Post # 1
My photographer doesn’t have a set number of hours that she will take photos; instead, she will arrive one hour before the ceremony and then stay through the traditional dances/cake cutting/bouquet and garter toss. I’m wondering if I should ask about paying extra to have her come early for some getting-ready photos? My FH and I are not planning on doing a first-look, but I do love getting-ready photos.
Do you think there will be enough time, or should I pay more for an extra hour or two beforehand?
Post # 2
I’m a photographer myself, and I always arrive at least two hours before the ceremony, but prefer to arrive three hours. During that time, I do all the details, getting ready and pre-ceremony formals that don’t require the bride and groom in the same photos. If it were me, I would definteily ask about paying more to have them arrive an extra hour if the getting ready and detail photos are important to you.
Post # 3
I agree with Kaseylynn. I always think that the “getting ready” photos of a bride with her bridesmaids and family are so fun and special! A lot of times they seem less staged and more relaxed, and you really get to see the personalities of everyone involved in the day. If your budget allows, I think it’s very important!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
I agree with the ladies above, as well. Getting ready photos are special, I would definately ask her to come earlier.
Post # 5
FutureBride625: 1 hour won’t be enough for getting ready photos. I got ready a couple minutes walk from our ceremony venue and an hour before, I was getting into my dress. So if you want those shots, def ask her to get there earlier. Our photographer started at about 9.30am and used that time to get photos of both OH and I getting ready, as well as some detail shots (eg shoes and rings) and he managed to get some group shots (OH with his family) done too. If he’d arriv do an hour before he’d have got me getting into my dress and putting my jewellery on, and that would have been about it.