Frequently asked questions & wedding day guide.


What is Storybook?

Storybook is a complimentary (optional) service offered to our couples. Storybook is a great way to showcase a small selection of images chosen from the wedding day. Nelson Wedding Photography retain the right to post a Storybook and is largely dependent on the work flow at the time, especially during the peak months.  Our clients also have the right to decline the offer to have their wedding featured on Storybook.

Do you photograph weddings out of the Nelson region and how much does it cost?

We are happy to provide pricing for out of town weddings, travel related costs do apply and are calculated on a case by case basis depending on the additional travel time and associated expenses. Pricing for the Blenheim region is displayed on Blenheim Wedding Photography.

2-w300 How long does it take to get our images?

Each image (excluding the unflattering shots) are professionally edited including colour correction, exposure balance, contrast, cropping and a selection of black and white. To ensure that we provide consistent high quality images, the turn around period may be up to five weeks during the peak season (excluding shipping time).

We just want candid shots?

In reality, a lot of couples don’t know what to do when they are standing in front of a camera, especially on a bright sunny day. Our photographic coverage incorporates a selection of styles, including natural, reportage and structured. During the location photos we offer our assistance with regards to positioning the bride and groom to maximise light, shape and definition.

Do we provide the photographers with meals during the reception coverage?

As the wedding day is very long, we kindly request that meals are provided. It is also recommended that we sit at a table close to the outside as to assist with moving around freely.

I may be able to save money and hire a cheaper photographer or a family friend?

Be ever mindful that choosing a photographer based on price may not always be in your best interest long term. There are many part-time amateur photographers in the market that may not have the experience with regards to wedding photography in general, such as lighting and dealing with large amounts of people. Not to mention, the lack of back up equipment in the event of gear failure. If your wedding photos are really important to you, why take a risk?



Are photo books all the same quality?

They are certainly not, there are a lot of cheap sub standard photo books available on-line that just don’t last over time.  At Nelson Wedding Photography we provide extremely high quality premium photo books. Each photo book is individually designed, printed on silk pages using the highest quality inks and is hand stitched and bound. There are many options available with regards to covers, page content and size, please refer to premium photo books.

Do you offer discounts for winter weddings?

During the winter months there is an increased chance of unfavorable weather and the days are shorter with decreased light. Therefore, concessions are available for weddings booked from the 1st of June through to the 31st of August, pricing is presented on the Optional Services page.

Do I have to pay a deposit ?

To make it fair for all couples, a deposit of confirmation is payable to secure the chosen date. In the event that the wedding is cancelled/postponed or the services of Nelson Wedding Photography are no longer required, the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Prices are subject to change without notice, with the exception of confirmed weddings with a paid deposit and signed agreement between the two parties.


Wedding Day Guide:

At Nelson Wedding Photography we understand that no two weddings are ever the same. To assist couples with planning out their wedding day below is a suggested itinerary and is based on our photographic coverage specified in the wedding collections.

3-horiz-w300Wedding planning meeting:

This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and for us to assist you with planning out the wedding day. We often recommend other wedding related business’s such as hair & make up, florists and wedding cars etc. Most of our couples like to meet up prior to sending out their wedding invitations. For couples that live overseas or out of the Nelson region we often meet up closer to the wedding date.

Groom pre-ceremony photos – 30 minutes

Photographic coverage includes groom and groomsmen individual and group portraits. To maximize available time, it is recommended that the groom gets ready in a relativity close proximity to the bride, or we can meet the groom at a chosen outdoor location.

Bride pre-ceremony photos – 90 minutes

With the anticipation building, this a wonderful time to capture fun filled natural photos as the bride and bridesmaids share this special time together. Coverage includes wedding detail and accessories, final stages of the bride getting dressed along with glamour, group and individual portraits of the bridesmaids and parents.

Wedding ceremony – 30 minutes

The average wedding ceremony runs for approximately thirty minutes with some ceremonies running longer. During this time, two professional photographers are quietly capturing those special moments from varying positions around the ceremony venue or church.

Congratulations and family photos – 45 minutes


Just after the ceremony, family and friends congratulate the bride and groom, followed by a large group and family photos. To avoid the guests from standing around for too long, it is strongly recommended that the bride and groom write a family shot list. On average allow 30 minutes for the family photos, incorporating around 12 to 14 different group options.

Location photos – 2 Hours

There are so many beautiful locations around the Nelson and Marlborough region for stunning wedding photos. Two hours is allocated for the location photos with an additional 30 minutes travel time if required. Two locations are often chosen by the bride and groom and we can assist with this by recommending options.

Reception – through to the end of the first dance.

Reception coverage is very popular with our couples as they receive many natural, humorous and at times emotional photos of the bridal party, family and friends. The reception coverage includes the cutting of the cake, speeches, candid shots of guests and the first dance. For the reception coverage we kindly request that meals are provided. If the reception coverage is not required as with the Silver Collection, we photograph the cutting of the cake at the beginning of the reception along with an overview of the reception venue.

Your Emotions, Your Moments, Your day!