Hello and Welcome! This is Alex Gordias – Founder and The lead photographer and AGP. Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, and having a professional photographer to capture those moments is an essential part of the celebration. As a Boston wedding photographer, I understand the importance of working within a budget while ensuring you receive high-quality images to cherish for years. Here are 10+ Tips to Budget for a Boston Wedding Photography in 2024. In this article, we will explore 10 tips to budget for wedding photography, along with insights into New England wedding spending statistics.


1. Pricing Based on Experience:

The experience of the photographer plays a significant role in determining the cost. Here’s a rough guide for 2024:

  • Novice Photographers: Ideal for couples on a tight budget. Prices might range from $3,000 to $4,000. These photographers might be building their portfolios but can still offer quality services.
  • Mid-Level Photographers: With more experience under their belt, these photographers typically charge between $4,500 to $5,500. They offer a balance of quality and experience.
  • Experienced Photographers: These are highly skilled professionals with extensive portfolios. Expect prices to range from $6000 to $15,000 or higher, depending on their renown and demand.



2. Engagement Session Costs:

Engagement photos are a great way to commemorate the start of your journey. In 2024, the cost for an engagement session in Boston is expected to be:

Basic Package: Around $700 to $1800, which typically includes a 1-2 hour session with a set number of final edited images.

3. Allocate a Percentage of Your Total Wedding Budget

Most wedding planners recommend allocating around 15-20% of your total wedding budget to photography. Keep in mind that photography is an investment, as these images will be the lasting memories of your special day.

4. Prioritize Your Wedding Expenses

Determine which aspects of your wedding are most important to you and allocate your budget accordingly. If high-quality photography is a top priority, be prepared to allocate a larger portion of your budget to secure the services of a reputable photographer. A wedding venue can likely become a major part of your spending.

5. Rehearsal Dinner Coverage:

Capturing the rehearsal dinner can add to your wedding memories. For 2024, the anticipated cost is:

Standard Coverage: Approximately $1000 to $2,500 for a few hours of coverage.

6. Research Photographers in Your Price Range

Research photographers within your budget and carefully review their full wedding galleries, ensuring their photography style aligns with your vision for your wedding day. Take into account that each couple is unique and can have different preferences, for example, they can have priority for dancefloor photos or details shots, while you lean towards the bride and groom portraits priority.


7. Consider Different Packages and Services

Many photographers offer various wedding photography packages to accommodate different budgets. Compare package offerings and consider which services are most important to you, such as the number of hours of coverage, engagement sessions, or additional shooters. It’s important to know the average amount of photos provided, how fast the gallery will be delivered and what’s included in the packages. Consider customizing your package for the best price/budget value.


8. Second Photographer Costs:

A second photographer ensures more coverage and different perspectives. In 2024, this could cost:

Additional Fee: Typically, an extra $500 to $200, depending on the main photographer’s package and the second shooter’s experience.


9. Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate

Sometimes, photographers may be willing to adjust their pricing or package offerings to fit your budget better. When discussing your needs with potential photographers, be respectful and transparent about your budget constraints. Weekdays Wedding day helps to save on most of the vendor’s services while negotiating for Saturdays/Sundays can be challenging.


10. Be Mindful of Hidden Costs

Some photographers may charge additional fees for travel, editing, or other services. Be sure to discuss all potential costs upfront to avoid any surprises later on. At Alex Gordias Photography we don’t have any travel fees across New England.


11. Book Your Photographer Early

Popular wedding photographers often book up quickly, so securing your preferred photographer as early as possible is essential. Booking early may also help you secure better pricing or package deals.


12. Consider Off-Peak Wedding Dates

If you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget, consider scheduling your celebration during the off-peak season or on a weekday. Many photographers offer discounted rates during these times, as demand for their services is typically lower.


13. Remember the Value of Your Investment

While wedding photography can be a significant expense, remember that it’s an investment in preserving the memories of your special day. High-quality photography will ensure that you have beautiful images to look back on for years to come. Candid moments and photojournalism are some of the most important parts of your gallery. Focus on having a real, one-of-the-kind gallery with not just posed shots with lots of similar photos.




Statistics in New England:

According to the internet, in 2022 the average wedding cost was

  • Massachusetts: $60,000,
  • Maine: $50,000,
  • New Hampshire: $45,000
  • Rhode Island: $55,000
  • Vermont: $40,000

Please keep in mind that the average vendor’s cost depends on their experience, effort and professionalism. New Enalgnd could be higher by about 50-80% compared to the average.


Budgeting for a Boston wedding photographer can be challenging, but with careful planning and consideration, finding a photographer who fits both your vision and your budget is possible. By following these tips and keeping New England wedding spending statistics in mind, you can make informed decisions about your wedding photography needs. If you have any questions about budgeting for a wedding photographer or would like to discuss your photography needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Alex Gordias Photography.