Hello lovely Bride-to-be!
This is a great question and one that we are asked quite often.
The amount of time you will have to take photos on your wedding day depends on quite a few factors- including, whether or not your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, how many different locations you’d like to shoot at and how long the gap is between your ceremony and reception.
To break it down-
For couples having their reception and ceremony at the same venue, 1 hour/ 1.5 hours to take photos. This means that if your reception starts at 5pm, your ceremony will need to be finished by 3:30pm. This will allow plenty of time to get group shots and bridal party shots.
If your reception and ceremony are at different venues, we recommend, on average, 3 hours between ceremony and reception. This 3 hours allows us to factor in travel time between the ceremony, location shoot and reception and also gives us time to do an ample amount of shooting. If you want to do more than one location shoot with a further travel distance, this is something you will have to consider in order to get to your reception on time.
For example, if your ceremony is in Preston, then you want to do a location shoot in the CBD then have your reception in Taylors Lakes, you will have to factor in at least 1 hour travel time and then use the remaining time for shooting.
Once you have picked your ceremony and reception times, considering the shooting time in between, you can then choose a photography package that allows for all of that to be captured, plus getting ready and reception shots.
We hope we’ve answered your question and if you have any others, don’t hesitate to ask away!
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