Post # 1
I need help with how long I should hire a photographer for. I don’t want to only get 5 hours and then wish I had gotten more, but at the same time I don’t want to pay for 8-10 when I don’t need it!
The run-down of the timeline is as follows:
3-4:30 formal wedding pics and first look
5:30-6:30 cocktail hour and about 30 more minutes of pictures with guests/grandparents etc.
9pm party starts
So if I got 5 hours the photographer would leave halfway through dinner and miss dancing pics etc. I can get 6 hours so they finish out dinner but then they miss the partying pictures.
I guess my question is how long did you bees book your photographer? Did they stay through dinner? Stay through dancing?
Anyideas/advice would be helpful! Thanks!
Post # 3
We had our photographer for 7 hours. 3 hours before the ceremony for pictures, through the ceremony, then formals after, through dinner and the wedding events and a little dancing. They left about 2 hours before the end of the reception because I didn’t really think we needed an additional 2 hours worth of candid dancing pictures.
Post # 4
I know a large part of this depends on your budget. And honestly I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I am having my photographer stay for a little bit (not the whole) reception because I wanted to have some party pictures as well.
Post # 5
Our photographer gave us unlimited time, so thankfully we didn’t have to worry about that. So I would suggest 8-10 hours for sure.
Post # 6
Personally, I wouldn’t skimp on photos – these are going to capture memories of the best day of your lives! I also voted 8-10 hours. I don’t think you’ll regret it!
Post # 7
I think 8 hours is a good amoun of time for many weddings!
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
To me, photography is worth the money and I would pay to have the photographer the entire night. We brides LOVE the photos of the ceremony and the details and the formals and all that, but when the guests look at your pictures, they are looking for the photos with themselves in them, and those are the photos from the partying. Plus, the largest block of time you spend at the wedding with your guests is out on the dancefloor. I want visual reminders of that fun. Your photographer can catch so much energy and excitement. Also, the longer you keep the photographer, the more free your timeline. I hate when a bride has to cut her cake immediately after dinner because the photographer is leaving soon. No one’s hungry for cake yet!
We were lucky to have a photographer that came for the entire day until we told him to leave. I could’ve asked him to show up to my hotel room to capture me waking up if I had wanted. Because he wouldn’t leave until we told him to go, we were able to take some wonderful, sweet photos after the ceremony, just me and my husband in our hotel room. He played a song for me on his guitar; those are some of my favorite pictures. Also, we were able to capture the looks on our faces when we entered our honeymoon suite and saw how done up it was. So much fun!
Post # 9
Best weddings are the ones we get to capture from the getting ready to about an hour into the open dancing! It’s sort of like a movie you love, you don’t want to stop watching it 15 minutes before the ending.