How many hours do I need to hire my photographer for my wedding day?

There’s a lot of things to consider when deciding how much time you’ll need your photo/video team with you on your wedding day. Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

Are you doing a first look with your bridesmaids?

Are you doing a first look with the father of the bride?

Are details shots of your venue, invitations, and decor a big priority for you?

Do you have a large wedding party/family?

Are your spaces for getting ready, the ceremony, the photos, and the reception at different locations?
Do you have a lot of extra games or events planned for your reception that you want captured?
Is it a priority for you that your photographer stays till the very end of your reception?

If you answered YES to most of these questions, you’re probably going to need to purchase a wedding package that offers more hours of coverage on your wedding day!

These are questions we go over with all our brides during their initial consult call to decide just how much coverage they need. We’re always happy to share our experiences and opinions with our couples but at the end of the day we want you to get the coverage that fits both your budget and your day and We’ll do my best to help you make the most educated decision possible!

The hardest thing about getting married is that, in most cases, you haven’t done it before. So you really need the wisdom of the people around you and specifically your wedding vendors who bring their expertise to the table. We never want our couples to purchase more coverage than they need. If they do it makes it seem like we steered them in the wrong direction or tried to take advantage of them. That’s just not our heart.

If you want to capture a few really special moments and are not concerned with all the extras, then the last thing we need to do is wander around not taking photos for four extra hours or taking so many photos that it stresses YOU out just because we pushed you into the bigger package. That sounds like a lose-lose if you ask us.

One last thing, whether you’re hiring a photo/video team like us or hiring separate vendors, they’re still working as a team on your wedding day so we think it’s always best to hire them for the same amount of time!

Hire wedding vendors that you trust to honor your wedding dreams and make the day what YOU want. Follow us on instagram @taylorraephotofilm for more wedding tips, encouragement, and beautiful images of well-loved people!