(Closed) How long do I need a photographer for?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have no idea, but you should imagine what you want pictures of and that plus how long you have your venue for ought to tell you.

For example, some people like getting ready pictures and some people like the pictures that are taken at the very end. If you think want pictures fo you taking the rollers out your of head all the way to people blowing bubbles, and that will be 5 hours, then book it. If you don’t need pictures from start to literal finish, then consider that as well. Think about the schedule your wedding is on and whether 5 hours will accomodate it. 

Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Five hours should be plenty of time, but talk to your photographer because s/he can tell you how long it normally takes to get all the shots you want.

Post # 5
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Five hours should be fine, depending on the length of your ceremony – if you’re doing a civil ceremony, it may only go for 30-45 minutes, while a full church ceremony may take three hours.

Post # 6
1095 posts
Bumble bee

I think 5 hours may be tight. Calculate the length of your ceremony + 1 hour for family/bridal party pics (at least) and then see if there is enough time left for getting ready and transportation time.

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Without providing some itinerary it’s hard to be able to advise you!

Post # 8
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

There are too many variables to say for sure if that is enough time.
1. How long is your ceremony? I think 1.5 hours is typical of Catholic weddings but you should check with your priest.
2. When are you having pictures taken with your FI/DH?  I’d count and hour just for those.  Don’t cheat yourself out of these.
3. I’d allow an hour for posed family and bridal party pictures at a minimum. More if you have a big family or lots of configurations.
4. Getting ready is up to you. Could just be putting the dress on and adjusting your veil, so at least 30 minutes. More if you want “girly time” getting ready with your bridesmaids shots.
5. Are you getting ready and doing pictures at the church? If not allow for travel/parking/getting lost and off track time.

So that’s 4 hours at the bare minimum. 

Post # 9
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

5 hours seems a lot to me, especially if he’s not going to be at the reception.

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