10 Questions to Help Decide How Many Hours of Wedding Photography Coverage You Need
Updated: Mar 4, 2021
It's finally happening: He bought the ring, popped the question, and you said, "YES!. Congratulations! Woohoo- you're engaged! Now it's time to start some serious wedding planning.
After choosing a date and scoping out a few venues, looking for a wedding photographer is usually next on the list. You might know what style you're looking for, or maybe you even have a photographer in mind, but knowing exactly how many hours of coverage you'll need for the wedding day can be a tough decision. Most couples are also working with a wedding budget and want to find wedding coverage that meets their needs AND still fits within their specific budget.
While talking with inquiring coupes about what sets the Leyre Experience apart from other photographers, one of the first questions we ask is:
"How many hours of wedding photography coverage are you looking to book on your wedding day?"
Want to know the most common answer we get?
"We aren't sure....".
And that's okay! We're happy to step in and help clients figure it out. In hopes of helping Brides and Grooms-to-be decide on wedding coverage, we've included a list of questions for you to ask below.
1. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS YOU WANT PHOTOGRAPHED ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?
As you plan the events of your wedding day and try to think about how many hours of coverage you'll need, keep your priorities in mind and make sure to plan around it. Apart from the first look and the first kiss (these are always musts!), what truly matters to you?
Is having pictures with the family members that have traveled from near and far the most important part?
Do you want to get those gorgeous, golden hour portraits with your Bride/Groom-to-be?
Are photos of all the thoughtful details and elaborate decorations must-haves in your final wedding photo gallery?
Ultimately, you'll want to prioritize and intentionally make sure to schedule out the time for what matters most to you. Then, you can work around it to create the best timeline and decide on how many hours you'll need to capture it all.
2. DO YOU WANT GETTING READY PHOTOS?
If you're looking to tell the full story of your wedding day, you want to consider full-day
coverage. Do you want photos of you and your bridal party getting ready? Final makeup and hair touches? Getting into your wedding dress?
When thinking about the number of hours you'll need for photography coverage, you'll want to decide whether or not you want these moments included.
3. WHERE ARE YOU GETTING READY? HOW FAR IS THE LOCATION FROM THE VENUE?
If you've decided you want to get ready photos, the next thing to consider is the distance between the location you're getting ready at and the actual ceremony venue. You'll want to this into consideration when planning out the day's schedule of events to allow for enough time to make the commute.
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4. IS AN EPIC-DRESS PHOTO IN YOUR IDEAL SHOT-LIST?
Some Brides invest a pretty penny into their dream wedding dress and they want to capture all of its beautiful details. There's nothing wrong with that! Getting an epic dress shot takes effort. Your photographer needs to find the perfect spot and gather up additional bridal details (like hairpins, jewelry, bouquet, shoes, or your something-borrowed-something-blue). To capture photos of the dress, your photographer will need time to make it happen (especially if your package does not include a second photographer).
5. WHAT SPECIAL EVENTS DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE BEFORE THE CEREMONY?
More often than not, our couples want to capture special events before the ceremony, including things like:
- A first look
- The Bride and Groom exchanging letters or gifts
- Dad, bridal party, or family seeing the Bride for the first time in her gown
- A toast with bridal parties
- A family member giving a gift or heirloom to the Bride or Groom
The wedding day goes by so fast and you don't want to miss the opportunity to savor these moments. Make sure to consider pre-ceremony events and factor in enough time to make them happen.
6. IS THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT THE SAME, OR A DIFFERENT, LOCATION?
One thing to consider while planning the perfect wedding day timeline that often gets overlooked is any necessary travel on the wedding day.
In some cases, couples will book a venue that has it all- rooms for getting ready, a ceremony spot, and reception space. As convenient as this is, we know it’s not always the case. Consider the length of time it’s going to take to commutes to the ceremony venue. If your reception is taking place elsewhere, don’t forget to factor in the time it will take to drive to the reception space as well.
You'll want to give not only yourself enough time for any transition, but family, guests, and vendors (like your photographer!).
7. HOW LONG WILL FAMILY PHOTOS/BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS TAKE?