How Long Does It Take To Get Wedding Photos Back?

So, your big day has come and gone and you are very excited to see how the wedding photos turned out.

If you’re impatient like me, then I’m sure you cannot wait to see them. I don’t blame you though, I was the same. The biggest question on your mind is how long does it take to get your wedding photos back.

Join me as I take a look.

How Long Does It Take To Get Wedding Photos Back?

On average, you can expect to get your photos back between 4 to 6 weeks, and this depends on how busy your wedding photographer is. If your wedding photographer is not very busy, then you can expect to get your photos back within 2 weeks after the wedding. During this time, your wedding photographer will edit the photos and prepare a collection of photos that he or she will present you with.

A wedding photographer can take up to 4000 photos during a wedding, and select up to 800 photos to edit. As you can imagine, editing 800 photos will take a long time.

Editing a photo can take anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes, or even more if the photo requires it. On average, a wedding photographer can take up to 40 hours to edit all the hand-picked photos from a wedding day.

How Many Photos Will I Get From My Wedding Photographer?

The amount of photos you can expect from your wedding photographer depends on the number of hours he or she is required to take photos. If your wedding photographer has been booked for an 8-hour wedding, you will get between 400 and 800 photos. If you made a booking for 4 hours of wedding coverage then you can expect between 200 and 400 photos.

Do Wedding Photographers Edit Every Photo?

No, wedding photographers do not edit every photo. During a wedding, the wedding photographer can take anything between 2000 and 4000 photos. Out of this batch of photos, only 400 to 800 photos will be selected, edited, and presented to the wedding couple.

Wedding photographers will often handpick only the best photos taken on the day, or ask the wedding couple to pick their favorites, and only these photos will be edited.

Do Wedding Photographers Give All Photos?

No, wedding photographers don’t give all photos taken during a wedding. You can only expect to get the best photos taken on the day as your wedding photographer will only pick the most special photos from the batch.

As an example, your wedding photographer might take 50 photos of you walking down the aisle just to be sure that any special moments are missed. He or she will then pick one or a couple of photos from these 50 photos and make sure that they are edited before presenting them to you.

Some wedding photographers will even invite the wedding couple to their studios and sit with them to pick the best photos from the bunch.

Why Do Wedding Photographers Not Give Raw Files?

Wedding photographers don’t give wedding couples raw files because these files are unedited and normally dull in appearance.

Editing these files to look better and more pleasing is part of a wedding photographer’s job, and giving RAW files to a wedding couple means giving them an unfinished product.

It is also worth noting that RAW files won’t have the style that you and your wedding photographer agreed upon, and this is also a big reason why wedding photographers don’t hand out RAW files.

How Will I Get My Photos From My Wedding Photographer?

These days, wedding photographers will upload photos to an online storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Pixieset. In certain cases, they will also load the photos onto a USB stick and send them to the wedding couple.

The online storage services option is much preferred by many wedding photographers and wedding couples alike because the photos are easily accessible and stored securely which means they won’t get lost.


As you can see, it might take 4 to 6 weeks before you get your wedding photos back. If your wedding photographer is not very busy, then you might get them back as soon as 2 weeks.

The reason for the wait is that wedding photographers have to go through all the photos taken on the day, pick out the best ones, and then edit them. Editing photos takes very long and requires a lot of skill to edit properly.

Trust me though, it will be well worth the wait.