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Short Wedding Day Photography Package 2020-21

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The groom punches the air as he leaves his Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding with his bride

Short weddings often also mean fewer people, but this doesn’t make them any less special. Here the couple re clearly enjoying the moment as the guests throw the confetti outside the iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall.

Short Wedding Photography Packages for Under £500

I have come to specialise in short day wedding photography

I love to document all weddings, but there’s something very intimate and special about wedding days that are celebrated in a more low-key way.

I feel I am being more “let-in” and it gives me much more of a chance to focus on the individuals present and the personalities and relationships between them.

Brides (and grooms occasionally) often comment on how intimate and emotive my wedding photographs seem with a very personal touch.  I think this is a reflection on how easy-going and joyful short and register office marriages are.

Extreme confetti storm over couple on steps on Chelsea Old Town Hall

I’ve never known this much confetti in one photo at a wedding. It was a small wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall but they certainly made the most of the couple’s venue exit!

Many couples are on a strict budget (sometimes requiring a professional wedding photographer for under £500).

Planning a wedding on a budget will dictate how extravagant you can be when planning your wedding day.

It’s so nice to know that despite limited funds, people are still willing to shell out for decent photographs worthy of the occasion.

Bride in pink shoes kisses smart groom in front of pink door with 'Love' written above it

Paulina & Wojciech met with me 2 hours before their civil marriage ceremony, so they could have a pre-wedding photo-shoot around the beautiful Chelsea area.

Top Tip:


When choosing your wedding photographer, don’t go for the cheapest quote – pick the one that resonates best with you…

Whilst there are many cheap wedding photographers out there, this is one area where you really do get what you pay for.  If your wedding photography is important to you, don’t compromise on it!

Bride looking lovingly at her groom during her Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony

Ruth and Chris had only their witnesses present, but it was important for them to have their short 1 hour wedding day photographed well.

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Newly-weds share their first kiss in Southwark Register Office for their wedding

Danielle & Mitchell booked me for just 2 hours: It was ample time to photograph the arrivals, ceremony, congratulations and posed shots afterwards…. and their dynamic first kiss!  At many larger weddings, a shot like this would be more difficult to achieve.

I deliver natural, creative and affordable wedding photography to a high standard. This suits people who are on a lower budget or just need fewer hours covering.

Intimate wedding ceremonies with a small reception afterwards are becoming ever more popular.  As are couples that need to book their photographer for 1 hour!

Newly-weds with Champagne at Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

Jennie and Andrew had only a handful of guests at their short wedding day in London but it was no less special.  Short weddings are very popular with the more mature couple and those that are doing it for a second time.

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Couple laughing as they are showered with confetti by guest

Many couples booking a photographer for their reduced hours wedding just want a good natural record of their day. Marcin and Shweta only needed me for 1 hour.  Even just one guest throwing the confetti can produce a fun and dynamic image.


Starting from 2 Hours Photography Coverage.


Extra Hours – £120

This includes natural photographic coverage of all the key moments.  Photos edited in a mixture of colour & black and white and supplied by upload for you to easily download…

Silver Heart Shaped USB Stick with Highlights Slide Show & a Soundtrack of your choice – £95


**I consider ceremony only coverage of 1 HOUR so if you need this, please contact me to discuss**

The grooms laughing at their same-sex Southwark Register Office wedding

Andy & Chris’ LGBTQ wedding was full of fun with just a few of their closest friends present.

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Bride's sister hugs her after wedding ceremony

Weddings are full of very precious moments – this is just one of them!

Short Wedding at Morden Park House

Short weddings are often held in register offices and town halls. They are often very small but light and ideal for taking some stunning up-close photographs such as this one of the bride with her mother and baby daughter walking down the aisle.

Good Value Wedding Photographers

I’m frequently contacted by couples who are having a short wedding day. They often require good value, limited time wedding photography for only two or three hours.

These may be couples for whom the wedding day photography isn’t such a big deal, but they still want the key events documenting. It’s often a small party of guests made up purely of very close family and friends.

Sometimes, they plan to have a bigger celebration after the wedding day itself.

Some engaged couples need a photographer for just two hours (or less in some instances). Many photographers refuse to take time limited weddings for fear of missing out on full days. I feel that they are missing out and am very happy to take weddings of 2 hours upwards (even one hour in some circumstances).

Wedding confetti at short wedding outside Fitzrovia Chapel in London

The Fitzrovia Chapel is ideal for the shorter wedding. It really is one of London’s hidden gems.

Short Weddings are Some of the Loveliest

I have shot many 2 hours weddings where the only people present were the couple and their witnesses.  They often end up being the loveliest of weddings and I felt privileged to be in attendance.

It means I can concentrate more closely on the characters present and their relationship to each other.

They’ve all been very happy with the finished photographs, and I am happy to accommodate your need for a short wedding photographer (length of time, not size!!).

The bride and groom looking at each other with registrar reading at Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding in London

I love to capture shots from various positions and intimate marriage ceremonies are ideal for this.  Couples rarely notice my presence.

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Cardiff City Hall

The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Stoke Newington Town Hall

Reduced Hours Wedding Speeches in Cardiff

Sometimes shorter weddings include the meal and speeches. Some couples bring their speeches forwards to accommodate the photography. Time required for the pre-ceremony arrivals through to the speeches is around 5-6 hours.

