(Closed) How many hours are REALLY needed????

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What are you going to be doing between 2 and 6 pm??

Post # 5
11246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@JamieinMN: I don’t think you’ll need that long for pictures. We had 45 minutes after the venue. We had the photographer for 6 hours in total. This meant

  • photos of girls getting ready etc 11:00 – 13:00
  • Photos at church including before, during and after 13:20 – 14:30
  • Photos at venue 14:50 – 16:15

May I add after he took photos of us entering the dining room etc he then left. We didn’t ask for photos of speeches or the evening.

Post # 6
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

we chose 6 hours, and the photographer was like, “you really need 8” and gave us the extra two hours for free.  Our ceremony is at 6, with the cocktail hour/reception immediately following.

Post # 8
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had 8 hours and Im glad we did. We had it from getting ready (not including hair/make up) to the time we left our reception.

Post # 9
207 posts
Helper bee

I only booked my photographer for 4 hours. I have a friend that will be taking photos of me and girls getting dressed and the guys will have a camera also to take their own action shots while getting dressed. For ceremony and bridal party shots we are alotting 1hr and the other 3 for the reception. It really all depends on what professional photos you yourself will like.
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Post # 10
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our photographer was with us all day, and I still forgot to get some posted shots before hand. We did getting ready pics, so it was a mix of getting ready then some posed shots, and I would say that it was definitely not enough. I should have blocked more time specifically for pictures and had us get ready by a certain time. I think since you’re doing yours after the ceremony and everyone will be ready, it might be OK. Make sure you take makeup touchups with you for after the ceremony!

Post # 11
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re doing 10 hours, but our Photographer will go to ANY location we want throughout the day.  So the boys are going to the beach/boardwalk for some groomsmen shots at 1 p.m..  And then the Photographer is meeting us girls at a local park for bridesmaids shots.

He will stay all the way until the end of the reception at 11 p.m. so we’ll get lots of shots of the ceremony, family, reception (cake cutting, dancing). 

Post # 12
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

How long is your reception? When are you getting your hair/makeup done? Are you doing a first look? How many family/bridal party shots do you want and in how many locations? This will all determine how much time you need.

We did 9 hours, and we used every second of it. From getting ready, to a shoot with my husband and I before the ceremony (in a beautiful location 15 mins away) to family pics to the ceremony to every awesome minute of our reception – it was all covered.

Post # 14
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think you will need a minimum of 6, its just such a LONG day! But I would also suggest booking 8, that way you will be able to hopefully get all the pictures you want! I booked my photographer for 6 hours, but she came early to get pics of ladies getting ready, and left late so she could get pics of reception/ dancing/ party. I think we had just enough time (but we also had 3 photographers, our main and she brought 2 assistants, plus a videographer and his assitant). You pay so much for your wedding and all the details you want to make sure you have a photographer long enough that they can document it all!

Post # 16
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

As a photographer, I’d advise against relying on friends for good photos. Point and click cameras aren’t designed for wedding photography and chances are 95% of your friends’ shots will be horrible. Splurging for more time with your photog is worth it, unless of course you don’t want any pictures from the reception.

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