Planning a wedding is a huge task and it can be difficult to estimate how much time things are going to take throughout the day. Most couples will get advice from friends or relatives who recently had their own weddings on how to estimate times and create their wedding day timeline.
Many times I am so disappointed when I learn that the “Formal Photography” portion of the day is just about one hour long. Typically this is the time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception and most often is only 60 minutes, especially when the ceremony and reception are in the same location. Well, that may be 60 minutes on paper, but it never works out that way in real life.
See, in order to get that full hour that is allotted on the timeline, there can be no deviations whatsoever. This means no receiving line. No distractions. No talking to anyone after the ceremony. No bathroom or smoke breaks. No eating or drinking anything and everyone must stay together until all the photos are done. Any deviation from this will throw off the timeline and this time loss must be recovered somewhere. Unfortunately, the time lost is often recovered from what was originally allotted for the formal photo hour.
It’s sad because couples spend lots and lots of money to plan this important day and in most cases, it’s that very couple who ends up with the least amount of formal photos. Yes, of course the whole day is about you, the newly married couple and you are being photographed throughout the day, in order to tell the story, but when the formal photography part comes, you are missing out. If we only have one hour to do all of the formal photos, we start with the entire wedding party (how many do you have?), then immediate families on both sides, extended families on both sides, then smaller groups, etc. Once all of this is done, then it’s time to photograph just the two of you together…oh wait…we now have 10 minutes left before you have to go line up to be introduced for the reception party. 😦
In order to create a full series of beautiful, artistic and story-telling images of your wedding, we need time. More than just 10 or 15 minutes. Let’s not even factor in if we are creating a video as well. Those wedding films that you see us create, take time to create. Just like in Hollywood, we need to film sequences and sometimes, filming those sequences will require a “Take Two” or “Take Three” if they didn’t come out just right.
Ideally, it would be amazing to have Two Hours to photograph all of the formals. This may seem like a lot of time, but it really isn’t. Those couples that do give us this time end up with lots more beautiful, creative and artistic photos and they are so happy they did.
You wouldn’t plan such an important day, invest so much money and pay so much attention to all the details, without allowing enough time for photography or video, would you? Just remember… after your wedding is over, all you will have left is vague memories of the day, your wedding rings, photos/video and perhaps a wedding album. We want to be able to capture you at your best and create beautiful wedding album designs like this one shown. In order to do this, we need time. The more time we have, the better.
When planning your wedding day, be sure to factor-in enough time for photography and/or video!