Post # 1
how long did you book your photographer for?
i want to do the formal photos before the ceremony, to save our guests from having to wait hours and hours for us at the reception venue. but i also want photos from the ceremony and from the reception. the packages that my photographer will offer either have “up to 6 hours of coverage on your Wedding Day” or “up to 8 hours of coverage on your Wedding Day”. the 8 hour package includes an engagement or bridal session, which is nice. we had an informal engagement session already (we did them before we were officially engaged, and i don’t have a ring yet, so i call it an informal engagement session), but another one would be nice.
so i ask- how long did you book the photographer for? would 6 hours be enough? or is 8 hours more standard?
Post # 3
We had our photographer for 6 hours and I found it perfect. He left after he’d taken pictures of us walking to our seats for the reception.
Post # 4
we had our for 11 hours. he came to the hotel room around 2:00 during the last portion of the girls getting ready. we left for the venue at 3:00 to take photos before a 5:30 ceremony. we didn’t get back to the hotel until aroudn 1:00 a.m.
look at your timeline and see how much of it you want covered. some people don’t care if the photographer stays until the end but mine did get a wonderful photo of me resting my head on dh chest as i tried to make it through the last dance and bonus last dance (we did two last dance songs. one was slow and then the bonus was fast.)
Post # 5
I have no idea, but I’d probably want them there as long as possible. At least halfway, if not all the way, through the reception, or until we leave. I’ve seen some great reception photos!
Post # 6
Our wedding is a total of 5.5 hours and we booked ours for 8 hours. It was either that or 6 based on her existing packages. We will do photos before. If we are lucky we may have time for the “getting ready” photos!
Post # 7
I found my Photographer today… He will get getting ready pictures at about 10 am… pre wedding formals at 12 ceremony at 1:30…post wedding formals (just the stuff of him and I together) at about 3, Reception pictures until 8pm! so about 10hrs! oh did i mention he wants about $500 for all this and I buy the $20 format for his camera that he gives me back…. Awsome!
Post # 8
We will have our two photographers before we even get ready to the moment we ask them to leave…in the words of my photographer! Our photographer only does full-day wedding coverage and leaves til the very end of the entire wedding. I thought it was awesome since we won’t need to worry about timing out anything.
Post # 9
8 hours is more standard. If you want everything from “getting ready” photos to “reception” photos, it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to do with less than 8 hours. Keep in mind the photographer needs time scheduled into your day to do his job as well, either before (if you do a first look) or after the ceremony. If you leave out this time you’re not going to get the photos you’re hoping for.
Post # 10
We had ours for 10 hours, so my instinct is 8. Our photographer was also there for the getting ready photos, however!
Post # 11
My photographer also only offers all day services. Which is great! My ceremony starts at 5:30 and our photographer is meeting me and the girls at the hotel at10 am. to take pictures of us getting ready. The second photographer will be with the groomsmen while they get ready. We are taking pictures for about 3 hours before the wedding, so that we have plenty of photos. He will stay until the very end, close to midnight, so I guess I have my photographer for 14 hours.
Post # 12
I have my photographer all day, but mostly because she offered me a deal because I didn’t need an engagment session. (If you don’t want the e-session, you can always see if they are willing to go down in price, or offer you extras of something. I talked to two photographers before I booked, and both dropped their prices for me). Honestly though, as someone who has photographed weddings, you don’t need them their all night. After you’ve seen a few dancing and mingling photos you’ve seen them all! I would go 6 hours if you think you can condence your day into that, or 8 hours to be safe.
Post # 13
I booked 7 hours (6 hr package plus an extra hour), but will be doing my 1-1.5 hr bridal portrait session the morning of the wedding too. The 7 hours will begin around 3, leaving time for pre-ceremony photos, and end at 10.