Post # 1
My fiancé and I (still getting used to saying that!) have decided on a destination elopement and are currently reviewing our options for elopement planners and packages. I’ve found one company that seems like it would be a dream come true, but my only reason for pause is that only 1.5 hours of photography is included. There’s an option to add an additional hour that doesn’t break the budget, but with it being just the two of us, would we really need longer than an hour and a half for photos?
Post # 2
I think it depends! We took our engagement photos and it took 1 hour and we flew threw them very quickly. We were also only in one location. If you’re having a quick ceremony and don’t mind going through the photos fast I think you’d have enough time. If you’d like to slow down or use multiple locations I’d consider adding more time!
Post # 3
My fiance and I did engagement pics, we did several different locations and changed outfits and it was 2.5 hours. We got a lot of great photos. However, if you are just staying at one place and probably arent changing outfits i’m assuming, an hour and a half might be plenty of time.
Post # 4
I think you should get it. Those 1.5 hours will go by fast. Perhaps you can have some photos of your dinner table and cake cutting if you are doing a private dinner.oxfordpink :
Post # 5
Thanks for the help ladies! To help clarify a little more, we are remaining in (generally) one place for the entirety of the wedding pictures. The ceremony is taking place in a national forest, so we will have lots of options for different settings/lighting without having to worry about a lot of travel.
Post # 6
If I remember correctly, we had our photographer for 4 hours, which seemed like the perfect amount of time for us. She captured the whole ceremony, bridal photos, family portraits, and most of the reception including our first dance and cake cutting. The only thing she missed was our send-off, but that wasn’t anything special, lol. Other guests were taking pictures at the reception/send-off so we still have pics of everything regardless. I’m SO glad we have so many pictures of the whole event, I look through them several times a year for all the good, sweet memories. It’s worth every penny.
So, 1.5 hours *can* be enough, especially if your ceremony will be short, but really it all depends on what kind of photos you want. That might be long enough for just the ceremony, and bridal and family portraits…1 hr goes by super fast! If you want any photos before the ceremony, or during the reception, you’ll definitely want it to be longer.
Post # 7
1.5 hours of just you and your husband is probably plenty. As others have said, adding people and locations may add time. My husband and I had ~1.5h between ceremony and reception and we did family, bridal party, and solo pics in about 3 spots (similar to you, mostly walking between locations, with one short drive). If you want any getting ready pictures or other reasons to extend it then an extra hour could be helpful.
We did family pictures recently with 6 adults and 2 toddlers. Walked around for different locations within a mature reserve, did group and individual family shots and 1h was plenty of time.