Post # 1
we’re getting married in july at our church, but want to have a nice reception somewhere else. the place we like is owned by seventh day adventists so we can’t have our reception until the sun goes down since it’s a saturday. the sun goes down around 8pm that time of year. so the wedding would be at 7ish. i’m concerned with pictures also. If we have the wedding at 7, i want to have time for pictures before the sun goes down, but what are my guests going to do in between that time period while we’re taking pictures? stressing out! sorry!
Post # 3
I would take your pictures before the ceremony. Might not have been what you always envisioned but in this situation it seems like the only thing you can do. I don’t think a 7 o’clock wedding is too late though.
Post # 4
On a Saturday that is not too late at all! Photographers can do amazing things at night time and I would talk to your photogrpaher about this. You can also take many photos getting ready, etc before the wedding in the daylight.
I don’t think it’s up to you to entertain your guests while you’re having photos. Let them choose whether they get a drink somewhere, go back to their hotels, hang out, whatever! Otherwise you could provide refreshments for them at the reception but I don’t think that’s essential.
Post # 5
If you have the wedding that late, I think its unfair to the guests to do pictures after the ceremony. If you are ok with doing a first look and getting the pictures before the ceremony, i think its doable. Honestly, anytime you want to have the reception is fine, but if you have it this late, in my opinion you should: provide appetizers before dinner is served to tide guests over, serve dinner as soon as possible, and not be offended if people choose to leave early. I for one, am not a night owl, so it seems like dinner in this scenario wouldn’t even start until 9 pmish, and the wedding itself wouldn’t start until 10 or 11. Be prepared that not all people will be willing to stay throughout the entire festivities. If this were me (and I was in the position once…not that the reception was that late, but that dinner was served very late so it may as well have), I stayed until after the first dances and then left.
Also, I think all this goes out the window if you are planning on inviting children. Feeding children dinner at 9 pm is asking for trouble if you ask me.
Hope it all works out, though. Good lucK!