How Many Hours of Wedding Photography Should I Be Booking?
As you plan your wedding, you’re going to have to make a lot of different decisions, which means that you’re sure to come across an array of questions you never thought you’d have to ask.
One of the most common questions that brides tend to ask is how many hours of wedding photography they really need to book. Here are a few details that I think will help make this decision a little easier for you!
Here is a guide to what you can expect when booking a certain amount of wedding photography hours.
Most photographers will offer more affordable packages that include around 6 hours of wedding day coverage. This is ideal if you’re having a small, intimate wedding where there won’t be a lot of people to manage. 6 Hours is also ideal if you’re having your ceremony and reception at the same location!
If you opt for fewer hours, remember that you won’t be able to ask for too many detail and décor shots but the important moments such as the ceremony and couple shots will all be covered.
8 Hours of wedding day coverage is generally ideal if you’re expecting around 100 to 120 guests. These additional hours will give your photographer more time to capture photos of you getting ready, detailed shots of your reception area and of your guests after the ceremony and your first dance.
Again, 8 hours is enough if your ceremony and reception will be at the same location. If you have more than one location I’d highly suggest chatting with your photographer to chat about the time you’ll spend driving between the two. The additional 2 hours will be used on getting those detail shots and more shots of your bridal party and family. This is also an ideal package for couples looking to do a first look.
If photos are incredibly important to you and you have a long list of shots that you really want to capture, opt for 10 hours or more. 10 Hours of wedding day coverage is also ideal if your photographer will need to travel to a different location for the ceremony and reception.
If you’re still not sure how many hours you should book, speak to your photographer about what’s important to you and they will be able to advise you accordingly.
One of the things I tell each bride I work with is that anytime they feel even a little concerned about what their timeline should look like, I’m always happy to step in to help! I feel I could definitely do a timeline in my sleep by this point in my business, haha!
As always, I’m here if you have any questions! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org