(Closed) How long dud u book photographer for?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have mine for 6 hours. You want to make sure they’re there before the ceremony (at least for 15 minutes or so), for the whole ceremony, the time in between, and at least the first few hours of the reception if possible. I’d say go from 5:30 to 11:30, or 5-11pm.

Post # 4
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had mine for a lot more than 6-8 hours: I booked my photographer for 10 hours, from 1-11pm so I could get all of our getting ready photos, and first look and the like.  So, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you just want your ceremony and reception, then a lesser package is okay.  Otherwise, keep in mind that you may want photos apart from those two events!

Post # 5
775 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have mine for 9 hours from 12. I think 8 hours is perfectly fine, but make sure you have enough time to get you finishing up hair or makeup, getting dressed, and then of course the cake cutting and first dances. 

Post # 6
5517 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

I have mine for unlimited time… I just wouldn’t want them to miss anything..

Post # 7
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have mine for 8 hours because I never look good in pictures and I don’t want to look bad in all my wedding pictures that would be horrible and I’m so afraid its going to happen. But if you look good in pictures and you don’t mind taking an over an hour during your wedding to pose for pictures than you could go with a 6 hour package and be fine.

Post # 8
15128 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My photog got there at about 2pm, to get some getting ready pics, then first look, ceremony at 430, and they stayed until the end at 1030pm.  If you cant book for a very long time, get them to come earlier to get the getting ready pics and stuff, through the important reception events and maybe 30 minutes into the dancing so they can get plenty of shots of that.  Any longer and its the same old dancing pics.

Post # 9
4822 posts
Honey bee

We had ours for 10.5 hours actually. He was unlimted, but he was there while we got ready at 11 for a few shots, then we went to the venue which was 50 minutes away and did bridal portraits, first look and formal photos. Then there was the ceremony at 4 and he was there until the end of the reception at 10:30.

EDIT: I do have to say that I chose my photographer for his photojournalistic approach and a lot of my favorite pictures was during the dancing of people dancing, talking etc in groups or couples or individual candid headshots.

I love this one and it was literally the last second of the last song of the night

Post # 10
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have my photographer for 7 hours.  My wedding will be the same length as yours (6 hours total) from 5-11.   She is coming at 2 for getting ready pictures, then first look pictures, etc. and staying until 9. The reception starts at 6 and figure 3 hours is plenty of time for dances, cake, tosses, and whatever other event.  We figured we don’t really need her there once it’s just dancing.

Post # 11
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We booked ours for 10 hours.  They started at 1:30 for group photos and were there through most of the reception.

Post # 12
6244 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Our photographer (and second shooter) is booked for 10 hours.

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