Post # 1
My photographer charges by the hour (about $400). Originally I booked him for 6 hours, but now it look like enough space has freed up in my budget for an extra hour. I could probably swing for 2 extra hours, but I’m not sure if it’s worth it…
The wedding day schedule is as:
4:00 – wedding
5:00 -cocktail hour
6:00 – 10:00 – reception
So with 6 hours, I was thinking of having him show up at 3:00 and work until 9:00. That would give us some time for family pictures before the ceremony and we would finish portraits during cocktail hour. He would then leave the reception one hour early.
Now that I can add an extra hour, should I add time before the ceremony or at the reception? If before, should we do more family portraits, leaving only our couple portraits for after the ceremony (and actually get to go to the cocktail hour), or should we have him stay for the whole reception?
As a note, FI does not want us to see each other before the ceremony. So we can’t do all our portraits before.
Post # 3
I would say definitely more before the wedding. There comes a point where you wonder…how many pictures of people drinking/dancing/partying do you really need? I imagine you aren’t going to print any of those and hang them. I would do family pictures before the ceremony and then during the cocktail hour you can do your own photos/bridal party photos.
Post # 4
I agree, before rather than after. You’ll feel prettiest with your hair and makeup most fresh! Congratulations!
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Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Unless you’re planning a dramatic send off, have the extra hour earlier. The last couple of hours of people dancing are pretty much the same type of shots, anyway.
You can do your separate bridal party photos beforehand, and a lot of family ones as well, since you’re not doing a first look.
Post # 6
I voted before :). You can do: bride portraits, bridesmaids, then the groomsmen with the bride, (then bride goes out of view & the groom comes out), than bridesmaids with the groom, groom portraits & then groomsmen with the groom. This will clear up more time between the ceremony & reception, then you just have the bridal party all together left. Your photographer may have other ideas too :).