What is the average price for a wedding photographer in Dublin and Ireland?

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What is the typical or average cost for a wedding photographer in Dublin and Ireland?

How do I avoid losing half of my wedding day getting my wedding photographs taken?
The big wedding day questions answered!

 

 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS:

  • Here are the most of the common questions that I get asked by my Brides and Grooms?
  • How much will a wedding photographer cost and why?
  • What is the average price for a wedding photographer Dublin and Ireland?
  • How can I save money on my wedding day?
  • How do I avoid losing half of my wedding day getting my wedding photographs taken?

 

THESE QUESTIONS ARE ALL CONNECTED AND I WILL EXPLAIN HOW BELOW…

 

I hope that by answering these questions for you that I will help you to plan a stress-free wedding budget.

 

 

I’M IN YOUR SHOES!

 

I will be the Groom on June 1st 2019 and we are in full swing planning our own wedding. This is why I think I can answer that question as I’m on both sides – I am the Groom and the wedding photographer with hundreds of weddings in my portfolio.

 

 

 

WEDDING BUDGET:

The wedding budget is very important and it is the list that you will agonise and stress over as the planning starts and the costs slowly begin to mount.

The budget will have a HUGE impact on your wedding day and what you choose to spend your hard-earned money on needs careful consideration. What decisions will have the biggest impact on your memories, how you spend your day, how long you will need to spend looking at the camera, how much time you will have to enjoy the day with family and friends?

A lot of people keep asking the same question on Wedding Facebook Group: What is the average cost for a wedding photographer?

I want to answer this important question in the best possible way :)

 

The Quick Answer: The average price in 2018 for a wedding photographer in Ireland according to One Fab Day is between €2,000 and €4,000.

 

 

 

While this rate might be okay for some, perhaps it will not be for others. Yes, it’s a lot of money! Is it worth spending so much???

 

In the last few months alone, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people who want me to reshoot their wedding photos, as they are not happy with their wedding photographer’s photos. (Not my work, but because they had hired inexperienced wedding photographer or family member…)

 

 

COSTLY SAVINGS:

A lot of people regret saving the €200-€500 that they made by booking the more affordable option. They needed the cost of the photographer to fit the price that they had in mind in their wedding budget. It can be such a costly saving!

I have to remind wedding couples that you cannot recreate the emotions, moments and atmosphere that you have on the most important day of your life! It is impossible to re-shoot so I strongly recommend that you make sure that you are very excited by your wedding photographers’ portfolio before you make the booking.

 

  • First things first
    How important are your wedding day photographs to you?

 

  • The second question
    Would you risk hiring someone whose portfolio of photos are ok but not great, but the price is far less – €400, €500, €900 less?

 

  • The last and most important question
    How much would you pay for your amazing memories to be captured professionally on your wedding day?

 

Couples don’t realise how much of an impact the wedding photographer and videographer will have on their wedding day.

 

I will try to explain all of this now.

 

But you can also click through to this post as it goes through this entire topic in loads of detail:
How to choose the right wedding photographer?

 

The average price for a photographer in Ireland and Dublin is between €400 and €4000. I know these figures as they are based on figures I got when I was looking for my own wedding photographer. These figures are based on my own experience as a Groom trying to find the right wedding photographer.

 

€400-€4000???
I guarantee you that you will find a photographer ranging from both ends of that scale.
So, what is the difference between the photographer you can book for €400 and the photographer you can book for €4000???

 

Firstly, would you like an average photographer to work on your wedding day or the best photographer with years of experience? (Of course, you want the best photographer for the cheapest price, but that is not realistic!)

 

That’s the difference – There is no way that you will book a good photographer with experience at approx. €1000.

 

 

THE WOW FACTOR

 

 

Average price wedding photographer Ireland

 

 

I know that a good photographer can have very different meanings as each and every person has a different opinion. I recommend that you find the photographer that makes you excited when you go through their portfolio and makes you think WOW – What a great photograph for that couple!!!

 

When I was looking for a wedding photographer for my own wedding I got a lot of quotes ranging from €1000 to €1500 euros. But, I didn’t see anyone with a lot of experience and with breathtaking photos.

 

You must find the wedding photographer who has a portfolio that excites you and then look at the costs of hiring him or her. This is why asking for an average price is not a good idea as an average price is anywhere between €400-€4000.

 

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:

I have seen that the €2000- €3000 prices are from experienced and exciting photographers
in Ireland. When you are spending that money, you are going to be in good hands – believe me!

