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How much coverage do I need for my wedding day? | Tampa Wedding Photographer

June 20th, 2014

The single most thing told to me when a client emails me regarding their wedding day is…but I only need you there for a couple of hours coverage! So let’s break this down a bit because usually after I hear/read that, it’s followed with “I need to make sure you’re there for when my mom […]

 

The single most thing told to me when a client emails me regarding their wedding day is…but I only need you there for a couple of hours coverage!

So let’s break this down a bit because usually after I hear/read that, it’s followed with “I need to make sure you’re there for when my mom walks in after I get my dress on” or “I only need you for 3-4 hours but I want getting ready pictures and I need to make sure you’re there for the cake cutting”….see where this is going?  Good, so let’s break this down.

Your wedding day is a chapter of your life.  It’s part of your life story so why have cliff notes to your story?  Everything that happens on your wedding day is a small part of your story and should be told.  After all, it only happens once, right?  Or at least hopefully.

Most wedding photographers have a specific amount of wedding day coverage for you to choose from.  Whether it’s 4-6-8 hours or in some cases, all day coverage, you need to sit back and think about how you want your story told.  A while ago I wrote a post on figuring out your wedding day time line and this kind of falls right in with it.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when thinking about your wedding day coverage.

1.  Do you want prep/getting ready images?
Probably one of my favorite times is when the bride is getting ready.  It’s a little chaotic, a little surreal and emotions are usually at an all time high.  The anticipation is building and you can see it in their eyes, even the bridesmaids.

Usually with prep coverage, you’re going to want your photographer there at least an hour to an hour and a half before the ceremony.  Also keep in mind where you are getting ready.  If you are getting ready at home and then heading to the ceremony site, you’ll want to make sure that you calculate travel time into that.  As much as we (photographers) would love to not have to calculate that into your wedding day coverage, we have to.


2.  How long is your ceremony?

While you may not think this would make that big of a difference, we need to know.  If you’re having a civil ceremony, most will last no longer than 20-30 minutes but if you’re having a traditional (or even religious) ceremony, some may last an hour to an hour and a half.  That takes up a good portion of your wedding day coverage if you only opted for 6 hours of coverage.  When you contact your photographer, this should be something that is discussed during your consult.

Another thing to take into consideration, is how many you are having in your wedding party.  While your actual ceremony may only be 15-20 minutes, having 4-5-6+ on each side standing up for you, takes time walking down the aisle.  If you are having a wedding party of at least 10 or more, add in about another 10 minute or so to your ceremony time.  I mean after all, they do have to walk down the aisle and they will begin that at your ceremony start time.


3.  Are you having your reception at a different location than the ceremony?
While you may not think this is something to think about, you probably need to.  If there is travel time between ceremony and reception, again, that’s something you need to take into account.  Between ceremony and reception, is when most photographers will do family formals and bridals/bridal party so this could take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending on family formals and size of your bridal party.

 

4. How much of the reception do you want covered?
Obviously you want to have your grand entrance, first dances, cake cutting and all the important things covered at your reception.  I mean these are still things that are a part of your story (especially the toasts, can’t forget the toasts) so you want to make sure that your photographer is there to cover these.  Nothing worse than realizing that your photographer is getting ready to leave because you only opted for 4-5 hours of coverage and you still haven’t cut the cake.

Now think about dinner since your cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss will happen after dinner.  Are you have a served dinner, buffet, finger foods, etc.  This will depend on how long dinner will be (average 30-45 minutes) and it’s also a great time, depending on light, to grab a few bridals once you get done eating so you can let your guests finishing eating.

 

While there is so much more to take into consideration when figuring out what your wedding day coverage should be, these are a few of the things to think about.  Now…what would a blog post be without pictures?!

 

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Dana & Scott | Club Renaissance Sun City Center Wedding | Ruskin Wedding Photographer

April 9th, 2014

I’ve known Scott for about 5 years now.  Back in the day where we could go out until 3-4-5am and get up and function the next day.  Which by the way, I have no idea what those days are like now (haha) So when Scott asked me to shoot his and Dana’s wedding, I was […]

 

I’ve known Scott for about 5 years now.  Back in the day where we could go out until 3-4-5am and get up and function the next day.  Which by the way, I have no idea what those days are like now (haha)

So when Scott asked me to shoot his and Dana’s wedding, I was all over it.  Club Renaissance…uh where?  This is the one great thing about being a wedding photographer, is shooting in different venues and connection with different vendors but when Scott dropped the whole Sun City Center thing on me, that’s like a whole new world to me.  I’m lucky I make it past Tampa.  But let me tell you, I am glad!

Club Renaissance in Sun City Center was gorgeous!  The sprawling greens of the golf course, their reception room was amazing and then mix in a great/awesome bride and groom and there just might be a little perfection there!

Their wedding was a little low key until the reception.  Talk about fun!  Even Dana’s 92 y/o grandpa got on the floor and hit it!  I challenge anyone to out dance him because it probably won’t happen.

Thank you Scott & Dana for having me there!  It was an absolute BLAST!

Vendors:

Venue:  Club Renaissance
Florals:  Sun City Center Flowers & Gifts

 

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Want to see more of my weddings?  Head over to the website!
http://www.lisaottophotography.com

Don’t forget to head over and like the Facebook page!  Always something going on over there
http://www.facebook.com/lisaottophotography

Have questions?  I’ve got answers.  Shoot me an email or give me a call
lisa@lisaottophoto.com  |  727-580-1902

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Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

 Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

 Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Photographer

And a huge thank you to Mike, Scott’s best man for rapid firing 6 shots of three of us (you would of thought he was shooting a football game but he got some great rapid shots of us talking lol)

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