Post # 1
I am trying to get my photographer contract filled in and sent to her, but I need to fill in what time for her to begin shooting. I definitely want pictures of us getting ready at my parents’ house. She will be shooting for 7 hours. Our wedding is at 3pm and the reception at 6pm.
Post # 3
@NewfieBullet: Assuming you have a cocktail hour and 4 hour party, the photographer will typically leave right after the cake cutting, which is anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour from the end. So if you need the photographer until at least 10:30pm, and you have them for 7 hours, then the starting time is 3:30. Sounds like you need more hours of coverage. If you want coverage during the prep, the best time to start is when you are ready from the neck up (makeup/hair,etc). Depending on how far away you are from the ceremony getting ready it sounds like you would need at least 9.5 hours of coverage
Post # 4
I’ve had clients that have hired me from bride prep through till right after the first speeches rather than to the very bitter end. Sure, you’ll miss bouquet/garter toss photos, and cake cutting photos, but for some people the most important stuff is portraits, the ceremony, and the first dances I’ve also had situations where I’ve just shown up at the time of the wedding and stayed till the end of the night, no prep included. If this sounds reasonable to you then 7 hours just might cut it. btw, personally I think bride prep photos are much lovlier than photos of a 30 second cake cutting and drunk uncles dancing. Also there is often a lot of family and friends around at that point getting down with some point and shoot action. I knew a couple who gave people the password and link to a photo hosting page so guests could upload their photos and everyone shared images. If you need to cut corners it’s something to consider.