Post # 1
Hey bees, i’m going bonkers tryign to work this out! Is this sufficient time for each activity? Things to note:
– we want to have photoshoot at the ceremony location and couple photos elsewhere alone
– my family are unruly and a bit vain, so take ages with photos
– we have a professional photographer and 2x videographers
– 45 guests total, bridal party is 4 people + 4 children
6am – 11:30 get ready (7 people hair and makeup)
11:30 – 12:30 photographer takes getting ready/accessory photos while vendors set up ceremony
12:30 – 1:00 guests arrive / bride drives to ceremony (20 mins away according to google maps)
1:00 – 2:00 bride arrives / protestant ceremony / recieving line
2:00 – 2:30 family photos
2:30 – 3:30 couple/bridal party photoshoot at ceremony location
3:30 – 4:30 drive to 2nd photoshoot location in CBD (25 – 35 mins away accoridng to google maps)
4:30 – 5:30 2nd photoshoot of couple only
5:30 – 6:15 drive to reception (5 mins away according to google maps) and freshen up
6:30 – entrance to reception
Post # 2
Personally as a guest I would feel like that’s a long time between ceremony and you showing up at reception. I value and want quality photos too, so it’s an issue I’m struggling with as well. But, expecting your guests to have 4.5 hours between end of ceremony and reception start seems too long to me. I’m sure others will chime in though! Have you considered a first look to knock out photos before ceremony?
Post # 3
So your wedding is at 2 but the reception at 6? LoL I’m skipping the ceremony and only showing up for the reception
Post # 4
For hair and makeup how many hairdressers and make-up artists do you have? You need to allow more tavel time, you should be at the church in their bridal suite 20-30 mins prior, plan for the worst traffic that could ever happen to you. You can always take more photos then.
You shouldn’t need an hour for couples photos at both location 30-45 minutes should be more than enough. Allow yourself time to touch up makeup after the ceremony especialy if you think you’ll cry.
Are you doing something for your guests during your gap? The driving time they need to allow is 30-45 minutes and they have a 4.5 hour gap.
Post # 5
Please don’t make your guests wait from 2-630 while you take fucking pictures.
Post # 6
My guests will be staying in a location between the reception and ceremony. So the plan is they go home for awhile after the ceremony, then drive the remaining way to the reception.
Post # 7
so your providing zero entertainment for 4 1/2 hours while you take photos? Is that something that is done in your area?
In my area it wouldn’t fly at all, guests would expect some sort of cocktails and appetizers or soft drinks or punch and cakes, with the possibility of some sort of entertainment.
Is a first look an option for you at all? Is your ceremony timed fixed the same way a catholic ceremony is?
Post # 8
No, they would go home and rest in between. A lot of the people are from interstate/overseas so it is anticipated the family will want to catch up in between and this is how we have run the last 2 family weddings so I don’t think they mind..
There will be canapes at the reception venue for them to enjoy from 5:30pm onward if they want. Before the formal reception starts at 6:30pm.
Post # 9
I honestly think your timeline isn’t great. The gap is too long.
We had our whole event at one location. The ceremony started at 3pm and our reception started at 6pm.
Ceremony and group photos were done by 4pm. We had two hours of ‘cocktail hour’ but had waiters going around serving ample food and drink during that time and had music going. We also had a series of areas on the estate set up with seating etc etc for guests to roam and explore and relax. The venue was in a forest with a lake and homestead to explore and it was sprawling.
Everyone commented on how well the day flowed.