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How Many Hours Should I Book My Wedding Photographer For?

How many hours do I need a wedding photographer for?

Fireworks - Wedding
A wedding photographer discreetly captures a couple enjoying fireworks at their wedding.

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

What do you want your wedding photographer to cover?

First, you need to decide what important details you want your wedding photographer to cover. Do you want a lot of getting ready photographs prior to the ceremony? Do you want me to stay for the entire reception? These details will affect the length of time you need me there. If you want me to stay until your reception exit, and you want a lot of candid, getting ready photographs, you need full day coverage. On the other hand, if you just want a few getting ready photographs, that will knock off some time. If you want me to stay for just the main events in the reception and not until the last guest leaves, then this shortens the day. When you decide on a start and/or end time, this is the first step to booking your package.

Ceremony Length

Next, you need to consider the ceremony length. For a Catholic wedding, the ceremonies tend to be longer, so you need to allow more time. If you want me 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 estimate 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 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, should add more time for that as well.

How efficient is my wedding photographer at formal photographs?

For formal photos, you have to consider how many people are in your bridal party, and how many people are 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 may need closer to eight hours.

Do I want my wedding photographer for a special exit?

If you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you want 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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Wedding Photos: How Much Time Do I Need?

Bridal Party at Forest Park's Grand Basin
Wedding photos are often done at the Grand Basin in Forest Park.

People love wedding photos, but  not sure how long they should take. Many people consider wedding photos to be a necessary evil of a wedding day. Brides recognize that they are necessary, but are not sure how long to build into the schedule for them.

As an aside, let me point out here that much depends on your wedding photographer. An organized and charismatic photographer makes all the difference. An organized photographer helps wedding photos go smoothly and efficiently. I put hours of planning into doing them and try to make the process as fun as possible. I have been able to photograph two large families and a bridal party in as little as 30 minutes. This was a challenge: planning for more time is always better.

Families:

For family formals I recommend 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size. 

Bridal Party:

You should plan a half hour for bride and groom portraits. Additionally, you should plan an 30-45 minutes for bridal party photos. This, of course, varies by how large and cooperative your bridal party is.

Locations:

If we travel to additional locations for wedding photos, you will have to gather everything – and everyone – together for transport. It is a good idea to designate a friend who is not in wedding photos to do this for you. Many times we will do the family photos at the ceremony location. The bridal party often travels via party bus to other locations.

Popular Locations:

St. Louis has some BEAUTIFUL places for wedding photos, including Forest Park, Lafayette Square, Tower Grove Park, the Arch, and Carondelet Park, to name a few. BUT: popular wedding days make these locations crowded. I know of some others that are not as busy, but prettier. I could share these here, but I have to save something for those who book me!

Bubble Time:

Long lost family and friends love to visit after weddings. Often it is a challenge to keep everyone together. For that reason, so you need to allow some extra bubble time in case someone goes missing. 

These are my recommended minimum times. Obviously, bigger groups require more time. Worst case scenario is that we finish early and you have some moments to relax.

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