Many brides get stuck when it comes to planning the wedding timeline and how long should they book the wedding photographer for.
Whilst I prepare and customise a very detailed timeline for each of my couples – to make sure they have as much time as possible with the guest, don’t miss any fun, but also get some great couple photos (so they can remember what the day felt like), there are some general guidelines and times that should give you better idea when planning you special day.
For the timeline.. if you are not sure how much time photography will be required for each part of the day. Whilst coverage time differs for each wedding, here are average times that ensure good coverage of each part of the day.
– Bridal details, bride getting ready and bridal portraits: 2 hours
– Ceremony, arrival to the ceremony and confetti throw: 0.5 to – 1.5 hours
– Group photos and Bridal party photos: 0.5 – 1.5 hours
– Personal Couple Portraits: 0.5 – 2 hours.
This will of course hugely depend on your photography requirements and choices for locations, but I always try to not to keep you away from your wedding guest for too long (I always split this up into a few mini shoots during your day – so you get a more varied portfolio and get a few lovely breaks to soak up the moments and enjoy each other)
– Reception detail shots – everything and anything you spent your time and money on: 0.5 – 1 hour
– Reception including cocktail hour, guest photos, cake cutting and speeches: minimum of 2 hours (depending on formalities)
– First dance and Party Shots: 0.5 – 1 hours
So… onto the general
This will of course heavily depend on your big day – the timeline and what have you got planned, and at what locations and how many wedding guest are involved.
However as a general rule, here is a rough guide to how much is usually achievable for certain time periods:
3 – 5 hours coverage: arrival to the ceremony, ceremony, family and group formals and bridal & groom portraits.
7 – 8 coverage: bridal preparations and bridal details (wedding dress, shoes, jewellery, wedding stationery etc), some groom getting ready photos, arrival to the ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, bride and groom portraits, family and group formals, reception, reception details, speeches
8 – 10 coverage: bridal preparations and bridal details (wedding dress, shoes, jewellery, wedding stationery suite etc), groom getting ready photos, arrival to the ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, bride and groom portraits, family and group formals, reception, reception details, speeches, cake cutting, first dance