses various factors, including equipment, editing time, skill, experience, software, and the photographer's artistic vision. Additionally, photographers spend time planning and coordinating to ensure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. The average photographer dedicates 80 hours of their time to each wedding they book. They also spend much of their "personal time" (weekends, evenings) dedicated to their clients for meetings, working weddings, hosting engagement sessions, and much more.

Do you really need 2 photographers at a wedding?

While it's not a necessity, having two photographers can offer unique perspectives and ensure that every moment is captured. It's particularly beneficial for larger weddings or if you desire comprehensive coverage from multiple angles. A great example for needing two photographers: wanting to capture the entirety of cocktail hour (traditionally right after the ceremony) while also wanting a good amount of time dedicated to "just married" bridal portraits.

Is it OK to negotiate with a wedding photographer?

Yes, it's acceptable to discuss your budget with a photographer, but keep in mind that professional photographers price their services based on their expertise and the value they provide. Be open to finding a package that suits both your budget and their skills, and make sure to let your photographer know your budget up front to see if you are a good fit for them. A good way to negotiate with a wedding photographer is if your wedding is: midweek, in the "off" season, or is "short notice" (< 3 months away) and the photographer has that date open.

How long before a wedding should you get a photographer?

It's advisable to book your wedding photographer at least 9-12 months in advance, especially if your wedding date falls during peak wedding season. This ensures you secure the services of your preferred photographer. Many couples are having longer engagements so they can dedicate more time to planning (and to actually enjoy their engagement). In this case, you should finalize these 4 things at the start of your planning: date, approximate guest count, venue, and your photographer!

Do you tip a photographer at a wedding?

While tipping is not mandatory, it is a thoughtful gesture to express your gratitude for a job well done. If you choose to tip, 10-15% of the total fee is a common guideline. Remember: tipping is never expected, but always appreciated.

How many photos should I get from my wedding photographer?

The number of photos you receive depends on your photographer's package and the duration of coverage. On average, couples can expect to receive 50-100 edited photos per hour of photography.

How much does the average wedding cost in Vermont?

As of the latest available data, the average cost of a wedding in Vermont is around $30,000. This includes various expenses such as venue, catering, music, attire, and of course, photography.

Planning your Vermont Wedding

Choosing the right wedding photographer is a significant decision within your wedding planning, and understanding the costs involved can help you make informed choices. Remember to prioritize quality and choose a photographer whose style resonates with you. Happy planning!