Post # 1
Originally we were scheduled to have our ceremony at 2:00p. We’re getting married on a Sunday & our church has a 5pm mass so we were given free reign from 2 – 4pm but we HAD to be out by 4pm so they could prepare for 5 o’clock mass. I was freaking about the time difference a little because our cocktail hour doesn’t start till 6pm.
2:00 – 3:00 = Church (full Catholic mass)
3:00 – 3:30 = Church pictures w/ fam
4:00 – 5ish = Pictures in a park or somewhere close & pretty (still dunno where)
6:00 – 7:00 = Cocktail Hour
7:00 – 11:00 = Reception
11:00 – ??? = After party in the hotel bar/private room
I think 3-6pm is a pretty big window for our guests to have between Church and Cocktail Hr. and the venue is only about 15-20min away.
NOW, in the summer, there is no 5pm mass & we’re getting married Labor Day weekend. So my mom asked our Msgr. if we could move the time back to lessen the gap (this would also be awesome because it would mean less time & $$ for limo, video, etc). She just called me & the answer is YES! It’s the last Sunday they’re not having a 5pm mass. We can have our mass anytime we want after 2:30pm. The question is when??? 3? 3:30?
4pm would be ideal for our guests because they’d have an hour to get 15-20min away and they could check into the hotel, etc. without too much lag time, BUT it doesn’t leave us with an ideal timeframe to take pictures.
I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man tons of time but I never really paid attention to the clock. I’m pretty clueless as to how much time is needed to take pictures, etc. Any ideas? Advice?
Post # 3
From what I understand, you don’t really attend cocktail hour anyway (unless you guys are…). So that would really be the time you did your outdoor park pics. I think you’ll have plenty of time if you do it at 4pm.
Oh yeah, btw you could always do a day after session with you and him dressed up in the park if you wanted to save time and still go to your cocktail hour.
Post # 4
Thanks kate. Our venue doesn’t have a bridal suite so we will def. be part of our cocktail hour. I kinda like that because it’ll give us a chance to talk to everyone & mingle instead of hiding in the bridal suite.
We actually ARE doing a shoot a couple weeks after the wedding as well but I want to take picts with the bridal party, and our parents & fam too.
I’ve been in so many bridal parties but you never really pay attention to the time on the actual day, you’re just having a good time & it flies by so I don’t remember.
Anyone else remember how long it took to take picts between the ceremony and cocktail hour/reception?
Post # 5
My photographer said an hour and twenty minutes was plenty of time to get our photographs done. If we don’t get them all accomplished we plan to sneak out of the cocktail hour for a few minutes and finish up. Hope this helps!
Post # 6
I was Maid/Matron of Honor in my sister’s wedding and we took all the pictures during the cocktail hour (no gap between ceremony and cocktail hour), so they took about an hour. The girls took pics alone before the ceremony and the guys did too. So the only pictures taken after the ceremony were family pictures and those with the whole bridal party. The photographer did those first and then spent about 20 minutes with the bride and groom taking couple pictures.
I think a 4 PM start time sounds like a great option.