Post # 1
How long do you really need your photographer for?
I’m having a full mass for my wedding, with lots of music etc, so the ceremony will probably last 1-1.5 hours. That means if it starts at 5, cocktail hour won’t start until 6:30/7:00.
If we have dinner at 8, and serve the wedding cake as dessert, followed by a little bit of dancing, when should we plan on the photographer leaving? There’s no send off or bouquet toss.
I’d like a few getting ready shots, but we could do those at the ceremony site at 4:00. Is 6 hours enough?
Post # 3
How long do you have your reception site? I think we need 8+ hours. We’re allowed to be on the grounds for our ceremony and reception from 2-10 pm, including our pre-ceremony pictures.
I’d recommend against having your photographer leave before you do, even if you’re not doing a send-off. You’d hate to have her miss getting a really great shot at the end of the night. (Then again, I know our extra hours are going to run $150, so do what you need to, but if it were me, I’d try to find the money.)
Post # 4
6 hours seems a little short. The schedule seems a bit tight – if one thing runs late, then the whole schedule gets pushed back and the photog might end up missing something towards the end. It would be nice to get pictures of people towards the end of the night as they’re dancing away. While these aren’t the key important pictures, I wouldn’t want the photog to skip them completely.
Post # 5
I am also a wedding photographer and we are planning on having our photographer leave before the reception is over. We hired her – she’s not a friendor. 🙂 I do want a lot of "getting ready" pictures so she’ll come earlier in the day. We’re planning on setting up a fake photobooth type thing with some fabric and some props, so hopefully that will lure our guests into getting their photo taken. I really just want a picture of each guest, plus the typical traditional stuff, but that’s it. I don’t want any awkward dancing pics and I don’t want pics of people sitting at their table. It might be a photographer’s worst nightmare, to photograph another photographer’s wedding. Haha.
Post # 6
I think 8 hours seems to be the average. The photographer I am looking at as an "all day rate". Because I do not feel comfortable with a photographer taking photographs as me and my bridal party are getting ready, we won’t need him before the ceremony much. I also don’t plan to take a gazillion photographs after the ceremony (which is slated to begin at 2:30, will go until about 3:30, and cocktail hour starts at 5). Maybe a good way to start is by writing down what ‘must have shots’ you want… if you want someone documenting the whole "getting ready" process, then maybe you should consider a contract for longer than 8.