If you are getting married and want to get really good wedding photographs, you should cooperate with your wedding photographer.
You have to reserve enough time for a location of your choice.
How much time do you need to reserve depend on how many good photos for printing you would like to get.
If you single out 2 hours for a location between a ceremony and a reception, for example.
2 hours is enough for good wedding photos, but you can meet one or a few of the following problems.
Situation 1 The bride finishes her dressing up and last preparations much later (often from 1 hour to 2 hours later).
Situation 2 The groom comes to a bride's house (place of last preparations) very late.
Situation 3 You spent significantly more time near the church after a ceremony just talking to bridal party or relatives.
Finally you and your wedding photographer have only 20-30 minutes for a location, which is not enough even for standard group portraits.
Situation 4 You are worried about the day and checking up all details, deciding last small problems/ questions, giving a call to anyone all the time.
Situation 5 You get phone calls all the time or your guests congratulate you.
Situation 6 You are emotionally exhausted, tired and very worried about being late on a reception, because of guests who wait you to join them.
Formally a photographer have enough time, but can't do his or her job completely.
In this case a photographer can make only reportage photos, but people talking on the phone make a lot of different grimaces, facial expressions, gestures, often not very attractive, and absolutely don't pay attention to the wedding photographer.
In conclusion It doesn't matter how many hours you reserve for locations, please add 2 hours.
Please start this important for you day 2 hours earlier.
By the end of the day you will understand why.
If you suddenly have a 30 minutes break - it's break for check the bride's makeup, catch a deep breath and just enjoy the day and think how happy you are.
Cooperation on the reception.
There is a paragraph about a cooperation in the photography contract, please read it and say to the bridal party and all relatives and guests who is going to be with you on the big day.
Guests don't read and sign a photography contract, so they don't understand that their behaviour can make any influence to photographer's work and your photographs.
It's not a photographer's job to explain guests that they disturb plans and interfere in photography process.
It's your responsibility to make your big day perfect.
What you should say to all your guests.
Tips for guests.
Guests should give necessary access for a wedding photographer to the couple all the time.
Guests must not pass any plates, cameras, glasses or shaking hands just in front of the photographer's camera, especially in the most important moments, like cutting the bridal cake and the bridal dance, because we can't replay these moments.
If there is a special booster light for the couple, guests must not overlay this light, because it's very important for wedding photographs.
Guest should not ask the photographer to take a portrait of them, especially when he or she is busy with a couple.
The photographer will do it in due time, if it's coordinated with the couple.