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?!

EXPERIENCE !!!
Having an experienced and talented wedding photographer on your wedding day ensures that you have a stress-free day and you are safe in the knowledge that your WOW moments are being captured.

A stress-free bride and groom are so important to me. I have gone through the secrets to a stress-free wedding in another post that you can read through by clicking here:

 

Planning stress free wedding

Experience is very important. Wedding photographers with experience can help you to plan your wedding day and they know how to work on the wedding day to ensure that they have a lot of good photos. They have to be able to achieve this very fast and in an efficient way. In doing so you will still have a lot of time with your family and friends.

 

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING DRAGGED OUT OF YOUR DRINKS RECEPTION FOR HOURS TO TAKE PHOTOS?

 

Photographers without experience will waste time using poor locations that have little potential to capture good photos. They lose time and daylight trying to get photos for ages. All the while, your day is sipping by and you miss out on time with your friends and family who are waiting for you at your wedding reception.

 

You can miss out on enjoying your wedding day – for €400 euros in savings? Hmmmmm…

 

It happens very often. Last week I shot a wedding and the Bride’s sister told me that she had absolutely no time with her guests as the photographer took ages taking their photographs and she felt her whole day was spent posing for him. She was very disappointed.

 

RISKY BUSINESS

That’s the risk – Booking someone who will be learning about wedding photography on your wedding day is not a position you want to be in. You need someone who has experience in being fast and efficient.

 

IS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER INSURED?

If you are getting married in Fota Ireland, Altamont Gardens or The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin and many other places for example; they require that your wedding photographer has an insurance policy up to 6.5 million euros.

A cheap wedding photographer will not have any insurance and he can be banned from your venue. That is a problem and stress that you don’t want the week or days before your wedding.

 

A sample of my own Photography Permit –  Fota Gardens  

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER INSURANCE FOTA

 

 

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS SAFE AND SECURE

A good professional wedding photographer will have your wedding day photographs backed up in a few places to make sure that they are kept safe and secure. They will also ensure that they are saved online just in case of a fire in an office etc.

Online backup is very expensive and most average photographers will have no online copy  – as it’s just too expensive, but a professional wedding photographer will invest in this security.

You are risking losing your photos if something goes wrong when you book a cheap wedding photographer.

 

IMAGE STORAGE

A professional wedding photographer will use a camera that makes an instant copy straight into the camera. Again, if something goes wrong your photos are on two copies on two separate cards in the camera, so there is not fear in losing your precious images.

 

WEDDING PHOTOS

How do you want your photographs to look – Very posed and staged?
Make sure to look through your wedding photographer’s portfolio. This will give you a good example of their style of photography. Make sure you look through one couples day and not a montage of the photographer’s best photographs from a hundred different weddings. You can tell then, that the photographer will get something similar on your day.

When I was looking for our wedding photographer I was looking at the photographer’s website – It was WOW but then when I saw a full wedding album it was very very average… The photographer got lucky with ONE WOW MOMENT. You want more than that!

 

How much You will pay for amazing memories???

 

Average cost wedding photographer Ireland

 

Wedding photographer prices Ireland

It is the BIG question and I have explained this topic in more detail on my pricing page and in this post:

 

How to choose the right wedding photographer?

 

Remember one very important point. Your photographer will spend your wedding day with you. Make sure that you check the testimonials of your chosen photographer :

You can see my testimonials here:
Wedding photographer testimonials

 

Keith a wedding videographer, has taken the time to write about his perspective of hiring the right wedding videographer.

 

And most importantly, the more relaxed and comfortable your photographer can make you feel in front of the camera the better your photos will look.

 

 

I received this yesterday:

Daniel, we had so much fun with you… it was like being with a lifelong friend… Thank you so much for everything. I haven’t laughed so much!

 

 

SUMMARY

There is no average!
There is also no magic – the best wedding photographer will cost money but those photos will stay with you forever.

You need to answer this very important question:
If I book a cheaper option will I be able to relax on my wedding day and be confident that my wedding photographer is going to have the WOW Factor??? Is having peace of mind worth the €400/€500 saving?

 

Remember that after your wedding, only your memories and photos stay with you – nothing else.

So please make a good decision an avoid disappointment as after the wedding it is too late!

 

I hope these pointers have been helpful to you. Enjoy all your wedding planning. I hope to hear from you to go through my portfolios as I would love to be part of your very special day.

Daniel

www.dkphoto.ie

 

Average cost wedding photographer Ireland