How many hours of photo and video coverage do I need?

August 4, 2022

A picture paints a thousand words! They’re the best ways to preserve a life event or a milestone, especially your wedding day!

Choosing the right photographer and videographer is essential for capturing the best moments for you and your loved ones. 

Now I know it can be quite overwhelming to go through a photographer or videographer’s website and discover that they offer multiple packages with different hours of wedding coverage. Instead of gaining clarity and finding answers, you find yourself flooded with even more questions.

It is absolutely fine to worry about the tiniest details such as the number of hours to book your vendors for, particularly that of your photographer and videographer because it is your special day that we’re talking about, frozen in time and captured forever. 

Here’s a list of things you should consider when deciding on which package to book!



Decide what moments of your wedding day will truly hold a special place in your heart.

Do you want to relive the hours in preparation just before you said your “I dos” to feel those butterflies all over again? Do you want to have a visual memento of the first look with your partner? In order to capture these once in a lifetime moments, your photographer or videographer would need to start at least a couple of hours before the ceremony. Anything less would be at the cost of the precious details of your day.

Which “chapters” within your wedding day do you want to highlight or focus on? Is your ceremony traditional? Will it be short and sweet? Would you want a full gallery of “into the night” highlights and your guests on the dance floor?


Determine the size of your wedding. 

Having a large guest list means there’s going to be plenty of people to manage for the group and family photo sessions. In addition to your couple portraits, you will need to allow additional time for the photographer to capture all of your guests.

You might also be planning to have several loved ones give speeches, which would result in a longer reception. Keep the size of your guest list in mind to avoid missing those interactions with your guests from being captured.

Who among your guests are non-negotiable when it comes to the photo/video coverage?

The scale of your wedding needs to be considered.


Work with your wedding timeline. 

 Create an outline of the day and assign timeframes, including travel times. This will ensure your photographer or videographer will arrive in time to capture all those special moments. Our team will generally arrive earlier as they need some time allowance for capturing the details and the venue. The Wallflower Weddings team can work alongside your wedding planner to put together a timeline for your day to run smoothly and stress free.



Discuss your ideas with your wedding photographer or videographer.

If you’re ready to book your photographer or videographer but are still uncertain about which package to choose, arrange a meeting with them to talk about your vision for your big day. With Wallflower Weddings, you can trust that you have a team behind you who will ensure that all your important memories are captured. We are confident that an 8-hour minimum would be required to shoot your day from getting ready until the grand exit, letting your story unfold and shine through in your photos and films. 



Every wedding is unique, and we believe that working with the couple is the best way to bring their vision to life and tell their story as authentic to them as possible.

When all self-research fails, consult your prospects.