Post # 1
We’re in the process of hiring a photographer and trying to decide exactly how many hours we’ll need one for.
We are NOT doing a first look, please include in the comments if you did one or not.
What all did your photographer cover?
How long will we need if we want some getting ready shots, bridal party shots, ceremony, formals, first dance, cake cutting?
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
- 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
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
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 Darling Husband at a second location), and the reception (we didn’t do any dancing).
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.