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Wedding Photography Coverage-How Much is Enough?

4/20/21

POSTED IN: Weddings

Unless you’re eloping, planning an intimate ceremony and celebration, or a larger event with ceremony and reception venues at separate locations, we typically recommend between six to eight hours of coverage; while keeping in mind that we work as two lead photographers side by side and separately throughout the day to maximize our time with you. And when it comes to your timeline and photos, there are a number of benefits to having a First Look wedding, but for couples who prefer to stick with tradition and not see each other before the ceremony, we’re happy to accommodate you, too!

Below are some of our sample timelines to help you determine how much wedding day coverage you might need, with or without a First Look. Ultimately, we want to make things easy for you and ensure you get all the important parts of your day covered, without spending your budget on hours of endless photos you might not necessarily need!

6 hours with first look
2:30-3:15 getting ready
3:15-3:40 first look, bride & groom photos
3:40-4:00 wedding party photos
4:00 break for ceremony
4:30-5:00 ceremony
5:00-5:20 family photos
5:20-5:45 bride & groom photos
5:45 break for reception
6:00-7:30 toasts, dinner, cake, mingling
7:30-8:30 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing

6 hours without first look
2:30-3:00 getting ready
3:00-3:30 pre-ceremony photos with wedding party and parents
3:30 break for ceremony
4:00-4:30 ceremony
4:30-5:00 family photos
5:00-5:20 wedding party photos
5:20-5:50 bride & groom photos
5:50 break for reception
6:00-7:30 toasts, dinner, cake, mingling
7:30-8:30 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing

7 hours with first look
1:30-2:30 getting ready
2:30-3:00 first look, bride & groom photos
3:00-3:30 wedding party photos
3:30 break for ceremony
4:00-4:30 ceremony
4:30-5:00 family photos
5:00-5:30 bride & groom photos
5:30 break for reception
5:45-6:00 reception entrance, toasts
6:00-7:00 dinner, cake cutting, mingling
7:00-8:30 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing

7 hours without first look
1:30-2:15 getting ready
2:15-2:45 pre-ceremony photos with wedding party and parents
2:45 break for ceremony
3:00-3:30 ceremony
3:30-4:00 family photos
4:00-4:30 wedding party photos
4:30-5:15 bride & groom photos
5:15-5:30 reception entrance and toasts
5:30-7:00 dinner, cake, mingling
7:00-8:30 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing

8 hours with first look
1:30-2:30 getting ready
2:30-3:00 first look, bride & groom photos
3:00-3:30 wedding party photos
3:30 break for ceremony
4:00-4:30 ceremony
4:30-5:00 family photos
5:00-5:45 bride & groom photos
5:45 break for reception
6:00-6:15 reception entrance and toasts
6:15-7:30 dinner, cake, mingling
7:30-9:00 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing
9:00-9:30 sunset photos or special exit

8 hours without first look
1:00-2:00 getting ready
2:00-3:00 pre-ceremony photos with wedding party and parents
3:00 break for ceremony
3:30-4:00 ceremony
4:00-4:30 family photos
4:30-5:00 wedding party photos
5:00-5:45 bride & groom photos
5:45 break for reception
6:00-6:15 reception entrance, toasts
6:15-7:30 dinner, cake, mingling
7:30-8:45 first dance, bouquet/garter toss, open dancing
8:45-9:00 sunset photos or special exit

Couples who book with us receive a one hour pre-wedding consult at our studio where we meet to discuss your schedule and sort out all the fun details. We’re here to help!

xo-Carrie & Katie

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