(Closed) How long for photos after the ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We took one hour and it was plenty of time. As long as your photographer knows what he/she is doing, you don’t really need that long. I would personally never expenct guests to wait more than 1 hour between the ceremony and the dinner (plus travel time if the venue changes) and I would provide them with food and drink during that hour. We have a TON of pictures (1,398 for the whole night, plenty of which are from the time while our guests were at cocktail hour).

Post # 4
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

You should discuss what your expectations are with the time your photographer needs to fulfill them.  What one photographer can accomplish in 20 minutes may take another an hour.

Post # 5
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We took 1 hour including 10 mins travel time back and forth. So we’ve taken good 50 mins for just bride and groom photoshoot (we did not have a bridal party). I love the outcome! I think 50 mins would be sufficient if you have bridal party still. Any more than that you would probably feel tired of getting photos taken.

edit – ok I should included how much time we used for family posed. We took about 15 mins to do the entire group shots and family posed. We did this right after the ceremony so noone will go missing. The photog snapped sooo fast. My mothers eyes are closed in one of the most important family one. These 15 mins are not included in the bridal shoot time.

1 hour gap for guests was I think nothing. They enjoyed refreshments and some catch up time with friends.

Post # 6
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are doing all your posed photos then I’d ask for 90 minutes 30 family, 30 wedding party, 30 couple. Also don’t forget travel time and a few minutes to get people calmed/ organized. Also, allow yourself a little extra time in case people run late etc. I can’t tell you how many times photos get held up because people go missing! 

Post # 7
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We decided to do 8 family photos after the ceremony and that’s it.  We listed out each photo and who would be in it for our photographer so he knew ahead of time (e.g., bride and groom with bride’s immediate family, x, y, and z).. We also told those family members a few days in advance to stay in the church for photos immediately after the ceremony. It ended up being pretty efficient this way and only took about 20-30 mins total.

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