Post # 1
We’ve been back and forth with when to start our ceremony, but I need to give the officiant and ceremony musicians the final word. We don’t want to see each other before the wedding, but because we’re doing the ceremony and reception at the same place (a farm – ceremony at the lake, cocktail hr and reception a few hundred yards away at the barn) I’m afaid we’ll be too rushed to get everything done in between. Right now, the schedule looks like this:
2:30pm – Ceremony musicians start while people arrive (we have them for 2.5 hrs, so they’ll wrap at 5pm whether we’re on schedule or not!)
3pm-3:45 – Ceremony – Catholic service (no mass)
3:45 -5pm – Guests have cocktail hour while we do photos
5pm-5:15/30 – Move from outside barn to tables inside
5:30 – Dinner
6:30pm/7 – Get the party started
11pm – End of reception (mandatory due to town noise ordinance)
My concern is that that we won’t have time for all the photos with family and photos around the farm during the cocktail hr (especially trying to round up family members). I considered extending the CH another 30 min but the musicians are pretty expensive. We already run the risk of them timing out before the DJ kicks in at 5pm should the cereony start late or run over. Thoughts??
Post # 3
the DJ could realistically play piano music if need be, it might be cheaper to get him to start a bit earlier than 5pm. Based on my own experience, 1.5 hours max isnt enough time for photos. We did photos before the ceremony, so ours were a lot longer than normal (3 hours before, about 45 mins after) but I’d have been hard pressed to get mine done in that time, ESPECIALLY if the ceremony starts or runs late
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Post # 5
Over an hour for photos should be plenty.
Remember that you can do all your photos with your family and your bridesmaids before the wedding. And he can do all of his photos with his families and the groomsmen before the wedding. That way, after the wedding, you only have to do pictures of the two of you and a few of the entire wedding party.
I think what I have seen is usually about 30 minutes for pictures with the entire family and the entire wedding party together. Then about another 30 minutes for just you and your FI.
I am worried about how we are going to do this because we have a half hour drive between our ceremony and our reception site! Eek!
Post # 6
Also, I would have an iPod with a playlist ready to go in case you are running late and the musicians have to leave. I don’t think during the cocktail hour many people would care if they listened to a few songs before the DJ kicked in.
Post # 7
I don’t know if that will be enough time to get pictures of both you two together and the family pictures. We had about an hour and a half before the ceremony of pictures alone and we had about an hour afterward for pictures with family.