Post # 1
Now that I’m about 70 days from the wedding (!), I’m trying to figure out what the schedule is from when we get ready to the ceremony at 5pm. My big things are I want to do a private first look, and get most of the pictures out of the way before the ceremony because I want to enjoy my cocktail hour rather than taking a ton of pictures during that time. Also we are responsible for setting up lunch for the out of town guests because they will be a bit stranded in the middle of nowhere, so my Future Mother-In-Law suggested (since she is friends with the owner of the B&B) that we all eat lunch at 1pm at B&B…so I guess I’m trying to schedule how much time I will need for everything…
So, dear bees, what was schedule of your day leading up to the ceremony/reception? How much time did you set aside for photos?
Post # 3
Talk to your photog and see what they say…they are the professionals and will know how long. I would guess a first look would be no more then 25 minutes. We had time after our ceremony- about an hour it took for pics, before we moved onto our reception. We took pics witha vintage car at the ceremony site. Once we got to the reception place0 we took pics for no more than an hour and a half…these included all our parent/grandparents/bridal party pics, and once with just the two us.
Post # 4
The last wedding I went to it took the bride and groom 3 hours to do photos on site. It was so rediculous we ended up serving all the guests dinner while the bride and groom where gone. A good photographer would never take that long however.
Post # 5
I allowed for 2 hours before the ceremony. Thankfully i did because we ran 45 minutes behind (and I’m NEVER late in every day life), but you can NEVER predict correctly how long everything is going to take that day. I had a very strict timeline and it went out the window after a certain amount of time.
If you’re not doing a first look I would allow for at least an hour and a half.
Post # 6
@naturalysam: Well, that will certainly not be a problem, the food it pretty well taken care of. I just want to get the family and bridal party photos done before the ceremony and reception. Our cocktail is only about an hour and a half, so I’d rather be with the guests rather than taking photos, and would rather the photographer takes candids during that time.
No matter how long things run, if I am certain of one thing that day is that people will be fed… 🙂
Post # 7
ask your photographer. We did a session before and after ceremony. Before and after were both about an hour.
Post # 8
@Au Jardin: Good the bride at this wedding flipped out when she was the one to tell us when to serve people. As you long as your not out smoking a joint in the woods youll be good im sure.