(Closed) Is 6 Hours Enough?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did 8 hours, but we wanted to do photos prior and we wanted prep photos. Ours was a 5.5 hour event. If you only want wedding photos and there’s no grand send-off, you may be okay with 6 hours. Honestly, if he’s a good photographer, he might just throw in an extra half hour or something for free because he really wanted to capture something that you otherwise didn’t allocate time to. For example, we didn’t need groom prep but our photographer was super insistent because he really wanted to capture that.

Post # 4
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@amazingbee:  I’ve shot entire weddings from detail shots to ceremony to important moments of reception (basically up until cake cutting and a little of dancing afterwards) on 3 1/2 hours. That is for when the ceremony and reception are in the same place. Generally that does include a decent amount of time for portraits, but not getting ready photos. So I’d say 6 hours is fine, as long as there isn’t a lot of travel time involved, and you don’t need every single moment of the day documented by the pro. One thing, just make sure you do allow enough time for formal portraits. That’s one thing brides tend to regret if they don’t do. But it’s totally workable on 6 hours. 

Post # 5
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I got mine for 6 hours and I am very happy with that. Like you said, your photographer doesnt need to do the whole reception if not any of it. Im putting disposible cameras on the table so guests capture it and I think it will be interesting to see what they get


Do you have 2 photographers or one? Mine has put aside 120 minutes before the wedding starts to take formal stuff but shes only one person, 2 could get it done quicker. Talk to your photographer about your options

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Yes. We are only having the photographer for four hours. From 4pm until 8pm with the option to add an additional hour or two. Ceremony is at 5pm, reception ends at 10pm. We don’t want ugly drunk pictures from the end of the night so we are cutting off photography earlier than most.

Post # 7
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve never shot a wedding less than 8 hours. My typical wedding is 12. But I have a heavy focus on candid work and most of the best candids come from getting ready and reception shooting. It really depends on what is important to you! 

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I book 6-8 hours the most.

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