(Closed) For how many hours should we hire the photographer? What did you do?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3196 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

well, if it helps, here’s my timeline:

begin getting ready at hair salon at 10 am

photographers arrive at 12 pm

bride starts hair and makeup 1 pm

leave for venue 3:45 pm

ceremony 5:30

reception 7

ends midnight

so, we have our photographers for 12 hours. i wanted them to be able to capture my girls getting their hair done in their robes i’m getting them, then me getting my hair and makeup done, then us getting ready at the venue, AND get bridal party photos before 5:15. basically, we paid for the extra time so we knew we’d have them with us to catch everything and wouldnt be having to stress about where the were, when they were coming or leaving, etc.

hope this helps!

Post # 4
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

1. ask the photographer – they seem to have a good handle on timelines. 

You might not know for sure until you get a hair and makeup booking confirmed…  Most photogs I talked to only do one shoot a day so it’s possible they can add a couple hours closer to the time?

Post # 5
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@SadMrsToBe:  I signed our contract for 6 hours before having a timeline in place… then called my photog months later after dong a timeline freaking out and begging for at least 2 additional hours.


Wedding started at 6:30, Before pics started at 3:30, break for dinner, photog left around 9:30ish I think.


I could have cut an hour but 1 shooter did a faux photo booth while the other wandered about taking candids during the reception.  Mine was pretty flexible and I trusted her to gauge when they could leave based on the slowing down of the photo booth and them already having too many pics of people on the dance floor.

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