How Many Hours of Photography do I Need?

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How Many Hours of Photography do I Need?

Take the quiz to see how many hours of wedding photography you really need!

Created on By Mercy Hasselblad

How Many Hours of Photography do I Need?

Finding your photographer and venue is the first step! As you go through the process, photographers will start asking you how many hours of wedding photography you actually need. Sometimes it's a hard question to answer! So this quiz guides you through the major things to take into consideration and will tell you how many hours you should probably plan on purchasing!

1 / 10

I want pictures of us getting ready.

2 / 10

Do you want to have a first look (and have it photographed)?

3 / 10

Are you having a wedding ceremony?

4 / 10

Are you having a traditional catholic or religious ceremony with a message/sermon/mass?

5 / 10

Do you want to take posed, formal photos of the bridal party and family?

6 / 10

Are you planning on going to a separate location for couple/bridal/family portraits?

7 / 10

Do you want photos at the reception?

8 / 10

Do you want photos of all the traditional reception events (typically happening the middle of the reception) (i.e. cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss, etc)?

9 / 10

Are you having any sort of special exit that you want photographed at the end of the reception?

10 / 10

Do you want the ENTIRE reception photographed (for example, you have some significant dance towards the end or events throughout the night you want photographed)?

Your score is

The average score is 73%


How to interpret results:

10% (2-3 hours) – Wow! You’re in for a short ride! If  you’re looking for something simple like this, check out my “elopement” or budget options.

20-30% (3-5 hours) – You can probably get away with a budget or “elopement” package. I totally understand being on a budget, I was a budget bride! Just let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll see what I can do!

40-50% (5-6 hours) – If you’re looking to have a traditional wedding but can’t afford a lot of hours, I would recommend a Budget+ option. This would be my traditional budget package with a couple of extra hours. Just contact me, explain what you need, and I can give you a definite number.

50-70% (7-8 hours) – This is my most common request. It allows me to get a bit of getting ready, the ceremony, formals, etc, then a couple of hours at the reception. If you’re not having a special exit, this is a solid, sensible choice. I call it my Silver Package. It also includes goodies like 50% off engagement photos!

70-100% (8-12 hours) – If you don’t want to have to worry about hours and want every minute captured, definitely do my Gold Package. It includes things like free engagement photos, a wedding album, and the entire day.

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