HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

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WHAT WE CAPTURE ON YOUR BIG DAY.

 

Wedding Coverage

We are with you from the time you start getting ready for the big day into the night of your reception. We cover Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception, Family and Bridal Party Portraits,
Wedding Day Details, and all of the Special Moments throughout your day.

Our style is very candid. However, we do pose for family formals and bridal party photos. For most of the day, you’ll barely notice we are there, as we try to remain discreet. We won’t be all up in your face or being a distraction to you or your guests.

We cover all of the main events throughout the day and will get all of the many details that you worked so hard to put together for your big day. If there’s something, in particular, you want to make sure we get a lot of photos of, just let us know. We’re happy to accommodate you. If you want to get a not-so-formal photo with some friends during the reception, just pull us aside and ask us to snap a photo or two. Just sit back and relax, because we’ve got you covered!

HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

One of our most frequently asked questions is: How long should I book my wedding photographer for? This is a great question, and we’re here to help you find the answer.

What do you want to be covered?

First, you need to decide what important details you want to be covered. Do you want a lot of getting ready shots prior to the ceremony? Do you want us to stay for the entire reception? These details will affect the length of time you will need us there. If you want us to stay until your reception exit, and you want a lot of candids, getting ready shots, you will need full day coverage. If you just want a few getting ready shots, that will knock off some time. If you want us to stay for just the main events in the reception and not until the last guest leaves, then this will also shorten the day. By deciding on a start and/or end time, this is the first step to booking your package.

Ceremony Length

Next, you need to think about the ceremony length. For a Catholic wedding, the ceremonies tend to be longer so you will need to allot more time for that. If you want us to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 10 hours for Catholic weddings. If you have a shorter ceremony, you won’t need to take out as much time from your schedule.

Location Transfer

Now let’s talk about location. If you have a shorter ceremony and your reception is at the same venue as your ceremony, then you won’t need as much time because you can take out travel time. I would say something like this would be good for six to eight hours, depending on the formal photos.

On that same note, if your reception is at a different venue, you will need to include travel time into your schedule. Also, incorporate the amount of time it takes to pack up all of your stuff to take to the reception. If you are going to take photos along the drive to the reception, more time will need to be added for that as well.

 

Formal Photo Requirements

For formal photos, you have to consider how many people are in your bridal party, and how many people are going to be in your family photos. If you have a small bridal party and a small number of family members having photos done, (and you’re at the same location the whole time), then six hours will suffice. If you have a larger family or bridal party, you will need closer to eight hours.

 

Special Exit

If you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you’ll need to have full day coverage.

Some weddings can be covered in just four hours. If you’re having a backyard wedding or a courthouse wedding where your reception is short (for example, no dancing, etc.) and maybe just like a sit-down dinner at a restaurant, then this could all be covered in four hours time.

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HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED FOR PHOTOS IF I DON’T HAVE A FIRST LOOK?

If you want to go the more traditional route and forego the first look, here are the minimum times you will need to schedule out for photos after the ceremony.

  1. For family formals, you will need 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size.
  2. You will need a half hour for bride and groom portraits and 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party.
  3. If you are taking photos off location, you will have to gather everything together and transport it. It is a good idea to designate a friend or someone who is not going to be in photos to do this for you to save time.
  4. Keep in mind that it is super hard to keep family, friends, and bridal party members together and all in one place after the ceremony, especially if it is a large party. For that reason, you need to allot some extra bubble time in case someone goes missing.

These are the minimum times. If you have more people in your family and bridal party photos, you may want to add some more time.

Contact us at Monkey Photography Design for more information about wedding photography.

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