Post # 1
We just booked our photographer.
Our ceremony and reception will be held in the same place (a barn in some what of a remote location from town, and almost all guests are out of towners)
Our ceremony starts at 4:30pm and will end about 5pm.
The photographer would like 20 minutes for photos with family and 2 hours for photos of the wedding party and bride and groom. We love their work, so we don’t want to cut the photo time short.
What can the guests do for 2 and a half hours in between? Some of them will be shuttling in and out so they can’t leave easily. Is this abnormally long? We were wondering if we could start the supper without us being there yet. Otherwise, supper would not be served until 7:30 and we do not know what else the guests can do beside cocktails and play cards.
Also, we are going traditional and will not be seeing eachother before the ceremony, so that is out of the question.
Post # 3
2.5 hours seems long to me. I would try to cut it down to 30 mins for family and 1 hour for wedding party. After dinner you and hubs can sneak away to take some additional photos if you feel you did not get enought during the photo time.
Post # 4
What about 2 hours?
We are now going to do our guestbook signing during this gap, cocktails, and have games provided for the tables while we are doing photos. So is 2 hours unreasonable?
Post # 5
That seems like a long time to me. Anything over an hour seems like a long time when you’re sitting there not really doing anything. Yes you can have games at tables and can socialize but for longer than an hour it will probably get boring and your guests will be hungry. Plus you’re at a wedding to celebrate with the bride and groom, not play cards. I would try to cut it down to an hour total between ceremony and reception and provide some food and drinks during that time. Maybe try to do as many bridal party pictures before the ceremony as you can and if you can knock out some of the family pics ahead of time.
Post # 6
Two hours seems entirely too long for photos of the bridal party. In order to cut down photo time at my wedding, I am doing some shots before the ceremony with my parents/family and the bridesmaids. Then right afterward, we are doing 20 minutes of just us two, then about 30 minutes of the entire wedding party. We will have a guest picture frame signing, a DIY photobooth and cocktails, but I would do not want my guests waiting longer than an hour between the ceremony and dinner.
Post # 7
@ashescats: if they cant leave easily and theres nothing to do then 2.5 hours is a very very long time. honestly, i think 1.5 hours is the max and even thats a lot for bored guests
if you are not willing to consider first look photos then i think youre going to need to take less photos. if i was hanging around for 2.5 hours id probably leave after dinner
Post # 8
We got all our photos plus a few group shots (which are my favourite) at the pre dinner drinks that went for 2 hours. People just mingled and drank & ate some appetisers, no need for games – the only difference was we didn’t leave, the bar & surrounding area was nice enough for our pics & we just posed and mingled at the same time