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Planning a wedding and booking vendors is for most people a compromise between sticking to budget, and getting the look and feel they desire. Booking a half day wedding photography package is definitely something you can do to save a bit of money, while still being able to afford the photographer you love. However, there are many reasons for why you should consider booking a full day photographer regardless of the price. In this post I’ll explore those reasons.

There are many reasons for why you should consider booking a full day photographer regardless of the price

Your favourite wedding photographer may not offer half day packages

Many photographers, like myself, don’t offer half day wedding photography packages on peak wedding dates, because we know that there are so many couples out there who would like their entire day captured. The exeptions are often that half day packages can be booked much nearer the date, but by waiting to book you risk losing out on a photographer who’s style you love.

I love delivering that beautiful slideshow to my newlyweds that tell the whole story from their day

In 2021 and onwards, I will not offer half day weddings in Edinburgh and Scotland at all (unless I have a full day booked the day before or after – so please be in touch anyway), but I will continue to offer them in Norway. This simply has to do with my living and travelling arrangements, along with the average package prices and running costs of business for each country. In addition, I want to book more full day weddings, because they are my favourites! I love delivering that beautiful slideshow to my newlyweds that tell the whole story from their day.

Ask yourself: which parts of the wedding day are most important to you?

There are so many parts of a wedding day, you maybe haven’t even realised it! Norwegian and Scottish weddings are very different, and there are parts of the wedding day that can be covered in a traditional Scottish half day package, but not in a Norwegian wedding.

For example, traditionally, Scottish wedding have speeched before the meal, and then they’re over, until a party and dancing starts later. In Norway, speeches go on throughout the meal and into the night. For Norwegian weddings there are definitely many more moments to miss if you book a half day package, simply because of the traditional timelines.

Your memories can’t be recreated, and you may forget them quickly, but if they’re documented you can reminisce for years to come!

Be sure to check out my more in-detailed posts about the various parts of the wedding day in my Wedding Day Series. Are there parts of the wedding day that are really important to you? Are there part you don’t care about being covered? Ask yourself these questions BEFORE choosing how much money you have to invest in photography. Your memories can’t be recreated, and you may forget them quickly, but if they’re documented you can reminisce for years to come!

You can let your family and friends relax completely

By giving the responsibility of photography to a professional, you alleviate the pressure of friends or family to take photos. Some couples give responsibility to a friend with a good camera, or who’s interested in photography, and some just leave it up to guests to take arbitraty photos throughout the evening to send them later.

Many don’t realise that this can create some stress or tension for their guests. A friend may enjoy the wedding more if they are not “on duty” to create something for you. Relying on random photos from your guests is a gamble, and may not yeild any usable results. Your parents or relatives can’t relax and enjoy the day fully if they are expected to also capture moments. Let them all be completely in the moment together with you!

Relying on random photos from your guests is a gamble, and may not yeild any usable results. Let them all be completely in the moment together with you!

If having photos isn’t important to you at all, then that of course changes everything. But if you find yourself in a position where you try to figure out a way for your guests to provide you with photos, investing in a professional is worth the money and SO much more – even only for that peace of mind.

You will get more variety in your portrait photos from a full day package

The real benefit from full day vs half day comes from the amount of time we have available and the way photos look differently when we’re “not rushing”. It doesn’t mean we spend longer on your portraits, but it means we have many opportunities to take them throughout the day. We can have time for everything from a first look, to a post-wedding portrait session, and a sunset shoot (and even evening sparklers if you’d like). There’s bound to be a bigger choice for you for photos you’ll love of yourself, more variety, and different parts of your day will bring back different memories.

A full day gives you more options for photos you’ll love of yourself, more variety, and will eventually bring back more memories

In addition, have more time (i.e. a full day) gives us a better chance of getting outdoor portraits on a rainy day. We can jump outside at any opportunity to get those portraits, because I will be there and at the ready, all day.

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There will be a lot more time for candid photos of your guests

Your guests are important to you! I know this, becuase you invite them to celebrate a personal, major moment in your life, and want them to share in your experience. Having an abundance of photos of your guests to look back on creates a whole dimension to your final gallery.

More time means more opportunities to capture a larger number of your guests at their best and most flattering!

From a half day wedding you can certainly get lots of candid photos, but only from one or a few parts of your day, and there’s a larger number of guests who may not make it to the final gallery (simply because they were away during cocktail hour, or some other reason they weren’t in the same area as your photographer at that time). More time means many more opportunities to capture more of your guests.

Full day photography package is an investment, not an expense

Ultimately, booking a full day wedding photography pacakge is an investment. It frees you from stress that you’ll miss out on important moments, and photos of all the guests that made the way to your wedding. Giving that responsibility to someone else, or missing out on those photos in their entirety, is something you will regret down the line. My best advice is to invest in a photographer who’s style you love to cover the whole day, so you can immerse yourself in the experience and be fully in the moment.

Invest in a photographer who’s style you love to cover the whole day, so you can immerse yourself in the experience and be fully in the moment together with your guests

There’s nothing wrong with choosing a half day wedding package, but before you choose, full day vs half day, ask yourself this question – am I doing this for a personal reason, or only to save money?

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