Although there are no definitive answers to this, I can confidently tell you the range of prices that you should pay for your wedding photography services.
If you are only looking for wedding photography and not intending to hire a videographer, the prices would generally be between $1000 up till $2500 (this is the approximate pricing in Singapore for EITHER pre-wedding or actual day photo shoot, not both). There is such a variance in the prices because of 2 main reasons. The first reason would definitely be the quality of the wedding photographs. A top wedding photography company would definitely charge slightly higher but still reasonable and not dirt cheap prices – so you would be paying for the brand name in some cases. Secondly, some photographers or photography studios may provide you with more features in their packages – e.g. provision of a flush mount album e.t.c. Things like a flush mount album can be pretty expensive, so do not underestimate the costs you will incur if you want things like a beautiful looking flush mount album (which is scratch-proof and water-proof). In short, expect to pay between $1000 to $2500 for an actual day or pre-wedding photography package in Singapore. Naturally, you would need to pay double if you want both photography packages, which is what most couples do.
If you also want a videography package, then the pricing may differ significantly. It is approximately $1500 to $3000 for actual day wedding videography, and it is approximately $1500 up to $5000 for a pre-wedding concept video. This is because the videographers will also need to write a script and think of scenes to film both you and your fiance. These scenes would also usually need to be filmed against different backdrops and with different clothing. Because it may take more than 1 day to finish the filming of such a prewedding concept video, you can expect to pay significantly more. Fewer couples in Singapore opt for such a concept video, except for the more adventurous and fun-going ones. For others, I would just recommend you to definitely pick up the actual day wedding videography packages from the studio which services you’re engaging.
There are so many wedding photographers in Singapore. The wedding photographers can be freelancing, working in a wedding photography company, or working in a general wedding studio. All of these independent wedding photographers, wedding photography companies and wedding studios advertise their wedding photography services aggressively in the market. There is little wonder that consumers are literally spoil for choice when they are browsing through the list of vendors offering wedding photography services in Singapore.
With so many wedding photographers out there, how do you find out the one that will best meet your requirement (in terms of professionalism and price)?
The first thing most people do is to ask for recommendations and referrals from their families and close friends. Word of mouth is still the best form of advertising. People trust the words of their families and close friends. Ask your family members and close friends whether they know any good wedding photographers around in Singapore and if they have personally used their wedding photography services in the past? If your family members and close friends have hired the wedding photographers in the past and continues to recommend their services, then chances are the wedding photographers are indeed good. If you managed to find a good wedding photographer that meets your requirements through your family and friends, then good for you! If not, you will have to try other methods.
You can also research about the wedding photographers yourself. Go online and research about all the available wedding photographers in Singapore. You will need to know their package details, prices, and reviews. Their package details and prices are usually listed on their websites. If not, you can send an email or make a call to the wedding photographers to ask about them. As for the reviews, you can check out review sites and forums to see comments about the wedding photographers. Ideally, you will choose a wedding photographer that meet your requirements and possess a good reputation online. If you are lazy and wants to settle the procurement of wedding photography service fast, you can sign up with the wedding photographer at this stage. If not, you may want to meet the photographers and test their skills by asking them difficult photography related questions and checking out their portfolio physically.