How Many Hours Of Wedding Photography Coverage Do You Really Need?

09

Feb

One of the main questions I get asked as a wedding photographer is “how many hours of coverage do I really need?”

I’ll be honest the answer is different for everyone because it all depends on the type of wedding you’re having, how many people you’re inviting, and what is most important to you in regards to photography.  So while I can and will be giving you an average estimate in this blog post, I highly recommend consulting with your wedding photographer.
Most couples hire me for around 8 to 10 hours of coverage. I personally offer three collections (6, 8, and 10 hours) as well as al la carte options for additional hours of coverage.  I’ve found that for an average wedding of about 150-200 people, a medium sized bridal party (4-6 on each side), and a relatively medium sized intermediate family, with all wedding festivities (ceremony + receptions) happening at the wedding venue, an 8 hour collection works perfect.  The timing of an 8 hour wedding spans from bridal prep to *almost* the end of the reception (everything minus the exit).  If you have a larger bridal party, family combinations, more travel (different ceremony and reception location) and want your photographer to stay till the very end to capture your exit, I highly recommend opting for 10 hours of coverage. The only time I believe a 6 hour collection works, is if you don’t have a bridal party (or just 1 or 2 on each side) and have a very small wedding (50 people or less) OR if you’d rather not have your photographer capture the full story of the day (bridal prep-reception).
So in short, consult with your photographer about how many hours of coverage they they’ll you need, but most are around 8 to 10 hours.

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