Post # 1
We want to take as many of our family, wedding party and couple shots before the ceremony and I need to know how long to book my photographer.
My day of schedule is:
5:00 cocktail hour
6:00 – 10:00 reception
What is a good time frame to have my photographer show up? I was hoping to keep it to 5 hours but am willing to splurge on 6. Is having him come over at 3:00 for our portraits enough time? We could also do some during the cocktail hour but were hoping to enjoy at least part of this time with our guests. If we book 6 hours he would still miss the last hour of the reception, but at $400 an hour I think I can live with that.
Post # 3
I like to have at least 30 minutes with family, 30 with the wedding party and 30 with the couple to do the best job possible.
Post # 4
My photographer showed up to the venue about 2.5 hours prior to our ceremony. He got there before I did! He took photos of our centerpieces, decor, cake, and ones of us getting ready (putting on my dress, jewelry, finishing makeup touches). Then it took about 1 hour – 1.5 hours for my bridal portraits, bridesmaids pictures, and my immediate family photos. It took 30-45 minutes for the groom’s photos, groomsmen, and his immediate family photos.
Your photographer should have a good idea how long it will take him/her to take pre-ceremony pictures so I’d ask him/her what they estimate and maybe add another 1/2 hour on that so you’re not rushing.
Post # 5
Our pre-ceremony took about an hour. We did a first look and took random shots with me, DH, my brothers, and Maid/Matron of Honor. We also took more photos after the ceremony though. I lost track of time during that time.
Post # 6
Talk to your photographer. Most have a process oh how long they ideally need to complete posed portraits. Also will be heavily dependent on how long your list of family formals is and how many people you have in your bridal party.