Guide to choosing wedding coverage

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Trying to decided how many hours you should book your photographer for??
Here is a guide to help you determine this!
All choices are going to vary in length. 
To certain groups the photography portion of their wedding is one of the most important. 
Some weddings might be shorter if the reception doesn't consist of traditional elements.
And others just want parts of their wedding documented in photography.

The first thing you’ll want to figure out is a total length of time for your wedding ceremony/reception.
I think the magic number for a ceremony and reception is 6 hours total on average.
--That would be an hour (ideally 30 minutes or less) for the ceremony,
--An hour for cocktails immediately following the ceremony
            (During cocktail hour your photographer will usually steal you away to get those last posed shots of bride and groom/family etc..
--Then 4 hours for dinner/dancing.
            This will change a bit if you’re having your ceremony and reception in different locations (if you’re short on time this is another big plus to having them in the same place).

The last thing you have to figure into the equation is pre wedding--
This will consist of"
--Bride/ Groom and the wedding party getting ready.
--If you are doing a first look?
--Are you able to get a lot of photos done before the ceremony or will most have to be done after (if no first look).

When planning this, you will want to take into consideration-- The Bride will want to be tucked away 30-60 minutes before your guests start to arrive.  (If you want to by a surprise to your guests when you walk out)

A possible time line to help you sort out these hours below:
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2:00-3:30 Pre Bridal photo-- Bride/Groom getting ready and Bridal party (First look?) As many bridal party photos as possible (Mattering if there is a first look) This helps to not take as much time away from you for  your guests during the Reception.

3:30 Bride is tucked away from guests view

4:00 P.M. Ceremony starts (Hopefully on time and takes around 30 minutes)

5:00 p.m. Guests move from the ceremony to the reception area.

5:15 p.m. Cocktail hour begins.

6:00 p.m. Guests move from the cocktail hour to the reception area.

6:15 p.m. The bridal party is introduced and then the newlyweds make their entrance and either have their first dance or take a seat.

6:25 p.m. Dinner service begins.

6:35 p.m. While guests are eating, speakers make short toasts.

7:00 p.m. Mother-son, father-daughter, and other pre-determined dances take place.

7:15 p.m. Dance floor opens for guests.

8:00 p.m. Cut the cake (or open the dessert bar).

8:15 p.m. Guests are served dessert.

8:20 p.m. Newlyweds make a short thank-you speech while guests enjoy dessert.

8:45 p.m. Toss the bouquet or just get back to dancing!

9:30 p.m. Announce last call.

9:55 p.m. The last dance.

10:00 Last guest disperse.

Suggestions from above time line:
2 hours Pre-Ceremony
6 hours Cereomy and Reception