Most of my clients are "first timers." As in they've never planned a wedding before and generally don't know where to start, especially when it comes to knowing how much time to set aside for wedding photos. While the advice and wisdom of friends, family, internet articles, and books is invaluable, it's important for clients to work with their photographer to plan a timeline that works for them both. Below is a peek at how much time I generally like to have to capture photos on a wedding day. Keep in mind that these are all minimum times. I've never said no to a little extra ;)
Details and Getting Ready Photos | 1.5 hours
First Look (If Applicable) | 15 minutes
Family Photos | 30 minutes
Bridal Party Photos | 30 minutes - 45 minutes
Portraits of Bride and Groom | 45 minutes to 1 hour
Photos of Reception Space (Before Guests Enter) | 20 minutes
While much of what I document on a wedding day happens spontaneously (think wedding ceremony and first dance) it's important for me to have an adequate amount of time to document the more "formal" photos, where I ideally have a little more control over lighting, background, placement of myself, and posing of the subjects. My blog is full of those type of photos, and if we're working together on your wedding day and you love what you normally see me sharing, then we're definitely going to want to make sure we set aside the proper amount of time :) I'll try to share sample timelines soon, but they tend to get a little tricky because ceremony times, travel times, the option to do/not do a receiving line, different reception plans, and special exits can really alter a timeline. In the meantime, I hope this gets you started in the right direction and happy planning!