Did you know that the average Melbourne couple will spend 7-9% of their total wedding budget on wedding photography? This puts it at a modest estimate of around $3800. If this price sounds steep, keep in mind that hiring the best wedding photographer for your special day is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your wedding planning journey. Your photos will be looked at for years to come, and most likely framed in your home – so you want to make sure you’ve chosen a wedding photographer who has mastered the art of capturing every special moment and can guide you through such a challenging day.
Nevertheless, there are ways that you can come in well under that cost while still getting your dream wedding photographer. Here’s just 5 things to consider when it comes to budgeting for your wedding photography:
1. How many hours will you need a wedding photographer?
The typical wedding photography package will cover 8 hours of your day, and this is usually at a fixed rate. If you also require coverage as you get ready or up until the first dance, you may be expected to pay more per hour. Alternatively, if you’re having an intimate, low-key wedding, half day wedding photography at 4 hours should cover your event and will also be cheaper.
2. Will you need a second wedding photographer?
No, if you hire a professional wedding photographer with ample experience then a second photographer is not required. At ATEIA, our experienced wedding photographer will always visit the Groom’s house first followed by the Bride’s house, and then onto the ceremony – For this reason alone, logistically a second photographer is not required.
3. Are you getting married somewhere remote, such as on the Mornington Peninsula?
If you have your heart set on a Melbourne wedding photographer but you’re getting married beyond 25km of Melbourne CBD, there may be a travel surcharge per kilometre.
4. Do you want prints or high resolution images? And how do you want to receive them?
Most wedding photographers include a limited number of photos without any editing – Make sure you understand if the final images are edited, are copyright protected or have the companies business logo on them, this will also impact the price you pay for the service.
5. What about all the other little bits and pieces?
Always check if the coverage included in the package will be sufficient for your wedding. For example, different cultures will require different coverages such as European weddings which require 11-12 hours of coverage compared to Australian weddings which might only require 8 hours. Also be mindful if there are travel fees as well, depending on the venues location.
Flexible and transparent wedding photography at an affordable price
At ATEIA Photography, we believe transparency is important, which is why we’re upfront about our wedding photography prices. This means there’s no hidden charges or costs. We offer two inclusive packages for you, with the flexibility to choose additional services.
We have had the privilege and pleasure of being asked to capture over 400 weddings this year alone. Melbourne couples trust us to be a part of their special day due to our excellent customer service and professionalism, teamed with our keen eye for all the little details. Please view our photo gallery to see some of our finest examples.
If you would like us to capture your big day, please contact ATEIA Photography now to meet the team and discuss your wedding photography packages.