Pricing for the wedding photography can be tricky. Hence, what you should know is that every fee is based on the amount of hours the photographer is on the spot. Most of the professional photographers are very transparent and straightforward about their pricing model. There are 2 approaches - per hour fee and standard packages, that include certain amount of hours. Always inquire about the amount of the photos you will receive and if the photographer will process those photos. It is often the case that the longer the session, the more photos you will get. There may be exceptions, when you book the photographer for the whole day, but get only a small amount of photos. Try to find out what is the base hourly fee. It may be the case that by booking the very good photographer for a shorter period may get you more & better pictures, rather than booking an average photographer for the whole day.
In my case, in addition to a signed contract, I require 50% of the total agreed fee as a non-refundable retainer to secure me for your wedding date. The overall fee is based on the amount of hours you want to book me for or the package type you'd like to select. My payment policy is very transparent and does not contain hidden fees or clauses. You can find out more about wedding photography pricing here.