Short Wedding Photography in London, Bristol & Cardiff 2023-24
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Everything You Need to Know About Short Wedding Photography
I have come to specialise in short-day wedding photography and micro-weddings:
Couples frequently contact me who are having a short wedding day. They often require good value, limited-time wedding photography for just one, two or three hours.
These may be couples for whom the wedding day photography isn’t a big deal, but they still want the critical events documented. It’s often a small party of guests consisting of very close family and friends.
Whether you’re planning your short wedding in London, Bristol, Cardiff or elsewhere, on this page, I aim to offer the benefit of my experience to help you when planning your small big wedding day! I go through your various options with tips and ideas you may not have thought of and include many examples of my work to illustrate throughout.
Short Wedding Photography for Under £500
I love to document all weddings, but there’s something very intimate and special about wedding days celebrated in a low-key way with few guests. I have shot many 2-hour micro-weddings where the only people present were the couple and their witnesses. They often end up being the loveliest of weddings, and I feel privileged to be in attendance.
I feel I am more “let-in”, giving me much more of a chance to focus on the individuals present and the personalities and relationships between them.
Brides (and even grooms sometimes) often comment on how personal and emotive my wedding photographs seem with a unique personal touch. This reflects how easy-going and joyful short and register office marriages usually are.
I cover short weddings in London, Cardiff and Bristol, but I will consider other locations, so do get in touch to discuss your short wedding photography requirements.
All of my short-wedding couples have been delighted with the finished photographs, and I am happy to accommodate your need for a short wedding photographer (length of time, not size!!).
Many couples have 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 lovely that people are still willing to shell out for decent photographs worthy of the occasion despite limited funds.
Remember that your photography will be with you to reflect on for the rest of your lives!
What is Micro-Wedding Photography?
Micro-weddings are generally considered weddings with up to 20 guests, usually very close family and friends. They are generally shorter (typically 1-3 hours), often just the ceremony and an intimate meal afterwards. The photographer may just be needed for the arrivals, ceremony, confetti and posed shots or attend the early part of the meal too. Some couples choose not to have their small wedding day photographed, whilst it is crucial for others.
Even before 2020 and Covid-19, the need for short wedding days rose, but the global pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated this. As a result, many engaged couples choose to marry first and celebrate later. I embrace this and am happy to take short, intimate weddings, whether on a Saturday in summer or a mid-week winter marriage.
Top Short Wedding Photography 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, this is one area where you get what you pay for. So if your wedding photography is essential for you, don’t compromise!
For Full Pricing Details>> Wedding Photography Prices & Packages
More Top Tips When Planning a Short Wedding Day
- Communicate with Your Venue Contact: Every venue has different rules and regulations for photographers. Be sure to speak with your contact at the venue and tell them that your photography is important to you. Find out exactly what they allow.
- Break with Tradition: There are no hard and fast rules to follow in organising your day. Micro-weddings give the chance to throw tradition out of the window and do things your way! For instance…
- …Change the Running Order: If your photographer covers your drinks reception and/or early part of the meal, bring the speeches forward to shorten the photographic day. Heartfelt speeches are a lovely wedding memory to have!
- Plan a Weekday Wedding: Weekdays or weddings out of season are likely to be quieter at wedding venues, with less chance of you being rushed. You might also get better deals as suppliers and venues may offer reduced rates!
- Don’t Be Afraid to Think Small: Don’t feel obliged to invite lots of guests to your short wedding. I’ve photographed tiny weddings with just the witnesses present, and they were equally meaningful.
- Spend the Whole Day Together: No one says you need to spend the morning apart. Many couples now choose to get ready together as a shared wedding day experience.
- The Wedding Day is Yours: Many couples have told me that a well-meaning relative has taken over their short wedding planning. Remember that it is your day, so do everything the way you want to. Of course, some couples enjoy having everything organised, so that’s fine too.
- Ensure Your Photographer is Flexible: You might misjudge the time you need. Find out what happens if you need more photography time on the day. I’m very flexible and can add more time if you need it.