Short Wedding Photography for Senior Couples

Other people requiring less wedding coverage may be more mature, having married before.

The day is no less important to them than the first time, and this is why they want a good photographer. They don’t necessarily need all the trimmings of a church wedding or full-day celebrations.  A register office ceremony and intimate meal with loved one’s means much more to them than a lavish ‘do’.

It’s often mature couples that book me for only 1 hour to photograph just the ceremony and a few posed shots.  These often take place mid-week or out-of-season so I’m very happy to cater for these minimal days if I can.

Short Wedding Ceremony at Islington Town Hall

Reduced hours weddings often mean the ability to photograph more intimate moments. Fewer guests and the relaxed nature of the day made for some great short day wedding photography shots such as this ceremony at Islington Town Hall.

Typical Part-Day Wedding Photography Coverage

But whatever the reason, many couples just require time limited coverage centred around the ceremony itself.

On these days, things usually start for me about 20 minutes before the ceremony. This gives me a chance to gather some scene setting and arrival shots at the venue.  I’ll then stay on to capture some congratulations and posed group shots after the ceremony.

It’s not very often that couples that have booked church weddings require limited coverage, but I am very happy to cover these.

Just be aware that the ceremony will go on for up to an hour or more and there will likely be more guests.  I suggest no less than 3 hours’ coverage for a church wedding – but ultimately it’s up to you.

I am always happy to stay longer if needed…

Bridal party arriving at Old Marylebone Town Hall

The bride and her entourage arrive at their short town hall wedding in London.  At register offices, there can be a high turnover of weddings.  Note the other wedding just finishing up in the background.

Most small weddings take place in register offices or civil marriage venues.

The average time for a civil ceremony is around 15-25 minutes.

Each register office tends to have its own set of packages to choose, from the very basic, to the more extended featuring readings, music and a much more personal touch.  I strongly recommend going for the latter if your budget allows…

Couples always tell me how fast their ceremony seems to go, so the more you include and moments your photographer can capture for you, the better.

Wedding couple standing in front of autumnal tree

Every bride and groom want some lovely portraits of them as a couple.  When I’m there for a limited time, I’m always sure to make time for the posed portraits.

After the newly-weds exit the venue as husband and wife, I take some confetti shots (where allowed) and group portraits outside the wedding venue.  Where confetti is not allowed, bubbles have become increasingly popular.

Sometimes I then accompany the wedding party to a reception meal afterwards and even stay to photograph the speeches.  This will usually require 3-4 hours coverage.  The couple sometimes bring forward the speeches which means I don’t have to attend for quite as long, reducing the costs further.

Bridesmaid with back to camera hugs elderly male relative who is smiling at the photographer

At the wedding arrivals and a precious shot of young greeting old.

1 Hour Wedding Photography Coverage

So I do specialise in smaller parties who require short day wedding photography. The average amount of time required is 2-3 hours – anything 5 hours and below is considered a short or half-day.

However, I can start from as little as 1 hour.

If you feel you require just one hour coverage or ceremony only photography, please do contact me to discuss.  Sometimes couples do only need 1 hour photography and I may be able to accommodate.

This may suit couples that need to book their wedding photographer at the last-minute or if you are having their ceremony mid-week.  But whatever day of the week or time of year, please do enquire, as I would love to help you.

Wedding Couple Kissing Outside Tom's Kitchen

At weddings as short as 2 hours, I often have the chance to go with the couple to their reception venue. There I can take some portraits and natural photos of the pre-meal drinks before leaving them to enjoy the rest of the day

Short Wedding Day FAQ’s



A. I class a short wedding as anything from 1 hour for just the ceremony to 4 hours from the preparations to the early reception.  I generally start wedding photography coverage from 2 hours but will definitely consider an hour.  This suits couples who only want the ceremony photographing as well as a few arrivals and posed shots afterwards.  Look on my page for full details of my reduced hours package and pricing.



A. No, absolutely not. I plan for both in exactly the same way.  The key moments are the same and it’s important to capture everything that goes on.  I’m conscious, however, that the couple will receive fewer photos which makes it all the more important to shoot as many moments and memories as I can.



A.  I love so much about them.  I tend to be more involved with the couple and seem to get to know them (and the guests) better by the end of the day and I can focus more on the individuals present without worrying if I have taken a shot of everyone.



A. No, not at all.  Many photographers wouldn’t take them on weekends over the summer, but I think it a shame not to.  It’s first come, first served bookings with me!



A. If you decide you needed longer than you’ve booked, I’ll be able to stay on.  I always liaise with couples at the end of the day to check that I’ve covered everything they need and see if they do want me to stay on to photograph more.

Group portrait outside Southwark Town Hall with guests waving

A happy wedding portrait of the whole party at a short wedding in South London. The couple only needed me for 2 hours.

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Bride Signing the Register at Fitzrovia Chapel Wedding

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Wedding Photographer in Cardiff & London

Guy Milnes Photography is based between London and Caerphilly covering South Wales, Bristol, London and the home counties.
He has been a professional photographer since 2008 and loves to capture the true atmosphere of the wedding day as it unfolds naturally.


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