Time gaps?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long of a time gap is acceptable for taking pictures at a one-venue wedding?
    20 minutes : (2 votes)
    13 %
    30 minutes : (3 votes)
    19 %
    45 minutes : (2 votes)
    13 %
    60 minutes : (7 votes)
    44 %
    90 minutes : (2 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @LeonardLady:  idk about length for pictures but I am interested to hear others answers. For your guests since your wedding is apps for your gap or “cocktail hour” I would just do drinks then and maybe have a cute slideshow or those wedding puzzles like crosswords and stuff. 




    Post # 4
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    Our ceremony and recpetion are right next to eachother. We will do 30 minutes of bridal party and family photos before joining the reception. I think that is a good amount of time for guests to grab a drink, grab a snack, get settled in time for our grand entrance. We will do our couple portraits after the reception. 

    Post # 5
    1167 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @LeonardLady:  Okay so you have a difficult situation. We are sortof in the same boat, we have travel of 45 minutes from one to the other but that is for everyone. So we are taking photos beforehand and having a 45 minute “gap” (1.5 hours between with 45 mins travel) which consists of the last 30 minutes being “cocktail hour” of drinks on the deck of the venue.

    With another 15 minutes of guests going in and settling down we end up with just on an hour for photos, or 1.75 with travel included throughout.

    I would say, if you have nothing to entertain them, 20 minutes max you should leave them for. Up to 45 max if you have just drinks, but reaching an hour you need some sort of food and entertainment (PP mentioned a slideshow and games, that sounds super cute!)

    Would/could you consider a first look and getting portraits done before the ceremony?


    Post # 6
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    For all of those photos I would suggest giving yourself at least an hour and a half. You don’t want to skimp on photos with your new husband. 

    A lot of people will provide drinks and apps for their guests during that time. Honestly though I would say a “cocktail hour” should only last 30 mins to an hour max.

    If you’re worried about the gap, have you thought about having a first look and doing your portraits before the wedding? If you did that you could cut your schedule down to a 20 – 30 minute gap to do family photos. 

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