How Many Hours Do You Need To Hire An Elopement Photographer For?

Odds are that if you are eloping that a large portion of your overall budget will be allocated for your photography. However, choosing an elopement photography package can be really different from choosing one for a traditional wedding. This is in part because the activities of your elopement experience won’t be the same as it is for those throwing a big ‘traditional’ wedding. So today, we are sharing several different sample packages our Colorado elopement photographer team offers along with a few timeline examples to help you determine how many hours you need to hire your elopement photographer! We hope that it makes the process of choosing your elopement photography package as easy as possible but feel free to reach out and ask for additional guidance. We’re always happy to guide our eloping couples to a package that makes the most sense for their dream elopement and their budget. 

Vow renewal on the ski slopes in Breckenridge Colorado
The 1 Hour Photography Package was perfect for Eric and Stephanie’s Vow Renewal on the ski slope in Breckenridge

Sample Colorado Elopement Photography Packages

Below are examples of the packages that we offer along with an explanation of how they can be used. 
Note: Our full elopement photography pricing is on our website and linked at the bottom of this post!

  • 1 Hour – ceremony and couples photos at one location with no guests 
  • 3 hours – first look, ceremony, couples photos, family/guest formal photos
  • 6 hours – getting ready, ceremony, couples photos, family/guest formal photos
  • 8 hours – all of the above plus post-ceremony celebration coverage
  • 2 Days (14 hours) – backpacking elopement OR wedding day with guests followed by an intimate ceremony/photos/adventure (sunrise hike for example) with just the photographer

These are all common examples and we understand that every elopement experience is different, but these are a good foundation for understanding how many hours do you need to hire an elopement photographer for!

Bride and Groom hiking on flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
The 6 Hour Collection was perfect for Sarah and Max’s 30 person micro-wedding in Boulder

Timeline Examples For Your Colorado Elopement:

1 Hour Elopement Photography Package example:
7:00-7:30pm: Ceremony and license signing
7:30-8:00pm: Couples portraits

3 Hour Elopement Photography Package example:
6:30-7:00am: Sunrise first look
7:00-7:30am: Ceremony and license signing
7:30-8:00am: Family/Guest formal photos
8:00-8:30am: Travel to second location
8:30-9:30am: Portraits at second location
(here you can incorporate a private first dance, small picnic, champagne popping, etc)

6 Hour Elopement Photography Package example:
2:00-2:30pm: Detail photos of attire, rings, vows, floral, etc
2:30-3:00pm: Getting ready photos for partner 1
3:00-3:30pm: Getting ready photos for partner 2
3:30-4:00pm: First look on-site at getting ready location (if driving together to ceremony)
4:00-4:30pm: Travel to ceremony location (can swap with above driving separately)
4:30-5:00pm: Ceremony and license signing
5:00-5:30pm: Family/Guest formal photos
5:30-6:00pm: Celebration with guests (champagne toast, first dance, parent dance, etc)
6:00-6:30pm: Couples portraits at ceremony location
6:30-7:00pm: Travel to second location
7:00-8:00pm: Couples portraits at second location during sunset

8 Hour Elopement Photography Package example: 
2:00-2:30pm: Detail photos of attire, rings, vows, floral, etc
2:30-3:00pm: Getting ready photos for partner 1
3:00-3:30pm: Getting ready photos for partner 2
3:30-4:00pm: First look on-site at getting ready location (if driving together to ceremony)
4:00-4:30pm: Travel to ceremony location (can swap with above driving separately)
4:30-5:00pm: Ceremony and license signing
5:00-5:30pm: Family/Guest formal photos
5:30-6:00pm: Couples portraits at ceremony location
6:00-6:30pm: Travel to second location
6:30-7:30pm: Couples portraits at second location
7:30-8:00pm: Travel to post-elopement celebration location
8:00-10:00pm: Post elopement party coverage


Read our tips on how to throw a post-elopement party or reception!

Weekend/Multi-Day Elopement Photography Pacakage:
Multi-Day or full weekend elopement coverage is always unique to the experience you’re envisioning. Whether it’s a sunrise hike the day after your ceremony, a jeep tour, backpacking, camping or just exploring multiple areas of Colorado we’ll always build example timelines to help you bring your vision to life!

Dream Like Hiking Elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park - How many Hours do you need to hire an elopement photographer for
The multi-day elopement photography was perfect for Amymarie and Sebastian’s intimate wedding experience, which included a sunrise hike to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National park, a jeep tour on Trail Ridge Road, a ceremony at St Malos Chapel and an intimate dinner at Twin Owls Steakhouse in Estes Park

Which Timeline Would Be Your Elopement Dream?

We hope this was a helpful resource to help you decide How many hours do you need to hire an elopement photographer for and if you’re having a Colorado elopement we hope you choose us!

All of our Colorado elopement photography pricing is on our website and we’re happy to put together custom quotes based on the experience you have planned.

I’m always so curious to hear from eloping couples out there about the different options available for the timeline of their elopement experience. Comment below with the one that you think sounds the most magical to you!

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