Post # 1
First post started! This is probably a stupid question, but here goes. I was just wondering what the average length of time is that wedding photographers are at weddings? We had originally only scheduled them for four hours, but that would mean they would miss the last two and half hours of our reception. Is this normal or do they typically stay for the entire wedding?
Post # 3
My photographer left about an hour before the reception ended. SHe did do an eight hour day though so it was no problem.
Post # 4
I personally feel like if they miss two and a half hours of the reception, they’re missing a lot. We are just having a dinner reception and have our photographer for six hours. You might want to make sure with the photographer that they’ll have enough time but I wanted ours for at least six and when we were planning a more traditional dinner and dancing reception with more guests we were going to try to get eight hours.
Post # 5
We had our photogs for 8 hours. If they had not been there for the last 2.5 hours we wouldnt have pictures of
- the cake cutting
- the garter toss
- the bouquet toss
- our venue lit up at night
- our sparkler exit
- leaving on a boat
These are some of my favorite pictures and I would be really sad if there were no pictures to capture those moments! If you arent planning to do those types of things or if you are planning to do them earlier in the night then maybe you will feel different…but personally I dont think 4 hours is enough
Post # 6
We did 9 hours. That gave us getting ready shots, an hour and a half for portraits, time for her to take detail shots of the grounds without the guests there, ceremony, cocktail hour, and all but the last 15 minutes of our reception. 4 hours would not have been enough for us!
Post # 7
Yeah, we added additional hours. I don’t know what I was thinking. We never really finalized a package so it isn’t a problem to change it. We have it scheduled now for 6.5 hours, which covers an hour before and the entire wedding/reception.
Post # 8
We’ve got unlimited day of coverage. So they will arrive and spend time with us while we get ready and leave when we kick them out of the reception at the end of the night. I’m excited to have all that coverage (it’ll end up being like 11 hours).
Post # 9
our photographer and cinematographer will be with us from early morning taking pictures of us getting ready, all the way until the end of the night. I agree with the other girls that if your photographer leaves that early you guys will miss a lot of good/important pictures.
Post # 10
Ours was a friend but we still had him from 2pm – 10pm. That included pre ceremony, ceremony, portraits, entire reception, sparkler exit. I would be upset if I planned something nice like exit or cake cutting or even make up and getting ready but the photographer couldn’t be there.