(Closed) How long did set aside for your photos on the day?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long did you set aside for photos and was it long enough?
    30 minutes - it was long enough : (1 votes)
    3 %
    30 minutes - it was NOT long enough : (0 votes)
    1 hour - it was long enough : (7 votes)
    19 %
    1 hour - it was NOT long enough : (2 votes)
    6 %
    1.5 hours - it was long enough : (8 votes)
    22 %
    1.5 hours - it was NOT long enough : (0 votes)
    2 hours - it was long enough : (9 votes)
    25 %
    2 hours - it was NOT long enough : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Other - I'll explain.. : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 4
    1162 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Gah I came on here to read some bees replies, nada! Tagging in then I spose ๐Ÿ˜›

    Post # 5
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We have 2 hours set aside for Saturday – I’m curious of the response from others ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had less than 30 minutes for formal photos and then the photographer just snapping the guests for the rest of the time. It was more than enough, we don’t have a huge amount of couply photos but I wanted to be enjoying the wedding party not standing around doing posed pictures all afternoon.

    Post # 8
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We did photos for about 90 minutes, and that was enough time for us to do couples portraits, bridal party shots (7 people), and family shots (13 people). The more people you have, the more time you need. So a bigger bridal party or family would need more time just to organize, pose, and do different people combinations.

    We also pre-arranged with our photographer to do a day-after photo shoot. I put my dress back on and got prettified, Mr. LK wore a suit, andwe rambled around one of our favorite places with out photog for about 2.5 hours doing whatever in the heck we wanted to. Since we knew on our wedding day that there would be plenty of time for couples portraits at a later date, I didn’t have to worry about whether we had “enough” time for them on our actual wedding day. That really helped me relax and go with the flow.

    Post # 9
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee

    I always tell my clients 1 hour, not including travel time.  I spend about 15-20 minutes with the bridal party, then the rest of the time with the B&G. ๐Ÿ™‚  But I shoot with 2 photographers, myself and another.  We get more done in an hour.  All depends on if you have a second shooter too. Speak to your photographer, He/She will let you know how much time they need for photos and what will best fit your needs.  (This doesn’t include family portraits at the church, that takes us like 10-15 minutes to get through, then we leave the church to a new location with the bridal party)

    Post # 10
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We set aside 1.5 hours (two hours with transportation to the reception).

    It would have been perfect, but our ceremony started late so we ended up running late! We had to cut some formal portraits.

    Post # 11
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We did about an hour of wedding party shots outside.  After the ceremony we did about 30 minutes of family shots in the ceremony room.

    It seemed like enough.

    Post # 12
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @Brooke1226:  I voted for 1 hour, and it was long enough. Honestly I think it really depends on the person and what they want!

    For us, our ceremony and reception were at the same place, so we didn’t waste a second traveling from one place to the other. We have a fairly big sized family (DH has 3 siblings, 2 of whom are married, and he had a lot of aunts and uncles at the wedding; on my side we had my brother, parents, grandma, and aunts and uncles), and we had 6 BMs, 5 Groomsmen, and a flower girl and ring bearer. Family photos took about 25 minutes, wedding party photos took about 15 minutes, and we did ~20 minutes of couple’s portraits alone. We got tons of family photos (I’d say 20 to 25 photos of different arrangements of family photos?), lots of wedding party photos (including shots of us alone with each of the BMs and GM), and then maybe 25-30 posed shots of the two of us.

    Our photog was SUPER organized, though, which really helped get through the photos quickly. A couple weeks before the wedding she sent us a form to fill out with all of our family and wedding party members’ names, and we had to write down each arrangement of people that we wanted. On the wedding day, everyone who needed to be in photos gathered immediately after the ceremony, and her assistant called out names (with the list we had provided), so we got through those photos fast!

    If we had a bigger wedding party, or if we both had ginormous families, we probably would’ve set aside an hour and a half. But I honestly think more than that is kind of overkill – it’s your wedding day, you should be celebrating and having fun!

    Post # 13
    8692 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did a first look and the immediate family formal pics before the ceremony, which took about 30 minutes. Then we did more candid photos of us and the bridal party during cocktail hour for another hour, maybe hour and a half.

    Post # 14
    1149 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

    We had a small wedding and a small bridal party (3 bridesmaids, and 3 groomsmen) We had 2.5 hours before ceremony for a first look, B&G photos, and bridal party photos. Our bridal party was a bit late so we even ran over slightly. We then had another hour for family photos and a few more B&G photos at the venue and we used all of it as well.

    Neither of us have big families either (13 people) and I thought it would be more than enough but it really wan’t too much at all. Things just take more time than you think it will. I was completely done with posing for pictures afterwards though I have to say. Hopefully it will all be worth it when we get the pictures back. ๐Ÿ™‚




    Post # 15
    786 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Brooke1226:  we have our set for 2 1/2 hrs. we are are an out door musuem and have to use golf carts to get to diff locations. we are doing our photos before the wedding…then the family ones after 

    Post # 16
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did our family & wedding party photos after the ceremony while our guests enjoyed cocktail hour.  We were able to get everything we wanted in that hour.

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