Prettysmile40: Depends on the type of pictures you want (and how many), and if you are going to do a first look with your FI…
If you are getting individual family pictures, plus some bride/bridesmaids one before the ceremony, I would allot at minimum an hour pre-ceremony. If you are doing first look pictures, and family formals, and bridal party pictures, I would allot at minimum 2-3 hours pre-ceremony. Then, post-ceremony, focus on pictures with just you and your DH (approximately an hour). Or, again, if you guys are not seeing one another, then post-ceremony allot 2-3 hours for combined family formals, combined bridal pics, and pics of you and your DH.
Below was my timeline in the ‘hours’ you would want your photographer:
Two hours before our ceremony (with NO first look), my photog got pics of groom/groomsmen getting ready, me getting dresses, my dad and I’ first look, and some of me and my maids.
Ceremony was 40 minutes, and he took pics thru that.
Three hours POST-ceremony, we did our limited family formals, which still took an hour (grandparents, parents, bride side, groom side, and then combined), a lot of my DH and I in ‘couples’ shots, and us and our bridal party formals.
Total time was 6 hours. I think we could have maybe cut an hour off the post-ceremony pics if we had not driven to different locations. So, I would say minimum of 5…
And, most will not require you to purchase an album, but will offer it to you as a seperate charge. Good luck!