(Closed) Should we upgrade our wedding package for more time?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I upgrade our package?

    You're probably fine with the one you have.

    Pay the extra for more time.

  • Post # 2
    9519 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I probably is enough but this is a one shot deal. Since pictures are so important to you, better to spend a little extra just in case. But that’s easy for me to say

    Post # 3
    7476 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    Zesty:  If it’s important to you, upgrade. I always explain to my couples – TIME is the one thing you can’t get more of after the fact.

    Post # 4
    1289 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    How many actual pictures do you get? You might find you get enough on with the current package, regardless on if they spend another hr at the reception or not. What pictures from the reception are you hoping to get if there isn’t dancing?  It also sounds like you are having a smaller wedding? There really are only so many pictures of your guests you will want IMO. $600 is almost to me too, especially since you can get more candid photos from your guests after thre photographer leaves

    Post # 5
    928 posts
    Busy bee

    It depends on what you want. We were running ahead of schedule with our hair and makeup, so I didn’t get any of those photos taken. We did take some candids ourselves though. I do wish though, that in hindsight, I would have skipped them coming for the getting ready photos and had them stay that hour later to get more reception photos of when my guests were actually there.

    Post # 6
    628 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think 6 hours is totally doable. In order to ensure you have enough time though, I’d recommend planning to run “early”. If you need to be ready by 10:30, plan to be ready by 10am. That way you can maximize the time the photographer is there. I’ve photographed too many weddings where the bride is running late, and it puts a time crunch on your photos!

    If you were one of my couples and you wanted to stick to 6 hours, here would be my recommended timeline:

    • 10:30am – Photog arrival / Details / Bridesmaids get dressed
    • 11am – Bride gets dressed (30min, 45 if your dress is lace up)
    • 11:45am – First Look / Bride portraits / Groom Portraits / Bride & Groom Portraits 
    • 12:30 – Bride & bridesmaid / Groom & Groomsmen
    • 1:00 – Wedding Party Photos 
    • 1:30 – Family Formals (Family often runs late so generous time here)
    • 2:15 – End Photos
    • 2:45 – Ceremony Start (assuming 15 min?)
    • 3:15 – Remaining Family Formals / Bride & Groom Portraits (now that you’re married!!!)
    • 3:45 – Return to reception
    • 4:30 – Photographer departs

    Not sure if arriving to the reception at 3:45 is too late for you, but that would give you plenty of time to get those downtown portraits of you and DH. That would also give the photogs ~45 min to get candid photos and reception details! If you added 2 more hours, what would you alot to them? Either an earlier start time or more photos of the reception. It seems like a bit much based on your plans for the reception. Will you have any other “events” going on? Speeches? That’s something to consider as well. If not, then I think 6 hrs is plenty

    I hope this is helpful!!

    Post # 7
    6516 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    Zesty:  do you want to have getting ready shots? if its not super important to you, then cut that out and have them come later.

    I agree pictures are super important, so I would suggest adding more time. My orginal package came with 8 hours and I added an addtional 2 because I didn’t want to feel rushed adn not get good shots.

    Post # 8
    628 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If you want shots of you getting your make-up and hair done, you can totally fake it. Pretend to apply more mascara and lipstick. Have someone pretend to be putting the finishing touches on your hair. Grab a few portraits of you in your getting ready outfit just before you get dressed. I do pretend getting ready shots with the groom ALL the time since I’m not often there when he gets ready. Spend 2 minutes chit chatting w/ your girls laughing while the photog grabs some candids. You’ll be surprised with how many of the getting ready shots you can get in 5 minutes!

    Post # 9
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    One thought is skip the whole “bride hides from the guests” thing. <br />Thats 45 min wasted. Maybe go out to the downtown and get some of the pictures then. Does it really matter if a few people see you before you walk down the aisle? 

    And maybe the answer is yes. But you have to pick whats the worst thing that could happen… spending $600 more dollars? Potentially not getting the pics you want? Or guests seeing you before the wedding?

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