The real cost of wedding photography in CT
I thought I’d share some realistic expectations for wedding photography based on my own personal experience. Though most of the information from the articles published on wedding blogs and websites are helpful for planing, I found that many brides recently inquiring about wedding photography in Connecticut suffer from sticker shock. I get it. Connecticut and New York are the two most expensive states to get married in. Acording to The Knot and Wedding Wire a couple should plan on spending 10-15% of their wedding budget on photography (and that doesn’t include video). I know that experienced and sought after wedding photographers in CT and NYC charge an average of 3200-5000. Yes, that is more than the rest of the country. But this is what it costs realistically to book a wedding photographer in 2016. I find this website statistic is much more realistic. Check it out for more budget planning tips. The average budget of a Ct wedding, acording to so many wedding planners I work with is about 35-40 thousand. This depends a lot on your guest list. If you can stay under 120 guests the price will go down. No matter what you decide, know that you will be paying for:
-Experince & Training
-Talent and Demand
-Hours of Coverage
A professional wedding photographer will spend an average of 45-60 hours in post-production. This includes culling and editing photographs, as well as uploading them a gallery, etc. So keep that in mind when hiring no matter where you live, and no matter what level of photographer you choose.
Are the expectations set too high for brides, who surf through Pinterest? Are they unrealistic? Yes and no. These weddings were either featured in wedding magazines, or are Styled shoots. So yes, it is unrealistic for a bride, who has a budget of 20,000 to be looking at weddings that realistically cost 100,000 or more.
With that in mind, I say that brides shouldn’t be shocked to be spending anywhere from 3-6 thousand dollars for a professional wedding photographer if getting married in New York or Connecticut. My best advice is always to stay in a place where you are comfortable. A wedding planner can help you from the beginning to set realistic goals based on your budget and what your vision is. I highly suggest using a planner, it is well worth your money.
If wedding photography is important to you, plan on setting your budget around the three main components: wedding site & ceremony, catering, and wedding photography. And allow for your budget to have wiggle room with the other stuff.
PS-you may also want to read this blog post from a few years ago about finding a wedding photographer.