Post # 1
The package I chose with my photographer is for 6 hours. I have no idea how long pictures and everything else takes so I am trying to figure out the best times to have her taking pictures. My thought right now goes like this
9am-12pm: Hair and makeup for me and BMs
12pm-1pm: Get dressed and ready for pictures
1pm-3pm: First look and wedding party pictures downtown
4pm: Cocktail hour(?) at reception location (about 5 min from ceremony location) while family pictures are being taken after the wedding
5pm: Bride and Groom arrive at reception
5pm-7pm: in order to get professional photos, the first dance, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss and any other special moments should take place during this time period
9pm: reception ends
It is more of a mingling reception with tables for most but not everyone and appetizers/finger foods are being set out buffet style throughout the night. I wish I could get some “getting ready” pictures but I don’t know if I have enough time for that.
Please help, what do you think I should change about my timeline or what do you recommend I decide about the photographer to get all of the important photo ops?
Post # 4
How far is “downtown” from your ceremony site?
Post # 5
Can you buy extra hours from your photographer at a pro-rated rate? Usually they’ll charge like $100-200 extra for a few more hours. Then you could get everything from 12pm-9pm if you buy the 3 extra hours.
Post # 6
The ceremony and reception site are both downtown, about 8 blocks from each other.
zaylee- my budget is absolutely maxed. I couldn’t squeeze out an extra $100 if I tried. Because of this we are getting ready at my mom’s house instead of renting a room at the hotel where the ceremony is. The cost for the room is $170 and they told me that they can’t guarantee me check-in before 3pm unless I reserved friday night also, which I can’t afford.
Post # 7
Something that I’ve heard brides doing for their “getting ready” photos is pretend you’re doing your hair or putting on your make-up, etc. It probably wouldn’t cut too much into your 6 hours if you were ready to go and “faked” it if you really want them.
Post # 8
@ldyparadox99: That’s an awesome idea! I hadn’t thought of that! I’m having the same problem with hours of photography!