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Understanding Wedding Photography Packages: A Guide for Couples

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Wedding photography is one of the most important elements of a wedding day. It not only immortalizes the beautiful moments you share but also tells a unique story that reflects your love and joy. Understanding the different wedding photography packages available can help you make an informed decision that meets your expectations and budget.

I am RayCee the Artist, a professional wedding photographer. If you are in need of a wedding photographer to create high quality images of your wedding day, feel free to contact me at!

In this blog post, I will discuss the key components of wedding photography packages, what they typically include, and factors to consider when choosing one.

What are Wedding Photography Packages?

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Wedding photography packages are pre-arranged collections of services offered by photographers for your wedding day. They provide a structured and simplified way to understand what you're purchasing, and are typically customizable to fit your specific needs. Packages can range from basic coverage to comprehensive options that include engagement photoshoots, a second photographer/multiple photographers, and a range of wedding day services.

Key Components of Wedding Photography Packages

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When considering a wedding photography package, it's crucial to understand what typically goes into them. The components can vary significantly from one wedding photographer to other wedding photographers, but there are common elements that many packages share. I will now cover these key components, including coverage time, number of photographers, pre-wedding shoots, post-production, deliverables, and extras.

Coverage Time

One of the primary aspects of a wedding photography package is the coverage time. This refers to the duration the photographer will spend capturing your wedding. It can range from a few hours for smaller, intimate ceremonies, to a full day or even multiple days for larger weddings or those with many events such as rehearsals, getting ready, ceremony, reception, and post-wedding brunch.

Number of Photographers

A package may include one photographer or more, depending on your needs. Having two photographers can offer the advantage of capturing multiple angles and moments simultaneously, such as the bride's entrance and the groom's reaction.

Pre-Wedding and Engagement Shoot

Some packages include a pre-wedding or engagement photoshoot. This is an excellent opportunity for couples to get comfortable in front of the camera and for the photographer to understand your preferences and style.

Post-Production and Editing

Post-production is where the magic happens. Your wedding photographer will edit the images for color correction, lighting adjustments, and sometimes artistic effects. Be sure to understand the number of images that will be edited and delivered in your package.


Deliverables refer to the final product you receive, which may include high resolution digital files, prints, or wedding albums. Some packages may also provide a private online gallery for you and your guests to view and order prints. All of my wedding photography packages include an online gallery which will contain the high resolution images from your special day.


Extras can include a variety of additional services like a trash-the-dress shoot, a day-after session, photo booth services at the reception, or even drone photography. These often add a unique touch to your wedding photography.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Package

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Choosing a wedding photography package is a substantial decision. It's not just about the price; various factors come into play when selecting the right package for your wedding. In this section, I will be discussing the major considerations such as your budget, wedding size and schedule, the photographer's style and experience, reviews and recommendations, and the personal connection with the photographer.

Your Budget

The first step in choosing a package is understanding your budget. Packages can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on what they include. It's essential to balance your budget with your expectations to find a package that suits you.

Your Wedding's Size and Schedule

The size of your wedding and the events you plan will impact the coverage you need. For example, a large wedding with many guests might require more than one photographer to capture all the special moments. (I offer a second photographer as an add on if required.)

Photographer's Style and Experience

Every photographer has their unique style, whether it's photojournalistic, traditional, or candid. Look at their portfolio to see if their style matches your vision. Also, consider their experience in shooting weddings similar to yours in terms of venue, lighting, and size.

Reviews and Recommendations

You may check online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family. Happy clients often provide the best insight into a photographer's professionalism, personality, and ability to deliver as promised.

Personal Connection

Finally, it's crucial to feel a personal connection with your photographer. They will be with you throughout your wedding day, capturing intimate and emotional moments. Having a photographer you feel comfortable with and trust can make a significant difference in your experience and the outcome of your wedding photos.

Understanding the Fine Print

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Before you sign on the dotted line, it's vital to fully understand your wedding photography contract. The fine print can include essential details about rights and usage, post-production timelines, overtime fees, backup plans, and payment terms. I will now guide you on what to look out for to ensure there are no surprises down the line.

Rights and Usage

Understand who retains the rights to the photos. Some photographers may provide you with the rights, while others may retain them and charge for prints or additional copies.

Post-Production Timeline

Ask about the timeline for receiving your edited photos. It's not unusual for this process to take a few weeks or even months, depending on the wedding photographer's workload.

Overtime Fees

Weddings can run late. Understand whether there are extra charges if the wedding photographer needs to stay longer than planned.

Backup Plan

Ensure the wedding photographer has a plan in case of equipment failure or personal emergencies.

Payment Terms

Understand the payment schedule, cancellation policy, and whether there's a retainer fee to secure the date.

Types of Wedding Photography Packages

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Wedding photography packages can be as diverse as weddings themselves. They range from basic packages catering to smaller, intimate ceremonies, to premium packages offering extensive coverage and numerous add ons. I will now list the 3 main wedding packages which I offer to clients:

RayCee the Artist Wedding Package 1- Basic

• High Resolution Edited Digital Photographs

• 6 Hours of Wedding Day Photography Coverage

• 10” x 10” Signature Wedding Photo Album

RayCee the Artist Wedding Package 2- Standard

• High Resolution Edited Digital Photographs

• 8 Hours of Wedding Day Photography Coverage

• 10” x 10” Signature Wedding Photo Album

• 8” x 12” Wall Art Print

• 2 Hour Engagement Session

RayCee the Artist Wedding Package 3- Premium

• High Resolution Edited Digital Photographs

• 10 Hours of Wedding Day Photography Coverage

• 12” x 12” Signature Wedding Photo Album

• 8” x 8” Parent Album

• 12” x 18” Wall Art Print

• 3 Hour Engagement Session

Custom Package

A custom package allows you to pick and choose exactly what you want, offering the most flexibility. A custom designed package is ideal for couples who have specific requirements that don't fit into traditional package offerings.

For all the details about the wedding packages which I offer (including add ons such as an engagement session), please contact me at!


Choosing a wedding photography package is a significant decision that can greatly influence how you remember your special day. It’s essential to spend time understanding what different packages offer and to communicate openly with potential photographers about your needs and expectations. Remember, the best wedding photography package is not necessarily the most expensive one, but the one that fits your wedding's size, style, and budget, while aligning with your vision for your wedding day memories.

Wedding photos taken will serve as the timeless keepsakes of your wedding date, allowing you to relive those precious moments for years to come. So, take your time, do your research, and most importantly, make sure you're completely happy with your choice.

I am RayCee the Artist, a professional wedding photographer. If you are in need of a wedding photographer to create high quality images of your wedding day, feel free to contact me at!


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