Chances are if you're looking for a Wedding Photographer you have noticed that they offer collections with different amounts of time for wedding coverage. 6 hours? 8? 10? Does the photographer need to be there the entire day? Im here to help you figure out how much time you need to book your Wedding Photographer for by answering these 4 simple questions!
First: How long is your wedding day?
If you tell your girls to meet at the hotel or the salon at 10am and you have to be out of the reception at 10pm, then thats a 12 hour wedding day.
Second: Are you two having an exit you want photographed?
Some couples have a sparkler, confetti, or a flying tea lantern exit and they want that photographed. If so you can start to work backwards. You know you have to be out of the reception at 10, and your ceremony is at 4 you know you will need at least 6 hours of coverage.
Third: Is the Ceremony and the Reception in the same location?
I would rarely recommend less than 8 hours of coverage. Especially if there is any travel involved. Even a 10 mins drive from the Church to the Reception Venue with gathering everything up at the church, packing multiple cars, figuring out who is going with who, and then gathering everyone up once they get to the reception, it can easily take over an hour.
Fourth: What is most important to you?
Some brides want a completely documentary approach and set aside 5 mins after the ceremony for just a few shots of you two together you get a few handfuls of great photos and can spend the majority of your day with family and friends. While some other brides dedicate a full 3 hours of the wedding day dedicated to getting as many photos as possible where you get a TON of amazing photos that you can pick and chose from but you get less time with everyone who came to celebrate with you.
Your photographer will be able to tell you how long they typically spend on their portraits and you can adjust for your needs. You can maximize your time by getting a first look in, then take that time to also get bridal portraits and bridal party photos in. If you don't know if you want a first look, or if you don't know what a first look is, Check out my recent blog post called
Bonus: You'll also be able to download my perfect wedding timeline! Hopefully this article has made trying to figure out how much time you need much easier! If it did please feel free to share this post with your friends on Facebook or Twitter!