Post # 1
We are a year and a half out from our wedding and are just signing the contract and putting the deposit on our venue- yay! We love it and they book quickly so that is that.
I decided to inquire with my favourite photographer and she says she will give us the elopement package- $400 first hour and $200 for following hours- although we are not eloping, because we only want 2 hours to take wedding portraits. My mom refuses to pay more and thinks the portraits are all you need.
What do you all think about the rate, and only having a photographer for 2 hours, or *maybe* 3 hours? Will that be too little? Also, when should I book a photographer? The photographer wants me to book now, but it is pretty early. Any other advice is appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
It really depends on what you want captured. I dont book a date for any less than 6 hours. That covers the ceremony, portraits and a bit of the reception. It’s not too early to book. I have 5 weddings booked for 2014, some in October.
Post # 4
Hmmm, I don’t know. Photography is one of the things that we splurged on because they will what we have to look back on (we aren’t doing videography). I would do more, but that’s just me personal opinion. I booked mine about 10 months out. Luckily he let us decide our own deposit to hold our date and we can pay as we go.
Post # 5
Honestly, I think you would regret it if you don’t hire the photographer for longer. My biggest wedding regret was not hiring a professional photographer for my rehearsal dinner, because we did a traditional chinese tea ceremony. The photographer was literally $100 more than I wanted to pay. In hindsight, I would pay way more than that to have photos of the event.
Post # 6
I always suggest to clients that they do no less than 6 hours. Portraits are important, but don’t you want those unforgettable moments like walking down the aisle? The reception (first dance, cake cutting) etc? Some of my favourite photos I’ve taken at weddings have been during the ceremony, parents of the couple tearing up, the first kids and all that. If you ONLY want portraits, go for it, but keep in mind, these other moments can never be recreated.
Depending on what kind of printing rights and all that you get, that price sounds very reasonable. Wedding photographers book up quickly too, there are only so many weekends in a year! Book now if you have the money.
Post # 7
If photos that tell the story of your day are not important to you, than only having someone there for a couple of hours might be fine for you. Finding a photographer willing to book two hours this far in advance if you’re getting married on a weekend day raises a red flag for me because no one I know would do that.
Post # 8
I think it really depends on the kind of wedding you’re having. If you’re having a traditional wedding w/ reception I’d say 4-5 hours at the very least. My reception photos are honestly some of my favorite.
If you aren’t concerned with reception photos you’ll be okay having your ceremony and formals covered. I shoot quite a few 2 hour weddings each year, but I live in a resort area and most of those are couples having an elopement w/ immediate family and a quite dinner afterwards, which doesn’t require coverage.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone, I showed my mom your responses and we ended up booking a better photographer for more time!