Post # 16
We originally booked our photographer for 4 hours, but after we met with him and put together a timeline realized we wanted him longer, so we added an extra hour. I thought making a detailed timeline helped, and it will keep the event on schedule, estimating the times for toasts, dinner, first dance, etc.
Our ceremony was at 5:00. The photographer was there from 3:30 – 8:30, so there was some getting ready time, ceremony, family and couples portraits and about an hour and a half of reception. We cut the cake right before he left for pictures, but served it about an hour later.
In retrospect maybe we should have done an extra hour, so we could have gotten more picture of the reception space and me and girls getting ready and guys getting ready. It was a bit rushed.
I didn’t think we needed a photographer through the whole reception though. We got enough dancing pictures. You can do pictures of cutting the cake, the exit or other stuff early before the photographer leaves.
Post # 17
We had them for 8 hours which covered some of getting ready, first look, ceremony, formal pictures, and they left an hour before the reception was over. Even this felt right and I was considering 6 hours so I think 5 hours would be very tight. You have to remember that you will have to start getting ready pretty early depending on how big your bridal party is. I had 3 MBs and the hair/makeup people came at 10:30am so we could be ready by 2:30 to leave for the first look. My photographer didn’t even come until 1:00 mostly when we were doing finishing touches on just/makeup and to photograph us getting dressed. If you want more getting ready photos you’ll most definitely need 8 hours.
Post # 18
8.5 hours (they stayed past the time they were contracted and charged hourly at that point as we had discussed and so when they thougth they got what we needed we said goodbye. We didn’t know exactly how long they’d stay going in)
Post # 19
It depends on your timeline! Start an hour before you have to leave (for getting ready photos) and stop at cake cutting time (or time for your grand exit if you are having one)
We start the getting ready photos at 1pm for us, and are having our cake cutting at 9:45pm, so we have both photo and video for 9 hours.
Post # 20
We had 8 hours which covered first look and wedding party shots before the ceremony, the ceremony, family shots after, then brunch, 2 hours of couple shots after the reception, and another 45 minutes in my parent’s yard.
Post # 21
Ours was unlimited coverage. He arrived at 9am for the getting ready shots and the detail shots, and he stayed until around 9.30pm (our evening reception started at 7pm, with the first dance at 8pm, and we wanted dancing shots and shots of my brother playing guitar). For us, the minimum coverage we could have got away with would have been around 9 hours, as our ceremony was at 1pm and we wanted some getting ready and group shots before that, and we wanted coverage for at least half an hour after the first dance.
Post # 22
Our package came with “unlimited hours.” I had our photographers arrive at 3 PM (for 6 PM ceremony) to take getting ready pictures, family pictures and separate bridal party pictures. Afterwards, they stayed till the very end of the reception at midnight. That was a good amount of time, and I truly feel as though they captured everything – no moments were missing from our photos whatsoever.
Post # 23
We had ours from 12:30p-around 9p (after our first dance, which started after 9).
The photog I almost went with had this one not been available had an unlimited time for a set price. Some part of me wishes I would have just gone with her, as I could have had her there when we got our hair done (we did our own make-up), and then had her there during the dance to capture some of those moments. But, ours was great.
Post # 24
We had ours for the WHOLE day. I had a NYE wedding, so he showed up at my house at around 10 AM and was with us until 1 AM. I am so glad I did. We didn’t have to worry about rushing pictures or not getting all of our shots. The contract we booked was unlimited hours.
Post # 25
Thank you, I agree just the thought of cramming everything into less time stresses meout!
Post # 26
We got very lucky with our photographers. They are well established but joined together to start a bigger company. We got an amazing price for 2 photographers. That being said because we booked so early with them, they are coming for the girls to get ready around 12:00. Our ceremony is at 1. Then pictures. Our cocktails start at 5, and reception at 6. We will have them both from 12:00pm-9:00pm (after our garter toss and bouquet toss).
Post # 27
Thanks for all your help Bees! I’ve just upgraded to the 8hr package! Feeling less stressed already 🙂
Post # 28
I’m glad you upgraded. You won’t regret it! We had 12 hours and it was perfect 🙂 we didn’t have a videograpgher though so the pictures are all we have and i am very happy to have them
Post # 29
We booked for 6 hours. I think I want a little bit more. Instead of upgrading to an 8 hour package my photographer will allow me to add on extra hours at a standard price of $300/hour. Might be worth asking if you want say 7 hours instead of 8 and don’t wait to pay for an 8 hour package.
Post # 30
I think 8 hours is a good amount! We are actually looking for more because our ceremony is on the later side (6:30) because it’s a Friday, but the sun sets around 4:30 because it’s November. So if we want daylight portraits plus a decent amount of the reception I think we need at least 9. So everyone we’re pricing we’re taking that into account for. One of our photographers had a package for 8 but said she’d be flexible if it was for logistical (e.g. daylight) purposes, and she really only had the 8 hour quote so people didn’t want her there from breakfast to 1am. Others would charge us an hour of overtime. Others just come in a 10 hour slot, so that’s obviously ideal for us. I don’t think you need the entire reception but you definitely want some of it. One of my favorite photos of my fiance and I is from dancing at a friend’s wedding. You can get great shots then!