1. How much to budget for your photographer.
The suggested percentage of your wedding budget to be spent on your photography varies depending on your source. Real Simple and Martha Stewart Weddings says 10%, The Knot ranges from 10% to 12%, and Every Last Detail lists it at 18%. But budgets can be manipulated - you can save more money on flowers if you go with silk over real, and those savings can be reallocated. If you’ve found a photographer you LOVE and their package you want is more than the 10-18% these sources say you should budget, see if you can adjust your budget, or consider asking if your parents would be willing to pay for the photography (then gift them with a canvas print).
2. What you are paying for when you hire a photographer.
When you hire a photographer to capture your wedding, you are no just hiring a photographer for a few hours. You’re getting their experience and equipment they’ve invested in to provide you with the best images of your day. In addition, they’re spending around 8-16 hours reviewing every photo; weeding out the images with derp faces and blinking eyes, and using their expertise to properly color balance and tweak each image, providing you with a flash drive full of wonderful photos of your wedding day.
3. What do you get at the conclusion of your wedding?
You have your spouse, your ring, your memories, and your photos (and video if you go that route). After time, you’ll forget what was served, how Great Aunt Myrtle did the worm, and even what your centerpieces were (yes, the ones you spent countless hours making off of a Pinterest tutorial). But your photos - those will stand the test of time. They offer you a time machine to take you back to feeling of complete exhilaration and will remind you of all those precious moments you can’t believe you forgot. Simply put, your wedding photography is something worth investing in.