(Closed) How many hours of photography coverage did you go with?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How long did you hire a photographer for?

    Five hours or under

    Six hours

    Seven hours

    Eight hours

    Nine hours

    Ten hours or more

  • Post # 3
    354 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We did 8 hours. That covered everything – getting ready, formals, ceremony, cocktail hour, and entire reception through the end. We did not do a first look but with 8 hours it wouldn’t matter if you did or didnt (assuming your ceremony/reception are the somewhat standard 5- 5 1/2 hours.

    We got 8 hours coverage, an engagement shoot (no prints/digitals included), an album, and all digital files and rights to the wedding photos, and an assistant for the photographer for 3k. We’re in the DC area so it was a good deal for us.


    Post # 4
    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We are getting about 14 hours of coverage (full day). The photographer will start at 10 AM (girls getting ready) till about midnight for some last pics and to cover the reception 🙂

    We are paying 5.5K for travel (which is about 500 dollars), engagement photoshoot, 14 hours, all digital files NO prints 🙂

    Post # 5
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @laurenrenee33:  7 hours.


    No getting ready shots but we’re having first look, pre-wedding jitters party with close friends, ceremony and reception.  Reception goes till 1am but photog leaves a 1130pm

    Post # 6
    1647 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We payed just shy of $2000 canadian for 9 hours of coverage and engagement shoot. We aren’t doing a first look either. The 9 hours will most likely be from 11-8 so that we can get some getting ready shots, ceremony, posed, and the reception stuff. 

    Post # 7
    9126 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We had about 9 hours. We were having a pre-ceremony cocktail hour at 3:30, and we did a first look before that, and getting ready / rings / details shots before that – so we had the photographer come at 2. She stayed until about 11 pm. We could have cut out an hour or two to get all the formal stuff, but she got some really fun party shots from the later part of the reception. 

    Post # 8
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re getting 10 hours, possibly a bit more, but we’re planning on doing a first look, and also having them at the after party for a bit 🙂 They’re not charging us for the time in between the reception and the after party though.

    Post # 9
    12244 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    7 hours!

    It covered getting ready shots, detail shots of the ceremony site, a First Look with me and my Dad, the ceremony, exiting the church pics, formal photos, couple pics (me and DH at a second location), and the reception (we didn’t do any dancing).

    Post # 10
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    8 hours we are wanting getting ready first look ceremony posed portraits and everyting but the last hour of the reception. She will be there from 3 to 11. Ceremony starts at 6 I am debating between having them stay an extra hour to be there through the end. It is 1400 for the eight hours and includes a albulm, digital copy of all photos and rights to reprint.

    Post # 11
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    We paid for 6 hours. We will be having a first look. He should be present from around 1-7. Our ceremony starts at 4 and I don’t plan on anyone staying after 7, but he’s a family friend and pretty flexible with his arrival time. 

    Post # 12
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Totally clicked the wrong button. For some reason I had it in my head we only had six hours, but I just checked my contract and we have 8 for our main shooter and 3 for our second shooter (I only want him for getting ready and ceremony). We’re not doing a first look, but we do plan to do a first touch.

    Post # 13
    1133 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Our photographer only offers one package, which is all day coverage for $900.  Our ceremony will be around 1:30PM, and our reception around 5PM, so we knew we’d need someone who did all day.

    Post # 14
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We aren’t doing a first look, either, and we went with 9 hours. We are having a fair significant gap (unavoidable, which is why we’re not doing a first look – we don’t need to).

    As of right now, our general timeline is:

    11:30a – photogs arrive to girls’ room, shoot detail pictures

    noon – photogs to boys’ room, boy getting ready pictures

    1 – photogs to girls’ room, girl getting ready pictures

    2:30 – ceremony

    3:15 – ceremony over

    6:30 – reception begins

    8:00 – sunset pictures

    8:30 – photogs go home/end of service.


    ETA: we’re paying 2.5k for the 9 hours of wedding day coverage, our engagement session, all edited photos with reproduction rights, and an album. Our photographers are awesome and we booked them right when they were starting out, in October 2012!


    Post # 15
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    6 hours. Did a “first look.” About two hours for that, plus all party pics, plus family pics. Then about 30 minutes for lunch break. Then about 30 min just waiting around for people to arrive. Ceremony of about an hour. Then reception and leaving about 2 hours. Reception was only 45min – 1 hr, though. Worked well for us!

    Post # 16
    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are getting 7 hours with no first look. It will cover getting ready, through our 5 hr ceremony & reception. We will do formals during the cocktail hour. It shouldn’t even take an hour, considering we have a very small wedding party & immediate family.

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