(Closed) 10 hours?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The amount of time you’ll want a photographer for is dependent on your personal timeline.

We contracted our photographer and second shooter for eight hours.

2:00pm-4:00pm: getting ready pictures in bride/groom’s respective suites, pictures of groom with his family and attendants, pictures of bride with her family and attendants

4:00:-4:30pm: ceremony

4:30-6:00pm: cocktail hour, formal photos of bride and groom together (also with families and attendants), bride and groom’s carriage ride

6:00-10:00pm: reception


I’m glad we had our photographers stay until the end of the reception. We got some great pictures of the last dance and our families and friends hugging us good-bye before we headed up to the manor for the evening.

Think about how your forsee your reception going. If you’re not really going to have an “end”, it may not be worth it to have the photographer/videographer stick around until the last minute.

I hope this helped!

Post # 4
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We booked our photographers for 6 hours and ended up paying for an extra hour on the night of the wedding because we wanted them to stay a little longer in order to get our first dance, toasts, etc.

Our timing was supposed to be as follows:

3:00 – 5:30 — Getting ready and potraits

5:30 – 6:00 — Guests arriving

6:00 – 6:30 — Ceremony

6:30 – 7:30 — Cocktail Hour

7:30 – 9:00 — Reception

Unfortunately, the beginning of our ceremony was delayed about 30 minutes, and then dinner took a little longer to get through that we anticipated, so we had only about 10 minutes left of their time and hadn’t even started the cake cutting, toasts, or first dance (let alone any open dancing).  So we had them stay another hour, and we were SO happy that we did. 

We didn’t want our photographers to stay until the end… we had not planned anything for the conclusion of the reception, which went until about 2:30 am… so for us, it would have been super expensive, and there was no grand finale or anything.  Also, our photographers pointed out that once you start really dancing (twist and shout, etc.), it’s fun to have a few of those pictures, but then cut off the photography after that because it just turns out endless pictures of tipsy people sweaty from dancing, tables scattered with empty wine glasses, purses, jackets, and other personal items, etc.


Post # 5
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we are having 8 hours… 

2-3 getting ready shots

3-5ish first look and Bridal Party, some family.. after that go and do some touch ups, get ready for ceremony

5:45 to 6:15 ceremony

6:15 to 6:45 more family (we are thinking about having 1/2 before and after cocktail hr because it will be too dark for pictures and we’ll get bored. lol )

6:45-10 reception 

Our reception will be until 12, and as of now we won’t have a real exit because we figured half our guests will be gone then too. So we don’t think the photog will be necessary until the very end. 

Post # 6
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Like other PPs, it depends on the time of your ceremony and reception. I am having 10.5 hours.   11am to 9:30pm

My ceremony is at 1:30pm and Reception starts at 5:30pm

Depending where you live, you might also want to consider the time of the sunset, to ensure your photographer has good light for pictures in between ceremony and reception.

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