Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
I would like my photographer and videographer to be there to get some getting ready shots of me+bridesmaids and groom+groomsmen (we will have 2 shooters). However, from this thread (https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-long-should-wedding-hair-styles-take/), I learned that doing hair per bridesmaid can take a very long time. For an afternoon ceremony, we would have to start getting ready in the morning in order to make it in time for first looks, photo shoots, pre-ceremony events we are doing, etc.
Our photographer’s standard package is 8 hours, and videographer is 10 hours. In your experience, was this sufficient time to capture getting ready AND most of an evening reception (our wedding is on a Saturday night, so I assume it won’t be done till 11 pm)? At this rate, I’m thinking I will need to purchase extra hours of coverage.
Just wondering…at what time or moment in the process did you call your photographer/videographer to arrive on site for getting ready shots and first look? I would like to do the whole bridesmaids-robes-mimosas-getting ready thing because this is the only chance we will have to get to know each other (we all live in different states).
Post # 2
akshali2000 : Here was our timeline. Note, we did not get any getting ready pictures at the salon because everything takes a long time. I decided that having pictures of dancing were more important.
Photographer was there for 9 hours.
7:30AM Bride and Bridesmaids arrive at Salon
11:00 AM Bride and Bridesmaids leave salon for Venue
11:00 AM Photographer arrives, Groom and Groomsmen arrive at venue
11:30 AM Photos of Groom/Groomsmen getting ready, accessory pictures
11:45 AM Pictures of me putting on my dress/BM’s getting dressed
12:15 PM First look
12:30 PM Family Photos
1:00 Bridal Party Photos
1:30 Bride and groom photos
3:30 Few Bride and Groom pics (it was raining before the ceremony)
6:00 Sneak out for sunset pictures
7:00 First Dance
8:00 Photographer leaves
10:30 Reception over
Post # 3
I would say that you dont have to start having photos done as soon as you start getting yalls hair/makeup done. Start half way or honestly more near the end. Unless you want every girls’ photo to be taken each hair session. I would rather my photo be taken when my hair is done anyways.
Post # 4
You really only want “getting ready” photos near the end when youre basically ready. Like, literally maybe the last 30m – 1 h of your ‘getting ready’ time.
You can look at the following options:
Which is more important to you for PROFESSIONAL photos – getting ready vs reception? You can always take photos yourselves, but they won’t be professional.
If they are both equally important you can buy extra time, but where does that money come from now?
Personally, I would do either minimal getting ready pictures (last 30m) or skip it and just take a ton of selfies and iphone pics. Because to me, it will be easier to get good getting ready pics (great lighting, everyone relatively still) vs good reception pics (dancing, lighting, etc makes it more difficult). I also think 30m of getting ready pictures is plenty. Even if you had 10 BMs thats 3m of straight shooting and posing per person which is a lot.
Post # 5
Hey akshali2000! From my professional experience, 8 hours of photography coverage is enough to cover getting ready pictures all the way to maybe 1 hour of reception. Make sure your photographer arrives when your hair is already done and your make up is half way thru. Getting ready pictures shouldn’t take more than 40-60 minutes (including hanging out with your girls kind of pictures). As long as you have the first dances, speeches, cake and bouquet toss all lined up to happen early in your reception timeline… you should be covered. Your photographer is a great source to help you build a timeline that will fit all your needs based on your hours of coverage. Good luck!
Post # 6
I haven’t had my wedding yet, but my wedding planner sent me a day of timeline. She has my photographer and videographer arriving when I start getting my makeup done. My hair will already be done and everyone else will be done too. So basically the only getting ready things being photographed/filmed is my makeup, hanging out with my bridal party and putting my dress on.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
Many thanks everyone! Was really useful to have someone’s sample timeline posted on here as well as get input from an actual photographer. I’m definitely okay with getting just the end half hour of getting ready shots so that I can make room for first look and formal pictures :).
Post # 8
We had our photographer for 8 hours (2pm-10pm). She came for one hour of getting ready shots and stayed until one hour after the dancing had commenced. I think it was pretty perfect – when she arrived we all had our hair done and were just finishing makeup. Then we put our dresses and accessories on, there’s a sweet photo of my dad seeing me, the detail shots ect. I got plenty out of that one hour! There’s also plenty of dancing shots taken in the one hour after we kicked things off, I don’t think a further 2 hours of dancing shots would have necessary.
Post # 9
akshali2000 : US bee here!! It all varies depending on your ceremony time and when you’re doing photos. We had a 6pm ceremony with first look at pictures at 3:30pm. We opted for 10hrs of coverage. Here’s my time line:
9:30am bridal hair + bridesmaid A hair
10:30am bridesmaids B,C,D hair and bridesmaid A makeup
11:30am bridesmaid B makeup. (C and D opted to do their own)
12:30pm Bride makeup
1:00pm photographer arrived. And took some candids, dress, and detail photos
2:00pm bridesmaid + bride robe photo shoot
Then we traveled to the venue and started other photos. Photographer left at 11pm. I felt like it was the perfect amount of time. I wouldn’t have wanted the photographer there any earlier because I feel as though all my ladies preferred to be “getting ready” while ready. Haha and as far as reception goes he wouldn’t have been needed past 11pm… people were not at their “photo best”
Here’s a picture just because I love them:
Post # 10
Our photographers package is priced at 8hr, but in the contract they put 9hr. They said that the average time is usually always 9hr for a full day. When you have a better timeline of your wedding, I would contact them and ask them what time they think they should arrive to take the gettting ready photos. Worse case senario you will proabbly have to purchase more if you go over the 8hr, and you most likely will so be prepared for it.