What we have here is simply a clash of "Old" and "New School" wedding photography.
Old School shot film and made prints. There was a charge for going to shoot, and then ongoing, residual sales of prints made from the negs over the following years. Cameras weren't cheap, and film and processing were a major, ongoing expense (especially at pro quality level). You stayed in touch with your customers and sent them an anniversary card, as a reminder.
They called you to take photos of their first born, their 5th anniversary party, etc. You built a relationship with your customers. You controlled the images and the quality of the prints made from them.
New School has come about due to digital photography. "Hey!", some bride or groom exclaimed, "Why don't you just give us the images on a CD at the end of the ceremony and well look at them on our honeymoon and pick out the ones we want printed."
New School was happy to oblige, while Old School was tripping over excuses not to hand over their files. New School thinks "digital images are free... there are no film or processing costs". Old School points to the fact that their cameras will wear out 4X as fast, since everyone is shooting 4X as many exposures, that pro quality equipment is still very pricey, and that the hours spent in post processing are worth something, too.
As more and more places started to offer printing from digital images at low, low prices, it was just a short leap for B&G to realize they could just take the images to Walmart or wherever and get their own prints a whole lot cheaper. Crappy though they may be. "Lousy photographer charges us $1500 to shoot these!" they tell their friends, at least according to Old School.
New School sees this as a cool way to do business... Shoot the shots, burn the disk and hand it to them, then walk away. Job over. Doesn't value or even recognize the residual business, always looking for a new job rather than maintaining already established relationships, Old School might point out.
Old School seesthis as a nightmare scenario, losing control of the images and the quality of the prints, losing all the residual income for years to come, losing all that potential follow up business.
New School says they get more jobs, although each might be for considerably less money, because more people can afford to hire photographers to shoot their weddings.
Old School says if you want to work with those Craigslist referrals, hey, go for it. They're the most demanding and difficult clients you can imagine, for the least pay.
Well, time will tell.
For now, both arguments have their strong points and weak points.
In the end, the new "business model" right now is pretty much "anything goes".
There are New School who gradually figure out that they want to be a bit more like Old School for a variety of reasons, and change their method of operation. And, there are Old School who are having to - very grudgingly - learn to burn CDs and hand them over - very reluctantly - to customers.
All the while there are fresh "newbie" New School entering the market every day, kit cameras clutched in their little hands and bright stars in their eyes, who want to give it all away practically free "for the experience".
Online galleries, ultra high ISO cameras, online album services, a world wide web of vendors competing to give us the very best deal on shiny new equipment...
Hey, what's not to like about this "brave new world"...
Except for the need to keep up with the competition and buy the latest and greatest D-SLR upgrade every year or two... the fact that the photographer is now the photo lab, sitting for hours in front of his or her computer after every shoot... and $200 wedding shoots putting pressure on a lot of people to lower their prices to unprofitable levels... the need to back up all your files constantly... and giving away all your images on CD.