Post # 1
So, we’re getting married at the same venue as our reception. Pro — convenient for guests. Con — no travel time to take advantage of for photos.
Our photographer said that it’s ideal to have 2 hours … 30 minutes family, 30 minutes bridal party, and 1 hr as a couple. We have small families, so I think we could cut some time there.
I don’t want to do a first look (nothing against those who do it; we’ve discussed it and this is what is preferable for us). I was thinking about leaving some lag time between the ceremony ending and cocktail hour beginning (also time in case we’re running late!) for our receiving line, guests getting out of their chairs, etc. And then I wanted to add some time to the cocktail hour. Is it weird to have a 1.5 hr cocktail hour? We could open the ballroom up at the hour mark so that people who want to sit could do so …
Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I don’t think its great to have a 1.5 hour cocktail hour. Personally as a guest, I get antsy and want the main event to start. Also, standing in heels for a long time isn’t fun. However, if you did one of those crazy cocktail hours with tons of food and drinks then it could be doable…
I’m sure you are already planning on doing this but you could at least do pics of you and your bridal party and your family before the ceremony.
Post # 4
I recommend at least 3 hours. We had 2 hours. The photographer was running late so it was even less. We were rushed and many important shots got missed. Even with a small family/bridal party, it is like herding cats to get everyone together. If you do ones without the groom beforehand, that will cut down on post-ceremony pictures. It will take longer than you think–learn from my mistakes!
As far as the slightly longer cocktail hour, I think that’s fine if you open up the ballroom and have enough refreshments. Nobody at my wedding wanted to go inside!
Post # 5
What we did that helped out was instead of a first look for FI and me (now DH!), we had the groomsmen pics done with the groom prior to the ceremony, and we did the bridesmaid and bride pics beforehand too – that cut those out of the necessary photos after the ceremony so we could focus on the pics of just the two of us!
Post # 6
I normally do for my wedding one hour; there are not many venues that will not let you go for 2 hours after the ceremony. There is normally a cocktail hour and that is the time pictures are suppose to be taken for family, bridal party and bride and groom.
Is your photographer starting the pictures before the ceremony? I start 1 and a half before and do getting ready and then bride with bride’s maids and bridal portraits, then groom and grooms men, ceremony, formals that I listed above and the reception.
Post # 7
We’re not doing a first look and we are scheduling 1 hour. We’re going to try to do as many pics as we can pre-ceremony (bride with bridal party, groom with bridal party, each of us with our families). Post ceremony we have a VERY short list of who want want for joint pics at the venue (we have the same venue for both as well). We will then haul ass to a nearby location and do bridal party and couple photos. Realistically I know we’ll be running late. Cocktail hour is going from 6-7pm and dinner is at 730. So I kind of figure as long as we’re back by 7:30 we’re okay, but we’re going to try for 7pm.
Post # 8
We are doing something like Corgitales is doing….we are having the bridal/groomsmen party shots beforehand and individual shots done also. we are going to have an hour long cocktail hour and then run back in time for dinner.
Post # 9
I went to a wedding once where after the ceremony, we didn’t see the couple until over 4 hours later! Cocktail hour was 2 hours long (lots of food and drinks) and it was at a seperate location, so we were entertained.
Another idea if you don’t want too much time there is to have a “Day-after” shoot. You can get dressed up again, and go to other locations for pictures for a few hours. This will cost extra, but may be worth it, so that you don’t feel rushed and feeling like you need to get back to the reception if you wanted location shots.