(Closed) How long for formals?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How long to have post-ceremony formals for 1 location?
    30 minutes : (3 votes)
    19 %
    1 hour : (4 votes)
    25 %
    1.5 hours : (4 votes)
    25 %
    2 hours : (4 votes)
    25 %
    2+ hours : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 4
    386 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I would think at least an hour but more likely 1.5 to 2 hours since you have to organize family pics

    Post # 5
    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Honestly, our formal and family pics took about half an hour.  I’d say an hour for your situation – we were able to go to the nearby beach with just the wedding party for some more pictures since we had the time!

    It was like 20 mins families, 7 minute drive, 20 mins wedding party, 15 mins bride and groom, 7 minute drive back.  We got plenty of pics!

    ETA: we had a cocktail hour with an open bar for our guests immediately following the ceremony while we took photos.

    Post # 6
    2281 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Whoops – I voted reading this somehow as Pre-wedding formals, so I voted for 1.5 hours. BUT…

    If this is post-ceremony and your guests are waiting for you, then no more than 20-30 minutes MAX. Any longer, and you’ll seriously infuriate your guests who are waiting on you, and who might just give up and leave. I was a bridesmaid once at a wedding after which the bride and groom disappeared for photos for nearly 2 hours, and it was horrible – half the guests just went home, hungry and angry.

    Do all the formals you can before the wedding, and then just a few after.

    Post # 7
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Unless your family and bridal party is huge or our photographer(s) is/are novice, 1 hour is more than enough for one lcoation. We did all our formals in less than 45 minutes, maybe less, leaving some extra time for me and Darling Husband to take some cute portraits together around the hotel before our grand entrance.

    Post # 8
    1461 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It sounds like you have a photographer? (If not I know a few in Laie that are good and fairly reasonably priced), but if you do, you might ask him/her. Our photographer had a “tour” of the temple grounds he always takes couples on, though of course you need diffeent amounts of time at different places. And if your photographer is willing there are some great places to take pictures really close by (we went to the point and clissolds) to get some variety.

    Especially since you are having a smaller destination type wedding maybe you’ll have fewer people to wrangle, so the family pictures might take less time (though, in hindsight, I wish I’d done a few more family pictures. I know my family doesn’t mind, but…). 

    Also, I’m guessing that your timeline is a little different than most, as lds timelines often are. We got married in the morning and then had the reception in the late afternoon. Nobody was waiting around for us, the family just went off to do their thing while we finished the pictures. It was probably half an hour with them (we did my family first so they could leave and get some last minute things done, then my husbands, and then the bridal party), and then another hour or 90 minutes just us, after they all left. But, this was several hours before the reception, and the ceremony was much smaller than the reception, so nobody was waiting around for us to wrap up.

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