Post # 1
My wedding reception is from 7-11 and its a mile from my church. If I am getting all my pictures done without my fiance before the ceremony and the rest after…. How long will I need? I dont want my guests to be stuck waiting too long for us. There is a cocktail time of a half hour from 7-730! Anyone have any suggestions???
Post # 3
Um, you’re missing one piece of crucial info; when’s your ceremony? How long will it take (aka when does it end?)
Post # 4
I would say if all the pictures without your Fiance are done before, you still need an hour between ceremony and reception to do pictures with him.
Post # 5
I have told my church the wedding will start at 5:30. Its a baptist wedding so it won’t take too long. Do you think that will be enough time for us to do pictures?
Post # 6
So we’re talking over by 6ish or more like 6:30?
And all you have to do is formal shots with your Fiance, no family or bridal party shots at all? …do you have to travel to your photography location? How long will that take? I would say, an hour to an hour and a half for a photography session should be plenty of time. I would say, depending on the ending time of your ceremony and travel time to and from the photography location to the reception venue you should aim to be making your grand entrance just at the end of the cocktail hour
(I’d REALLY try not to be any later than 8, and the excuse better be you were stuck behind a 6 car pile up if you are ;))
Another option is to keep coctail hour going until you get there, and then set a time between you & the photographer & stick to it as closely as possible. Is that an option?
Post # 7
I am pretty sure that it will be over by 6. I will have to do family shots and bridal party shots, we are doing pictures at our church. We are a mile from the reception site, which is a plus. I can’t afford to extend the cocktail hour, we have the half hour included in our package! Do you think I should see if the church move the wedding to 5 instead of 5:30? I am a member there so that wouldn’t be a problem.
Post # 8
Kay, lets see.
6:00-6:45 family shots/bridal party
6:45-7:30 photos with Fiance
7:45-7:50 arrive at reception.
Outcome: shorter time for photography & very tight timeline that you might regret.
Guests have been waiting at venue since 6:30 with a half hour of doing nothing before cocktail hour.
5:30-6:15 family shots/bridal party
6:15-7:15 photos with Fiance
7:30-7:50 arrive at reception.
Outcome: longer time for photography, but at the expense of your guests, who have now been waiting since 6pm at your venue, a full hour before cocktails.
I don’t know what to suggest, frankly…other than really bumping up your ceremony time or doing some bridal party/family shots before the ceremony at the church as well?
Post # 9
I feel like I am in a bit of a pickle here! I think I will have us do all the photos we can with our family and bridal party without eachother. That way we have only a few to do after the ceremony. I dont want to be one of those brides who is all about themselves. The biggest complaint I hear about weddings is that the guests had to wait forever for the bride and groom. I don’t want to take time away from having fun at the reception either. This would all be easier if my fiance would just let us do first look pictures before the ceremony! lol Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it!