Wedding Photography Prices- Cost, Dublin, Ireland

What is the average cost, price to hire a wedding photographer in Dublin and Ireland?

How much is a Wedding Photographer in Ireland?

How much should I pay for a wedding photographer?

Why does wedding photography cost so much?

What are the average wedding photo package prices in Meath, Cork, Galway, Dublin, Wexford and all over Ireland???

What is included in wedding packages?

Brides often are asking questions related to wedding photography and if you are reading this post – you are also looking for some insight into the cost of the services and hopefully some answers here will be a guide ahead of You making one of the most important decisions during wedding planning!

What is the average cost, price to hire a wedding photographer in Dublin and Ireland?

For 2021, according to, about the cost of a wedding – couples in Ireland will spend an average of between €2,000 and €4,000 on wedding photography. Most (nearly 70%) will spend between €2,000 and €4,000 and others might find a friend with a camera or an uncle. Of course, that’s just an average and doesn’t tell the whole story. Wedding photography prices can vary based on many factors. In general, more experienced photographers have higher pricing…on other side spending more money might not always mean getting better photos.

A common rule of thumb is to expect to spend 10-15% of your total budget on photography. If photography is more important you may spend more, or vice-versa.

In the Irish market there are three distinct “Tiers” of pricing with photographers that can start at €1,000 or less and go as high as €6,000 or more. In the lowest tier (by price) you’ll find “hobby” photographers and high-volume studios. At the most expensive end, you’ll find a photographers who serve to the most exclusive events and clients. In the middle (where I consider myself to be), you’ll find the boutiques that emphasize a blend of great customer service, overall value and the best photography at any price point.

A Quick Answer is: An average cost price for wedding photography package in 2020/2021 in Ireland (Cork, Dublin, Galway) according to OneFabDay is between €2,000 and €4,000.

Why does wedding photography cost so much?

The question is really back to you

How Important are Wedding Photographs to You?

How important are Wedding Memories to You?

I have seen when couples are making savings over wedding photographers of €200 or €600 to keep the budget lower. The choice was made based on a financial requirements and I totally respect that! This saving can sometimes leave couples regret it and the downside is that unfortunately it is too late.

The truth is that you are having your BEST DAY EVER once and you simply cannot re-create it. You cannot undo it and you cannot change decisions that you have taken. So I am absolutely urging every couple to think about: moments and atmosphere that you have on the most important day of your life! Think about that you would like to remember this day full of emotions and joy!


A Quick Answer is: In terms of Wedding Photography Cost variation – You get what you pay for! Simple and true. If you really like a wedding photographer, that you have reached out to – book him!

What is included in wedding photography packages?

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

When researching wedding photographers, be sure to read the information about their pricing and packages carefully—these tend to differ widely from photographer to photographer and can greatly affect wedding photography pricing. A few items and services to look for include:

  • Time: Of planning, scheduling, obviously photographing.
  • Travel: Travel time and cost. I personally do not change for travel within Ireland, but some photographers do. Just be aware of that.
  • Second Shooters: If you would like to add a Second Photographer – it is a separate cost added.
  • Editing: A large part of my time will be spent editing and retouching your wedding photos to make sure they look absolutely amazing.
  • Images: Your actual images. Digital files can be provided to you in a variety of ways including in an online gallery and/or via 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.
  • Prints: Some photographers include photo prints (or a print credit—money you can put toward purchasing prints) in their wedding photography rates. While you don’t have to purchase your prints through your photographer, they’ll likely come out better if you do.
  • Albums: Your photographer may offer a wedding album as part of the package. You can choose whether you’d like to design and purchase your album through your photographer or do it through another service. Again – I personally create a story within your wedding album.
  • Additional shoots: Sometimes I include an engagement shoot in your package – but It also can be done seperatley (62 percent of couples do a pre-wedding engagement shoot).
  • There are other, less obvious parts of a wedding photographer’s business that may be included in their package pricing, which include equipment, employees, business expenses, marketing, liability insurance, and more.

