Post # 1
Hi Bees 😀
So we just booked the chuch and we are not sure how much time we should leave in between to take pictures and then go to the reception. We are not doing the first look. We want to take pictures in the church after the ceremony and then go to a park that is close by and take more pictures there.
Post # 3
We’re only doing 30 minutes of pictures between ceremony and reception…we plan on taking all photos apart (me and my family, him and his, etc) before so that all we have to do after the ceremony is pictures of the entire bridal party, the combined families, etc. We have a list and as long as everybody is lined up and efficient our photographer said it should be more than enough time. Granted we don’t want too many portraits, we just want the necessary ones and then have the rest of the night more photojournalism style rather than a million posed pictures.
Post # 4
@BookishBelle: Taking photos apart sounds like a great idea 🙂 I’m going to look into that. Thanks.
Post # 5
Commenting mostly to follow this, but I’ll share my plan too.
We have the photographer showing up an hour before the ceremony. We will do as many of our separate photos then – family and hopefully wedding party. FI doesn’t want a first look. Then we have one additional hour after the ceremony for the rest of our pictures. I hope this is enough time, but I’m skeptical… We are having a DW though so family will be mostly immediate. I mostly want good pictures of the reception and ceremony – posed pictures aren’t as important to me.
I may add a little time onto that if I decide I can afford another hour of photography…
Post # 6
We took the guys photos before the wedding. We were supposed to do the girls before too, but I wasn’t even in my dress until 1:35 for our 1:43 ceremony! It took us about 1.5 hours to do all of the family shots and then go to a yard to do the outdoor pictures. Maybe closer to 2?
Post # 7
we did about 30 mins at the church and then maybe another hour at the reception.
it also depends on the size of your bridal party. if you have a lot of people it can take more time to get everyone placed and all that.
Post # 8
I’m hoping also to be pretty efficient. We are planning on doing just the guys and just the girls before the ceremony. and FI and I might do a first look too. I’m hoping to only take about 45 minutes after the ceremony in order to get photos of everyone, then I’m hoping to get to our venue at about halfway through our cocktail hour. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the bride and groom being present in the cocktail hour. How does that work anyway? Are you supposed to make a big entrance once the cocktail hour is over or does it really matter? Just curious…. because this would allow for more photo time i suppose.
Post # 9
I’m going to go with “other” even though it’s not on the vote. Please do not leave your guests waiting for your return because you are gone for an hour or more taking pictures…that is unless you are having a few hours break in between the ceremony and the reception and your guests aren’t cocktailing somewhere. If your guests are going to the reception hall immediately after the ceremony keep your pictures at 30 minutes max. Otherwise, I bet you could get your photoshoot done in 1.5 hours. I’m going to take some with my BMs and parents prior to the ceremony to save time myself. My fiance and I are actually going to insist that all of our posed, post-ceremony shots are done in 20 minutes. We aren’t the type to want to do all sorts of unique and quirky poses so we should be able to get the basics done in that span of time. I’m hoping for good candid shots. I appreciate the quirky shots when they are actually spontaneous…I’m a bit snobby over all these pinterest wannabee photoshoots.
Post # 10
We are also going to do separate pics before the ceremony for 45 mins or so. Then we have two hours (different locations) after, and traveling to the reception.
Post # 11
@JoolyBee: I totally agree. Plus FI and I are early to everything lol. But what happens if we actually end up at our venue early? Should we continue to take pics outside there, weather permitting, or should we just go inside and start to mingle with our guests so we have more time to dance and party. I kind of like the latter idea because, like you, I prefer the candids rather than the cheeseball posed ones. Just wanted your opinion since we are on the same wavelength.
Post # 12
@nl: how about some really cute ones of you two just strolling into the reception hall, maybe stop and pose by a tree real quick to steal a kiss while the photographer takes advantange of the moment, but then just go directly in and start enjoying your party!
So, my finace’s step-mother told us to be sure to get out our wedding pictures every year on our anniversery and think back on that day together. I like to imagine us laughing over some weird expression on our facea or everyone laughing at a hilarious joke at that moment…or you know, people just dancing and having a great time. I’m sure we’ll enjoy an intimate one here and there, but ultimately it’s the ones that truly tell the story of that day that you’ll want to look at over and over, every year!
Post # 13
I think it depends on how large your bridal party is. More people means more time to try and move folks around, more shots to get one without someone’s eyes closed, etc.
Post # 14
@BookishBelle: Date twin, great minds think alike! We are doing the exact same thing! Photos apart before the ceremony, me and my girls at the venue at our assigned time, then my SO and his guys will come to the venue at their assisgned time for pre ceremony photos and me and my girls will go in the bridal suite.
Once the ceremony is over, only the wedding party will go outside for photos, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen will go back inside to enjoy the cockatil hour that is currently going on while we do some shots of just each other. My photographer said it will only be about 30 mins, than we will go back in and join our wedding guest for the last thirty minutes of the cocktail hour while they take some action shots of everyone.
While the guest are getting seated for dinner service and the wedding party entrance starts we will take photos with his parents and grandma, then we will join the wedding party so that we can be announced in.
After the cake ceremony I want the rest of the shots to be action shots not posed. I know SO’s mom will want some photos of her and her sibilings since everyone lives in different states but she can pull one of our photographers aside to do this.
The only other posed shots that we want done are a few back outside once it completely dark of me and him.