- More is More: Each register office tends to have packages to choose from, from the very basic to the more extended, featuring readings, music and a much more personal touch. If your budget allows, choose as much as you can. The more you have going on in a short time, the more images you should receive.
- Church Weddings are Longer: The ceremony will go on for an hour or more, and there will likely be more guests. So I suggest no less than 3 hours of coverage for a church wedding – but ultimately, it’s up to you.
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Short Wedding Photography Prices
*Starting from 1 Hour Photography Coverage*
2 Hours Coverage:
1.5 Hours Coverage:
1 Hour Coverage:
Extra Hours above 2 – £140/hour
Prices include natural photographic coverage of all the key moments. Photos are edited in a mixture of colour & black and white and supplied by upload for easy download.
Wooden Presentation Box with Printed Lid & 8GB USB Stick with Highlights Slide Show and a Soundtrack of your choice – £125
**How you use the time is up to you, but below are examples of how your day might run…**
Typical Short-Day Wedding Photography Coverage
1 Hour Photography Coverage:
Usually starting about 15 minutes before the ceremony, giving me a chance to gather some scene-setting and arrival shots at the venue and, most importantly, your arrival. If you have a civil marriage (often at a register office, hotel or other non-religious premises), your ceremony takes around 20-25 minutes, including the signing. Then there’s still ample time for a confetti sequence (where allowed) and group portraits outside.
1.5 Hours Coverage:
One and a half hours allow for more time on either side of the ceremony. It could start with your preparations (if not too far) for a few photos of you leaving, and there will be time to have extended couples shots after the ceremony. If everything is nearby, your photographer could also document your journey, arrival, and first drinks toast at your reception venue!
2 Hours Coverage:
More time where you get ready and/or a photo shoot of yourselves before arriving at your venue. Or a more extended couples portrait session afterwards and longer for your drinks/meal. Or any combination of the above!
Sometimes, they plan to have a more elaborate celebration after their wedding day.
Some engaged couples need a photographer for just one hour. 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 1 hour upwards, whatever day of the week or time of the year.
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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, which is why they want a good photographer. They don’t need all the trimmings of a church wedding or full-day celebrations. A register office ceremony and intimate meal with loved ones mean much more to them than a lavish ‘do’.
Often mature couples book me for only 1 hour to photograph the ceremony and a few posed shots. They usually take place mid-week or out-of-season, so I’m pleased to cater for these minimal days if possible.
1 Hour Wedding Photography Coverage
So I do specialise in smaller parties that require short-day wedding photography. The average time needed is 2-3 hours – anything 5 hours and below is considered a short or half-day.
However, I can start photography coverage from as little as 1 hour.
If you require just one-hour coverage or ceremony-only photography, don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss.
An hour may suit couples that need to book their wedding photographer at the last minute or if they are having their ceremony mid-week. But whatever day of the week or time of year, please inquire, as I would love to help you!
Short Wedding Day FAQs
Q. WHAT IS SHORT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
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 consider an hour. This suits couples who only want the ceremony photographing and a few arrivals and posed shots afterwards. Look on my page for full details of my reduced hours’ package and pricing.
Q. DO YOU APPROACH SHORTER WEDDINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN FULL-DAY WEDDINGS IN THE WAY THAT YOU PHOTOGRAPH THEM?
A. No, absolutely not. I plan for both in the same way. The key moments are the same, and it’s crucial to capture everything that goes on. However, I’m conscious that the couple will receive fewer photos, making it all the more important to shoot as many moments and memories as I can.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT SHOOTING A SHORT WEDDING?
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. So I can focus more on the individuals present without worrying if I have taken a shot of everyone.
Q. DO YOU RESTRICT YOUR REDUCED HOURS WEDDING BOOKINGS DURING THE BUSY SUMMER SEASON?
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!
Q. WHAT IF WE NEED MORE TIME ON THE DAY?
A. If you decide you need 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 want me to stay on to photograph more.