Extras, Albums ?

Sometimes the cost of a package can be higher, if a wedding album is included. Many photographers keep them as a separate optional extra to purchase as it involves designing the album in a meaningful way.

This is a separate workflow on it’s own.

It is cheaper to get an album reserved at the time of booking photographer, and maybe albums for your parents. This will help on reducing the time for designing and also will help you manage the budget – if you know you are going to be buying an album – why not reserve one now?

Conclusion, Summary

  • I truly believe that there is no "average cost" that is strong enough to believe on its own.
  • You have to do the research yourself and see if you like the photographers work and if you trust him/her.
  • Remember that after your wedding, only your memories and photos will stay with you – nothing else.
  • So please make YOUR decision and avoid disappointment as after the wedding it is too late!

Wedding Photography is a small buy yet very important part of your day.

Wedding Photography Budget

Average of about 10%-12% of a total budget of your wedding


Is the amount of Hours spent on a Wedding day. Rule of thumb - total time on a wedding is x4 times this. Which includes planning, travelling, editing etc.

No Regret! Best Investment

Only because I cannot say 100%. All my couples are 100% happy that they have made the decision to book me.

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Why not check out what couples have to say about the experience they had, when investing in a wedding photography?

We had such an amazing experience with Arthur from start to finish. We had our engagement shoot in two different locations in Kilkenny and nothing was too much for Arthur. He was so accommodating throughout the whole experience. He made us feel so at ease and worked seamlessly and unnoticeably throughout our wedding day. Thank you again for creating memories to last a lifetime.

Lorraine & Padraig

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    Your memories will fade away, as the time passes. Then you will look back at your wedding photographs with a high value. Having a privilege to save your memories in a set of images is really rewarding for me. Not only I fulfill my heart and soul by sharing positive energy in my work, but I also document a real story of the day to add to the story of your lives…

    Those moments will forever stay with you!


    What is Documentary Wedding Photography?

    What is Documentary Wedding Photography?

    What is Documentary Wedding Photography? It’s a common question asked by newly engaged couples researching wedding photography. I will answer this question with an example, after all, a picture speaks a thousand words!

    Below is Cristine’s aunt, at the morning preparations in a Hotel room Dublin, Ireland.

    There’s no bride obvious in this photo. You can’t see her face, and the bride is out of focus. But I’ve chosen this image to start off my wedding portfolio because it represents what I do best. It’s why my work as a wedding photographer is different from the hundreds of other photographers out there. This mental touch of reassurance from her aunt, that was raising her as the bride patiently awaits for her most important day in the life. Everything about this part of the day that Kristine will want to remember for the rest of his life.

    My promise to you is that I will work ceaselessly to capture those special moments from your wedding day for you to treasure.

    How will I accomplish this for you?

    I use my experience I’ve built up photographing people, in different scenarios, under different pressures. I see the expressions and I am creating a story – Your Story.

    You only get one chance to get the wedding photos you deserve. Read on to see if I’m the best documentary wedding photographer for you.

    What can Documentary Photography do for YOU?

    • Produce a beautiful set of photos that tell the story of your wedding day
    • Capture moments naturally and un-contrived
    • Record parts of the day you didn’t even know were happening
    • Allow you to relive the day every time you open your album
    • Provide your family with a valuable heirloom

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    Candid, Reportage, Documentary, Photojournalistic

    What's The Difference?

    You might be familiar with the terms wedding photojournalist, reportage wedding photographer or documentary wedding photographer. They broadly mean the same thing – an observational and unposed approach to photographing a wedding. But there is a subtle difference between a photographer who practices ‘candid’ photography, and one who uses photojournalistic techniques to tell a story.

    Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of a candid photograph:

    “A candid photograph is a photograph captured without creating a posed appearance.”

    It goes on to suggest ways in which this can be achieved –

    • when the subject is in motion,
    • by avoiding prior preparation of the subject,
    • by surprising the subject,
    • by not distracting the subject during the process of taking photos.

