Post # 1
I am struggling in making the timeline of everything for our June wedding day. It seems like there is so much that has to happen that day and not enough time. My 1st draft put only 45 mins for dancing!
Our ceremony is at 4pm with the reception on site from 5-9pm on a Sunday. The sit down dinner takes up a good chunk but how do we make sure we have enough time for portraits?? Between family photos, wedding party and ourselves how can we fit it in the small slot between ceremony & reception?
I know an option is to extend the party until 10pm or later but its $250/hour + DJ etc costs.
Post # 3
You will need at least 2 hours to take pictures of two of you and family members. My husband and I took pictures before the wedding from 4:15 to 6:45 and then about a half hour of pictures with our families after the ceremony was over.
Post # 4
you want more time than you think! we took pictures for an hour before, and a little over an hour after. and i still felt like i wanted more!
Post # 5
I think it depends on what kind of photographer you have, how big your families are, etc. I struggled with this too and also considered extending the reception by an hour, but it would have cost us close to $1000 so that’s not happening. We’re taking pictures beforethe ceremony for about an hour, and then after the ceremony for between 30 mins and 1 hour. We both have relatively small families though. Oh, and we’re doing a buffet. Our ceremony is from 5-5:30, then a short cocktail, and the reception will be from 6ish-9:30.
Post # 6
I’ve been thinking more and more that we will have to break it to the rents that we need an extra hour or 2 on the venue. I just know things always take longer than planned…
either that or do some photos before.
Post # 7
allow at least an hour and a half for family and wedding party portraits. Then I’d give yourselves about 45 minutes to an hour – just for bride/groom pictures.
depends on the photog though, you have to have a really good photog that can gather up people and go quick with the photos if you want them to be done in an hour and a half.
Post # 8
I’m not sure if that is really an option for you though. If people have to work the next day, they probably won’t stay much beyond 9pm anyway since it is on a Sunday.
Post # 9
The Sunday evening thing really is an important factor – I’d want to leave around 9 or 10 if I had to work. 75% of people are from out of town but I know they’ll have flights in the am booked.
Perhaps photos before are our best bet. Our families aren’t super big – but my mom was hoping for an extending family photo since its the first time we’ve been together in years. We’ve got 14 people in the wedding party + us = 16! yikes.
We can always cut into dancing (my back up plan) since we’re not huge dancers. Thoughts?
Post # 10
Trust me, if you take the pictures before you’ll be SO much less stressed. I can’t emphasize that enough. Especially if you do a first look and get time to take portraits of you and your Fiance before the ceremony and THEN do family portraits.
Just tell your family members that are going to be in the formals to be ready and at the venue an hour- 45 minutes before the ceremony and do pictures with them then. Start your portraits with your husband about two hours before the ceremony and then do bridal party pictures afterwards (have them be ready an hour and a half before the ceremony).
So much easier and you won’t have to worry about missing any of the party. You’ll be so relieved afterwards and your guests will appreciate being able to see you for more time!
Post # 11
We are getting the pictures of the girls only/guys only done before the ceremony. That should help cut a chunk off of the time between the ceremony and reception.
Post # 12
I think my photographer wants us to do an hour before and 30 minutes after ceremony. I have 2 photographers so one will be with me and my family prior to and the other with him. So if you only have 1 photographer you need to add more time.
Post # 13
We have 2 photographers – well 1 main & 1 back up so they could split and do girls only/guys only photos in the hotel or gardens before.
I’m still debating on doing a first look or not. I was hoping not to – I want that first look down the aisle – only mothers & Bridesmaid or Best Man get to see me before.
hoping I wont’ have to compromise these for logistics.
Post # 14
You may want to try to add some photography time prior to your ceremony. I had a really similar timeline to yours. Our reception went until 9:15, but our ceremony and reception were about a 15 minute drive apart. We made it work by starting photos at 2:30 (which included getting ready shots, seperate family and Bridal Party shots, no first look). Our ceremony started at 4 and was around 20-25 minutes long. After the ceremony, we did Bridal Party together pics, family together pics, and shots of just me and Darling Husband. It was plenty of time for us, but we did have a smaller bridal party than you. Make sure you let everyone know ahead of time where and when they are expected to be for group pictures, especially extended family pictures. The less time you have to spend getting everyone together, the better. We had a first dance, parent dance, seated dinner, toasts, cake cutting, and plenty of time for dancing (we’re not huge dancers either), and we totally didn’t feel rushed. Depending on how many courses you’re having, your sit down dinner may take less time than you think. We had passed appetizers during the cocktail hour, so we only had a seated salad and main dish. The seated part of the meal took less than an hour, probably around 45-50 minutes for 100 guests.
Post # 15
wow thanks @owlbride That is so comforting to hear! If you can do it then so can I!