Post # 1
Can you help me make mine?
I have a 2pm (hour long Catholic) ceremony and cocktail hour starts at 4:30, dinner at 5:30. The day will start at 8am for my hair/makeup appointment and they said I should be done with that by 10am.
What time should I start photos before the mass? How much time is needed?
When should I do cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances? We only have our photographer for 8 hours. So should these be done before dinner?
What are all of your timelines like? Does anyone have any links to sample timelines? When I did a google search most of the timelines that came up were for evening weddings, which is definitely not what mine is, so it is hard to compare.
Post # 3
Mine was a 6 PM wedding, so it won’t be of much help, but here are my thoughts:
1. Have the photographer show up about an hour before your first look/photos (11 AM) to get shots of you getting ready, etc. (if you have a 2nd shooter then s/he can get groom “getting ready” photos)
2. Have your first look around noon, with 2 hours to go before the ceremony and then start couples pictures
3. Take the group shots/family shots around 1
4. Have the ceremony at 2
5. Take final photos, breathe until 4:30
6. Some people will do their first dance on entrance (around 4:30-5 for you, I’m assuming)
7. Eat at 5:30
8. Cut cake at 6:30 and then have the father/daughter, mother/son dances
9. Send photographer home at 7
10. Party the night away
Post # 4
thanks for the reply. If I start taking group photos around 1 do you think that will be enough time? I worry that some guests might start arriving by 1:30. I don’t want to be in the church taking photos still and have the guests see me! How early do guests typically arrive? I would think 15 minutes before hand, but you never know, someone might show up 30 minutes early.