(Closed) Need First Look timeline advice!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Are you planning on doing ALL your photos before the ceremony, including family? Usually cocktail hour is the time between the ceremony and before the reception starts where the bride/groom do all the family photos, etc and the other guests can mingle. We didn’t do a receiving line, so I’m not much help there, sorry! If it helps, this was our rough timeline:

1pm: Arrive at venue to get ready

3pm: First look

3:30ish-5: Photos of bride/groom, bridal party, etc

5-6: Free time

6:30: Ceremony

7: Cocktail hour – when we took formal photos with family and any other photo ops we missed. Other guests were downstairs in the reception area with drinks and our one appetizer station. Also had a photobooth to keep them occupied.

7:45: Our grand entrance to the reception. Was planned for 7:30 but we fell a bit behind.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are doing our first look at about 2p and our ceremony is at 5p.  If you aren’t doing a cocktail hour, I would suggest going right into dinner so you have more time to dance after!

A cocktail hour is a time between the ceremony and reception for hors d’voures and cocktails.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that sounds like enough time!  I’ve had a hard time myself creating the timeline and have relied on our photog to help us out.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Sounds doable. Run it by your photographer, I’m sure they’ve seen hundreds of timelines and know what will/won’t work. Just make sure all your guests know for sure that dinner won’t be provided – I would assume there would be a big meal at an evening reception.

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