    So we can see that this is only concerned with whether the subject appears to be posed or not.

    Documentary photography and photojournalism takes this idea in a different direction. The two genres share similarities, but again, there’s a subtle difference.


    Documentary Photography or Photojournalism?

    The term documentary photography describes when photography is used to chronicle events, either historically significant, or part of everyday life. It’s usually associated with long term projects with complex story lines. If you’re interested in documentary photography, you should check out the work of W Eugene Smith and David Hurn to start with.

    Photojournalism on the other hand, is concerned with shorter time-frames and usually with breaking news. It’s often commissioned by a news outlet, and consequently has a more commercial bias.

    So How Does Documentary Wedding Photography Fit In?


    Back to our original question – What does a documentary wedding photographer do?

    A wedding day can be seen as a significant event in the lives of the couple as well as their family. It’s a concise ‘news event’ with a start and an end. Photographers can therefore use documentary and photojournalistic techniques and apply them to the wedding day. It’s slightly different, in that the couple are the commissioning clients, so there is usually an expectation of what the photography will show.

    But the core elements employed by a documentary wedding photographer are to tell the story of the day, in an honest, natural way, using candid photography as well as portraiture. The complete set of images should be viewed as a single work, with the end result evoking the feelings of the day when viewed many years into the future.

    Meaningful Moments, Not A Portrait Session

    This philosophy of documenting a wedding is a powerful driving force for me. So I set myself a challenge when putting together a blog post for my end of year highlights. Instead of showing spectacular, well lit and highly stylised portraits of the Bride and Groom, I chose images without showing the Bride or Groom at all. Photos that concentrate on the guests. Ones that show the family members, and everything that makes a couple’s wedding day unique and special to them. These are the kind of pictures that define a wedding day. This is what shows their loved ones and what their relationships with them look like.

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    Top 6 Reasons To Hire A Documentary Wedding Photographer

    • Minimal posing on your part (no fake grins!)
    • No direction or interference from your photographer
    • Reportage photography is much more natural
    • Family and friends will prefer genuine pictures rather than anything posed
    • Story telling photography captures much more of the day
    • Photojournalism never goes out of fashion like Instagram filters

    But do you know what makes me proud of the job I do?

    What do I love about being a wedding photographer? It’s being able to hand to my clients, photographs of moments like the one above. If I had’t seen them, these moments would have been lost and forgotten before the first dance. That’s the strength of hiring a great documentary wedding photographer.

    Scroll on to see some more beautiful wedding photography, of moments you’ll be expecting, and ones that will surprise and delight you.

    Then consider whether you’d like your wedding album to look like the hundreds of others out there, or if you’d like your children and grandchildren to see you in these kind of images, and ask you to tell them all about your wedding day, just one more time…

    And - every wedding also needs a few portraits!

    As the whole day is documented we still need to allow time for your portraits. Those beautiful shots! 🙂

    Although they are somewhat posed, I try to get the most natural looking photos.

    Well, this is how I work as a Documentary Wedding Photographer :)

    It’s a compilation of photographs from the last couple of years and I know that any photographer will be able to put together a great set of pictures if they’ve shot enough weddings.

    If you’re keen to see more, I post almost every wedding I shoot on the blog page. You’ll be able to get a feel for how consistent I am in different light and with different venues and couples.

    If you’re planning your wedding, I’d urge you to get in touch with me as soon as you can. Popular dates will book up to two years in advance. Even if your wedding is in the next few weeks, please drop me a line. I may still be available!

    Thank you for taking the time to look through my portfolio, I hope you enjoyed it. Why not check out some of my Documentary Family Photography.

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      Your memories will fade away, as the time passes. Then you will look back at your wedding photographs with a high value. Having a privilege to save your memories in a set of images is really rewarding for me. Not only I fulfill my heart and soul by sharing positive energy in my work, but I also document a real story of the day to add to the story of your lives…

      Those moments will forever stay with you!