(Closed) How long did your wedding day photos take & when did you do them?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How long did your wedding day photos take & when did you do them?

    30 - 60 Minutes

    1 - 1.5 hours

    1.5 - 2 hours

    2 - 2.5 hours

    2.5 - 3 hours

    We did all photos before ceremony

    We did all photos after ceremony

    We did some photos before and some after (explain below what you did before and what after)

    I just like polls!

  • Post # 3
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think ours took about 1.5 and we did them all after the ceremony. If I could do it over, I would have had more time because the bridal party photos and family photos took awhile and I wish there were more of me and DH….

    But, we will probably have a second reception in my home town (We currently live in MA and I’m from CA) so we will probably have a photographer there. 

    Post # 4
    1096 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We took all separate guys/girls photos before the ceremony. The girls and I went to a different location and shot for maybe an hour. Then the photographer went and took the guy photos, although I don’t think that took nearly as long. After the ceremony, we did family photos (maybe 15 minutes) and combined bridal party photos (probably 20-30 minutes?)

    Post # 5
    2059 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    we did about 30-45 minutes of pictures at the church right after the ceremony and then spent maybe another 45 mins to an hour taking pictures at the reception. we had a small bridal party so that made things go a little faster.

    Post # 6
    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I think every wedding/every photographer is a little different. And how long you hire a photographer for is really gonna depend on how much you want to capture.

    If you want getting ready photos, ceremony photos, and pictures of your guests during the reception, you’re probably looking at somewhere around 6-8 hours.

    We did a lot of portraits separately before the wedding, and then bridal party/family/bride+groom portraits after the ceremony. We actually did most of our bride and groom photos in about 10-15 minutes because it was SO COLD.

    The best thing to do in this situation is to speak with your potential photographer. He/She may prefer to photograph in a certain light/certain time of day (which can help you when you’re figuring out what time to set for your ceremony), and they can also kind of ‘coach’ you through how long their session usually takes. 

    Post # 7
    3997 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I emailed my photographer a few weeks ago and this is what she said (:

    After the ceremony, I am looking for an hour and half to two hours of photography time to capture images of you and Chris, your bridal party and your families.  If you have a lot of family combinations (i.e. including aunts/uncles, extended family) I recommend allocating two hours.

    I definitely think it’s a good idea to talk with your photographer about what they’re comfortable with and think is best for your situation!

    ETA: We’re not doing a first look and so we’re doing all the photos after. We’re planning on an hour and a half since we don’t have a ton of combinations to cover.

    Post # 8
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Really this depends on the style of the photographer that you’ve hired. 

    Post # 9
    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MissMay3003:  Our wedding photos were taken after the ceremony. First, we took some with family, which took about 30 minutes. We then we off on our own with the photogrpahers and that took an additional 1-1.5 hours. We figured that we paid a lot of money for our photographer and wanted to get as many shots a possible! The photos turned out great! 🙂

    Post # 12
    677 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are doing all girl/guy pictures before the ceremony to save time.  After it will be me and hubby, family, and combined bridal party pics.  My photographer said it should take 30-45 minutes after the ceremony!

    Post # 13
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Not married yet, but we are doing a mix of pre and post ceremony photos, we are doing a first look so most are being taken before the ceremony. in total it will be an hour and half of Fiance and I (1h 15m before ceremony, 15 afterwards) then 45 minutes different wedding party combinations ( 30 before ceremony, 15 afterwards) and then 30 minutes for family photos all done after the ceremony.. PLUS the hours and hours of miscellaneous photos.. cant wait!!

    Post # 14
    823 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Our ceremony was too early for pictures beforehand, so other than like, 2 getting ready shots and a picture of my dress hanging in a tree (which is cool but a little creepy!) we did everything after. The ceremony ended sometime around 10 and the reception started at 12:30. We had about half an hour of family pics, 45ish minutes for the bridal party, and the rest was just us. Its great because we have so many beautiful pictures of the two of us!

    2-2.5 hours was what our photographer recommended to get all the pictures done.

    Post # 15
    1638 posts
    Bumble bee

    We wanted the first time for my hubs to see me to be when I walked down the aisle. So what we did is we took all of the group pictures that didn’t involve the both of us before the ceremony, and everything else in between the ceremony and the reception.

    Post # 16
    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We are hoping to do ALL the photos before the ceremony that we can. Our photographer is amazing and I want him to have a lot of time, but I also don’t want to miss my whole cocktail hour. I want everything done beforehand, we’re going to do a first look, and then Fiance and I are going to take some shots at the reception venue before going in to cocktail hour. I hope. I even want to knock off the family photos before the wedding. I don’t really care if his parents see me beforehand.

    We are not planning on having any kind of gap, guests are leaving the ceremony and going straight on to cocktail hour. I’m insistant that we not miss our party!

    We’ll see. I just had a FIVE HOUR engagement shoot on Wednesday so now I’m thinking maybe there should be some more time….

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