Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Wedding Photography Packages and Hours

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events
Hello from Hawaii!  We’re off putting together some amazing Hawaii destination weddings, but never fear, Wedding Wednesdays is still here and helping you with your wedding planning questions.  Today we’re talking about wedding photography packages:  Like the previous bride, I too am trying to decide on a photography package.  My problem is not the photo album, but how many hours I need the photographer for.  How am I supposed to know that when I don’t even know what we are doing that day yet?  Help!

Ah, another great question about wedding photography packages!  But, luckily this one has an easier answer.  Most couples end up needing about 8 hours to cover all the major moments in the day from you getting ready through to some of the dancing.  Now if you want the photographer there the entire time, that usually comes out to more like 10 hours, but for most couples, you don’t need them from start to finish.  If budget is an issue, you can consider bringing the photographer in for just 6 or 7 hours, but keep in mind that if you do that you’ll probably either lose some of the beginning getting ready part or some of the dinner and dancing.

There are a few more factors that play into the number of hours you’ll need like if your ceremony location is far from your reception location, what you have planned for the day, how many photos you need to take, etc… But, for most couples 8 hours works great.

The last thing I want to mention is that you can always add on hours later.  If you want to start with the 6-hour package and then add hours as you know the schedule of the day, you can do that.  Many photographers will even let you add on hours on the day of as well if you suddenly want them to stay.  But, if you can afford 8 hours, it’s a good amount that works for most weddings.

Newlyweds smiling after wedding ceremony planned by destination wedding planner Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Milou and Olin Photography)

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