Post # 1
We have booked our photographer for 6 hours for our wedding day. When we booked a year ago, her 8 hour package was out of our budget. Now, we have saved up some more money and are thinking of adding on more hours. Our photog has since raised her prices to $400 per hour so the most we could add on is one more hour. Is it worth adding on one more hour for getting ready photos?
This is our tentative timeline:
10am-12 – hair
1-3pm – makeup
3-4pm – finish getting ready
4pm – first look, bride/groom portraits
5.30pm – ceremony
6.30pm – cocktail hour, family portraits
7.30-9.30pm – dinner
9.30pm – 1am – dancing (photog will leave at 10pm, so able to take pics of first dance and father/daughter dance, and a few pics of all guests dancing)
In your opinion, is it worth adding on an extra hour from 3-4pm for the photog to take photos of us getting ready? It would probably end up being 15min of detail shots (dress, invites, jewelry, bouquet, etc), 15 min of bride “getting ready” (pretending to button dress, putting on earrings), 15 min of groom “getting ready” (tying tie, putting on bout) and then 15 min for photog to get from hotel to venue (5 min drive away) for first look.
Thanks for your help! If you are IN FAVOUR of getting ready pics, please share your favourites!!
Post # 3
Commenting to see what other bees say! I’m in the same situation right now. If we do choose to do getting ready pictures I’m not sure if he should take pictures of me or Fiance since we will be at different places. Decisions, decisions…
Post # 4
I’d also like to hear what people have to say about this. I’m currently thinking of just asking one of my sisters / Future Mother-In-Law and my FI’s boys to snap some.
Post # 5
I didn’t think so, and I don’t regret not having pro “getting ready” shots. We did have our own cameras that we took amateur photos with, which is fun to have, but honestly…the photos of me with no make-up and hair being teased up like a troll aren’t something I felt I needed to pay a professional photog for!
Post # 6
@MrsBeck: Date twins! Luckily Fiance and I are getting ready at the same hotel so she would be able to get a few pics of each of us if we decide to add on the hour. If you don’t have time for both I would just go for pics of you!
@AllieBee12: I am thinking of this as well – my FI’s sister has a nice camera and wouldn’t mind taking some pics, but our photog is really pushing for getting ready shots (she says they help tell the story of the day) but I think I would be okay with non professional ones.
@anemonie: I’m glad to hear you don’t regret not getting them. We wouldn’t have enough time for photos during hair/makeup so this would just be of me putting on the dress, etc. Still not sure if it’s worth it, although I would really like a shot of my dad seeing me in my dress for the first time!
Post # 7
I added an hour to get a few pictures of me getting into my dress, etc. Not the whole getting ready process, but I really wanted to have that professional pictures of my mom/sisters/friends helping me into my dress and seeing me all put together.
Post # 8
@anemonie: Bonus points for troll allusion
@alex88: Sure your photographer is pushing for getting ready pics; she gets the extra monies! If you have time during the first set of pics (4pm) then you can take some pretend getting ready shots. Otherwise, I vote just take them yourselves. I didn’t have pro getting ready pics for my first wedding and never regretted it. We’re not doing them for this wedding either and are just going to have the Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man taking photos of us.
Post # 9
Meh. I got married last week, and didn’t have pro getting ready shots. Honestly, I was really anxious, was wearing a random button-up shirt, and my spanx were peaking out of my shorts while my makeup was being put on. I would not have welcomed posing for photos. My bridesmaids got ready with me, and they took iphone pics which are fine.
I still have “getting ready” photos of putting on the dress and my jewelry, and touching up my lipstick at the venue. That’s enough for me – I wanted to save my photog for other stuff!
Post # 10
@alex88: Ah, well I did get photos of my mom helping me put on my dress, but this didn’t take very long actually and kind of melded with the rest of our formal photography. We already had all our hair and make-up done and the bridesmaids were dressed, so the photographers showed up just as I was going to get into my dress. It was a quick step in, zip up, and go kind of thing and didn’t need a whole hour. This could also be staged…you could have photos of someone adjusting your veil for you or fixing the lacing on your dress with the same effect.
I would probably do the father first look because I think it’s adorable, but instead of having the photog come early, just have your father meet you where you will do your other formal portraits and do a first look with him. It won’t take up an hour. I can’t remember which blogger bee did this, but one of them did a father first look in the empty church before the guests arrived, and I thought it was beautiful.
Post # 11
@april13th: How many hours did you have your photog for? All we would have time for in the extra hour would be the finishing touches of getting ready shots. I am worried about being rushed before the ceremony if we try and fit these other shots in once we are at the venue…
@anemonie: That is a good idea! I am just worried about feeling rushed. How many hours did you have your photog for?
Post # 12
I’ve been shooting weddings since 2005, and I can tell you with certainty that the getting ready photos are usualy the most poignant and amazing shots we take in a wedding. Not only that, but the added time you have to connect with the couple, the bridal party, and the family makes a huge difference in how relaxed people are with the photography process later. It’s sad to me that people cut that out first when trying to deal with budgetary concerns.
Post # 13
I am having getting ready photos. I always love to see them on photographers’ blog sites!
Post # 14
Could you perhaps do something like have half an hour of your final getting ready shot? Like zipping your gown, adjusting your makeup, veil etc? That way you get a little without taking up too much of your package.
Post # 15
@Cappugcino: This is a good point. We don’t need to be there for hair, and just the tail end of the bride’s makeup going on. Have the makeup artist do your makeup last and that helps maximize time.
Post # 16
@alex88: I didn’t have them and I definately do not regret it.