Post # 1
I am stuck! I don’t know how many hours of coverage we will need for photography! The photographer we are looking into offers a 6, 8, and 10 hour package, and I’m torn between the 8 and 10 hour package. I want getting ready photos, and we’ll probably do a first look before the ceremony, so with the event being 5-6 hours, I don’t know how long we’ll want her before things start gearing up for getting ready/ first look, and I definitely don’t want to risk missing “bon voyage” photos at the end of the night if things run a little past the event time. Bees who have been there… Did you end up needing less/ more coverage than you expected? I just really have no clue. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We just aren’t having him come until I get to the church. I will already have hair and makeup done at a salon (I really dont need professional picks of that) and he will snap picture of my mom helping me into my dress once at the church. We have a 10 hour package, which will only take us from 1 hour before the ceremony to the end of the reception. We have a 6 hour reception and a 1.5 hour gap for pictures in between. Our salon appointments are in the morning for a 3 ceremony, so we would have needed 15 hours to capture it all (and for me not necessary- there is no reason I need pro photos of me withy hair half done and no makeup on- a bridesmaid can snap a few for memories).
I would take when your hair and makeup appointment starts until the end of the reception- that is the number of hours you need. I might even have him come towards the end of getting ready just for some extra time at the end in case it runs late. If you have a picture of yourself getting in the dress, everyone will get the idea in a photo album if you are interested in the story aspect of it.
Post # 4
@MadameX: The best thing you can do is talk with your photographer about it. Every photographer has a different way of doing things, and each photographer has their own time frame for how long they normally allocate things. For example, one photographer might need a full 60 minutes for family formals, while others may only need 30. Personally, I’m pretty quick with my family formals, so I really don’t take that much time, while others do. Also, with “getting ready” for me that’s just not photos of hair/makeup. That’s also the time that I’m doing detail shots (dress, rings, flowers, etc) as well as the ceremony/reception setup (if it’s the same location) so I generally suggest my couples allocate more time for “getting ready”.
Post # 5
@MadameX: We did 8 hours. Our venue rental was 5 hours (ceremony started at 530, ended at 1030). My photographer showed up a bit after we arrived and started hair (we did it at the venue) and stayed til the end. We didn’t do a whole bon voyage thing, but did a few late night pics before we got on the bus.
Depending how you do pics, some will be during the “wedding” unless you do first look and everything before the ceremony. We didn’t do a first looks, but I did pics with my fam and girls before the ceremony, and he did with his fam and his boys first. Then after the ceremony (during cocktail hour) we did formals/couple. I do seem to remember my photographer showed up a bit early, she maybe did 8.5 hours but some of that was her looking around the venue/area and not with us.
Our photo timeline was something like this:
1:30 pm – arrived at venue
2pm – photographer arrived and grabbed and golf cart to go scout locations. We startd hair/makeup.
2:30/3 – photogrpaher gets getting ready pics, takes pics of dress/shoes/details
3:30 – guys arrived, rushed into locker room
3:45 – I start my pics
4:30 – I go back to the suite, guys go take pics
5:30 – ceremony starts
6 – we do formals, everyone else does cocktail hour
7 -dinner, etc through end of the night.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I think you just need to come up with a timeline and see what fits best. We had 9 hours…. 1:30 getting ready photos (and this is a great time for rings, dress, etc detail shots), 2:30 first look, 3:30 pre-cocktail hour, 4:30 ceremony, 5:00 cocktail hour and group shots, 6 – 10:30 reception shots. If you really want her there til the very end, you’d have to go longer than we did. We found that by that time of night, it seemed like we’d gotten all the photos we wanted (no grand exit).
Post # 7
Thanks for the responses everyone! I did email the photographer and ask her what her suggestion was, based on timeline. I haven’t heard back from her, but wanted a quick read on what was “typical” and whether or not other bees had wished they had more time or realized they could have made due with less.