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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 less 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

Many couples are on a very 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. Whilst there are many cheap wedding photographers out there, this is one area where you really do get what you pay for. It’s so nice to know that despite limited funds, people are still willing to shell out for decent photographs worthy of the occasion.

For Full Pricing Details>> Wedding Photography Prices & Packages

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!

I deliver natural, affordable wedding photography to a high standard. This suits people who are on a lower budget or just need less hours covering. Intimate wedding ceremonies with a small reception afterwards are becoming ever more popular.

Very small wedding with just parents from the back

This overview of the ceremony shows just how intimate a wedding day can be. Kim and Paul chose just to invite their parents to their small wedding near London.

See More>> Wedding Photography Gallery

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 an 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 photographic coverage of all the key moments.  Photos edited in a mixture of colour & black and white and supplied by upload…

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

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Bride's sister hugs her after wedding ceremony

The congratulations post-ceremony is a very special time, even more so when the time is short.

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 once shot a 2 hours wedding where the only people present were the couple and their witnesses. It ended up being one of the loveliest weddings and I felt privileged to be in attendance. It meant I could concentrate more closely on the characters present and their relationship to each other. So, they were very happy with the finished photographs and I was happy to accommodate their need for a small wedding photographer (length of time, not size!!).

Bride Smilng Whilst Placing Ring on Groom's Finger at Newport Short Wedding

Even though some couples put lots of thought and money into the venue, dress and floral arrangements, some only require a short part of the day to be covered. Debs and Chris just wanted their ceremony photographed with some before and after shots. I am fully flexible and was happy to provide their photography for just three hours.

Read More>> Venues Ideal for Short Weddings:

Cardiff City Hall

The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Chelsea Old 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.  A register office ceremony and intimate meal with loved ones means much more to them than a lavish ‘do’.

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 one 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 half an hour before the ceremony. This gives me a chance to gather some scene setting and arrival shots.

Bridal party arriving at Old Marylebone Town Hall

The bride and her entourage arrive at their short town hall wedding in London.

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.

Castell Coch Couple Standing in Entrance with Portcullis

When I’m there for a limited time, I’m always sure to make time for posed portraits, especially of the couple.

So I do cater for smaller wedding parties who require short day wedding photography. The average amount of time required is 3-4 hours.  I can start from as little as 2 hours coverage.  If you feel you require just one hour coverage or ceremony only photography, please contact me to discuss.  Sometimes couples do only need 1 hour photography and I may be able to accommodate.

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 an 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 less 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.

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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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