Hi There! Glad you’re here!
If you’re on this page, you’re probably in the process of securing vendors for you special day, how EXCITING! But one of the many questions I hear brides ask alot, is “how many hours of wedding coverage do I really need”. Bottom line is, I can’t really answer that question for you but will absolutely do my VERY best to gather as much information needed to decipher approximately is more than enough with plenty of time in between in case things run a little behind..fingers crossed it won’t! ♥
Below is a sample of my own photography timeline. Meaning, the is the order in which I start my photography coverage for every wedding. Depending on the number of hours, some clients choose to forgo the detail and getting ready photos, or want me to arrive right before the ceremony and do all the formals afterwards so again, you have completely control on how you would like to disperse the photography timeline for your own wedding. This is just a general outline so it’ll help when planning the wedding day itinerary.
Times given below are the minimum and maximum.
**Preceremony**Details (dress, shoes, rings, bouquet, invitation..etc) – 15-20 Minutes
**Preceremony**Posed & Candid Getting Ready Shots (robe shots, getting in the dress, putting on accessories..etc) – 15-25 Minutes
**Preceremony**Posed & Candid Photos of Bride & Bridesmaids Altogether Bride & Each Bridesmaid – 10-20 Minutes
**Preceremony**Posed & Candid Photos of Groom & Groomsmen Altogether Groom & Each Groomsmen– 10-20 Minutes
**Can be done preceremony if you’re doing a first look**Posed & Candid Photos of Entire Bridal Party– 15-20 Minutes
**Can be done preceremony if you’re doing a first look**Bride & Grooms Family Photos 15-20 Minutes
(B&G & her immediate family, bride & mom, bride and dad, bride & siblings, grandparents and vice versa with groom and his family)
**Can be done preceremony if you’re doing a first look**Bride & Groom Formal Photos – 20-30 Minutes
If you do a first look, 99% of your portraits will be done prior to the start of ceremony which will cut down your cocktail hour between the end of the ceremony to the start of the reception, significantly. No more photos will be taken or needed once the ceremony is complete.
***Hint: Don’t forget to count travel times between each location***
Depending on ceremony time, your private portraits can also be done later in the evening during the reception when dinner is being serve.