Post # 1
My fiance and I are in the middle of working out the contracts for our photographer. We’re eloping, and won’t have more than 14 people (including ourselves) in attendance. Our plans so far are these: to have a mid-afternoon wedding, and then a “reception dinner” in a private room at a restaurant. I can’t see our ceremony lasting any more than 30 minutes, and our “recpetion dinner” is really just a big dinner at a restaurant–no dancing or cake cutting or anything like that.
So far, we’ve reserved our photographer for 3 hours. Is this enough? I want her to capture the getting ready process, the ceremony (obviously), as well as at least part of our dinner. The problem is, I have no idea how long I should book her for. Luckily, cost isn’t too much of an issue since we’re saving so much money in other places.
Post # 3
3 hours is probably enough for eloping. 4 hours is kind of normal for a regular wedding, so 3 seems about right. Good luck!
Post # 4
I think 3 hours sounds like it may not be enough. Don’t forget to take into account travel time between places, like where you’re getting ready and the ceremony, ceremony site and reception site, etc. Personally, I would like them to be guaranteed to stay for the entire dinner – even if you’re not planning for it to be very fancy, if someone decides to make a toast at the end of the evening or something like that, it’d be disappointing to not have the photographer there.
Post # 5
From my experience I recommend an hour (or more if you want to do some photos of just you or you and your family) of getting ready, the time for travel to the ceremony venue (make sure to consider traffic), the ceremony and bliss time, travel to location for portraits if you are not already there, since you have a small group, photos with your VIPs wont take that long and I recommend budgeting at least 30min with just the two of you and your photographer, travel to the dinner venue and an hour or so of dinner.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Think about what pictures you will want of the reception/dinner… Usually people do not want their photo taken while they are eating. A few table shots, candids of your guests at the table and some fun group shots should be enough, and that will only take 20 minutes or so. If money is not an issue get as much time as you need so that niether you or the photographer feels rushed, this will allow them to be more creative also. If you go with the 4 hour coverage have your photographer show up earlier so you can get some great single bride photos before the ceremony.
Post # 7
Thanks so much, everyone!! I think we’re going to go with 4 hours. Everyone is getting ready just down the hall from each other, and said hallway is just steps away from our ceremony location. We’re having such a small wedding, I think 4 hours will give us plenty of time to get the getting ready shots, stuff during the ceremony, the pictures of our group, and the toasts and stuff at dinner. Thanks again!
Post # 8
I would also have a clause in the contract that allows for extra time in case you go long at dinner or something. That way it’s worked out ahead of time.
Post # 9
Most photogs are happy to stay longer but will require payment day off or as soon as it’s decided to stay longer.
I think 4 hrs is much better. You want to make sure you spend some time in there with just the 2 of you getting rocking pictures 🙂