The average cost wedding photographer?
I think it just depends, it depends on what you are looking for in your package. Besides the wedding photography package, its worth considering the photographer themselves. This is someone who will be a guest at your wedding and so its so important that you feel comfortable with the person that you are considering.
Ask yourself how much experience does the photographers that your considering have in photographing weddings? With more experience, generally comes with a higher cost. Its fair to say that someone who has done just a handful of weddings wont have the people skills and technical knowledge of working in this very fast paced job role.
As a wedding photographer, you have to be very reactive and also confident in your abilities both with your camera and in directing people. As my experience has grown over the last 15 years, I have come to realise that everything must be and should be done with a smile when it comes to the wedding day. The experience that the bride and groom and their guests receive from their chosen photographer on the wedding day can either make the wedding a really enjoyable experience or one that you can wait to end. Which when you think about it, is in itself, really scary! Choose the wrong photographer and the whole vibe of your wedding could be totally different.