- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2015
Our wedding is a month and a half away, and I just touched base with the photographer for the first time since our engagement pictures came in. When I booked our photographer, I picked the cheapest package because we’re on a budget. With that package, we get six hours. Which sounded like a lot! But she and I talked about the timeline for the day of, and here’s what it is with the current package:
9 am: Hair and makeup arrive, getting ready starts
10:30-11:30 am: Photographers arrive; take getting ready shots/ details/ accessories/ etc. Photographer will also take some portraits of bride while her assistant takes some portraits of groom
11:45-12:30: First look, followed by shots of bride and groom together
12:30-1:30: (this is a generous amount of time just in case wrangling people up gets chaotic): wedding party shots/ immediate family shots
1:45: Bride hides from guests
2:30: Photographers go to ceremony site to set-up/check camera settings/etc.
2:45: Ceremony begins
Immediately following ceremony: Any family/ formal shots still needed
3:00 + onward: Reception (we like to take our 20 min break while everyone eats since few people enjoy pictures of food in their mouth haha)
4:30-Photographers sadly depart 🙁
Some background: We’re having our wedding in the upstairs of a restaurant downtown, with a very low-key hors d’oeuvres reception (no dancing). Photos are SUPER important to me. What I want the most are the pictures of our first look and then just the two of us in the (mostly) empty venue. But I had also kind of imagined getting some pictures outside downtown, if the weather is okay and the reception is winding down, and we probably wouldn’t get that with this package. But the weather might be terrible in March anyway, and maybe we could snap a couple with a phone or something if that DOES happen, just to capture the experience?
I don’t know if she would accept this late in the game, but I’m wondering if I should ask to upgrade to the next package, which includes 2 more hours and costs $600 more. $600 is a lot for us, but I don’t want to feel rushed or be disappointed by not having pictures if something neat happened after they left.
What do y’all think, is six hours enough?