Post # 1
i am looking into photographers and currently trying to negotiate with some as they are either out of budget or are providing things in a package we do not need. I am just curious how many hours you had your photographer for on the day of your wedding. I do not want pictures of the bridal party getting their hair and makeup done but would like pictures of slipping on my dress. So basically from that point in the day til the entrances into the reception and first dance. I am fine with not having a ton of the reception documented if that’s what needs to be cut out for time purposes. Thank you!
Post # 2
ashcoop23 : you probably need maximum 6 hours?
Post # 3
ashcoop23 : Ours includes 9 hours and will start with me getting into my dress but after hair and makeup are complete. We will start probably 2 hours prior to the ceremony to do some bridal portraits and then have the hour long ceremony and departure from church, and entrance/first dances all that. I’m guessing it will take about 7 hours but I’m glad we have some buffer time. Our package does include an album, leatherbound with the pictures printed on some kind of an archival stuff.
Post # 4
I’ve booked an 8 hour package. Didn’t care about getting make up photos done but thought it would be nice to get photos with people I’m close to before the wedding while / after we get ready together, especially my mum, I think she would appreciate nice photos of us together before my wedding 🙂
The 8 hr package had an early bird special price so actually not much more expensive than the 6 hour package, if it wasn’t for the special I would’ve gone with an 6 hour package, starting from when I’m getting ready to leave the house.
Post # 6
ashcoop23 : I negotiated with our photographer. She typically charges $4000 for 8 hours and 2 photographers. We are getting 6 hours with her and her assistant for $2000. I also don’t feel it is necessary to have photos of the reception past the cake cutting. We are having the ceremony and reception in the same location. I hope that helps!
Post # 7
We had 9 hours I believe. From me putting on my dress until the dancing began.
Post # 8
ashcoop23 : ours was 10 hours. photographers started with my getting in the dress (so no getting hair/makeup done pics). we did a first look, and they stayed through the end of the reception with a 1 hour break (so they really stayed for 11 hours, but shot for 10 of them – it was an out of town wedding, and they were staying the night anyway so they hung out and had a drink etc)
Post # 9
10 hours. he came toward the end of the getting ready and left at the end of the party.
Post # 10
Ours is all day (probably 10a-9p) but it’s a friend of ours (don’t worry we have a contract) so he’s giving us a lot longer than he usually would
Post # 11
ashcoop23 : I had 6 hours and that covered from 4pm (final hour or so of getting ready), first look, 6pm ceremony, family photos, reception at 8pm and at 10pm we cut the cake and photographer left.
This covered everything all major dances and pics of guests, however it just went by shockingly fast. There was a few tables we hadnt reached yet. I probably should have done another hour now that I think about it, but I think 6 was good. I wouldnt have done any less (unless you dont care about the getting ready photos).
Post # 12
We had ours for 6 hours. That covered from our first look to the end of the reception.
Post # 13
We are doing 8 hours but may up it to 9. I want a few pictures beforehand of makeup touch ups, a toast with my girls, and then me slipping into my dress. Even though we are having a live band and really going for a party atmosphere, we will be cutting the hours at the end of the reception. Everyone I’ve talked to says that once you get a couple of hours of people partying and enoying the music, that is enough for pictures. My fiance is a bit hesitant on this, though, which is why we might add the extra hour.
Post # 14
Ours is for 8 hours with a little bit of cushion/flexibility at the beginning and end of the day!
Post # 15
We are having 8 hours, 12-8 with tbe ceremony at 1, this means we have an hour before the ceremony (do not want any of me getting ready, couldn’t imagine anything worse!) for with my dad and bridesmaids and my daughter before my makeup is ruined by me crying (I’m 100% sure I will cry halfway down the aisle) and a few of the venue. Then up to cake cutting/ first dance (haven’t decided the order yet) we are not really having a proper reception since there will be 11 2-8 year olds with only 50 guests! So I don’t think it will be on particularly late!