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Your Wedding Planning | How Many Hours Should You Plan for When Booking my Photography Services? 💏⛪

I know first hand when an inquiry comes, my couple has no idea what involves the [planning of the day, or how many hours would they need for their photography for the day [ I was there about 12yrs ago ] and yes, we will read the magazines and the blogs... And, we will speak to the friends who have gotten married and have planned and gone through that experience themselves. Reality is, everyone is different.


Honestly, nothing really prepares you for the time you may need, the planning must fit your own dynamics to your benefit and not produce any stress. I know this personally...


I have been thinking, how I can facilitate and create the experience, other than creating and curating collections for my couples to choose from - all has been created carefully with a formula - and of course, now with a decade+ of experience... I can confidently write this post for my planning/inquiring couples.


The Variables:

  1. Size of your guest list [ guesstimates? ]

  2. Your wedding party size [ groomsmen/bridesmaids/parents/siblings participating etc.]

  3. Type of Wedding: - Church Ceremony ➡️ followed by reception - Non Denominational Ceremony [10-20mins] ➡️ Reception

  4. Are you having First Look or a Reveal? 💍 - I will not lie, but I am personally a fan of the First Look - Because it allows for my couple to have that one-on-one time just themselves... and then all the formal pictures with bridal parties, immediate family can be captured before the ceremony - It is so time effective for your timeline - But, no pressure here: It is a very personal option. - If a Reveal is chosen, then I will aim to get brides and bridesmaids priors and my second shooter will do the same with Groom/2nd partner and his wedding party/groomsmen without interrupting or spoiling the surprise!

  5. Most brides/grooms have a first look with parents or mom/dad - depending on the dynamics.

  6. It is very common that H+MU starts early depending on sizes of bridal parties - In most cases brides are usually the last to get H+MU and to get dressed - Honestly, most photographers may only need about 1.5-2hrs prior the Ceremony Starting Time to capture details in the party room while girls get ready/details such as dress, bouquet, jewelry, invites, heirlooms etc. Also, I love visually scanning the venue for the other details, such as cake, the unique room décor [your tables] and other components creating that personal vision y'all had in mind - You want these for your digital proofing album - trust me.

  7. Let's think Groomsmen/Partner's wedding party - Are they doing anything special - in my experience working weddings, they tend to be dressed within minutes - But there are still some very amazing moments captured in that room!

  8. Do you need a second shooter? ⬅️ It all depends on the size of your party and the dynamics of the day - *I highly recommend - However, my Amethyst and Turquoise collections bring a second photographer as part of the experience for weddings lasting 8+ hours -

  9. During Reception time, think of what customary or activity implementations will you have i.e. *First Dances/toasts/prayers/Special Mentions/Bouquet-Garter tosses/Cake Cutting/Last dances/Exit etc.

Now, how do you know, and how do you make a decision?


In my experience my most requested collections chosen are the Amethyst and the Turquoise - these, offer 8-10hrs/2 shooters/engagement/bridal session/prints/wedding album and your downloads with print release - Of course it all depends on dynamics and budget.


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♠︎ Below is a sample of timeline for a 10hr wedding for photography coverage with a 5:00pm ceremony time and it is ideal for wedding parties of 6+ per side with a Reveal.


Photographers always will arrive .5hr before12m and stay .5hr after the Exit is done

During meal time photographers do take a break if needed - to switch batteries, prepare for creative shots and reception dancing etc./also I upload images to social media/and a restroom break.





♠︎ Below is a sample of timeline for a 8hr wedding for photography coverage with a 5:00pm ceremony time and it is ideal for wedding parties up to 6 per side with First Look.


Photographers will arrive .5hr before 2pm and stay .5hr after the Exit is done

During meal time photographers do take a break if needed - to switch batteries, prepare for creative shots and reception dancing etc./also I upload images to social media/and a restroom break.




I believe this information will allow you all to make a very educated decision on your investment - and how your wedding day timeline may look like - not to say this is the holy grail of timelines, but indeed a good visualization, providing your with how photographers make use of the time given to document your day properly.

As always, I am here answer questions and many of this topics are also is discussed in our consultations. I love my clients and want to provide nothing but the best experience for your day!


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