How Many Hours of Coverage Do I Need?

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One of my FAQs is: How many hours of coverage do I need? I’ve put together a few tips to help you choose the best wedding package for your Big Day. Near the end, you’ll see an example of 6 hour coverage and 10 hour coverage.

What do you want covered?

First things first, make sure you know what parts of the day you’d like the photographer to cover. I typically work with a second shooter to cover a portion of the Bride & Groom getting ready with their friends and family. If you are exchanging gifts before the wedding, I love to be there to capture that as well.

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Do you want us to stay for the entire reception? Capturing the cake cutting and dancing is always a fun part of the night! Let your photographer know what time these events occur and if you’d like them to stay until your reception exit. It’s details like this that will help you determine the length of time you need to have coverage. I also have an easy fillable schedule that can help you schedule your day! Deciding on a start and end time is the first step to booking your package. Of course, I will always stay as late as you need me to. » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.

Ceremony Length

Next, you need to think about the ceremony length.  If you want us to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 8-10 hours of coverage. If you have a short ceremony, you may only need 6-8 hours.

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Location Transfer

A shorter ceremony along with a reception at the same venue is a good way to cut down on travel time. Make sure that your venue has a beautiful spot for creative portraits and that you will have some time to separate from your wedding guests while you enjoy some time with your partner.

6 Hour Example: The beautiful photo below was taken just a few feet from the ceremony location! The Grooms only wanted ceremony coverage, a short time for personal creatives, and reception coverage.

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If you are getting ready at one venue, and your ceremony and reception are at separate venues, or if you are planning to go off-site for creative portraits, you will need to incorporate travel time. You will also need to include about 10 minutes for packing up and gathering your wedding party.

Formal Photo Requirements

To save time here, have a member of your Bridal Party gather your family for formals after the ceremony. The number of people in your bridal party and families will determine the time required for photos before the reception. Some B&Gs opt to do their family photos at the ceremony site and bring their Bridal Party along for the creative portraits.

10 Hour Example: This wonderful group photo below was taken off-site with 12 members of their Bridal Party. I worked with a second shooter to capture the B&G getting ready and we photographed a first-look, the ceremony, family formals, off-site creatives, and the full reception.

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Special Exit

Full-day coverage is the best choice if you’ve planned a special event, like a sparkler exit or fireworks. I always love working with couples for creative evening shots such as this!

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♥ Ebony Logins
Red Cedar Photography
Wedding Photography Victoria BC & Beyond

Timing Your Engagement Session

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There are many factors to consider when planning your engagement photos. You want to get the timing right and I’m here to help! Even if you have some dates in mind, this is a great time to make sure it works with your overall wedding goals. Take into consideration the following, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

Displaying your engagement photos at your wedding:

I love seeing engagement photos at weddings! There are some truly beautiful and creative ways to display them.  If you’d like outdoor photos, plan your engagement session in the season that you are having your wedding. This way, the photos will match your decor.

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Book Your Engagement Session Early!

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, it’s typical to schedule your engagement photos during the dry season. This also happens to be the busiest time for wedding photographers. Book early to secure your date! Keep in mind that weekdays may be your best bet, so you may need to book time off work.

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Have a Backup Date

We all know that the weather can be pretty crazy! A little rain never scared this girl, but if it’s a downpour, we will reschedule to your trusty backup date. FYI I looove to shoot on windy and dramatically cloudy days, so I will only reschedule if the weather will damage my equipment, or if you are not comfortable in the environment. » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.

Save the Date!

Are you using your engagement photos for Save the Dates? What about a wedding guestbook or photo display? I will have your photos edited within 10-14 days. Remember that it also takes time to design and print your products and to have them shipped. Allow time for the process so that you can get the Save the Dates to your guests on time. » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.

Wedding Slideshow

A wedding slideshow is another great way of displaying your engagement photos. Good thing I include one with every engagement! You’ll receive a slideshow along with your images, which you can use at your wedding as well. This is a great, stress free option if you’re running low on time. » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.

♥ Ebony Logins
Owner, Red Cedar Photography
Engagement Photos Victoria BC & Beyond

To First Look or Not To First Look? | Wedding Photography Victoria BC

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Should I Have a First Look
Before the Wedding Ceremony?

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This is a question I get from many couples, since first looks are becoming more an more popular in wedding photography. I always offer a first look, so I thought I’d help you make the decision by going through the pros and cons. In my professional opinion, there is something about the first look that truly captures the way you feel on your wedding day. Seeing your partner for the first time, all dressed up and ready to marry you, is a priceless moment. Whether this moment happens as you walk down the isle or as you enjoy a private moment pre-ceremony, I’ll help you make the best decision for your Big Day.

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  1. Your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye! There is always something to do and someone to see. If you have a first look, it gives you and your partner a few precious moments to yourselves. It’s always hectic after the ceremony, gathering friends and family for formal portraits and rushing away for your wedding party photos. A first look allows you to spend more time relaxing with your guests and you won’t have to worry about returning in time for your reception. Depending on the timing of your day, your first look can include your portraits as well as the bridal party portraits and sometimes even family formals. Either way, we’ll make sure you have some alone time with your fiancé to have the true first look experience! Since you’ve just finished your heat and makeup, both will still be perfection before the ceremony. Let’s face it – receiving lines are a heartwarming experience for any B&G, but tugs at your hair and smudging your makeup are inevitable.

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  1. If you think you’re going to be super nervous on your Big Day, the first look helps to relax you. You will feel invigorated and ready to take on the ceremony! During the ceremony, it’s so hard to take everything in. It’s truly a fleeting moment, so capturing that same feeling before the ceremony gives you additional time to enjoy the walk down the isle and the quiet, intimate time » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.
  1. I promise, you will still take your fiancé’s breath away when you walk down the isle! With all of your friends and family watching, the moment will always be heightened and magical. It’s the kind of moment that just cannot be spoiled ♥


How Much Time Do I Need for Photos
If I Don’t Have a First Look?

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Many couples opt out of the first look for a more traditional feel for their wedding day. If this is you, I’ve put together some minimum times you’ll need to schedule for photos after the ceremony:

  1. Family Formals: 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size. Have a bridesmaid who is not immediate family (friends are totally family you choose!) gather your relatives.
  2. B&G Creative Portraits: 30-45 minutes for your newlywed shots plus another 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party. Choose a location that is somewhat removed from your ceremony and reception areas so that you’re not distracted by guest activities. I love helping to choose locations, so feel free to ask for suggestions!wedding photography victoria bc
  3. If you decide to have photos taken offsite, designate a driver or two to transport you and your bridal party. If you are new to the area and need directions, you can always follow my brightly coloured car! If the location is 10 minutes away, schedule 15 minutes of travel time.
  4. It’s super hard to keep track of everyone’s whereabouts on the Big Day! Family, friends, and bridal party members often go missing. A little bit of wiggle room is always appreciated to account for this.
  5. Schedule 15 minutes after the reception, dancing, cake etc. for some beautiful evening shots. These are some of my favourites!

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Please remember that these times are minimums, so if you have a larger family and bridal party, or if you want more creative photos for your wedding album, more time should be added. The average is 1.5 hours for photographs, not counting travel and miscellaneous time. Since it can be a long wait before dinner, I always bring snacks and drinks for my brides, just let me know if you have any food sensitivities ♥

Ebony Logins, Owner of Red Cedar Photography
Wedding Photography – Victoria BC