When deciding how many hours of photography you’ll need on your wedding, the answer is, it depends. Your photographer will ask you how much you have as a budget, how many invites you sent out, where is the wedding being held and what type of wedding is it. Here is a more detailed explanation on why answering the question “how many hours of photography do I need” is dependent on the factors above.
Getting a photographer to cover a four-hour quick wedding at city hall will be cheaper than a twelve-hour extravaganza at an exotic location. This is because your photographer, or his crew, will need to be there earlier than guests and the wedding party, for those shots that will make your special day even more memorable. A lot more planning, and logistics on the photographer’s part will mean a bigger invoice for you and it might or might not be worth the extra amount. Depending on the number of people invited, how much longer you want the photographer around (for the less formal part of the wedding like the dances and the after party) then you will need to ensure your budget can accommodate these changes.
Tip : if you are working with a modest budget, ensure your ceremony’s venue isn’t too far from the reception and photoshoot location.