Wedding coverage is typically 6-12 hours with 8-10 hours being the average. The number of hours is dependent on your wedding day plans, and the vision you have for the photos you are interested in. Below is a starting point for planning. Your professional wedding photographer will be able to work with you to determine the appropriate number of hours for your wedding day.
6 hours of coverage
Plenty for small weddings where the ceremony and reception are in the same location. There won’t be much time for detail shots or photos of you getting ready. You should be able to get portraits, ceremony, family photos, first dance, & cake cutting. There won’t be many photos of the reception once dancing starts.
8 hours of coverage
Usually enough time for an “average size” wedding (about 100-150 people), and the ceremony & reception take place at the same location. If you have your heart set on doing a first look, we highly recommend at least 8 hours of coverage.
10 hours of coverage
Great if you don’t want to feel rushed to get all of the shots you want on your wedding day, or if your wedding ceremony and reception are taking place in different locations. This provides sufficient time to travel to the second location and still get all of the shots you want.
12 hours of coverage
Great if you have a very large wedding party (8-12 groomsmen/bridesmaids) or you have a huge wedding party and family. Why? With everyone in “party mode” it means that it can be hard to get and keep people’s attention (not to mention the fact that it can be difficult to find and get the right people in the right place all at the right time!). If you’re working with a really awesome wedding planner or designer, you’ve put in a ton or work with designing the wedding you’ve always wanted and, it would be a bummer if all of those details didn’t get photographed.
If you’re undecided don’t worry. Your professional wedding photographer knows there are a bunch of things that can make one package work over another and will be happy to work with you.