Monson Photography FAQ: How many hours coverage do I need to purchase?
Please note, as every wedding is unique, the coverage period samples below are simply meant to be a guideline for estimating the amount of coverage recommended for your needs. Amount of coverage hours depends on many things, including but not limited to: the particulars of your day you wish to have professionally captured, the complexity and scheduling of the bride’s desired makeup, hair, and gown dressing, logistics (i.e. Where the bride/bridesmaids and groom/groomsmen will be preparing; how far the reception venue and photo locations are from the ceremony venue.), time allotted for photos between the ceremony and reception (recommended – at least 2 hours if no receiving line will take place), size of wedding party and family, and amount of bridal party and family photos being requested (i.e. immediate, average-sized family vs. large and/or extended family; requesting individual photos of bride with each bridesmaid & groom with each groomsmen, or desire for many bridal party images.)
I have carefully thought through these recommendations, based on my experience from participation in 20+ weddings (as the photographer and/or “second shooter”) and am more than happy to sit down or call and discuss with you what would be the best option to assure the activities you wish to have photographed are covered.
I strongly urge my Clients to consider the possibility of a “First Look” session prior to the ceremony to allow for a more relaxed schedule and a unique capture of the bride and groom seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day.
When considering the time it takes for photography, please remember that a professional does not simply bring the camera to their eye and click the shutter button. Time must be allowed for proper posing, lighting setup, etc. to ensure the best outcome of your photographs.
ESTIMATED time to consider allowing for….
Bridal hairstyling……….2 hours for bride only; more if one stylist is covering all bridesmaids
Dressing bridal gown/shoes/jewelry……….30 minutes; depending on complexity of gown
Bride/bridesmaid photography……….1 hour
Groom/groomsmen photography……….30 minutes
“First Look” Session with one or both parents………..20 minutes
“First Look” Session pre-ceremony, followed by bride/groom photos…….1 hour, or 1 ½ hours if no photos will be taken of the bride/groom after the ceremony
Ceremony……….varies; typically 20 minutes if no religious ceremony is entailed
Immediate family photos (bride/groom with parents, parents/siblings, grandparents)…….30 minutes; add 30 minutes for extended family or additional time if more family photos are requested
Wedding party group photos……….30 minutes
Travel to 2nd photo location and/or reception venue………varies; map it out!
“Pit Stops” (Celebratory drink, restroom break, time to freshen up before reception entrance)……15-30 minutes
Bridal party reception entrance……….15 minutes
Dinner………..up to 1 hour; depends on if food is served immediately
Cake Cutting……….15 minutes
Garter/bouquet removal/toss…………..20 minutes
Dances (First dance, father/daughter, mother/son, bridal party, etc.)……….10 minutes each, to allow for deejay introduction, where applicable
Reception bride/groom photo session…………20-25 minutes (I try to not steal you from your guests for too long)
Sample Coverage Periods
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