02/19/2018 / Destination Wedding, Tips for Brides & Grooms, Wedding, Wedding Tips

How much does a wedding photographer cost in Italy?

This is the most common question! Wedding photographer prices in Italy can vary depending on many factors including your wedding’s location, the type of services and packages you’re looking for, and y...

This is the most common question! Wedding photographer prices in Italy can vary depending on many factors including your wedding’s location, the type of services and packages you’re looking for, and your chosen photographer’s experience and expertise. 

In general, wedding photographer prices in Italy tends to range between $1,500 and $4,000, with the average wedding photographer cost hovering around $2,000. In general your wedding photographer will likely comprise about 12 percent of your overall wedding budget. Wedding photographer prices in Italy are lower than Americans or European professionals but you need to know exactly what you need and what you want. After your wedding your photos will be the only thing to remember this beatiful day. The wedding photographer is an investment on memories. If these are important to you, be prepared to spend your money well!

Do you want a cheap photographer?

You can easly find some photographers with cheaper prices. Keep in mind there are no second chances with wedding photography and a cheap photographer could do a poor job. Wedding Season in Italy is from May to October. For a photographer who shoot more than 100 weddings obviously his clients experience isn’t his first thought. If you choose a studio with many associates ask for the specific professional you want!

If the photographer is not a priority for you, finding an inexpensive one is not that difficult.

What’s covered in a wedding photographer’s prices?

When researching wedding photographers, be sure to read the information about pricing and packages —these tend to differ widely from photographer to photographer and can greatly affect wedding photography pricing. 


A few items and services to look:

  • Time: Wedding photographer prices typically include between 8 hours and an unlimited amount of coverage. The more time you’d like your photographer to cover your event, the more you’ll have to pay. Additional hours will cost extra. 
  • Travel: If your photographer have to travel a long distance to your event, you may have to pay a per-km charge if he or she is driving to your wedding. If your wedding photographer is based near your wedding location, you likely won’t have to pay any additional travel costs. If your photographer is flying to your wedding destination, you will have to pay for his/her airfare and accommodations, as well as an additional travel fee.
  • Equipment: The choice of equipment a wedding photographer uses can influence the cost. Different cameras and lenses can have significantly different prices. Whatever equipment a photographer uses, if they are working often and using it, it will need servicing and most likely changing and upgrading every 3 years. If you want a photographer who uses top quality professional equipment then you need to understand the costs they have to incur to own the gear. Professional cameras typically cost 4,000 to 5,000 euros each, top quality lenses cost 1,000 – 2,500 each and all the accessories are pricey too. On average, a photographer shooting with 2 camera bodies and 3-4 lenses already has an investment of approximately 15,000 euros and this is a pretty basic assessment. 
  • Second Shooters: One or two wedding photographers? The right answer tends to vary from photographer to photographer, and often depends on the size of your wedding. If you’re having a very intimate and small wedding, having just one photographer present may suffice. However having a second shooter can be beneficial in capturing different perspectives and angles throughout the day—and can make your wedding-day timeline run even more smoothly.
  • Editing: A large part of your photographer’s time will be spent editing and retouching your wedding photos to make sure they look absolutely amazing.
  • Images: Your wedding photographer’s cost should include the actual images. Digital files can be provided to you in a variety of ways including in an online gallery or in a USB drive.
  • Print release: Many wedding photography packages include a “print release,” which means that you can use the photos for your own personal use. However, be aware that you will likely not have a full “copyright release,” so you don’t own the photos and can’t sell them, and that your photographer can use your photos for marketing purposes.
  • Albums and prints: Your photographer may offer an album and prints as part of his or her package. You can choose whether you’d like to design and purchase your album through your photographer or do it through another service.
  • Additional shoots: Some photographers include an engagement sessionin their package. Other shoots that will likely cost extra include bridal portraits, trash the dress sessions, or coverage of your rehearsal dinner.



There are other, less obvious parts of a wedding photographer’s business that may be included in their package pricing, which include equipment, business expenses, marketing, liability insurance, film or digital technology and more.


Do I need to tip my wedding photographer?

Tips aren’t included in a photographer’s package. If your photographer owns his or her business, you don’t need to tip but you should write a review for your photographer as an added thank-you. 

Do I have to pay for my wedding photographer’s meals?

For your wedding vendors who will be present during your actual wedding you will need to provide meals. This is an extra expense but it’s an important one. Be sure to discuss Staff Meals with your caterer before the wedding.


What are the important questions to ask a photographer before booking?

When looking for a photographer for the first time, there are questions you should be sure to ask before booking.


    •    Can I see a full album from a wedding?

    •    Have you ever shot a wedding in my venue before?

    •    How much are your packages and what do they include?

    •    When and how will I receive my images?

    •    How many weddings do you photograph in a year?

    •    What do you enjoy most about photographing weddings?

    •    Can I see a contract?

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