It’s really useful to know in advance how much time a photographer requires to shoot specific parts of the day. This will help you create a guideline to refer to. Remember, a timeline is just a suggestion and should not be a source of stress for you. What’s most important is that you enjoy your time with your friends and family and create wonderful memories. Those are the best things to photograph!
So here are a few things to consider, when you’re working on that dreaded time schedule
Always keep in mind the starting time of your photographer. This will typically be about 2-3 hours before the actual ceremony.(Depending on the package you have chosen)
Ceremonies usually take place around 3pm in winter and 4 to 5pm in Summer depending on whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding.
Shooting Venue & Décor
- This usually takes about 30 min
- It’s really helpful if all table settings and décor elements are ready to be photographed at least 1 hour prior to the photographer’s arrival.
- Ensure that both you and your groomsman, have showered and are ready to get dressed upon the photographer’s arrival
- Have your details like cologne shoes etc ready to photograph, should you want those details in your photo collection
- Ensure that all your groomsman know when and where to be. Having everybody ready to be photographed at the allocated time just allows for a smooth sailing ship.
- Typically groom preparation photos take around 30 minutes if you consider the abovementioned tips
- The photographer will come to you about 1.30 hours before the starting time of your ceremony. By this time, the finishing touches should be underway with your hair and makeup.
- Have your maid of honour put your bridal accessories such as perfume and shoes etc together for the photographer to photograph upon arrival should you wish to have those specific details in your wedding collection.
- Ensure that your bridesmaids are finished by the time the photographer arrives so that photos can be taken whilst getting you dressed and ready to walk down the aisle! Also, consider where your “getting ready” pictures will be taken.
- Make sure that the room is neat and tidy and has enough lighting. Good light, great photos!
Always remember for how long you have booked the photographer and what is included in your package.
- By this we mean that all the “formalities” should be finished at least 1hour before the photographer’s time ends (bouquet and garter toss etc)
- Ensure that all speeches have been completed by then.
- Having the formalities done quickly will mean there’s more time for fun photos and dancing. I personally LOVE dancing shots!
I’ve summed up below how long I typically shoot, which I hope will be useful to you
Décor and Venue : 30-40 minutes
Groom Prep : 30 minutes
Bridal Prep : 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ceremony : 45 min to 1 hour (incl register signing and confetti)
Family photos : 30 min
Bridal party : 20 min
Predrinks : 20 min (It’s important you have some chill time too!)
Couple shoot : 30-40 min (during summer we sneak out for 15min at sunset)
Starters :30 min
Speeches : 30 min
Main course :1 hour (remember to take into consideration how many guests and whether you are having plated or buffet as this does affect the time guideline
Formalities : 1 hour (cutting of cake, first dance, father daughter dance bouquet and garter toss etc
Good luck with your planning and as always I am just an email or phone call away should you need my help!