Tell me how many hours of photography I need for my wedding

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Worker bee

That sounds about right to me. What I would do though is have the photographer for an hour and a half for getting ready and just have them leave the reception a half an hour early. Everyone will be starting to leave by that time anyway so they might not be missing much at that point. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

gromble:  How far do you have to travel from your getting ready space to your ceremony space? Don’t forget to factor in travel times and room to leave a little early, in case of traffic!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

gromble:  Oh-easy peasy! I think the additional hour should work great if you want those getting ready photos, then!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

gromble:  I would put your hours on the front end, you should be toatally fine with 4 hours. Honestly, and this is coming from my POV as a wedding photographer, there will be not much for your photographer to photograph at a brunch reception for 3 hours. With 50 people, that’s a relatively small amount, and you can only shoot the same people talking but so much.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We did six hours and started the photography 3 hrs before (but there was travel time that needed to be built in). He didn’t stay the entire reception but our restaurant reception was super low key so the only thing he missed was the cake cutting. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

gromble:  I think it really depends on how much you want to capture and what you’re willing to forego. Photography was on of the most important things for me so we went for full day photography (no time limit, both photographers will be there from when we get ready in the morning until the end of the reception at around 11pm)

We’ve paid $3,500 for that but I think we got a really good deal for our area – the photographers are a young couple and still fairly new to the wedding scene so they haven’t jacked up the prices massively yet! I think we hit the jackpot though because they’re both graphic designers/photographers and have the most beautiful portfolio of work.

I would say at a minimum, get photos of the ceremony, bride & groom/wedding party/family shots and maybe a few at the brunch! It is a lot of money yes but I personally think it’s one of the best investments of all the money you spend on your wedding – you’ll treasure the photos forever!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When do you plan to do formal photos?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

gromble:  are you going to be having a lot of personalized detaisl, centerpieces, cake toper bouquet, jewlery? By not having a bridal party and potentially not doing formal family photos it sounds like you’ve already knocked out a huge chunk of timed it usually takes for those photos. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Personally I would think twice about not having “formal” pictures taken – even though they are sort of a drag its generally these pictures that you end up having/displaying/saving…. they don’t have to be all “prom” style with corsages and bouquets but I would at least spend 30 min or so doing photos of just DH and I (just because every pose/background isn’t always a winner) and another 30 min or so of family shots (bride w mom, bride w mom & dad, bride & groom w both parents, bride w sister/brothers etc)

unless you are basically a model non-posed pictures generally have some issue in them that makes it not the best for a photo album etc.

also the big thing to remember about wedding photos is they are not really for today’s memories its for in 10 (or 20 or …) years when your grandparents aren’t around anymore or you want to see the whole family together before everyone moved away etc

oh and don’t forget groups of friends you might want pics of (your HS girls, your college roommate etc)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

gromble:  Sounds like you’ve got it figured out. I went for 8 hours but that’s because I have an all-day wedding affair. I have my venue from 12 PM – 10 PM, and I booked for 8 hours for $2,165 with two photographers. His work is great. So he’s coming at 1 to get us getting ready, and leaving at 9 when we make our exit. People will start to trickle out after 9 I imagine.

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