What Should Wedding Photography Packages Include?

Wedding photography packages can vary greatly based on the photographer’s offerings, pricing, and your specific needs. However, here are some common elements that are often included in wedding photography packages:

  1. Coverage Time: The length of time the photographer will be present on your wedding day. This could range from a few hours to a full day (from getting ready to the end of the reception).
  2. Second Shooter/Assistant: For larger weddings, it’s helpful to have a second photographer to capture different angles and moments.
  3. Engagement Session: Some packages include a separate photo shoot before the wedding, often used for save-the-date cards or wedding websites.
  4. Digital Files: High-resolution digital copies of all edited images, often provided via an online gallery. Some photographers also include a specified number of prints.
  5. Print Release: Permission to print your photos wherever you choose. Note that the photographer typically retains the copyright to the images.
  6. Albums or Photobooks: These are often an add-on, but some packages include a professionally designed and printed wedding album.
  7. Editing and Retouching: All of your photos will typically be edited for exposure, color balance, etc. More extensive retouching may be available for an additional fee.
  8. Pre-wedding Consultations: These meetings allow you to discuss your vision and expectations with the photographer.
  9. Travel: Depending on the location of your wedding, the package might include the photographer’s travel expenses or these might be additional.
  10. Rehearsal Dinner or Other Events: Some packages include coverage of the rehearsal dinner or other related events.
  11. Turnaround Time: The expected timeframe for when you will receive your final edited photos.
  12. Backup: Assurances that the photographer will have backup equipment and a plan in case of emergency.

Remember, you should feel comfortable with the photographer’s style and personality, as they will be a big part of your day. Be sure to read the contract carefully so you understand exactly what is and isn’t included in your package.

February 3, 2024
Melvin Wilcox