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How Many Hours Do I Need?

Planning your wedding day can be overwhelming, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how many hours of photography coverage you need. It’s important to choose the right amount of coverage so that you can enjoy your day without feeling rushed or missing out on important moments.

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What's possible ?

As a seasoned wedding photographer, I recommend the following coverage breakdowns:

  • 6 hours for a short day, for example Getting ready, Ceremony, all portraits, no reception when at the same location.
  • 8 hours for an average timeframe, “Getting ready”, ceremony, portraits, part of the reception. Including time for short travel between locations 
  • 10 hours for an average timeframe with breathing room, from “Getting ready”, ceremony, portraits, a good biggest part of  reception. Time for travel between venues.
  • 12 hours for more flexibility and breathing room.


Of course, every event is unique, and you should discuss your specific needs with your photographer.

From my experience, a 10 hour booking and 2 photogaphers gives you the best options from all worlds to relax and breath.

What is important to you?

When deciding on the amount of coverage you need, it’s important to prioritize what memories are most important to you. Is it your romantics, the family portraits, or the wild dance party shots? Additionally, you should consider crucial pieces such as travel times between locations, speeches, table shots and the party.

Remember that truly great photography takes time.

And trimming hours to save money may end up sacrificing the full potential of your photographer’s creativity. Don’t be afraid to give yourself extra time to catch your breath or adjust to any unexpected delays.

If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your big day, I would love to help you. Let’s discuss your wedding plans and see if we’re a good fit for each other.

 

Timeline:

Here’s a breakdown of how long each part of your wedding day might take, based on typical timelines from my clients:

  • Getting Ready: 2 hours (for both bride and groom)
  • First Look: 15 minutes
  • Romantics: 30-45 minutes (or as much time as you’re willing to give us!)
  • Bridal Party: 20-30 minutes
  • Ceremony: 30-60 minutes, plus padding
  • Family Portraits: 20-30 minutes
  • Reception: 3-5 hours of photo coverage

Keep in mind that these are just general timeframes, and your specific needs may vary. It’s always a good idea to give yourself some breathing room in case things run behind schedule. And remember, photography takes time and effort, so be patient and let your photography team get creative to capture those gorgeous shots!

When planning your wedding, remember these important factors:

  • Travel times between locations – add padding to account for loading up the car and parking.
  • Speeches – plan ahead to avoid them taking up too much time.
  • Table shots, money dance, and special performances – discuss with your planner, photographer, and MC to keep them efficient.
  • DJ preferences and games
  • Breathing room – build extra time into each section of the day to adjust for unexpected delays and avoid unnecessary stress.

Conclusion:

If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your big day, I would love to help you. Let’s discuss your wedding plans and see if we’re a good fit for each other.

 
 

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How Many Hours Do I Need?

Planning your wedding day can be overwhelming, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how many hours of photography coverage you need. It’s important to choose the right amount of coverage so that you can enjoy your day without feeling rushed or missing out on important moments.

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