Micro & Short Wedding Photography Package 2021-22
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Short Wedding Photography Packages for Under £500
I have come to specialise in short day wedding photography and micro-weddings:
I love to document all weddings, but there’s something very intimate and special about wedding days celebrated in a more low-key way.
I feel I am 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 even grooms sometimes) often comment on how intimate and emotive my wedding photographs seem with a very personal touch. I think this is a reflection of how easy-going and joyful short and register office marriages are.
I cover short weddings in Cardiff, Bristol and London, but will consider other locations, so do get in touch to discuss your short wedding photography requirements.
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 people are still willing to shell out for decent photographs worthy of the occasion despite limited funds.
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 consisting of just the ceremony and an intimate meal afterwards. The photographer may just be needed for the arrivals, ceremony, confetti and posed shots or be asked to attend the early part of the meal. Some couples choose not to have their small wedding day photographed, whilst this is very important for others.
Even before 2020 and Covid-19, short micro-wedding days were rising, but the global pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated this. As a result, many engaged couples are choosing to marry first and celebrate later. I embrace this and am happy to take short, intimate weddings, whether 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 out there, this is one area where you get what you pay for. If your wedding photography is important to you, don’t compromise on it!
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I deliver natural, creative and affordable wedding photography to a high standard, which suits people on a lower budget or who need fewer hours covering.
Micro-wedding ceremonies with a small reception are becoming ever more popular, and many couples need to book their photographer for just 1 hour!
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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 – £120/hour
Prices include natural photographic coverage of all the key moments. Photos edited in a mixture of colour & black and white and supplied by upload for easy download.
Silver Heart-Shaped USB Stick with Highlights Slide Show and a Soundtrack of your choice – £95
Good Value Wedding Photographers
Couples frequently contact me who are having a short wedding day. They often require good value, limited-time wedding photography for only one, 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 more elaborate 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 1 hour upwards.
Short Weddings are Some of the Loveliest
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.
It means I can concentrate more closely on the characters present and their relationship to each other.
They’ve all been delighted with the finished photographs, and I am happy to accommodate your need for a short wedding photographer (length of time, not size!!).
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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, and this 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’.
It’s often mature couples that book me for only 1 hour to photograph just the ceremony and a few posed shots. They often take place mid-week or out-of-season, so I’m pleased to cater for these minimal days if I can.
Typical Part-Day Wedding Photography Coverage
But whatever the reason, many couples require time-limited coverage of the ceremony itself.
On short days, things usually start for me about 20 minutes before the ceremony, giving 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 pleased 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. So 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!
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, 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.
After the newlyweds exit the venue as husband and wife, I take confetti shots (where allowed) and group portraits outside the wedding venue. Where confetti is not permitted, bubbles have become increasingly popular.
Sometimes, I accompany the micro-wedding party to a reception meal afterwards and even stay to photograph the speeches, usually requiring 3-4 hours coverage. However, the couple sometimes brings forward the speeches, which means I don’t have to attend for quite as long, reducing the costs further.
A Word About COVID-19 Wedding Photography Restrictions
**Since I wrote this, Coronavirus restrictions have eased across the UK. However, some venues are sticking with the rules for the foreseeable future, so check with them before booking.**
In 2020, everything changed, with Coronavirus, forcing many to cancel, reschedule or shorten their planned wedding celebrations. I have worked with many couples to ensure that their day still runs as smoothly as possible, despite new restrictions that were previously unimaginable. With area lockdowns, mask requirements and reduced guest capacity, nothing seems sure anymore. But many couples are choosing a small wedding ceremony now and will have a more significant celebration when things get back to normal.
My advice is to run with it. It is what it is, and there is no reason why it should spoil your short wedding day. There is more information and tips on my COVID-19 Wedding Ceremony Page.
1 Hour Wedding Photography Coverage
So I do specialise in smaller parties who require short day wedding photography. The average amount of 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 feel you require just one-hour coverage or ceremony only photography, don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss. Also, sometimes couples only need 1-hour photography, and I may be able to accommodate.
An hour 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.
Short Wedding Day FAQ’s
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 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.