(Closed) ceremony/reception timeline – need some help!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

2.5 hours seems long to me. I would try to cut it down to 30 mins for family and 1 hour for wedding party. After dinner you and hubs can sneak away to take some additional photos if you feel you did not get enought during the photo time.

Post # 5
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

That seems like a long time to me.  Anything over an hour seems like a long time when you’re sitting there not really doing anything.  Yes you can have games at tables and can socialize but for longer than an hour it will probably get boring and your guests will be hungry.  Plus you’re at a wedding to celebrate with the bride and groom, not play cards.  I would try to cut it down to an hour total between ceremony and reception and provide some food and drinks during that time.  Maybe try to do as many bridal party pictures before the ceremony as you can and if you can knock out some of the family pics ahead of time.

Post # 6
4035 posts
Honey bee

Two hours seems entirely too long for photos of the bridal party. In order to cut down photo time at my wedding, I am doing some shots before the ceremony with my parents/family and the bridesmaids. Then right afterward, we are doing 20 minutes of just us two, then about 30 minutes of the entire wedding party. We will have a guest picture frame signing, a DIY photobooth and cocktails, but I would do not want my guests waiting longer than an hour between the ceremony and dinner.


Post # 7
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@ashescats:  if they cant leave easily and theres nothing to do then 2.5 hours is a very very long time. honestly, i think 1.5 hours is the max and even thats a lot for bored guests

if you are not willing to consider first look photos then i think youre going to need to take less photos. if i was hanging around for 2.5 hours id probably leave after dinner

Post # 8
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We got all our photos plus a few group shots (which are my favourite) at the pre dinner drinks that went for 2 hours. People just mingled and drank & ate some appetisers, no need for games – the only difference was we didn’t leave, the bar & surrounding area was nice enough for our pics & we just posed and mingled at the same time

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