Is this a reasonable timeline? (Calling brides who didn't do a first look!)

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@excitedtobeMRSF:  I think you should talk to your photographer, but I think that you current schedule is unrealistic.  I’m assuming you’re having a half hour ceremony.  You’ll have close family congratulating you, even if you’re not doing a receiving line.  It will take more than 5 minutes to get the bridal party assembled, posed and shot for a couple shots.  The family shots, I’m not sure with that many people that 15 minutes to wrangle everyone into various groupings will be long enough.  And I think that 20 minutes for couples shots may be cutting it close.

Your photographer can offer advice about how to schedule everything so you’ll have enough time for your photos.  You may be able to sort out a way to make a cocktail hour appearance, but I think they’re a challenge when you don’t have first look photos.  But tell your photographer about hoping to make it for cocktial hour and let them advise you.  Someome who’s shot dozens of weddings might have some tips on how to make things run more smoothly and make it possible.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@excitedtobeMRSF:  In that case completely unrealistic.. unless you don’t really care about the pictures. But i assume you do since you’re making a time line.

Give your photog your ceremony/cocktail hour/reception times and have him/her make a time line for you. Most do this without even asking.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Based on that timeline, there will be no time for the photographer to take detail shots (i.e. your dress, reception stuff). You are also assuming that everyone in the bridal party will have their full attention on getting their photos taken. While this is an ideal situation, it is not realistic. It is going to take longer to gather everyone and get the shots that you would like. Also, our photographer said it didnt make sense to take family shots without both the bride and groom together. We didn’t go that and it still look well over an hour to take our photos. 

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