Post # 1
So the wedding date is creeping closer and we’re trying to hammer out more day-of logistics. Our ceremony is at 5:30pm (non religious, so should last ~25 minutes). Our cocktail hour is 6-7 and then reception/dinner begins at 7.
We have our beautiful venue ALL DAY, and we’ll be getting ready there starting in the morning, and have our first look around 1:30pm. Then it’s pretty much a waiting game until the ceremony. We’ll do photos with the wedding party and immediate family before the ceremony, but my question is: is it too much to ask for my extended family to be there an hour early (4:30) to take family photos? My logic behind it is I’d rather get it done while there’s time, rather than rush through it after the ceremony when we should be taking a breather during cocktail hour together as husband and wife! I’ll also add that I don’t care about anyone seeing me before the ceremony.
Post # 2
We are doing family pictures before our ceremony and I’m really glad we are doing it that way. I haven’t told family yet, but hopefully it works for them 🙂
We are doing exactly what you are thinking. Family pictures starting an hour before ceremony and wrapping up after 30-ish minutes. However, we are doing our first look around 1pm with a ceremony start time of 4pm so you already have extra time.
Here’s our rough timeline, for reference
<div>1:00 – First look at park</div>
<div>Shoot with wedding party around the park</div>
<div>3:00 – Family pictures start </div>
<div>3:30 – Family pictures end</div>
<div>4:00 – Ceremony starts</div>
<div>4:30 – Ceremony ends, cocktail hour starts – Shoot with B & G for a few minutes</div>
<div>5:15 – Wedding party announced in, welcome and toasts</div>
<div>I’m really glad to do this all before ceremony because after the ceremony we can just have a few moments of privacy, some shooting of us right after the ceremony, and relax maybe (hopefully?). It also makes for a lesser wait time for guests and less lag for reception. </div>
Post # 3
Skittles131: Thank you! Are you worried about your family showing up early for it? I guess my only concern would be making sure everyone has gotten the message to get there on time for pics. How are you planning on making sure that message gets across?
Post # 4
Not to much to ask at all… then they really get to relax and have fun and not worry about ruining there look before pictures.
My ceremony starts at 4-non religous like yours
We plan to use the time inbetween the ceremony and end of cocktail hour for all our major photo’s.
Dinner and dance to follow.
Post # 5
Nope, my family plus relatives were asked to show up before the ceremony for family photo’s and they all did as asked without complaint.
My step siblings were the only ones who decided not to, so when we tried to squeeze in a family photo with them during the reception we ended up with exactly what my step mom said she did NOT want… a “firing squad line up” of her side. But, her kids were the ones that decided not to come! Probably were too hung over from post rehearsal dinner karaoke lol
All of my other family photo’s were really well posed and done since we had time before the wedding to be thoughtful.
Post # 6
We are also doing family photos before the ceremony (it’s one of my methods to make sure people get there on time, haha), but not extended family. My FI’s immediate family is actually quite large, and then it’s HUGE for the extended family, so we are probably doing a few group pictures after the ceremony.
Post # 7
We did our first look, family and bridal party photos before the ceremony when everyone was freshly dressed and made up. The photographer asked for a list of important groupings, and she took it from there. After the reception, we went out alone with the photog and did couples portraits in the city. I highly recommend!
Post # 8
I don’t think it’s too much to ask. Most people would love to have their picture taken with the bride prior to the ceremony! We asked our family members to show up an hour and a half to an hour prior to the ceremony for pictures and everyone was cool about it.