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Our photographers only live 4 hours away. Obviously, that is a long drive, but we are paying $2,750 so I figured they could pay for at least one night on their own. They don't charge gas mileage, but being married my first time in 2015 where wedding photography is way different than 10 years ago I was surprised about this. I chose them because they costed under $3000 but now it's costing us roughly that much because of accommodation. Can any brides tell me how much they paid/are paying for their photographer and how many nights of accommodation they had to pay if they did? Is this reasonable? I just want to know because it was a huge point of stress and I might find comfort in knowing I'm not the only one. Thanks!
I don't know if you're going to get a lot of commiseration for this. You're paying $2750 for your photographers - that's their fee. You're not paying mileage, which means that gas money is coming out of their own pocket, which means they're taking home less of your fee than if your wedding was local.
It's a four hour drive, which is a sizeable distance. I don't know when you're starting pictures, but by paying their hotel the night before you're guaranteeing that a vendor will be there when they're supposed to be there - not caught up in traffic on the way there that morning. Honestly, I'd see it as a peace of mind charge.
Our photographer was local, so we didn't have to worry about that - however, our officiants weren't. One was four hours away, so we paid for both the night before and the night of the wedding. However, one was TEN hours away. I was in no way expecting them to drive the entire day and some how make it on time for our rehearsal, so they came up on the Thursday, instead. We paid for all three nights of their accommodations, because we needed to have them there, and wanted them to be comfortable and well-rested.
My cousin is a photographer and has done destination weddings before. Her flights and accommodations are additional costs in the package. She would not be travelling to that place at that time if it weren't for the wedding - it's for work. Why should she be expected to pay for part of the costs of getting there? If my employer sent me on a business trip but said that they'd only pay for part of the necessary accommodations, I would decline the trip. It would mean that my regular paycheque (that I use for my everyday life expenses) is being put towards something that is not in my budget.
vanessacherie said:I was just wondering! I didn't know it was a common knowledge thing as I am new to this. I just wish they posted it on their website. Cuz some photographers only ask for one night. Some actually say they don't charge and those photographers were also the same distance away. I was just confused and wish this was something I was warned of or to look out for. I feel like it should be posted on the website or something. Thank you all for the input. - V
I was just wondering! I didn't know it was a common knowledge thing as I am new to this. I just wish they posted it on their website. Cuz some photographers only ask for one night. Some actually say they don't charge and those photographers were also the same distance away. I was just confused and wish this was something I was warned of or to look out for. I feel like it should be posted on the website or something. Thank you all for the input. - V
vanessacherie said:I was talking about the latter. It wasn't mentioned until the last minute.
I was talking about the latter. It wasn't mentioned until the last minute.