When couples are looking for a wedding photographer they can often be split into two groups. There are those that want someone within a given budget, the cost-conscious couple; and there are those that have a specific style or "image art" in mind and focus on the photographer's quality and ability primarily. There is of course no right or wrong route to take, as every wedding is different as is every bride and groom's tastes or view on what art is and what is wedding photography. The fee a wedding photographer will charge is often no indication on the potential outcome of the photography either. You may think that an amateur or inexperienced photographer will be exposed as they will charge less than a professional or more experienced one, or that a pro will naturally charge a lot more, and be way outside your budget, but this is not the case. Photographer's by-and-large charge what they believe their work is worth or what the market will support. So it is not uncommon at all for someone who got a new digital camera for Christmas to Google their local competition and set their prices the same! Likewise, I see many pro and experienced photographer's dropping their prices to deal with the hard economic environment we are all in.