Post # 1
So we have FINALLY booked a date and place for our wedding… it only took us three tries before we finally got everything. PHEW.
So now we have a major issue.
We’re getting married sep 21, 2014 at an ourdoor garden and the reception is 5 mins away. The problem is that on a Sunday the garden has tours from 2-4. We can have our ceremony either after 4 or before 1. Our reception will start around 7 so I don’t want to have our ceremony before 1. The staff at the garden will set up the chairs at 4:30 when everyone has left the garden. We can start our ceremony at 4:45 or 5 PM. But the sunset is at 6:30ish…so we have to be out of there by 6:30.
I am concerned that we might not have enough time for the ceremony and the photos. We could really use some advice as to what we can do to squeeze the ceremony and photos within those hours. Thanks so much!
Post # 3
@babylo0n: Do the ceremony promptly at 5pm, as long as you’re not having a long ceremony. Can it be done by 5:20/5:30?
Have the guests move on over to the reception area & host cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 while you do your photos.
You can do Bridal & bridal party photos before the ceremony, and have your groom do his photos with the guys prior to the ceremony as well.
That way, you only have to get family & group shots to do in the hour after the ceremony.
The reception can start as early as 6:30/6:45 🙂
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
@babylo0n: How long is your ceremony? And, would it be at all possible to do first look photos (perhaps family photos) when the garden closes at four? If you choose an area away from the ceremony area you might be able to get quite a few photos without guests seeing you.
Post # 5
my ceremony was under 30 minutes, as most are. i think you will have plenty of time.
Post # 6
If you’re concerned about time, I would do a “first look” with the groom, and then do lots of the bridal party shots BEFORE the ceremony. Then, afterwards, you can just focus on group shots, and shots with both of your families.
That’s what we’re doing.
You could even use a different pretty location, so your pictures have some more variety. Or you could work around where the tour is at that particular time, probably.
Post # 7
The sunset photos may turn out beautifully, the light tends to be lovely in the hours before 🙂