Post # 1
Please help me to make the decision:
My wedding ceremoney will be 4:30pm and dinner reception follows. The venue cutoff time is 10:00pm. As it’s a Sunday, I assume some of the guest will leave early. Also, we plan to have about 70-100 guests. Not big compared to average wedding. My FI and I think our wedding definately won’t last too long.
Now I have to decide how long I want the <font color=”#ad7d6c” style=”font-weight: 400; font-size: 9.6pt; color: #ad7d6c! important; font-family: Verdana; position: static”><span class=”kLink” style=”font-weight: 400; font-size: 9.6pt; color: #ad7d6c! important; font-family: Verdana; position: relative”>photographer</font> to be there. The photographer told me that the pre-ceremoney shot is normally 45 minutes. I would rather longer. I guess there is a lot need to shoot before ceremoney and everyone is excited and not tired at all. So, I want her start early. Let’s say 3:00 pm, an hour and half before the ceremoney. Do you guys think it’s enough?
Also, what time should be the end? As I mentioned earlier, it’s a Sunday wedding and not many guests, I think by 9pm, there will problably not too many guests left. Most of them should be tired too… So, I’m thinking about 9:00 will be the end time for our photographer. Is my plan practical?
Post # 3
Taking photos early is great. You can start as early as you feel the need to, especially if you think you’d want more than 45 minutes for the shoot. 45 minutes is a pretty good time span. If your ceremony starts at 4:30, you want to be done with photos by 4pm, for you to unwind and get settled at the church, fix your dress if you need to, hair etc. So starting at 3pm, is good. Will your photographer be taking photos of you getting ready? If so, then you’d need him/her there earlier.
9pm is a good estimate of time, but when will you be doing the cake cutting? Many guests won’t leave until they get some cake, so plan for your photographer to stay until you cut the cake.
Post # 4
Thanks a lot, chill. I haven’t thought about cake cutting yet. Thanks for reminding me such an important thing. I’ll set the cake cutting time on 8:30 so the photographer has enough time to shoot the most major parts of the wedding.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks
My photographer actually came about 4 hours before the ceremony started so she could get all the getting ready photos and shots of the details and set up etc beforehand. Totally unnecessary, but just one more thing to throw in there for your consideration! (We were not paying hourly, so that might have changed our priorities too.) She also left a few hours early because the way she put it, after the dancing portion of the night begins…everything looks pretty much the same. So she can spend 30 minutes on group shots of people dancing or stay for the full time, but the pictures probably will all start looking the same pretty quickly. Since she had a long drive home and her rationale made total sense to me, we just made sure the cake cutting etc got done before it got too late, and then we got a ton of miscellaneous dancing/reception pics, and then she took off when we just kept on dancing. Worked out perfectly for us!
Post # 6
Are you taking pictures of you and your husband before the ceremony or after?
If your taking them before you need to make more time for all of your formals, I would suggest 2pm-4pm. Normally a photographer wants at least 30 min each with the Bride & groom, bridal party, and family formals.
Also, when you start your reception its best to do the cake cutting in the beginning so that the rest of the cake can be cut for your guests to eat after dinner. Most common is Announcement of B&G, pray for dinner, eat, cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter mother/son, bridal party, etc..
Hope this helps you some!
Post # 7
I so need the list of the events during the reception!
About how early the photographer should start shooting, I talked with my photographer. She said since we have a small bridal party (two BM and two GM) and very limited family members (only parents on both sides/my Fi is the only kid in the faimily, so are his dad and mom; My family are overseas, only my parents will attend due to visa issues), an hour will be enough for the formal pictures.
Post # 8
my photog is providing 8 hours of coverage…he’s covering the getting ready shots, ceremony, formal pictures post-ceremony, and reception. my ceremony starts at 5:30pm, and my reception is from 7pm to midnight.
Post # 9
Take pictures as early as you can. I like to tell my brides and grooms that the earlier the pics are done the more time they have to have fun at the reception. You don’t want to miss out. If you can take them early do it 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Hi sweetjane, we’re in the same boat as you…I am only willing to pay for 5 hours at my photogs rates, and my wedding is from 5:30-10:30, so we’re having him come for the hours of 4:30-9:30. After the cake cutting is over, nothing much happens that I feel like i need to pay 1K every additional hour for. By then you just want to let loose and have a great time! and you’ll have plenty of amature pics from your guests.
If youre having a "grand exit" then you might want your photog to stay to the end…we’re probably just going to ride the bus home with our guests 🙂