Post # 1
Well once again I thought I had my mind made up and now my mom has come to stump me again…..The dilemma….When to take pictures at the wedding – more specifically bridal party pictures, etc.
We are having our wedding at an old gymnasium which was renovated into a hall. Both the ceremony and reception will take place here. We are having a buffet style dinner and no alcohol since our budget doesn’t allow it and 95% of our family and friends don’t drink. We plan on doing a small gettogether at a brazilian steakhouse afterwards for drinks.
I came up with a mock timeline for the day and devoted 30 minutes to pictures after the ceremony. I didn’t see a problem with it but my mom claims that people will get bored since the food wouldn’t be served till afterwards.
In staying with tradition I don’t want to see my fiance till the actual ceremony for that “moment” On top of that the venue we have does not have waiting rooms for the bridal party so we’re most likely going to be hanging out outside in the heat 🙁 what to do what to do
Post # 3
Can you do hors d’oeuvres while they’re waiting? Or come up with activities to fill the time? We are doing a reception program, which has a quiz about us, a list of photo scavenger hunt pictures to try to capture, and we’re also having a photo booth. Could you do a DIY photo booth to provide some entertainment?
Are you doing ALL of your pictures after the ceremony or just you both? 30 minutes doesn’t seem like enough time for photography, just to give you a heads up. We’re doing a first look, but even so, we allotted an hour for our pictures, an hour for bridal party, and an hour for family pictures. It might be over kill, but you want to allow for more rather than less time. These types of events eat up time like you wouldn’t believe!
Post # 4
I don’t know if this will work for you, but, we’re planning to take pictures with our party (fi with groomsmen, me with bm) before the ceremony. Plus you can get in the shots with your parents without seeing each other. Then if you do a quick half hour before dinner with the two of you together it should be fine. Our wedding is going to start at 5 – reception at 6:30 – we will arrive at 7:15 with dinner at 7:30. If you set out some sort of hors d’oeuvre and have a DJ entertaining your guests it should be fine. 🙂
Post # 5
I am going to do my reception right after my ceremony. FI and I will get anounced at our reception, then go straight to eating. When everyone is eating we are going to escape for photos.
Post # 6
Can you schedule some picture taking ahead of the ceremony? Any pictures that don’t involve you and the groom in the same pic at the same time?
You could do pics of your family, pics of you and the maids, pics of him and the groomsmen, and pics of him and his family. Then after the wedding you do pics of the two of you, the whole wedding party together, and pics of the 2 of you with both sets of parents.
I would still allow more than 30 minutes for the pics after the ceremony.
People are used to having to wait while pictures are taken. Just have plenty of cool drinks, and they willl be fine. It is better to have a realistic amount of time scheduled for picture taking than have everything else behind schedule and caterers trying to hold your meal.