(Closed) How long did your pictures take?

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Post # 4
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My getting ready pictures took about a half hour (partly because I was still getting ready, lol), and we took photos with the BMs for probably another half hour? We did a first look, though, so they were photos of the whole bridal party. 

Don’t forget you’ll have to do family photos (15 minutes if everyone is organized), and then Darling Husband and I took probably an hour of photos together, but again, some of that was lumped in with the entire bridal party.

Post # 5
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am interested in this as well.  I have been told by several photographers that if I do a first look, then they will need 20-30 minutes post-ceremony for “family” pictures.  But, if I don’t do a first look, then they will need 50-70 minutes post-ceremony for pictures.  However, the “no first look” timeframe is a bit longer than normal (according to them) because we have to trek down to the beach. 

Post # 6
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@naticakes: I am having the same exact problem…thanks so much for posting! Fiance and I have been debating this for months. He wants that moment of seeing me for the first time when I walk down the isle….I want to do pictures before so we have more time, but I’m torn because I want “that moment” too. In the end, it’s looking like no first look.

I’m curious to see what other brides have to say. We have a one hour cocktail hour and I’m afraid it won’t be enough time ๐Ÿ™

Post # 7
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I didn’t do a first look.  Our ceremony/reception was at the same site, so there wasn’t any drive time to figure in.

Our ceremony was at 4pm.

Here’s what we did and it worked out really well:

2pm – photos with Darling Husband and his family (it’s a small one and didn’t take much time).  Photog then came over to where I was getting ready and got some shots in…

2:30 – Pictures with ‘bridal party’

3PM – pictures with my family (lots of people)!

….now, I will say – the thing that screwed up my timeline is part of my family was late.  So, I only had partial family members there for full family shots.  It was really annoying but  it didn’t bother me (you really DO have to embrace a mantra of nothing matters other than you and your Fiance and getting married!)…..

After the ceremony – we had photos with all the family- those took about 20 minutes or so. Again – the KEY is that people do not wander off (this happened!).

We then spent about an hour wandering around our venue taking pictures (just Darling Husband and I).  It was awesome for me because I finally got the the calm/euphoria of just being with Darling Husband.  Later I learned that Darling Husband really wanted to be part of cocktail hour (I had noooo idea!  During all the planning, he never mentioned it!).  And, truthfully, we could have done fewer pictures in that hour and made it to the cocktail hour – so, check with your SO’s if that’s important to them!

I had an almost 2 hour cocktail hour (intentionally) but I could have done it in 1.5 easily… and maybe even less.

Post # 8
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We don’t want to do the first look either for the same reasons others have posted.  So I created a schedule for us to get separate bridal party, groomsmen, brides family, and groom’s familiy all before the wedding.  We’ll also do 20 minutes of family portraits after.  I’m a serious timeline nazi because we plan to take our limo around to some awesome places for pics in between the ceremony and reception and I don’t want to miss out on some great shot opportunities because other things took too long.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  1:30- 2:00   Pics of groom/groomsmen getting ready, portraits
 2:00 – 2:15   Groom’s Immediate family portraits
 2:15 – 2:45   Bride getting ready/Bridal party pics
 2:45 – 3:00   Bride’s immediate family portraits
          3:15   Head to ceremony
   3:30-4:00  Ceremony
   4:00-4:20   Family Portraits

Post # 9
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was worried about the timing too before our wedding.  We had two photographers so my photographer came an hour before we left for the wedding to get some bride getting ready, photos with my parents and bridesmaids shots.  The second photographer met my groom at the church and took photos of him and his groomsmen.  We did all our family photos, bridal party portraits and shots of the two of us right after the ceremony.  I would say the photos took half an hour to 45 minutes.  If you just tell your photographer how long you have, which is probably cocktail hour they should be able to work in all the photos you want.  I stressed too much about this and it ended up working out fine, our photographers were really good about working fast so we could enjoy our reception.

Post # 10
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


From a ‘casual’ wedding photographer…

For the ‘Getting ready’ pics I would plan about 30 min (depending on the party but be mostly ready by this time) 

I would probably plan around 15 min to a half hour for pics with bridesmaids before…  (depending on where they are taken and how big the party).  

After the ceremony plan some time for a rececing line if you are having one…  

then family portraits (depending on how many break-downs you are having) 30 min to 45 min (remember the photog probably has equipment to put up and take down)…

If your photog hasn’t asked for one write a list of the brekdowns and have them available for your photog and someone in your family who can hunt the people down if they stray!

( I really think that the family protraits are the most stressful part of everyones day…  the more planning the less stress…  and plan on being a little stressed!) 

Now after the formal pics in church i would plan about 30-45 min (dending on bridal party size and if you are taking pics near by) for the whole bridal party, some more bridal party breakdowns and then just you and your hubby (these go MUCH quicker…  the less people, the faster pics go…) ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Good Luck! 


Post # 12
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Here was our photo timeline. We had 2 phtogs and no first look. We got back over 800 photos:

12:00pm     Photog 1 arrives at the Inn; Hair, makeup, detail shots

1:00pm    Groom + groomsmen begin to get ready;

1:30pm    Photog 2 to get final getting ready shots of the guys

2:00pm    Groom + guys at the ceremony venue for portraits by Photog 1; Photog 2 to reception venue for empty venue decor shots.

2:40pm    Bride to put dress on! (Photog 1 in attendance)

3:00pm    Guests begin to arrive; (Photog 2 in attendance)

3:25pm    Bride + bridesmaids arrive at the ceremony w/photog 1 (photog 2 has been at venue)

3:30pm    Ceremony begins!  Capture a few photos of just B&G as husband & wife.

4:00pm    Ceremony ends; begin family & bridal party photos;

4:30pm    Continue bridal party candid shots on boat; more Bride & Groom photos (Photog 1 on boat w/ bridal party, photog 2 at cocktail hour getting guest photos)

4:45pm    Arrive at the reception venue by boat

5:30pm    Cocktail hour ends; dinner begins.  Welcome by Bride’s father; buffet opens

6:45pm    Toasts by Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaid or Best Man

7:00pm    First dance!  Joint parents’ dance to follow.

7:15pm    Dance floor opens!

8:00pm    Cake cutting! Thank you from Bride & Groom; Dancing continues!

10:00pm End, both photogs leave

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