You have the fiance, the ring, a date, and maybe even a venue. Next up? Hiring your wedding photographer. But there is one VERY important thing to consider before you do that!
Ok, there is actually more than just one important thing to consider, but this particular thing is a biggie…
How many hours do you want him or her (or them) there on your wedding day??? It seems like a simple question but we feel like most couples forget to ask themselves this before signing a contract. When you’re just starting to plan your wedding, a certain number of hours of coverage may seem like enough. Later down the road though, when times are more finalized, you may quickly realize that the package you booked won’t allow for photos of some moments, like your hair and makeup being done or the last dance of the night.
If all of this sounds a bit confusing, this infographic from our friend SRW Joyce might be a huge help!
It is so much easier to see how a certain amount of coverage will impact your wedding photos when it’s laid out in a timeline like this, isn’t it?!
So how do you figure out how much coverage is right for you?
Create your own version of this timeline. Start with the main event: the ceremony. You know what time this will begin, so work backwards (and forwards) from there, adding in things like the cocktail hour, reception start and end time, what time you’ll have to leave wherever you’re getting ready in order to make it to your ceremony venue on time (scratch that, with a few minutes to spare…you can’t be too careful). You don’t need to have the entire day mapped out; just enough so that you can see how your photographer’s package will impact your day. Keep in mind that the time your photographer spends traveling/driving to and from the hotel, ceremony, and reception venue will count towards your overall coverage. Just because they aren’t using their camera, doesn’t mean they aren’t working!
Also, know what kind of moments you want to be captured. If having photos of you getting your hair and makeup done are really important to you, the coverage will need to start earlier. Don’t forget those detail shots too…your shoes, dress, invitation suite, etc. These typically happen during hair and makeup, or earlier in the day when not too many other things are happening yet. If you’re only springing for 7 or 8 hours of coverage, this may mean the photographer peaces out mid-reception. That would be totally fine…once dancing starts, nothing major really happens and most dancing pictures are all the same anyways. Then again, maybe you’re having an epic sparkler send off! In that case, you definitely want the photographer there until you’ve made your grand exit! Our point is this…
Figure out a rough timeline of your day and what is most important to you.
Then, decide what package will best suit your big day based on those answers!
How did you figure out which coverage package was best for you? How many hours will your photographer be present on your wedding day? Comment below and let us know!