Choosing Your Wedding Day Investment… Which Photography Package is Right for you?! | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

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What is the difference between 6  and 8 hours of wedding day coverage?” 

It’s one of the most common questions we hear from new brides. If this is a question you’ve been pondering too… no worries friend! We’re breaking our wedding day investments down for you today!

For all of our couples regardless of how many hours of coverage they book, our goal is the same… to tell the story of your day. Every bride is different, and every wedding is unique to each couple we serve. It’s one of the things we love most about our job… no two weddings are the same, each wedding is its own unique love story!

So when it comes to choosing which investment is the best choice for you… a lot of personal choices come into play, your likes and dislikes, and what you want to see when you look back on your wedding day.

Some brides want us there from the moment they arrive at the venue until the very moment that they leave, while some brides might find that a bit overwhelming. While brides with ceremonies lasting longer than 30 minutes or brides with full wedding weekends may need more than 8 hours of wedding day coverage.

With that said we try to follow the same basic timeline with all of our wedding investments, with the biggest difference between them being time. While some may look at it as only a 2-hour difference… wedding days are long fast-moving days with a lot of activity and moments tucked into them. While 30 mins here or 15 mins there may not seem like much can happen during that time… on a wedding day a LOT can happen in less than 15 mins… for example the moment a dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, or the moments of a bride and grooms first look, we’ve even had ceremonies that were 15 minutes or less!

Since time is the biggest difference in our two full-day investments, we’re breaking our wedding investments down for you and sharing our basic timeline with you.

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8 Hour Wedding Investment

  • Our 8 hour wedding day investment option is probably our most popular investment. An 8-hour wedding day investment basically covers the full wedding day. We typically arrive just as hair and make-up are being finished and stay with you until the time you leave! If you are a bride who loves the idea of pictures of you and your bridesmaids in matching robes enjoying the moments as you get ready, all the way to the moment you leave in your car this is the investment for you! With an 8 hour investment, we’re able to stretch our time spent on each area of the day, giving more time for getting ready moments, bride/groom portraits, bridal party, and reception. With an 8 hour investment we have a typically have a little bit of wiggle room, so when going over our timeline for the day with a bride if she wants to spend more time in one area and less in another we have a little bit more time to play with. In an 8 hour day, we are able to cover the following…
    • Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready ( The finishing touches 30mins)
    • Dress, and other Bride and Groom Details (up to 30 mins)
    • Bridal Portraits (30 mins)
    • Bride and Bridesmaids (30 mins)
    • Goom Portraits (30mins)
    • Groom and Groomsmen (20-30 mins)
    • First Look or Between the Door Moments (15-30 mins)
    • Ceremony Details/Ceremony (30 mins max)
    • Family (up to 30 mins)
    • Full Bridal Party(20-30 mins)
    • Bride and Groom (30-45 mins)
    • Reception/Reception Details
    • Sendoff

(Of course with all of these time increments have the ability to vary some based on each bride’s desired images from her wedding day.)

6 Hour Wedding Investment

  • As we said earlier the biggest difference between our two investments is time. With a 6 hour wedding, day investment we stick very closely to the same photography list from above, however, because we have less time with our couples, our breakdowns on time spent on each area of the day are shorter.  Some brides may even choose to forgo getting ready pictures or a sendoff, in order to give themselves more time in other areas. With most 6 hour days we opt for mock getting ready moments, this means the bridal party is fully ready when we arrive and we simply re-create those getting ready moments. Sometimes even our 8-hour investment brides will choose to do this to save time to use elsewhere in the day.
    • Bride’s Dress/and other Bride and Groom Details(15 mins)
    • Mock Getting Ready (10-15 mins max)
    • Bride and Bridesmaids (1 Hour)
    • Groom and Groomsmen (30-45 mins)
    • First Look or Between the Door Moments (15-30 mins)
    • Ceremony Details/Ceremony (30 mins max)
    • Family (up to 30mins max)
    • Bridal Party (15-30 mins)
    • Bride and Groom (30 mins)
    • Reception Details/Reception
    • Sendoff

As you can see there isn’t much difference in what is covered, however, the amount of time spent on each area may be longer or shorter depending on your investment choice. With either investment, our goal is the same to tell the story of your perfect day and to give our time spent with our bride and groom priority.  After all, you guys are the most important part of our day!

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Other Things You may want to consider when choosing your wedding investment…

  • Venue: How long does your venue allow you to be there? Some venues have set times you may arrive and have to depart by. While some venues rent to you by the hour. If you aren’t able to be at your venue for 8 hours then you may not need an 8-hour investment. Or if you are renting a hotel for getting ready pictures your photographer may need extra time to travel between the two sites. In this case, you might need more than 6 or 8 hours to allow for ample traveling time.
  • Ceremony: How long is your ceremony time? If your ceremony is over 30 minutes you may need more than 6-8 hours of wedding coverage in order to ensure there is enough time for other parts of the wedding day to be captured. If your ceremony is longer than an hour you may need to add on extra time to our 8-hour investment.
  • Reception: How long do you plan to stay at your reception? Are you planning a full sit down meal and dancing the night away with your guests or are you are planning to keep it short and sweet, enjoying a brief time visiting, a little dancing and hors-d’oeuvres.

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Even with a breakdown list, it can be overwhelming to figure out just how much time you may need on your wedding day. We’re always happy to sit down with our brides and help them figure this part out. As part of our wedding investments, we include a pre-booking consultation to have a chance to get to know our couples better and make sure we’re a perfect fit for them on their wedding day, after all, we’re going to be spending a lot of time together on the wedding day! 🙂 We also use this time to answer any questions they may have and help as needed in determining the right amount of coverage for them. After our couples book, we provide one final pre-wedding meeting to go over our photography timeline for the big day and make sure we have all areas of the day covered that they desire and any specific picture requests. In the event that a couple feels they need more coverage time on their wedding day, during this meeting they can always add more time to their investment prior to the wedding day.

We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and some early 2020 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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